We had no problems at all with our toddler. Things were great. We did the Exotic Western Carribean. Dinner was challenging because of the time involved. But we would go when it opened and get a window seat. This would keep her occupied. They would bring her pizza or chicken fingers too! I think we are going to try an Alaska cruise this next year. I will be glad that she is old enough to participate in the kids club. That will help a lot. Bring lots of snacks and juice. OJ was the the only juice on board. We also brought cokes and bottled water for us. Please e-mail me with any ?'s. firstname.lastname@example.org
With all due respect, what do toddlers' get out of cruising? We feel that when you decide to have children you inadvertantly have chosen to give up some things for a while, especially during the toddler years. If you feel you need to vacation and de-stress, then why bring the child along?
In our parents' time children were left home with aunts, uncles, neighbours, sitters, what have you and only when kids could truly appreciate travelling were they included. However, if you're vacationing at a theme park then by all means take the children.
We go on vacation with the idea of getting away from the kids, but when others take their kids on ships, it causes all passengers grief.
I know you'll be mortified to read this, but the pendulum on kids bein' seen and not heard needs to swing back!
And no we're not old biddies, but under 40yr olds who detest the way young parents expect everyone else to accomodate their kids intrusions on other people's hard earned vacations
Really, Marshe...the tone and content of your message couldn't have done you less credit than your pitiful opening with "with all due respect". The message, commenting as it did on something out of context displayed aggressive poor taste and was mean-spirited to boot. Who ever claimed cruising was only for adults. And by the way, there are adult-only cruises available on the market. I recommend you try those in the future. I don't normally post but I thought I would chime in (a year late to boot). And while you probably won't read this, maybe you should show a little respect to other people's preferences.
Futhermore, Lurker, do yourself a favour and check out Baby Pricing...upset at RCCL under Royal Caribbean Forum Link. You will see in the 2 pages of responses many like minded folks that feel a toddlers place is at home.
I would just like to remind you not to launch personal attacks against each other. This is a controversial topic, that's for sure, but please remember that while everybody is entitled to his / her opinion, respect for each other is what makes our democratic society so wonderful.
Discussions are most welcome, personal attacks are not.
Haven't been on the site in a while but we are getting ready to cruise to Alaska in August so I needed some information and saw that this had become a very interesting post! We all had a blast on our cruise and we are most definetly taking our toddler who will be 3 with us again. Cruising has become a great way to meet up with family that we no longer live near. What does seh get out of it? She gets to spend time with family and have a new life experience. We try to respect others around us and we leave the area we are in if she starts acting bad. We eat at 5:30 so we will not interfere with others, we plan shore excursion that are geared toward her. We had no issues when we went-everyone onboard loved her. I hardly like she was an intrusion. Remember not all kids behave like toddlers!I am looking forward to taking advantage of the kids crew this time around. We like many others have no choice but to take our child. We have no one that could watch her for an entire week. Why should we not go as a family? Her dad works crazy hours and for us to be gone for that long on a vacation without her will not happen. My husband and I plan long weekends together to recharge our batteries.