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What cruise ships are best for babies?

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You won't want to miss "Jack Jack’s Incredible Diaper Dash" baby race on Disney Cruise Line. - Photo by Disney Cruise Line

Cruising can be one of the best vacations for families with babies. With sitting services, plenty of activities, and even some gear provided free of charge, a cruise ship can give parents something resembling the vacations they enjoyed before they had children.

So how do you know what to pack and how to plan? Every cruise line has its own policies when it comes to minimum age, amenities, and babysitting. Read on for the line-by-line lowdown on rules, babysitting, and gear.

Cruise Line Policy

Azamara Club Cruises 

Minimum age: 6 months. For transatlantic, transpacific, and some South American cruises, the child must be at least 12 months old.

Babysitting: Not provided.

Cribs: Available upon request at booking.

Diapers/wipes: Not provided.

Formula: Not provided.

Strollers: Not provided.

High chairs: Not provided.

Carnival Cruise Lines

Minimum age: 6 months.

Babysitting: No private babysitting is available. Supervised children’s activities are offered at Camp Carnival from 7 to 10 pm for no charge. Sleepover-style babysitting runs from 10 pm to 3 am for ages 6 months to 11 years. Rates are $6 per hour for the first child and $4 an hour for additional kids. Children between 6 and 23 months can also be cared for on port days between 8 am and noon. Counselors will change diapers provided by the parents.

Cribs: Available upon request at booking.

Diapers/wipes: Available for sale in the onboard shop.

Formula: Not provided.

Strollers: Available for rent.

High chairs: Available free of charge in the dining room.

Celebrity Cruises

Minimum age: 6 months if there are two or more consecutive days at sea. For transatlantic, transpacific, and certain South American cruises, the child must be at least 12 months old.

Babysitting: Private, in-cabin babysitters are available for $19 per hour. Children must be at least 12 months old to qualify and no more than three children are allowed per babysitter.

Cribs: Provided if booked in advance.

Diapers/wipes: Not provided.

Formula: Baby food is available upon request up to 30 days before the cruise. Formula is not provided.

Strollers: Not provided.

High chairs: Available upon request.

Costa Cruises

Minimum Age: 6 months.

Babysitting: Not available for children under 3 years of age.

Cribs: Available for certain categories of rooms.

Diapers/wipes: Not provided.

Formula: Available upon request.

Strollers: Not provided.

High chairs: Available upon request.

Cunard Line

Minimum age: 6 months. For transatlantic and transpacific voyages, the child must be at least 12 months old.

Babysitting: Complimentary group childcare for children 2 and up is available during the day in the Play Zone and in the evenings in the nursery.

Cribs: Available upon request.

Diapers/wipes: Not provided.

Formula: Not provided.

Strollers: Can be preordered 14 days in advance.

High chairs: Provided for dinner.
Disney Cruise Line

Minimum age: 12 weeks.

Babysitting: Flounder’s Reef Nursery and It’s a Small World Nursery will look after children 12 weeks to 36 months old for $6 per hour. Counselors will change diapers provided by the parents.

Cribs: Available upon request.

Diapers/wipes: Can be preordered through the Babies Travel Lite™ service.

Formula: Can be preordered through the Babies Travel Lite service.

Strollers: Available upon request.

High chairs: Available upon request.

Holland America Line

Minimum age: 6 months. For transatlantic and transpacific voyages, the infant must be at least 12 months old.

Babysitting: Not provided for children under 3.

Cribs: Available upon request, and only recommended for larger cabins. Parents must provide blankets.

Diapers/wipes: Can be ordered in advance at your own expense.

Formula: Can be ordered in advance at your own expense.

Strollers: Not provided.

High chairs: Available upon request.

MSC Cruises

Minimum age: None.

Babysitting: Not provided

Cribs: Available upon request.

Diapers/wipes: Not provided.

Formula: Not provided.

Strollers: Not provided.

High chairs: Available upon request.
Norwegian Cruise Line

Minimum age: 6 months.

Babysitting: Private babysitting is not available, and children must be at least 3 to qualify for group sitting.

Cribs: Available on certain ships; however, they only fit in some cabins.

Diapers/wipes: Can be purchased in the onboard shop.

Formula: Not provided.

Strollers: Not provided.

High chairs: Available upon request.

Princess Cruises

Minimum age: 6 months. For transatlantic and transpacific voyages, the child must be at least 12 months old.

Babysitting: Only available in the youth center for children 3 and up.

Cribs: Available upon request.

Diapers/wipes: Not provided.

Formula: Both baby food and formula are available upon request.

Strollers: Not provided.

High chairs: Not provided.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Minimum age: 12 months.

Babysitting:  Private babysitting may be available, based on the availability and interest of the crew, for $25 per hour with a maximum of two children.

Cribs: Available upon request.

Diapers/wipes: Not provided.

Formula: Not provided.

Strollers: Not provided.

High chairs: Not provided.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

Minimum age: 6 months. For transatlantic and transpacific voyages, the child must be at least 12 months old.

Babysitting: Professionally staffed Royal Babies & Tots Nursery on select ships for children 6 to 36 months at $8 per hour. In-room babysitting for up to three children of at least 1 year of age is also available on a first-come, first-served basis between 8 am and 2 am for $19 per hour.

Cribs: Complimentary playpens are available. Cribs are no longer provided.

Diapers/wipes: Can be preordered through the Babies 2 Go program.

Formula: Baby food and formula can be preordered through the Babies 2 Go program.

Strollers: Not provided.

High chairs: Available upon request.
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Posted by Sariah 9 months ago

20 years ago they didn't have babysitting services on cruise-lines for babies. The youngest age had to be at least potty trained.

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