We've been on a few pre-kids and loved it. We are doing one at the end of September for our honeymoon with our 1 year old DS. We don't stop anymore, it just goes out for a couple of days and comes back. We thought that would be best with such a small kid, no issues getting him on and off the boat every day. He's too little for kids club but that's ok, we'll keep him with us and look for kid friendly activities. Hopefully he'll be ok and not too unsettled.
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31-08-2014 18:59 #11Senior Member
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31-08-2014 19:15 #12
With carnival kids only need to be 2 and they don't have to be toilet trained. I think they also took younger kids for a fee ($8/hr?). They also took them for dinner at 530 or something. But were closed for an hour or so before. They gave out mobile phones to anyone with 2-4 year olds so they could call is if the kids got upset. This was great esp cause we could use the phone to call my sister to see where she was and to meet up.
05-09-2014 09:33 #13
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05-09-2014 09:52 #14
it depends a lot on the exact situation of each port/stop
if you are doing a 'tour' - so a shore excursion arranged by the ship where they take you on buses on a tour - those are quite expensive.
if the ship is 'tendered' (so at anchor in the bay, and htey get your to shore via smaller ferries), and you go onto the island an amuse yourself (if its in a village or a beach resort) then usually that is free or fairly cheap.
If the ship is tendered or docked somewhere away from the village, the ship will usually have shuttle buses to the village/town/centre and you go your own way when you get there - and that is usually at a cost of $10-$20 per person (depending on how far away they have to take you)
05-09-2014 09:58 #15
05-09-2014 10:02 #16
We are booked on a Disney cruise next year which looks great for kids and adults but the drawback is it's overseas.
05-09-2014 10:09 #17
day on the island is usually free -
if they pull up at anchor (most of these ships are too big for the docks they have at small islands, so they anchor in the bay and use local smaller boats/ferries to transfer people to shore) then it can take a while to get off the boat - you need to get tender tickets and wait your turn ... but on the ships I have been on, tender tickets have always been free.
The activities - it depends entirely on the island, but usually they will have a resort there where you can swim, snorkel, kayak etc. (you may have to pay to use the resport facilities or to hire equipment).
Take towels off the boat and lay on the beach etc ...
it sounds great.
If you are unsure, there is a forum called 'cruise critic' - and they list all ships, and all ports with a lot of information about what is available, what peoples experiences are, private tours (rather than a ships tour, arranging a private guide) and the like.
I have changed my holiday plans recently - and am now going on a cruise in a month's time which should be great.
Out of Venice - to Croatia, Greece and Turkey.
05-09-2014 10:10 #18
05-09-2014 10:17 #19
I was thinking about a cruise (mine are 5yr and 3yr), but I think I prefer to relax on a sandy beach and watch the kids play in the shallows of the beach...
05-09-2014 10:20 #20Senior Member
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My mum has done a few cruises with royal carrebean and loved them. They are on a cruise in Oct/Nov this year and my cousins are bringing all their kids along
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