I going to be a father pretty soon and, well I will have to postpone my next cruise until 2010 because the baby will only have a few months by the time my actual booking is set now.
So as many of you are already cruisers and mothers and fathers,
what will you recomend is the wiser decision;
Will you bring a kid with only one year to a cruise?
Do you will leave the baby with their grandfathers??
Please I don't really know and I will appreciate the advice thanks
If you can leave the baby with relatives and you and your wife are comfortable with doing that, then that is the best choice. Having a baby along is going to limit your activities. Also, the baby is not going to remember the cruise or even care that they are on it.
BUT, if the only way you can cruise is to bring the 1 year old, then do so (or choose another type of vacation).
Cas, if you have in-laws or parents willing to take care of the baby, I'd agree to leave them at home. The main reason is so you and your wife can have some alone time again. You two will be so busy with the baby and focus so much on the baby that you tend to forget about each other. Now, by the second and third one, you're a little more relaxed and not jumping up every single whimper. Travel is one of the best educators, but it helps that the baby is old enough to remember.
Cas, either option is fine -- it's up to you. In our case, we brought our son for three reasons. First, we cruise for the experience of being at sea, even way back then. Second, I needed a vacation as I had a stressful job outside the home. Taking care of your own baby isn't a big deal. True, it may limit some of the activities you had grown accustomed to -- you just find new ones to take their place. Another reason is that both sets of grandparents lived nowhere near us, and couldn't take more than a few days away.
But, I would still wait until the baby was a year old (or so), and definitely get clearance from his doctor.
The other thing is that we didn't have to fly for this particular cruise. Flying with a baby is far more difficult.
Well thanks for the info we already made the decision, as my mother just told me, she can take care of the baby during my next cruise. I don't really want to expose the baby to mosquitos, seas sickness or any caribbean sickness, after all is important to make time for us too
As a Pediatric RN I would say do NOT take your 1 year old into a foreign country! Of course I also wince at the sight of 2 week old babies at Walmart!!
We take our kids on several vacations a year and tehy go with their granparents and da as well - so I feel that my cruises are times for my hubby and me to realx and be TOTALLY free of responsibility.
But just remember - thats one gals opinion
Cruisin' is a lifestyle!!!
I have also sailed when my son was only 14 months old. Overall it was a great cruise and we had no complaints. The only thing you need to check into is if your child would be able to play in the pool area. We were on the Liberty of the Seas and my son was not able to play in the H2O zone because he was wearing a swim diaper. They had no filtration system when but I believe they created a small area were they can play now. Also, having had other family on the trip me and my husband were able to have a few nights to ourselves.