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Old 08-16-2004, 08:07 AM
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I am going on the Inspiration next month with a small group. My wife and I are bringing along our one year old son. From what I read on Carnival's website, there are no activities for children his age. Just wondering if anyone out there has had any experience bringing a child under the age of two on a ship and if they were able to find any activities for their child to participate in. Leaving him at home is not an option.
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I am going on the Inspiration next month with a small group. My wife and I are bringing along our one year old son. From what I read on Carnival's website, there are no activities for children his age. Just wondering if anyone out there has had any experience bringing a child under the age of two on a ship and if they were able to find any activities for their child to participate in. Leaving him at home is not an option.
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Linus, You are somewhat limited with a child that young in tow, but I have seen many people do it. You just have to plan to be with your child most of the day. Plan to spell each other periodically so one of you can go off to the spa, or to the casino, etc. (Be aware that a child still in diapers is not permitted in any of the public pools or whirlpools). There are in-room babysitting services available in the evening but cannot always be guaranteed and is a bit costly (about $10 an hr). Have you considered taking along the child's regular babysitter or hiring a teenage friend of the family? For a free cruise, they agree to provide free babysitting services. The additional cost may well be worth the added enjoyment of your cruise.
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Old 08-16-2004, 10:56 AM
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We cruised with our son from the time he was born. Unfortunately, few cruise lines offer any type of activities or services for younger children your child's age. We have been able to negotiate for baby sitting services for dinners out and we had no trouble taking our son to the dinning room as he always acted perfectly.

We found that we inevitably met other parents of young children and hung out with them and even traded evenings off. This worked quite nicely. If you upgrade your cabin to a balcony, you will find it well worth the money, as the extra room and the availability to the out of doors is awesome.

Enjoy your cruise!

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Old 08-16-2004, 11:14 AM
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We are taking my mother-in-law with us and she will provide any needed babysitting, so that should not be a problem. He is very active for a child his age and is more of a toddler than an infant so I was hoping to find some activities for him as well. I was also hoping to find other children that he could play with. But, if I have to spend most of my days with him then so be it. Spending a week with my son on a cruise rather than being at work will be wonderful no matter what we get to do. After all, what can be better than spending time with your own children?

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Linus, You are somewhat limited with a child that young in tow, but I have seen many people do it. You just have to plan to be with your child most of the day. Plan to spell each other periodically so one of you can go off to the spa, or to the casino, etc. (Be aware that a child still in diapers is not permitted in any of the public pools or whirlpools). There are in-room babysitting services available in the evening but cannot always be guaranteed and is a bit costly (about $10 an hr). Have you considered taking along the child's regular babysitter or hiring a teenage friend of the family? For a free cruise, they agree to provide free babysitting services. The additional cost may well be worth the added enjoyment of your cruise.
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Old 08-16-2004, 11:19 AM
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You are in great shape with your mother-in-law there. I am sure you find more children his age for him to play with (and parents too)

Have a great cruise!

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Old 09-14-2004, 11:18 AM
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Just an FYI: we went on our cruise with our one year old and had a great time. I would do it again in a second. Just to let you know, I realize Nancy had mentioned children under two were not allowed in the pools, but that was not the case. We saw children younger than ours in the kiddie pool and no one seemed to care. So, we took our little one in too, just about every day, and he had a great time. No one said anything to us that we could not do it and he loved playing with other little ones his age.
 
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