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Old September 1st, 2013, 05:08 AM
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I would love to go on the New Zealand Bottom End Cruise on Celebrity Solstice but bubs was born 4 days too young for the 6 month old policy.

Is there a way to still go on this cruise?

Doctors certificate?
Personal insurance policy?
Personal disclaimer?

The baby will be solely breastfed.

Thank you

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Old September 1st, 2013, 05:41 AM
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It is my understanding there is no waiver on this rule because it is part of the liability insurance restrictions. Hopefully they offer this itinerary when he is a year and almost 6 months old.

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As far as I know you cannot get any exemption for him. It is either leave him home or don't go
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Sorry -- but those are the rules -- no exceptions.

If the cruise line makes an exception for you, then they would have to make exceptions for other people as well.
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I know it is a disappointment, but it's a reality of parenthood that we have to forgo many things until our children are older. Yet we get many rewards in return. As an empty nester, I am glad I had those family vacations' knowing I can never get back those times when my kids were small. At the same time, We are enjoying plenty of couple time now. This cruise opportunity will likely happen again, but your time with your baby won't.
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I would love to go on the New Zealand Bottom End Cruise on Celebrity Solstice but bubs was born 4 days too young for the 6 month old policy.

Is there a way to still go on this cruise?

Doctors certificate?
Personal insurance policy?
Personal disclaimer?

The baby will be solely breastfed.

Thank you

Milliejane
leave Junior behind is the only option.

they will not make exceptions.
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Old September 1st, 2013, 09:56 AM
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Book it for next year.
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Old September 1st, 2013, 09:57 AM
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I would love to go on the New Zealand Bottom End Cruise on Celebrity Solstice but bubs was born 4 days too young for the 6 month old policy.

Is there a way to still go on this cruise?

Doctors certificate?
Personal insurance policy?
Personal disclaimer?

The baby will be solely breastfed.

Thank you

Milliejane
I feel for you. Having 3 myself, including twins I think 4-8 months was the easiest, until they go to college. it's a perfect time to travel as long as they are good sleepers but that goes for kids of any age. Eighteen months old, well that's a whole different ball game and I wouldn't have wanted to go on a once in a lifetime vacation when our girls were those ages. I would ask for special permission to take your baby on the cruise if I were you. The worst that can happen is that they say no.


Good luck and I hope that you are allowed to take this cruise and if not ask others about travelling with 18 mth olds before you book for next year. Trust me, the food thing alone will be way more of a hassle.

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Old September 1st, 2013, 10:04 AM
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They are absolutely NOT going to make an exception for you as it's a liability insurance issue. Sorry, but it's one of the many sacrifices of parenthood.
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Old September 1st, 2013, 11:52 AM
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Hi Millejane,

I feel for you in this situation. Cruising is wonderful and I'm sure you were excited, but as stated, policy is policy and is in place for a reason. Why would they make an exception for you and then not for someone else? What would your Doctor say - would s/he lie about baby's age?

There is no way around it. The specific cruise you are looking at is not going to happen with Jr. in tow, so what are the options? Another cruise, a later date, etc. Remember you will have to show his birth certificate or passport anyway so there just is no way to fudge this. Hope you understand.

Bless you all and hope you can cruise sometime in the near future.

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I feel for you. Having 3 myself, including twins I think 4-8 months was the easiest, until they go to college. it's a perfect time to travel as long as they are good sleepers but that goes for kids of any age. Eighteen months old, well that's a whole different ball game and I wouldn't have wanted to go on a once in a lifetime vacation when our girls were those ages. I would ask for special permission to take your baby on the cruise if I were you. The worst that can happen is that they say no.


Good luck and I hope that you are allowed to take this cruise and if not ask others about travelling with 18 mth olds before you book for next year. Trust me, the food thing alone will be way more of a hassle.
No, it's not going to happen. It's not even worth asking to get a no answser.

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I would love to go on the New Zealand Bottom End Cruise on Celebrity Solstice but bubs was born 4 days too young for the 6 month old policy.

Is there a way to still go on this cruise?

Doctors certificate?
Personal insurance policy?
Personal disclaimer?

The baby will be solely breastfed.

Thank you

Milliejane
The only way you could go is to leave "bubs" at home. The cruiseline will not make any exception for this and even though other posters have advised to ask the cruiseline for permission there is no need to ask as the answer will be no.
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I'd still ask the line. I know it's different circumstances but we took a land tour last year and it indicated minimum age for children was 12 at time of departure. We went with sister and b-i-l and kids. My youngest niece would have been 11 and 8 months by departure date.......she went!

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I'd still ask the line. I know it's different circumstances but we took a land tour last year and it indicated minimum age for children was 12 at time of departure. We went with sister and b-i-l and kids. My youngest niece would have been 11 and 8 months by departure date.......she went!
Totally different. For the cruise, not gonna happen.
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No, it's not going to happen. It's not even worth asking to get a no answser.
It's a simple phone call not a long distance trek so I would make it. I would rather here it from the company.

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Hi Millejane,

I feel for you in this situation. Cruising is wonderful and I'm sure you were excited, but as stated, policy is policy and is in place for a reason. Why would they make an exception for you and then not for someone else? What would your Doctor say - would s/he lie about baby's age?

There is no way around it. The specific cruise you are looking at is not going to happen with Jr. in tow, so what are the options? Another cruise, a later date, etc. Remember you will have to show his birth certificate or passport anyway so there just is no way to fudge this. Hope you understand.

Bless you all and hope you can cruise sometime in the near future.

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The doctor would be able to say weather the baby is healthy and fit to travel in his opinion. The passport or birth certificate needed to board would have the baby's date of birth.

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Old September 1st, 2013, 01:59 PM
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leave Junior behind is the only option.

they will not make exceptions.
You can't leave a breast fed infant at home! He's only 6 months! His mom would have to pump a ton before the cruise and EVERY FEEDING (including motn) that the baby normally nursing. Assuming the baby even gets a bottle and mom pumps (I don't).

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The doctor would be able to say weather the baby is healthy and fit to travel in his opinion. The passport or birth certificate needed to board would have the baby's date of birth.
It won't matter what the doctor has to say. The cruiseline will still not allow the child to cruise in accordance with their policy.
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You can't leave a breast fed infant at home! He's only 6 months! His mom would have to pump a ton before the cruise and EVERY FEEDING (including motn) that the baby normally nursing. Assuming the baby even gets a bottle and mom pumps (I don't).

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Which would mean it's best for the OP not to cruise until the child is old enough.
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It's a simple phone call not a long distance trek so I would make it. I would rather here it from the company.
Cruises make certain policies. If they make exceptions, what is the point in even having a stated policy? Even IF Celebrity would make an exception in this case for four days, when do they stop making them for others, six, ten, a month?

The OP has ready heard if from the company in their stated policy.

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