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Old 11-27-2007, 09:01 PM
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I am pregnant with my first child. My due date is May 5th 2008. My husband and I are thinking about takeing a cruise in October 2008. What's the youngest age that you can take a baby on a Carnival cruise?
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Old 11-27-2007, 09:43 PM
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Hi "P", And Congratulations!

The youngest age to cruise is 4 months.

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Old 11-28-2007, 12:28 PM
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I don't really recommend it for a few reasons:

1.Babies are not easy at that age.They tend to get sick very easy, and in the caribbean the mosquitos will be a very difficult thing to avoid.

2.It will do wonders for the people on the cabin next to you if he start crying at 3:00 am during night.

3. You will pay for something he will not remember and also will be a risky trip. What happen if he get sick during days at sea??

I know some of my friends had travel with their kids and really enjoy it, but after their 2 birthday and they tell me, that at this age, is difficult sometimes depending on your kid
My advice wait until he or she had at least two years...
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Old 11-29-2007, 06:34 AM
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I agree that I would not cruise with little ones until they were at least 2.

Because of the close nature of a cruise ship, a norovirus and other illnesses can spread quickly and that is no environment for a young infant whose immune system is still developing.

When using different water to mix their forumla can set off stomach issues. Not to mention taking them out of their environment, putting them in a car (or worse on a plane) for a day of travel....then placing them on a moving ship for several days to a week. You are going to be stressed, the baby is going to be stressed and no one is going to have a good time.

Yes, people do it. But I would not be one of them. I have 2 boys and we waited until they were 5 and 8 before we started cruising with them.
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Old 11-29-2007, 08:26 AM
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I had a client that was going to take her 5 month old on a cruise last Jan. She asked her baby doctor about it and he recommended that she not do it. All the reasons listed in prior replys were what the doctor told her. She decided to let the baby stay with grandmaw. She was a little worried about the baby while on the cruise and called home everyday to check up on him. In the end she was glad she didn't bring him along. Plus Grandmaw had a great bonding time and wanted to know when she was going on another cruise so the baby could stay again. If it were me I would not consider taking an infant on a cruise. Wait until they are old enough to realize what a cruise is and can enjoy the childrens programs offered.

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Old 11-29-2007, 09:50 AM
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Call up the Grandma's and leave the little one at home:-)....I guarantee you that it will be a much better cruise with just your husband...heck..a second honeymoon....I've been on cruises with little babies on board and they can make it a rough ride for everyone at times...especially MOM...There will be time to take the little one on a Cruise...Just not now.
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Old 11-29-2007, 04:18 PM
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I've mentioned several times on this board that we took our son on his first cruise when he was 11 months old. I agree with the others that 4 or 5 months is too young, mainly due to the health issues. We asked for, and received, medical clearance for our son from his pediatrician.

As far as cruising with our baby, I found it a much easier vacation than land trips, and definitely a break from being at home. It's true that you have to adjust your expectations -- we still do, and he's a teenager now. Even so, if you are going to cruise with a baby, definitely get the medical OK. Also, purchase insurance at time of booking that would cover all of you should you have to cancel if baby takes ill before you go.
Happy cruising!
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Old 12-28-2007, 09:54 PM
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This is an update to this thread for future readers.

Effective January 1, 2008 for new bookings only.

Infants must be at least six (6) months of age at the beginning of the cruise.

For Transatlantic, Hawaii and South America cruises only, infants must be at least twelve (12) months of age at the beginning of the cruise.

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Old 12-29-2007, 02:29 PM
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Originally posted by "P":
I am pregnant with my first child. My due date is May 5th 2008. My husband and I are thinking about takeing a cruise in October 2008. What's the youngest age that you can take a baby on a Carnival cruise?
On the Liberty cruise we were on this November we`saw a young couple with a baby, must have been 5-7 mos old and I can tell you the mom looked miserable because baby was crying on and on and she had to leave the dining room. I had not thought of the health issues mentioned by others but I think it makes sense to leave baby with Grandma or postpone to 2 years old.
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Old 12-29-2007, 04:38 PM
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Answer to all is one word


let them stay with baby , have a cell phone that works on ship, they will treasure the time with child and you will catch up on much needed sleep

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