Posted January 27th, 2010, 10:28 PM
There are those on cruise critic who are big fans of having connecting staterooms vs a suite with small children. I'm not one of them. I prefer to have us all in one larger space, where I can see everybody. Having only one door is important for my peace of mind, especially with a 2 year old. The doors do not have chain lock like hotel rooms do. If the door handle is used from the inside, the child can exit. Now, the doors are heavy, so it's not likely, but it is possible. Also, stateroom attendants have keys, so they can enter at will. Shouldn't be a problem, but still the security of my kids is my responsibility.
I had connecting cabins the first time my ds, then 2 sailed with us. We all ended up in one cabin except for sleeping anyway. It was very cramped. I was somewhat nervous the entire cruise because I couldn't see both doors and so could not keep tabs on security issues. Since then, we've all stayed in one cabin, and mom's sanity is improved.
At night time, everyone is generally pooped, so getting the youngest to sleep is not a problem.
49 nights with RCCL, 7 nights with Carnival, 11 nights with Disney, 14 nights with Princess, 45 nights with HAL