Posted December 30th, 2007, 12:39 AM
I wish you/the parents the best of luck and a wonderful cruise. I would never tell anyone they should not bring their children.
I have recently had to make such a difficult decision - my husband and I are taking a cruise in mid Feb with his work (its paid for, how to refuse such an opportunity) and we are leaving our baby (who will be 7.5 months old then) with his sister. I truly think it depends on the cruise line (NCL has no in-cabin care and no care for children under 3) and even possibly the itinerary. For us, especially with his work, it just would not be appropriate to bring a baby. Plus, I don't feel that it would be a safe place for my son. And of course what others have said about car seats, strollers, diapers, all of those extras that take up space and require carrying around. In addition, I don't feel like it would be a vacation for us - especially as a nursing mom (this too has been resolved, but I won't go into details).
As such, we feel very fortunate and comforted by his sister's willingness and desire to care for our son. We know he will be cared for as one of their own (she and her husband have 2 boys).
Again, best of luck to you. Let us know how it works out, please.
Norwegian Pride of America 02/16/08 - upcoming
Carnival Imagination 12/08/03
Carnival Triumph 05/24/03
Carnival Imagination 04/05/03
Carnival Fascination 12/13/02
Windjammer Yankee Clipper 08/04/02
Norwegian Seaward 07/18/93