Contributor Level: Captain

Review by sarahfeliciano2

Do not go with children under the age of 2!

In response to review, Johngold says ...


Your status states that you have done 4-6 cruises, so I'm guessing there is some experience there. Taking a 2 year old on a cruise and expecting a relaxing time for you is na¯ve to say the least. What prompted you to take a child that young along on a Carnival Cruise? Have other cruise lines made it easier for small children?

Have you travelled with the child before, or other children? Please fill in some details. After all that.... I hope you buy a nice get-a-way for yourself and your husband---no kids....

Tags: Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Glory Caribbean - Eastern

4 Answers

Contributor Level: Third Mate

Did the research and thought hey, why not can't be that bad. Especially since I stayed home with him until 2 Mos ago. Boy was I wrong! This review is mainly for parents who think they can do it. Unless you go with grandparents it totally is not worth the mone and frustration. Just wait until the kid is older. Cruise lines should definitely look into changing these rules or just not allowing kids under 2 or not charging for kids under 2. Parents really don't know how hard it is to cruise with a toddler until you actually do it. 

Contributor Level: Captain

Sarah - please don't think I am trying to bash you with this post -- only trying to reinforce your last post.

Children at that age will probably not enjoy the trip. In easy terms, their whole world is changed -- the movement of the "ground", the constant noise, etc. At that age they probably need to be home with family (or other caregiver).

Really not until the age of around 5 are they able to fully appreciate the vacation as it is meant to be.

Contributor Level: Captain

Thanks for the reply.

Now book another cruise for just the adults.

This is good advice for Parents who think they can do this. I don't think it will be fun for the A) child. B) parents C) other travellers.

Contributor Level: Cruise Director

As a parent of young children, I can completely understand the thoughts on the review, however, your expectation level was way too high.  You cannot expect that someone will watch your child as you have the time of your life.  If that is the case, leave them with your family.  Trust me, been there and done that.  However, having said that, you should have made the most of it with your child.  When life hands you lemons...


Next time adult cruise eh?


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