Posted January 4th, 2013, 11:59 AM
I've NEVER been on a cruise before. I'm totally clueless - so please be gentle. My son is currently 9 mths old. We are considering a cruise for our vacation this year. We would probably go in May, maybe September...? My son will be just over 1 year old. We're not 100% certain about when just yet.
We live in the Philadelphia area, so we'd like to leave from NYC, Bayonne, or Baltimore so we wouldn't have to fly anywhere. My husband has said that we should go to Bermuda because it's only 1 port of call therefore easier with a baby.
Any suggestions about which cruise line is best are sincerely appreciated. As is any other advice! Thanks in advance!
My two cents worth - remember that Bermuda is roughly the same weather as NY, so if you are looking to luxuriate in the sun, you may want to go over the summer months. I've never cruised to Bermuda, but we enjoyed staying at a hotel there.
Also, most (all?) cruise lines don't have programs for kids as young as yours. If you want any time away, you'll need to pay for a babysitter and those costs vary. If you have family, friends, or a nanny/babysitter that can go with you, it may actually be more cost effective.
I've been on several cruise lines - Carnival, Celebrity, Princess, Holland America, Royal Caribbean. Carnival and Royal Caribbean are the most kid-friendly, but my personal preference is Celebrity. As your baby is so young, I suggest you do what YOU want to do because he's not going to know the difference. If he's like our son, things like the stairs, shops, etc. will be his entertainment.
A great suggestion I heard from someone is to get a blow-up pool to put on your cabin balcony because kids who aren't potty trained aren't allowed in the ship pools - not even in swim diapers.
Hope that helps!
Have cruised Celebrity, Princess, Holland America, Royal Caribbean, and Carnival. Worked on Carnival ships a million years ago after college.