Children / Cruises - your experiences as Parent or Grandparent

I started a thread that's against children on ships.  It was a bit overboard I confess.  I'm wondering tonight about those here that have had their children or grandchildren along for a cruise and how it went?  What did you do with them?  Did you dump them off in the children's center all day and pick them up at end of day?  Did they spend all day with you?  Did you let them roam on their own?  What have your experiences been?

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Dump them off??? LOL!!!!! You were trying to be nice but BLEW it. AhahahaaBig Smile. No kids for JC......

LOL - I tried to dump my son off at the children's center but he went to the Bar instead ...

On a serious note, I have seen children in the elevators after a day at the activity center with their little crafts in hand and they appear to have had a blast. I think it's a wonderful option for people cruising with kids.

Whoops guess I shouldn't have used that word "dump". I think I have some latent issues or something. Dumping off is what my mom used to do to me and my sister quite a bit. Seemed like she wasn't too happy to have us around until we were adults. I don't think she likes younger children. Even with my sister's kids she didn't seem to get along with them until they were older. If I ever have kids, which is doubtful, I would interact with them as much as possible, including cruises. Ahhhh - Am I TMI-ing everyone??? I think I just hijacked my own threat too. Maybe Simon can get rid of this thread and I can start it again or something.

Naa, it's good topic. We rarely hear parents stories to much

Great topic. I have cruise with my son... but he was buying me drinks... But seriously, over all I have not been annoyed by any kids while we cruise. When we did Bermuda with NCL, there was a special parade put on by all the kids from the kids club. There was a big crowd watching the parade and as a grandparent, it was like going to the kids concerts.. A great deal of fun.

We've taken our kids and grands twice on Carnival. Two years ago, the kids were too young to enjoy Camp Ocean. This year, the 5, 4 and 3 year old kiddos actually begged to go. Our 18 month old was too young for the program. The kiddos also spent a lot of time at the waterworks area. We chose our excursions with them in mind. Ocean world in Amber Cove was a big hit. We did the MDR once on our first cruise. The waiters were awesome with the kids. This year, we did the Lido buffet every night. It was too much to expect for them to sit through a long service when they had had long and busy days. Divein movies by the Lido pool were a big hit. They ran Moana the last night and that was a great way to end the cruise.

The key to taking young kids on a cruise is to not put them in situations they aren't mature enough to handle. Somebody has to be watching them at all times, no exceptions. We had a great cruise and I didn't see any eyerolls from fellow passengers, so hopefully they didn't disturb anyone.

Glad to hear you enjoyed Ocean World in Amber Cove ... knew that would be a hit with the kiddies ....

Shoot I shouldn't post after work when I'm exhausted. I have seen kids with their parents having a good time during a cruise.

I have twin 5 year old girls We took them on a cruise at Thanksgiving to Greece and while I thought their might be some fun to be had with them in the kids activities / daycare area it was largely just coloring and balloons. I am not about to put my kids in with virtual strangers to them (and me) so I can look out my balcony and have cocktails. I chose to be a parent and all that went with it, and actually like being with my kids. We have an NCL cruise on Epic in October and the ship looks rife with kid-fun stuff--so yes, I keep them with us. What we typically do is stay in a suite (like the Haven) and eat frequently in our cabin so that the kids and we can relax...a big dining room can be boring for kids so why subject them to it?I can get the same food in the room. We might piss a few people off in the Haven when our kids want to splash in the pool or in the hot tub but I like my kids being kids. Cruise ships are so ideal because you the ship takes you to the port, you don't have to argue with them about getting into and off of trains/planes/automobiles and their is usually a toy store and plenty of ice cream on board. And since I am not driving I can have a cocktail while they are playing Barbie dolls on the deck chair. As to other people being intolerant...on aircraft (fly private) or on the ship (buy a yacht or go on Seabourne or Viking---where kids must be above 12 and super well behaved---we can check those two off our list for many years I guess). I appreciate crew members not chiding children---it's not their place or their job...that is the job of the parent

Yes it's the job of the parent. But what are we suppose to when the parents aren't doing their job? Seems a lot of parents bring kids into the world then do their best to not have their off spring around them. You sound like a great dad, thanks for posting.

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