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Circusmaster 11-14-2007 09:48 AM

We are going to be cruising with four kids, ages, 10, 8, 3, and 1! I am wondering if anyone has any tips for taking the whole family?! They are good kids, so behavior issues are not really something I am worried about but I do know that we will encounter many unexpected issues, so any insight would be appreciated. Thank you!

Circusmaster 11-14-2007 09:48 AM

We are going to be cruising with four kids, ages, 10, 8, 3, and 1! I am wondering if anyone has any tips for taking the whole family?! They are good kids, so behavior issues are not really something I am worried about but I do know that we will encounter many unexpected issues, so any insight would be appreciated. Thank you!

Casanova frankenstein 11-14-2007 10:07 AM

well if you are cruising with four kids
I think RCCL is best cruise line for it maybe even princess
Because carnival is less Expensive but is not mostly for kids and besides their kids club and J. Rockets are made for kids
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Cruise Fanatic 11-14-2007 11:11 AM

You will find that Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Disney all have excellent children's programs. Your children will be pretty busy if they get involved with these programs on any of these cruise lines. The others, Princess, NCL, HAL, CEL, all have programs also. Different cruiselines have different amenities which might appeal to your children. This is where talking to a cruise oriented Travel agent could be helpful to determine which cruise line meets, your budget and your expectations and needs.

Jim C. 11-14-2007 11:42 AM

We bring a small medical bag (cough meds, bandages, benedryl etc..) for the kid's typical kid things. The ship's doctor can handle these things too, but sometimes its not worth the hassle to run to the infirmary for a bandaid.

Other than that, the kids will be so busy that you shouldn't have a problem.

Cruise Fanatic 11-14-2007 11:48 AM

Jim,
In case you didn't know, sometimes you can get simple things at the Guest relations desk. Like band-aids and aspirin. It saves that walk to the infirmary.

Circusmaster 11-14-2007 11:52 AM

Thanks for the tips!

Our cruise is through Royal Caribbean and is only four days. I wondered if I should bring a stroller and would it be wise to even attempt a formal dinner with children? (4 children!!) http://cruise-chat.com/groupee_commo...s/icon_eek.gif

If we did do the formal, is everyone really in formal attire or just very dressy? My hubby wants to go very fancy but of course with all the kids along I am thinking, less fancy and more practical.
TIA!

LisaP 11-14-2007 03:37 PM

By all means, bring the kids to dinner. If it makes you feel more comfortable, you might want to ensure very soon after you board that you have a table for just the six of you. Either fancy or just dressy will be fine. They will most likely take a photo of you at your table on a formal night--what a wonderful memento that will be!

I'd bring a stroller--a lightweight one, if you have it. First, you need to ensure it can fit in the cabin with you when folded. Also, the little ones might get tired during your time onshore. I wouldn't bring the stroller to the dining room, though, as there's not a lot of room for it. The dining room staff will ensure that your youngest has a high chair and that your 3-year-old has a booster seat, if needed.

Circusmaster 11-14-2007 04:10 PM

Super! Thanks Lisa for the help!

Jim C. 11-15-2007 07:33 AM

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Cruise Fanatic:
Jim,
In case you didn't know, sometimes you can get simple things at the Guest relations desk. Like band-aids and aspirin. It saves that walk to the infirmary. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yes, I knew that, Thanks for the tip for those that I may have misled in that manner. i was just trying to get the point across that its easier to be prepared for the typical kid things then have to go through the trouble of going somewhere to get something. When they were younger, it seemed that everytime we left home, one of the my kids would get a fever or a cough or something and we would end up buying another bottle of kids medicine. So the wife got into the practice of bringing the basics with us.


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