Cruise with 10 month old

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#1
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are we being stupid for booking a cruise with a 5 year old and a 10 month old, we want to book the breakaway next year, any advice with travelling with a baby under 1. we want to book a balcony room.

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Of course you're not being "stupid"....this will be a family vacation, just like any other! You're simply vacationing on a ship! You'll do family things and will have a fine time. The 5 year old is old enough to make use of the kid's club, but the 10 mo. old will be with you....so you'll do all things with the baby on the ship that you would any other time. Most kids are fascinated with the shows, so don't be afraid to take them. A balcony will give you someplace "to be" while the kids nap or are down early for the night.

Bring a stroller so baby can nap out on deck while you're out and about. Bring ALL baby items...the ship doesn't sell much, if any, baby things.....so diapers for the entire cruise, all the lotions and potions, any comfort items and any baby medications that you may need. Hopefully, your baby will be eating tablefoods (mashable!) and if you're breastfeeding, so much the better....it's sooooo much easier than lugging formula.
The ship will provide a crib or P&P.

Most cabins only have showers, so bring a blow-up tub for bathing!
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Cb at sea did a great job covering everything. It has been a while but in 2007 we cruised with an 11 month old & 5 year old. It was just like taking a family vacation on land. Having the stroller(small umbrella) was very important. Especially in the restaurants b/c the 11 month old would sleep while we ate....

We of course loved the freestyle concept because with the kids you always need to be flexible.

Let us know if you have more specific questions.

Have a great trip!
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We never did it, we waited until our DD was ten before taking her but that doesn't mean you are stupid.
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Cruised with my 9mo old grandson last January. The best advice is get some grandparents to join you or dinner in your cabin might be a regular event. We tried to time meals around his sleep schedule, sometimes it worked, sometimes not. We enjoyed a quite dinner in the Bistro with him sleeping in is pram. The second try not so lucky and his grandmother was happy to take him back to the suite and her dinner was sent up.

A little shared evening baby sitting will go a long way toward everyone enjoying the cruise. If we could not have driven to the port there is no way we would have been able to bring everything we needed
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We booked next year's Breakaway with my son, daughter in law, and going to be 3 year old grandson. I figure Bermuda is a good cruise to do with a baby or toddler.

I won't mind eating dinner at different times and then letting them have the night life. My daughter and I usually go to the show and then right to bed.

I think you'll be fine.
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#7
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Wow! She covered it all! Stroller a must, but i did have the swim diapers for the kiddie pool and on RCCL the crew was right there to tell you they werent allowed. Not sure if policy changed, but sad for the little ones. I am a single mom, not to burden grandma from her casino time i did take advantage of getting one of the crew to babysit in the room, the ship offers for a nominal fee. Youll be fine, and there is so much flexability on crusies now days. Michelle
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Like RCCL no swim diapers. Kids most be potty trained to use any public pool. Simple answer pack a small inflatable pool.

No in room baby sitting on NCL


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My son was three months old when he took his first cruise. No, you are not stupid. Go and have a wonderful time!
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Agree. Bring a blow up pool. Swimmers might be fine in chlorinated pools but NCL's are fresh water. I wouldn't expose my little one, if I had one. I think you will have a blast.
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Originally posted by jdvmd
My son was three months old when he took his first cruise. No, you are not stupid. Go and have a wonderful time!
Today they can not cruise until they are 6 months old.


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I actually think cruises are one of the BEST vacations you can take with infants/children, and I require at least one vacxation a year, so I should know. We took my oldest son on his first cruise at 9 months on the NCL Spirit, and I echo the suggestions above: blow up pool for splashing around and for bathing (though if you can bump up to a mini-suite, the tub is invaluable with little ones!), an umbrella style stroller (anything larger is a hassle in many situations), and try to plan adult meals around naps- our son was very good at sleeping in the stroller, which was great. We do generally travel with grandparents, which is also a huge help, but we have done it without and it's still great! I do also agree that a balcony is VERY helpful so that you may enjoy some dessert and/or wine together after little one is asleep! Our little guy also loved the "mommy and me" playtime that they offered in the kids club- something to do for him during the day (he also accompanied us to the martini tasting- oops!)

Lastly, we will be traveling on a 9-day with our now THREE children (ages 5, 3 and 6 months!) in January, so if you are crazy, then we are INSANE
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#13
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Originally posted by time2cruise1
Today they can not cruise until they are 6 months old.


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Guess we got lucky and obviously the policy has changed because the mainstream lines usually require an infant to be 6 months of age. Disney and MSC allow infants who are three months old at time of sailing.
#14
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thanks for all the replies, they have been very helpfull. We have cruised before but not with a baby. We no longer feel crazy. We asked grandparents to come but they refused to cruise on any other line but Princess, they think NCL would not come close to what they are used to. I hope they are wrong. since this will be our first NCL cruise.
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We cruised with our daughter when she wa 19 months old......all I can say is make sure you pack a lot of patience......
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Originally posted by LegallyBlonder

Lastly, we will be traveling on a 9-day with our now THREE children (ages 5, 3 and 6 months!) in January, so if you are crazy, then we are INSANE
We have a group cruising together on a 12 day in jan. 2014. One couple had to cancel recently as they found out they're expecting in may. They were told by NCL that babies under 1 year are not allowed on cruises longer than 7 days. I knew about the over 6 months requirement but not the 12 months+ on longer cruises. I' m not sure if this is a recent change or not, hope this doesn't affect your cruise.
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Originally posted by oLEEander
We have a group cruising together on a 12 day in jan. 2014. One couple had to cancel recently as they found out they're expecting in may. They were told by NCL that babies under 1 year are not allowed on cruises longer than 7 days. I knew about the over 6 months requirement but not the 12 months+ on longer cruises. I' m not sure if this is a recent change or not, hope this doesn't affect your cruise.
12 month rule only applies to cruises with 3 or more sea days in a row.

All facts stated below apply at the time of embarkation.
Infants sailing onboard a Norwegian vessel must be at least six months of age at time of sailing. However, for voyages that have 3 or more consecutive days at sea, the infant must be at least 12 months old at time of sailing.
A minor is defined as an individual under 18 years of age at the time of embarkation.
A young adult is defined as an individual between the ages of 18 and 20.
Company policy dictates that a passenger under 21 years of age must be accompanied in the same or connecting stateroom by a passenger 21 years of age or older at the time of embarkation.
For passengers under the age of 18 traveling with an accompanying adult, who is not the minor's parent or legal guardian, a PARENT/GUARDIAN CONSENT RELEASE FORM (PDF) that authorizes the minor's travel and further authorizes medical treatment in case of an emergency must be delivered to a Norwegian representative at the pier during check-in. Failure to produce this letter at embarkation may result in boarding being denied, with no refund of cruise fare provided.
Note: Two people under the age of 21 may travel together in the same stateroom if they are a married couple and provide proof of marriage to a Norwegian representative at the pier before embarkation.
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Originally posted by time2cruise1
12 month rule only applies to cruises with 3 or more sea days in a row.

All facts stated below apply at the time of embarkation.
Infants sailing onboard a Norwegian vessel must be at least six months of age at time of sailing. However, for voyages that have 3 or more consecutive days at sea, the infant must be at least 12 months old at time of sailing.
A minor is defined as an individual under 18 years of age at the time of embarkation.
A young adult is defined as an individual between the ages of 18 and 20.
Company policy dictates that a passenger under 21 years of age must be accompanied in the same or connecting stateroom by a passenger 21 years of age or older at the time of embarkation.
For passengers under the age of 18 traveling with an accompanying adult, who is not the minor's parent or legal guardian, a PARENT/GUARDIAN CONSENT RELEASE FORM (PDF) that authorizes the minor's travel and further authorizes medical treatment in case of an emergency must be delivered to a Norwegian representative at the pier during check-in. Failure to produce this letter at embarkation may result in boarding being denied, with no refund of cruise fare provided.
Note: Two people under the age of 21 may travel together in the same stateroom if they are a married couple and provide proof of marriage to a Norwegian representative at the pier before embarkation.

The above is correct: 6 months for sailing, 12 months for 3 consecutive sea days. I actually had a minor freak attack with this one, because we are actually at sea for 71 hours prior to our first port, but it turns out, they literally mean three full, consecutive "at sea" days. In response to this freak-out, the PCC told me that their system actually prevents a booking that is in violation of their age requirements (ex: when you gave baby's birth date for such a cruise, their system would reject the booking)- perhaps this is a new development?
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#19
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My Daughter cruised with my Granddaughter when she was 8 months old and the cruise worked out well. However, she did one when she was three and it didn't go well.
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Just wait till the 9 month old is older
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