What is a good age for first Disney cruise?

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San Antonio, TX
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Joined Apr 2004
I would like to get some opinions on what a good age is to take a child on their first Disney cruise. My husband and I have been on Royal Caribbean cruises in the past, but are ready to try the Disney cruise line, as we now have an 18 month old to think about.

I would just like to hear what kinds of experiences parents have had taking their toddlers and young children on Disney. I had heard that the age 5 was a good age to start taking children to Disneyworld - I just wondered if that held true for Disney cruises as well.
The EMPIRE State
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I took my then 4 year old for the first time. She loved it, experienced it, has memories of it. We enjoyed her taking this all in.

We took her back again when she was 5.

She will be on her fourth cruise before she turns 6. I started at 29. Someone say spoiled?

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San Antonio, TX
75 Posts
Joined Apr 2004
MrPeteLI -

Thanks for your reply. I am planing on taking him when he's 4 1/2 - so I really appreciate your input. I'd like him to be able to remember and enjoy his first cruise.

Your daughter doesn't sound spoiled - just well-traveled! That is what I'm hoping for my son. We are taking him to Hawaii in three weeks - wish us luck on the 7 hour plane ride!
New England
4,305 Posts
Joined Apr 2004
Good god, good luck - 7 hours (invest in Gameboy :Ʋ). We took our son on his (and ours) first cruise when he was 6. He absolutely loved it and can't stop talking about it. We are booking the western in Jan 06 to take him back. He will also be well traveled and very fortunate. We won't stop taking him to beautiful exotic places.

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San Antonio, TX
75 Posts
Joined Apr 2004
TheWog - Thanks for your reply.

We will definitely be investing in a portable DVD player - so he can watch his Baby Einstein DVD's - he loves those things! This is actually a free trip for us - my mother retired last year and is taking all of us - so we couldn't exactly turn it down, even if it means a 7 hour flight. We're traveling with my sisters kids - ages 6 and 8. We're all hoping for the best.

We feel the same way - we want our son to see the world, and I guess Hawaii and cruising aren't bad places to start.
Soledad, CA
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Joined Dec 2003
Good post, as we will be taking our son next year on his first cruise, and he will be 6 1/2 yrs. old. Should have plenty of good traveling memories.


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Joined May 2002
We are taking our grandson on a Disney 7 night cruise in October when he will be 4 1/2. I think we will all have a great time. Not only is he old enough to enjoy the trip, he is young enough to still idolize his grandparents and enjoy being with us. He is so much fun right now - hope he still is in 4 months!
San Antonio, TX
75 Posts
Joined Apr 2004
Lisa - how exciting for your little one - have you decided which cruise line you will be going on?

Adelle - what wonderful grandparents your grandson has!! I'm sure he will idolize his grandparents for a LONG time!! Have a wonderful cruise.

Yvonne (Alec's mama)
Newport News, Va.
336 Posts
Joined May 2002
my oldest grandson went on his first cruise at seven months and has now been on seven, my youngest has been on one.we have another set for september and then another for february.my wife and I enjoy cruising, my oldest grandson always looks foward to the cruises and the infant will adapt.I will say that my oldest grandson just simply expects it as cruising is a normal part of his life.hopefully his brother will also see it the same.
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Joined Jun 2004
Great news! Our little guy will be 4-1/2 when we cruise. We had been doing land vacations since he was born. It's going to be great to get out and cruise once again!!