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Old 02-20-2007, 03:07 PM
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Hello!

I'm looking to find out more about Cruising with an infant. Particularly to Alaska.

Have you ever done it? Know someone who has?

Which cruise lines should we consider? Should we not consider?

Any advice on excursions? We're figuring on wearing her most of the time in either a soft sling or a pack.

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Old 02-20-2007, 05:13 PM
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Wow this is perfect... I'm also going to be cruising to Alaska next year, and our group may possibly include an infant. If anyone can answer Mother of Pearl's questions, know that it will be appreciated by me as well.
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Old 02-21-2007, 05:05 PM
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Our son's first cruise was at 11 months of age, and his second was at 20 months. While we haven't cruised to Alaska, I hope the attached article helps. Note that it has been about five years since I wrote it, so some information no longer applies (most notably, kids in any kind of diapers are no longer allowed in the pools).

Here it is -- and I'm happy to answer any questions: Baby on Board
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Old 02-22-2007, 08:32 AM
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Thank you Lisa!

We're very excited about our upcoming vacation. We are definitely in the category of - first family vacation, not romantic trip for three!

In some ways, your photos were more helpful than your article as it really helped me visualize what it might be like.

Also, while somewhat obvious, your quote"Forget about parasailing, swimming with stingrays, or climbing the ruins. When traveling with a young child, low-key shore excursions are in order." was a clear way to help me start preparing.

Questions:
Are infants really not allowed in the bars and casinos? (under 1 yr)

Since there is a lot of hiking in Alaska and we're heard that from the ports are almost a mile, we've been assuming we would bring our mountain buggy stroller (and possible carrycot). Would this truly inconvenience other passengers, or just sometimes be unwieldy for us?

Do you know any lines besides NCL that do not charge full (3rd person) fare for infants?

Thanks so much!!
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Old 02-22-2007, 09:33 AM
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As long as your stroller and the cot can fold up fairly small, they should only be a problem for you most of the time. They cannot be stored in the hallways, but must be kept in your cabin when not in use, and even the largest cabins are a bit short on space for bulky items.

The main problems you might encounter with the stroller would be if you have to tender into a port. If you are traveling during the high season (midsummer), there may be a lot of ships in port that day, and not all of them will fit at the dock. Strollers may or may not be allowed on tenders - you will need to check with each cruise line about their policy for this.
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Old 02-22-2007, 12:24 PM
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Thank you for the answers (and thanks for asking the questions, MoP). Oh, and great article Lisa; very helpful!
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Old 02-24-2007, 01:19 AM
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Thanks for the heads up about tendering!!
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Old 02-24-2007, 07:18 AM
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You're welcome, Mother of Pearl and Rfujitani. And thank you, Karen, for adding the advice on tendering.

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Are infants really not allowed in the bars and casinos? (under 1 yr)
They're not allowed in the casinos, but we have brought our son into bars. (We still do, actually.) We'd usually stick with one bar for the week, and select one that wasn't too noisy or too quiet/romantic. We always asked first if it was alright, and were never turned away.
The bartenders would often dote on him, and fill his bottle with water or juice.

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Do you know any lines besides NCL that do not charge full (3rd person) fare for infants?
I don't, unfortunately. My niece had to give up a family cruise, actually, due to the cost for her 6-month-old.
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Old 02-26-2007, 03:00 PM
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Wow, I can't imagine having to pay full price for an infant... That's certainly something we're gonna have to take into consideration and plan for.
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We are planning a family cruise for November and hoping our son and his wife will join us. They just had their first child in Feb so the baby will be about 9 months old. They are mid 30s and have travelled all over the world. Travelling with a baby will be a new experiance for them as they are adventure seekers and take trips to places like Egypt, India and Africa. A cruise will be a first for them. I was sure the cruiselines did not charge for an infant. After all, what facilities are they going to use? They cannot use the Kids Quest, the pools and most likely will not be eating any of the food. I think charging for a child under 2 is bad!
 
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