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8 Top Cruises for Babies and Toddlers

Plan ahead for smooth sailing when cruising with young mariners.

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Young children can have just as much fun as their parents on these cruises.

Cruises are an ideal vacation option for families with toddlers . But with so many cruise lines to choose from – and new ships offering an array of endless activities and amenities for kids of all ages – you may find it difficult to wade through the sea of options when planning a cruise for babies and toddlers.

Many mainstream and premium cruise lines offer well-designed staterooms with families in mind. Many family cruise ships also offer water parks, rides and attractions, kid-themed venues, live entertainment and more – making cruises for babies and toddlers (as well as cruises for teens ) ideal for both young and multigenerational families.

"Many cruise lines offer the perfect solution for families with babies and toddlers to enjoy time together as well as adult-only cruise time ," says luxury travel adviser Elizabeth Caran, a member of Nexion Travel Group. "From family-friendly activities to babysitting services and kids' clubs, cruises encourage the whole family to travel together."

When you're ready to cast off with your young mates, these eight cruise lines offer varying degrees of creature comforts, in-cabin amenities, and activities to make this maritime adventure memorable for your baby or toddler – and for the whole family.

Disney Cruise Line

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Captain Minnie Mouse, aboard all Disney Cruise Line ships, salutes the camera, spreading the message of exploring new horizons as part of a collection of new initiatives aiming to inspire the next generation of female leaders in the maritime industry.

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Minimum sailing age: Infants must be 6 months of age or older on embarkation day to sail with Disney Cruise Line . Children must be 12 months or older to sail on the line's Hawaii , transatlantic and Panama Canal itineraries.

Disney Cruise Line's family staterooms and suites offer expanded spaces for families, with some sleeping up to seven guests. Many of these cabins are split-bathroom staterooms with two bathrooms; one has a sink with a combined shower and tub, while the other has a commode and sink. You'll also find bunk-style beds, room-dividing draperies, extra space for storing luggage, on-demand television, in-room movies and a refrigerator.

Families traveling with infants will have access to many complimentary baby amenities on board Disney's ships, including bottle warmers and sterilizers, diaper disposal units, playpens, cribs and Pack 'n Play portable cribs. Parents can request these items through the stateroom host or hostess. Complimentary strollers are also available through Guest Services, and all of the dining venues have highchairs to accommodate your hungry shipmates. If you forgot your baby's pacifier or other necessary items, you'll find baby essentials including rash cream, infant formula (ready to feed) and more available for purchase at the onboard shops.

While you can bring your own baby food on board the ship (the items that don't need food preparation from the kitchen), the restaurant staff is also happy to puree fresh vegetables, by request, in the main dining room or through room service.

When parents are ready for adult-only time, Disney's fleetwide "It's a Small World" nursery accommodates children starting at 6 months old (or 1 year of age, depending on the itinerary), up to age 3. This whimsical themed space boasts some of the most extended operating hours – and lowest hourly rates for child care – in the cruise industry. While at the "club," tots can read or play with interactive toys, games, videos or crafts. If one of the counselors needs to reach you on the ship, never fear: They can contact you via an onboard mobile phone service.

Older children – ages 3 to 12 – have access to the Disney's Oceaneer Club and Oceaneer Lab play areas, which offer even more Disney-inspired fun. And don't forget all the other kid-friendly activities on the ship like themed parties and water attractions for little ones, as well as character encounters with Mickey and Minnie Mouse and a whole host of other princesses, pirates and superheroes. Don't forget to pack your baby's Disney-themed gear to join in the onboard fun.

Want to cruise with your family on Disney Cruise Lines? See the top cruises on  GoToSea , a service of U.S. News.

Baby Club Chicco playroom on the MSC Seashore.

Courtesy of MSC Cruises

Minimum sailing age: MSC Cruises welcomes children of all ages but recommends consulting your pediatrician if you plan to sail with a baby younger than 12 months of age.

When you're ready to set sail with MSC, the line has connecting staterooms and large suites to accommodate families. You can also opt to stay in the exclusive MSC Yacht Club to experience the luxury ship-within-a-ship accommodations and amenities, which include private venues and a 24-hour dedicated private butler. Cribs and playpens from baby care brand Chicco are available for your complimentary use through the housekeeping staff.

The Baby Club (for ages 2 and younger) is one of five distinct offerings for kids. MSC partners with Chicco to provide a dedicated play space for babies and toddlers who are younger than 3 years old. MSC Baby Time is available at select times on sea days and in port, giving the ship's youngest guests an opportunity to play with pals from around the world while you supervise your children and engage with other parents. Little ones will also enjoy the educational toys from the Osservatorio Chicco Baby Research Center, which include rhythm and music activities and crawling games. Another MSC offering allows 2- and 3-year-olds to test out their budding culinary skills with a Baby Chef activity. Babysitting is an option at the Baby Club for kids between 1 and 3 years old. This service – and available hours – varies by ship, so check with the Youth Program once you're on board.

For slightly older sailors (aged 3 to 6), the Mini Club's partnership with Lego provides even more friends and fun with arts and crafts, games, and events.

This cruise line's kids menus offer a wide selection of delicious and fun choices assessed by nutritionists from the Osservatorio Chicco. Some food options are dedicated to 6- to 12-month-old palates, and the menus are available in the main and specialty restaurants. Each buffet also features a Kids' Corner or Marketplace Family & Kids area. If your wee ones get hungry at off-hours and you don't want to head out into the ship, you'll still be able to keep them satisfied and happy – room service is available 24 hours a day.

For excursions, children 2 years and younger can join you free of charge; kids aged 3 to 13 receive a 30% discount off adult prices.

Looking to plan a cruise on MSC Cruises? See the top cruises on  GoToSea , a service of U.S. News.

Camp at Sea playroom, Deck 3 Midship Starboard on Celebrity EDGE ship.

Michel Verdure | Courtesy of Celebrity Cruises

Minimum sailing age: Infants must be at least 6 months old on the first day of a Celebrity Cruises sailing or cruisetour. Some cruises/cruisetours require children be at least 12 months of age to participate.

Celebrity's Veranda Stateroom is the perfect option when traveling with younger kids as it allows parents the flexibility to go outside and enjoy a glass of wine or private time after the little one is fast asleep. If your child is more active, an Ocean View Stateroom still offers the view but with more peace of mind. If you splurge on a spacious suite, everyone will have more room to rest and roam – and get access to VIP areas of the ship – along with concierge and butler service. Suite accommodations also offer a private babysitting service for up to three children (for a fee), as long as the kids are all at least 1 year of age.

Celebrity offers several programs for younger children. Toddler Time is available in the ship's playroom for all kids younger than 3 and requires parental supervision – and you can check out the fun and educational toys and books to take to your stateroom. Led by the ship's youth staff, the daily Camp at Sea program is an option for potty-trained kids ages 3 to 5. Camp activities include science excursions, art activities, singing and cooking challenges. Children aged 3 to 12 who are registered in the youth program can join in for more activities with supervised afternoon and slumber parties on the ship.

Fussy young eaters will find plenty of kid-friendly favorites at mealtime like spaghetti Bolognese, mini pizzas, cheeseburgers and fries; these are some of the selections on the main dining room's kids menu. The buffet is an excellent alternative for a relaxed environment and even more choices – including an ice cream and dessert station for those sweet tooths. If you prefer to dine in your stateroom, kiddie favorites are also available on the in-room dining menu.

Want to cruise on Celebrity Cruises? See the top cruises on  GoToSea , a service of U.S. News.

Minimum sailing age: Infants cruising on Holland America Line must be at least 6 months old at the time of embarkation. On longer cruises, such as transoceanic voyages or itineraries in South America , Asia , the South Pacific or Hawaii, infants must be at least 12 months at embarkation.

Holland America offers a selection of accommodations ideal for families that include connecting cabins and rooms with sofa beds or Murphy beds. On the Nieuw Statendam and Koningsdam ships, there are also dedicated family staterooms with beds for up to five guests, additional closet space and two bathrooms (one of which has a tub). The line also offers reduced fares for kids – who can even cruise for free on select itineraries during Holland America's Kids Sail Free promotions.

A limited number of complimentary cribs, highchairs and booster seats are available on board. The line recommends requesting a crib no later than 90 days before sailing. If you don't want to bring all the necessary supplies with you, select items can be purchased in advance, including diapers, baby wipes, formula and baby food.

Parents will appreciate the kids menu in the dining venues, with toddler-approved favorites like chicken strips, pizza, and mac and cheese, along with healthy options like soups, salads and fresh fruit. Children 12 years and younger receive half-off meals in specialty dining restaurants – or they can order from the kids menu for free – and you'll find reduced rates for the kiddos on shore excursions.

Club HAL, the line's youth program, is available on all 11 ships and offers supervised and entertaining activities for ages 3 to 17. At the Kids Program (for 3- to 6-year-olds), children can participate in games and crafts and attend themed parties like a "Ships Ahoy Pirate Treasure Hunt Adventure" or "Dino-Mite Night." The program, along with lunch, is an option on port days. The line also encourages children with special needs to participate in Club HAL activities based on their chronological age.

Looking to plan a family cruise on Holland America Line? See the top cruises on  GoToSea , a service of U.S. News.

Guppies Program playroom for Norwegian Cruise Line.

Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line

Minimum sailing age: Infants must be 6 months of age at the time of sailing on Norwegian Cruise Line , or at least 12 months old at embarkation if the voyage has three or more consecutive days at sea.

Norwegian's "freestyle cruising" philosophy provides parents options to design a vacation that will be flexible and fun for everyone in the family. Choices abound for staterooms and suites, including connecting cabins. The Haven, the line's exclusive luxury retreat, offers spacious accommodations, suites and villas – even a two-bedroom family villa. The Haven also boasts private venues, a concierge service, a 24-hour butler and other perks. During promotions on select sailings – and in all stateroom categories – kids can sail for free .

Complimentary portable playpens and foldable sleepers are available fleetwide. You'll also find highchairs in the dining venues, but booster seats are only available on Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Joy and Norwegian Encore.

For activities, the line's Guppies Program is for tiny tykes ranging from 6 months to 3 years old. This hosted activity (on all ships) is open to parents and their children, focusing on sensory play, music and movement. Parents of children aged 3 to 12, meanwhile, can head out for an afternoon in port – or a night alone on the ship – and leave their children with the supervised Late Night/Port Play program for a fee. For more active pursuits, parents and their kids can check out the aquaparks and waterslides, play a game of mini-golf, or go on exciting and adventurous excursions, such as a whale watching expedition on a cruise to Alaska .

Throughout the ship guests will find complimentary dining venues, like the main dining rooms and buffet, where kids can enjoy tasty favorites like pizza, chicken fingers, pasta, waffles and soft serve ice cream. You can also visit specialty restaurants that offer a kids menu at no extra charge. If you're staying in for the night, 24-hour room service is always available.

Want to cruise with your family on Norwegian Cruise Lines? See the top cruises on  GoToSea , a service of U.S. News.

Minimum sailing age: Infants must be 6 months of age at the time of embarkation to sail with Carnival Cruise Line . For transoceanic crossings, remote itineraries and any cruise with more than two consecutive sea days, children must be at least 12 months of age. They also must be at least 12 months to sail if there's at least one international port ( Singapore , the Pacific Islands or New Zealand ) or a port in Hawaii.

Carnival offers connecting cabins and flexible staterooms that can accommodate up to five guests – some also have an extra half bath. If you're cruising from Long Beach, California , to the Mexican Riviera with the kiddos, plan to reserve one of the 96 Family Harbor staterooms or suites in the family-dedicated zone on Deck 2 of Carnival Panorama. These cabins accommodate up to five passengers and feature a nautical flag motif. Additionally, the Family Harbor Lounge is the perfect place to hang out with your little ones: The space has large televisions, hosted family activities, complimentary snacks – like milk and cookies or ice cream – and other amenities. You'll also be able to grab continental breakfast in the lounge on port days. Family Harbor suites and staterooms are also available on Carnival Celebration, Mardi Gras and Carnival Vista. All the cabins in this category have additional perks like free specialty dining for kids and one free evening of day care.

While on board, parents can request a complimentary crib to use in the stateroom, and there are highchairs and booster seats available in the dining venues. Strollers are available to rent for a fee.

When it comes to activities, Camp Ocean has programs for infants younger than 2, with limited availability on sea days during the cruise. Children do not need to be toilet-trained to participate. Parents can leave their tots in the care of the ship's youth staff for a fee, or they can stay and use the camp facilities free of charge. On port days, child care is also available (at additional cost), but parents must return at mealtimes to feed their children – or to administer any medications. Children who are 2 years of age can join in the kiddie fun in the Penguin group for ages 2 to 5, which offers complimentary programming with entertaining age-appropriate activities and kid-friendly cuisine. Other ways to keep young seafarers amused while on the ship include Seuss at Sea, Zumbini and Build-A-Bear Workshop at Sea.

In the evenings, infants 6 months and older – and children up to age 11 – may attend Night Owls (for a fee), a late-night supervised slumber party-type activity where tots can watch movies, play games, listen to music, participate in giveaways and enjoy snacks. Depending on the itinerary, there may also be themed Owl Jam Parties for the kids. Complimentary Pack 'n Plays are available to use for infants.

Looking to plan a cruise to the Caribbean on Carnival Cruise Line? See the top cruises on  GoToSea , a service of U.S. News.

The Ultimate Family Suite on the Symphony of the Seas ship.

Courtesy of Royal Caribbean International

Minimum sailing age: Infants must be at least 6 months old on the first day of a Royal Caribbean International cruise or cruisetour. Note, however, that they must be at least 12 months old for certain cruises/cruisetours such as transatlantic and transpacific voyages, Hawaii cruises and select South American itineraries. Children are required to be at least 12 months old for any cruise with three or more consecutive sea days.

Royal Caribbean has a wide range of staterooms and suites appropriate for all sizes and types of families, but for an epic adventure, book the Ultimate Family Suite. This two-story accommodation is available on three of the line's ships, including Wonder of the Seas, Royal Caribbean's newest ship – and the largest ship in the world. Suite amenities feature a private game room and cinema, table tennis, an in-suite slide and VIP perks around the ship; you'll even have your own dedicated Royal Genie. For shorter itineraries closer to home, consider booking one of the line's Freedom-class vessels sailing from ports in Florida , Texas and New Jersey .

Take advantage of the line's Babies 2 Go service to make packing light and easy for your cruise. This program will deliver Huggies diapers, baby wipes and cream, and Gerber organic baby food to your stateroom. The items must be ordered in advance.

Royal Caribbean's Royal Babies program (for ages 6 to 18 months) offers little ones and their parents enriching classes in child development. Royal Tots features 45-minute interactive playground sessions for children aged 16 to 36 months. The ship's youth staff hosts these programs; parents must attend alongside their infants or toddlers. If your little one is between 3 and 5 years old – and potty-trained – they can participate in the educational program as an Aquanaut at Adventure Ocean. With this program, kids take part in fun experiments to become a Certified Jr. Adventure Scientist. These programs are complimentary for guests.

If you want to dine early with your kiddos and avoid the crowds in the main dining room, My Family Time Dining is available for kids ages 3 to 11 during the first seating. After dinner, they can head to Adventure Ocean for nighttime kid fun while their parents have an adults-only evening to explore the entertainment on board – or off the ship.

Want to cruise on Royal Caribbean International? See the top cruises on  GoToSea , a service of U.S. News.

Minimum sailing age: Princess Cruises requires infants be at least 6 months or older on embarkation day and at least 1 year old for remote itineraries and transoceanic crossings. Children must be at least 5 years of age to participate in an escorted cruisetour.

Princess ships have plenty of staterooms that will accommodate up to four guests. The line also offers connecting cabins and two-bedroom suites for a family of up to eight that boast additional living space, a balcony and two bathrooms (one with a full tub). If you need a portable crib, you can call the line or reserve one in advance through the Cruise Personalizer.

Kids aged 3 and older (who must be potty-trained) can participate independently in Camp Discovery, a hosted complimentary program during the day and evening. Late-night group babysitting is also available at Camp Discovery for a small hourly fee, so parents can drop off their children and enjoy a quiet date night or some "me" time. Families can also delight in onboard entertainment such as stargazing with Discovery at SEA, kid-friendly films during Movies Under the Stars, festivals, dining events and more.

Kids menus are available in the main dining rooms and in specialty restaurants, where children receive half-price meals. Complimentary stage 1 and 2 jarred baby food can be ordered in advance through the Cruise Personalizer. You can also request fresh pureed fruits and vegetables in the main dining room.

Looking to plan a family cruise on Princess Cruises? See the top cruises on  GoToSea , a service of U.S. News.

Tips for Cruising with Babies and Toddlers

  • Book a short cruise: Celebrity Cruises' blog advises booking a shorter itinerary when cruising with babies and toddlers – especially until little sailors learn the ropes and get their sea legs.
  • Choose a local port: You might also consider an itinerary departing from a port closer to home so you can drive there – and look for kid-friendly itineraries that offer age-appropriate excursions.
  • Cruise during the off-season: If your schedule is flexible, book your vacation during the off-season or shoulder season, which will vary depending on your destination. Cruise fares are typically lower , and the kids facilities won't be as crowded when the older children are in school.
  • Pack essentials in your carry-on: Keep anything you'll need the day of embarkation – food, diapers, pacifiers, swimsuits, a change or two of clothing, etc. – in your carry-on bag . Your checked luggage may not be available to you until later in the day. Carry-on luggage can include a rollaboard bag, diaper bag or backpack , the latter of which will also be useful for shore excursions.
  • Pack plenty of diapers: Both regular and swim diapers are essential for your cruise packing list . Pack more than enough diapers as most cruise ships do not carry them (and even if they do, it's not guaranteed they'll sell the size your child needs). If available in a port of call, diaper options may be limited and/or more expensive.
  • Pack baby food: Formula isn't widely available on cruise ships, and because there are so many varieties (and so many babies with particularities), it's best to bring the formula your baby enjoys at home. Even though some cruise lines will puree baby food, you'll still want your own for shore excursions (even those on the cruise lines' private islands ). It's also a good idea to confirm the cruise line serves the type of milk your toddler drinks.
  • Pack bottles and bottle accessories: Some cruise lines offer bottle warmers and sterilizers, though they are few – and you may feel more comfortable packing a bottle brush and portable warmer anyway.
  • Reserve baby items ahead of time: Most of the lines have portable cribs (such as Pack 'n Plays), travel strollers , and highchairs or booster seats that you can use, and it's best to reserve these items in advance. Depending on the cruise line, you may be able to order other essentials ahead of time as well.
  • Consider travel insurance: Life is unpredictable – especially when you have a little one. You might want to consider cruise insurance or a cancel-for-any-reason travel policy for emergency protections and peace of mind during your vacation.

You might also be interested in:

  • How to Get Your Child a Passport
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  • Royal Caribbean vs. Carnival

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The Complete Guide to Taking a Cruise With a Toddler

Last updated: January 2nd, 2024

Couple playing with their toddlers on the beach

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Anyone who has traveled with a toddler before knows the experience can be overwhelming. After all, toddlers fidget on flights, don’t adapt well to new bedtime routines, and sometimes refuse to eat different foods than those they get at home.

For these reasons, maybe you’re hesitant to book a cruise with a toddler. The truth is, taking a toddler on a cruise is easier and more fun than you might expect. In fact, after sailing with your young one for the first time, we won’t be surprised if you start making a family cruise a yearly tradition.

Toddler wearing hat and sunglasses sitting on a luggage

Still, there are many factors to consider before booking your next cruise vacation for your family. From the best kind of stateroom to the excursions you’ll want to sign up for, here is everything you need to know about taking a toddler on a cruise.

How old should a child be to go on a cruise?

Infants must be at least 6 months old in order to be able to travel on most cruises with Celebrity. For transatlantic cruises, transpacific cruises, and some cruises to South America , as well as cruises with three or more consecutive days at sea, children must be at least 12 months old.

Woman carrying her toddler at the beach

For those traveling with toddlers over 6 months old, there are various programs onboard tailored to entertain them, including Toddler Time, for kids under 3, and Camp at Sea, for kids ages 3 -12.

What are some of the best cruises for toddlers?

If you’re cruising with your toddler for the first time, these are some of the best cruises to book.

Cruises with departure ports close to your home city

Taking a flight before boarding a cruise with a toddler can be taxing on both kids and parents. By picking a departure port close to home, you’ll be able to cut down on travel time before your cruise even begins, ensuring a smooth trip once you do take off on your actual vacation.

If you don’t live near one of our departure ports, consider breaking up your travel time by spending a day or two in the city you’ll sail from. This will also give you the chance to stock up on some travel essentials like diapers, their favorite snacks, and sunscreen.

Shorter cruises

If you’re taking your first cruise with a toddler, you might want to book a shorter itinerary (3-4 days) to see how your little one adapts to the sea. If your toddler has traveled well on a cruise before, go ahead and book a longer itinerary (7-10 days), but we recommend choosing one with multiple port stops and few consecutive days at sea in order to avoid seasickness and allow more opportunities for activities on land.

View of dolphins playing in Bahamas beach makes it the perfect cruise with a toddler

Cruises with family-friendly destinations

While we offer fun and exciting shore excursions in all of our port cities, some are more family-oriented than others. For example, little ones might not find a European city tour as interesting as a day swimming with dolphins in the Bahamas. Browse our website for family friendly excursions  before deciding on which cruise you’ll ultimately embark on.

Are cruises fun with toddlers?

Of course they are! Cruises are fun for kids of all ages, and there are plenty of activities to keep your toddlers entertained.

Kids under the age of 3 can enjoy Toddler Time at the ship’s playroom, where they’ll be able to play with educational toys and interact with other kids around their age. Parental supervision is required during Toddler Time, but children don’t have to be potty trained in order to participate in Toddler Time activities. Certain toys and books will also be available to check out and bring back to your stateroom.

Celebrity Cruises Camp at Sea colorful interior to enjoy cruise with a toddler

Camp at Sea

Potty-trained kids over 3 can participate in our Camp at Sea program. Open every day from 9:00am to 10:00pm, Camp at Sea’s entertainment center offers activities for kids with all kinds of interests, including STEM-oriented excursions, Xbox tournaments, culinary experiences, and art programs.

For parents who want to enjoy a couple of hours off or perhaps a romantic dinner, the Camp at Sea program also offers afternoon and slumber parties at different hours of the day. During these parties, kids will eat a meal and enjoy activities while being supervised by our youth staff, so you can rest easy that they are being taken care of while you get to enjoy some alone time. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.

What should I pack for my toddler on a cruise?

Toddler sitting on a small luggage

Preparation is key when traveling with a toddler on a cruise. For those about to cruise with a toddler, we recommend packing the following essentials in your suitcase:

  • Passport or proof of citizenship
  • Baby monitor
  • Umbrella or foldable stroller
  • Inflatable tub, which will come in handy since most staterooms only have a shower.
  • Medicine/First Aid kit with kids acetaminophen, band-aids, aloe gel, and antibiotic cream
  • Two outfits per day, in case there are any spills or accidents
  • One formal look
  • At least 3 swimsuits
  • Sandals or water shoes
  • White noise machine
  • Baby body wash and lotion
  • Childproofing supplies, such as outlet plugs

What’s the best stateroom for families cruising with a toddler?

The type of stateroom you choose when taking a toddler on a cruise depends on your personal preference and budget. While all of our staterooms are family friendly, there are some advantages if you decide to book a higher category of stateroom on your cruise while traveling with children.

Elegant interior of Celebrity Edge Sunset Veranda Stateroom

Veranda Stateroom

Parents traveling with toddlers may want to book a veranda stateroom because it gives adults a little more in-room flexibility. Since kids generally go to bed earlier, a veranda stateroom allows parents to sit outside on their private veranda and still keep an eye on their kids sleeping inside. Just because they have an early bedtime doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the view—and maybe even a glass of wine.

Oceanview Stateroom

For parents of rowdier toddlers who might prefer to book a room without a balcony, our ocean view staterooms offer you peace of mind and large windows to take in the view outside.

Spacious interior of Celebrity Edge Royal Suite living and dining areas with large windows

Royal Suite

If you prefer to cruise in a more spacious and exclusive stateroom, a suite is your best bet. Not only do our suites offer private rooms, living areas, and outside verandas, they also include concierge service—which might come in handy if you’re having a particularly difficult day with the kids—access to VIP areas of the ship, and plenty of space for active toddlers who like to move around.

What will my toddler do on a cruise?

There are plenty of fun activities for your toddler to do while on a cruise!

To start, all of our ships include a large outdoor pool, in which kids of all ages who are potty trained are welcome to swim, play, and splash around while onboard.

Woman and two kids camping out at Celebrity Cruises Lawn Club at night

At the Lawn Club, a half-acre area laden with real grass, kids are free to run around, play croquet, or enjoy a picnic, all while taking in the magnificent view of the open sea all around.

Kids under the age of 3 can enjoy Toddler Time at the ship’s playroom, where they’ll be able to play with fun and educational toys and kids in their age group.

Older toddlers who are potty trained can also enroll at Celebrity Cruises’ Camp at Sea program, which is open every day from 9:00am to 10:00pm. At Camp at Sea, kids will be entertained with daily activities like science excursions, video game tournaments, art activities, and even culinary challenges.

Woman and two toddlers walking on boardwalk at the beach

In port, choose from a number of family-friendly shore excursions that you and your toddler will enjoy. The possibilities are endless.

What will my toddler eat on a cruise?

Cheeseburger topped with onion rings with fries on the side

What to feed a toddler on a cruise ship can be worrisome for parents of picky eaters. Luckily, our cruises make it easy. At our main dining room, toddlers will be able to order from our kids menu, which includes favorites like spaghetti bolognese, grilled cheese sandwiches, mini margarita pizzas, and cheeseburgers with fries.

If your toddler is too tired to make it through a sit-down meal, we also offer an in-room dining kids menu that includes chicken skewers with yogurt sauce, hot dogs with fries, and a variety of desserts.

The buffet is an excellent option for parents cruising with toddlers. There’s a huge selection of food and the setting is more casual and relaxed. Plus, the buffet has an ice cream and dessert station that’s sure to appeal to any toddler.

Should I bring a stroller?

Toddler walking beside light stroller

Cruise ships can require a lot of walking to get from one area to the next. Make it easier on your little one, and on your back, by bringing a stroller onboard with you.

We suggest leaving the big bulky stroller at home and bringing a lightweight umbrella stroller that folds up compactly, so you can store it under your bed or in the closet of your stateroom.

Woman carrying toddler inside a baby carrier

If you don’t want to bring a stroller onboard, you can also opt for a baby wrap or baby carrier that can comfortably hold your toddler.

Strollers and carriers will come in handy while in port, too, particularly if you’re planning on doing some shopping or walking to and from the cruise ship and town.

What type of shore excursions can I bring my toddler on?

When planning your day in port with a toddler, a family-friendly shore excursion makes for a fun, hassle-free day.

We offer plenty of kid-friendly shore excursions that can be enjoyed by all members of your party. If traveling with a toddler, make sure to choose a shore excursion that doesn’t have an age restriction.

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Also keep in mind that an excursion that requires a lot of sitting, like those which include long bus rides in port, won’t necessarily be the best or easiest activity for your toddler Instead, look for excursions that involve short and easy hikes, or an activity they’ll get a kick out of, such as panning for gold during Alaska cruises or a water park excursion in the Caribbean .

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Cruising with a Baby: What to Know From Someone Who’s Done It

If you’re a new parent — or already a parent with a new addition to your family — then the thought of a vacation has definitely crossed your mind. After sleepless nights and days consumed with caring for your baby, the thought of taking a cruise and relaxing a bit is enticing.

And in fact, a cruise vacation is one of the best trips you can take with a small child . No matter where you go on the ship, you are only a few minutes from your room. That makes it perfect for midday naps, means you don’t have to carry around a ton of baby supplies, and there is plenty to see and do without going far.

But what’s it really like to cruise with a baby? Take it from someone that’s experienced it firsthand. There’s a learning curve to the vacation, and it is definitely different than the experience of cruising without a kid. That said, it’s still a great way to travel.

Here’s everything you need to know…

Cruising With a Baby 101

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While you may not realize it, there are several items you should know right off the bat if you want to cruise with a small child.

Age Restrictions for Babies The absolute first thing you should know is if you can even take your baby on a cruise. Cruise lines (including the major players like Royal Caribbean and Carnival) require the child be at least six months old on the day of embarkation for most cases. Yes, you can book the cruise when the child is younger, but they must be at least that age by cruise day.

If you are sailing on a transatlantic, transpacific, or a Hawaii cruise, then your baby must be at least 12 months old at the time of sailing.

These age restrictions are put in place for medical purposes. Given the special care needed for infants in case they get sick or injured, cruise lines don’t want children of the most vulnerable ages to be stuck at sea for extended periods of time.

Passport/Documentation for Infants We recommend adults have a passport when they cruise. But do you really need to go through the trouble of getting a passport for an infant? The answer is no, if you are a sailing on a closed-loop cruise (one that begins and ends in the same homeport).

If on a closed-loop cruise, the only documentation you will need a government-issued birth certificate . For children under the age of 16, you don’t need to have any photo identification. You will show the birth certificate at check-in on your first day and when passing through immigration when debarking the cruise back at home.

Cruise Fares & Gratuities for Babies There’s good news and bad news when it comes to cruise fares for babies. The bad news is that yes, you will be charged for having a baby in your room. The good news is that the rate for a third (or fourth) person in a cabin is significantly less. For example, if your cruise fare is about $500 per person for the first two adults in the room, then the cruise fare for a third person will only be a fraction of that. Still, it does cost something.

As for gratuities, some cruise lines expect you to pay tips for the child and some do not. For example, Carnival’s policy is that any guests under two years old are not expected to have gratuities added to their account. Royal Caribbean, however, automatically applies gratuities for everyone — including babies. Norwegian charges gratuities only on children three years and older.

Keep this extra charge in mind when shopping for cruise deals.

Cribs, Formula, Diapers, and Other Baby Supplies One of the biggest headaches of traveling with a baby is all the extra things you need to bring with you. Cruise lines do make it easier by supplying some items, but you’re still going to be packing extra if you bring a baby.

Cribs/Sleeping Areas: Cruise lines make it easier by providing a crib or sleeping area for your child at no extra charge. You should call the cruise line well in advance (2+ weeks from your cruise date) to request a crib be placed in your room. But you don’t have to bring a “pack and play” on your cruise!

High Chairs: High chairs are available in dining areas, just like in a restaurant. If you don’t see one, simply ask the waitstaff for assistance.

Strollers: While some lines might offer stroller rental, we would recommend you always bring your own stroller from home. Kids (and parents) are used to their own strollers. The last thing you want is a stroller that is uncomfortable and unfamiliar to ruin any outing on your trip. In particular, we suggest small, lightweight “umbrella” strollers — not the big jogging strollers like you would have around the neighborhood. Space is at a premium on the ship, so keep it light. 

Diapers/Formula/Other Supplies: Anything your baby consumes, you should bring from home. This includes any formula, snacks, diapers, wipes, rash ointment, baby shampoo and more. There might be items available for purchase on the ship (and there definitely will be in port), but it’s best to bring the items you know and trust from home. Also, pack enough for an extra day or two just in case you run out early.

Cruise Cabins and Accommodations For Your Baby

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When you are on your cruise, your cabin is your home away from home. Traveling with a small child, you’ll likely spend a ton of time in the room. Between naps, some feedings, and the kid’s early bedtime, we found ourselves back in the room much more than when we’ve cruised without a baby.

For that reason, we definitely suggest booking a cabin with a balcony. Balconies offer a place for mom and dad to escape to while the baby is sleeping, yet still be able to keep an eye on things. In addition, balconies offer an important source of fresh air — a must-have given how easily stinky diapers can smell up a tiny cabin.

Safety in the Cabin In our experience, cruise cabins are pretty safe for babies and don’t require much childproofing. Plugs were up high where children couldn’t reach. There are no stoves or other hot spots to worry about. Furniture isn’t easily toppled over since things are secured for a rocking ship. Balconies offer full protection from falling — a full sheet of tempered glass means there are no gaps a child could crawl through.

In general, cabins are babyproofed.

The only real issues are with drawers/doors and cleanliness.

Our child loved to open and close drawers and doors. Every cabin has a built-in system of closets and drawers that are easily reached no matter how tall your child is. We found that our son wanted to constantly open drawers, use them to stand up, and then accidentally smash his fingers when he closed them again. The bathroom door also had pieces of trim with extremely sharp edges that were within his reach.

For the most part our cabin was clean to the eye. But just like any hotel room, there are out-of-the-way spots that you can only see when you are down on the ground like a baby. Spots in corners and behind furniture were dirty. Your kid will find these spots! It’s not the end of the world, but be prepared.

Sleeping As mentioned above, the cruise line will provide a crib/pack-n-play at no extra charge. You should contact them a couple of weeks in advance of your trip to let them know you’ll need one. Don’t just assume they will put on in the cabin.

The cribs supplied on our cruises have been perfectly fine, albeit utilitarian. The one below featured a base mat wrapped in a regular sheet. Our child had no problem going to sleep in his normal “butt up” position.

We’ve had our child sleep in his own room since he was about two weeks old. In general he is a good sleeper, but he does wake up a couple of times a night, crying for about a minute before settling back down to sleep. Being in the same room — and in close quarters to other passengers — caused for some restless nights.

For one, instead of hearing our baby grunt or cry over a low-volume baby monitor, the sounds were right in our ear. That meant any sound woke us up. In addition, when our son cried in the middle of the night, we jumped up to calm him immediately to keep from disturbing our ship neighbors instead of letting him settle himself back down.

Frankly, sleeping in the same room as our baby was the worst part of the cruise. It took us back to the first months of having a newborn when we were up several hours each night trying to keep him quiet and calm.

One tip we can offer: Pack some clothespins or other clips to secure the sheet to the crib’s mat. The sheet on the crib would come undone, instead of fitting tight against the mat.

Bathing Cabin showers make it easy to bath your baby. Almost every cabin comes with a handheld sprayer that you can use to wash your kid. There’s no need to bring a bath chair or anything else. Assuming your child can sit up, you can just sit them on the floor of the shower to give a bath.

Eating on a Cruise With Your Baby

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Even if your child is a great eater, you might be anxious about dining on a cruise with your kiddo. After all, no one wants to be that family with the loud, messy eater.

On our cruises, we’ve actually avoided the main dining room altogether. Dining in the main dining room each evening is a rather formal process with several different courses. A long, drawn-out meal is not the best environment for a happy baby — or other diners. For everyone’s sake, we simply ate in the buffet or other “grab and go” venues for our meals.

Often we would grab a meal and take it back to the cabin to eat. There are plenty of places on cruise ships to eat that are less formal than the evening dining room, so we never felt out of place in these venues.

All the dining areas will have highchairs available for you to use. Since our child loved eating finger foods like cut bananas or other fruit, he usually made a mess when he ate. We brought along a silicon mat that sticks to any flat surface . With this we could place his food on the mat for him to eat without worrying about making a mess (or picking up germs) from the actual table. It was a lifesaver.

On days when we were in port or for baby mealtimes where we didn’t want to eat, we would always pack a bottle with formula and his baby food. When it was time to eat, we simply fed him in his stroller.

What to Do With Your Baby on a Cruise Ship

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If you have a kid who is a little older, then there is no shortage of things for them to do. Most major cruise lines have kids areas have allow parents to drop off their children and offer all sorts of activities. The problem is that these areas cater to older kids.

For example, Carnival doesn’t offer full-time drop-off of kids under two years old (there are times when you can stay and play with your child in the kids area), so be prepared to spend a lot of time with your child. Royal Caribbean does offer drop-off kids that are six months to three years old. With this program — available on most ships — you can drop your child off to be watched for an hourly fee. The staff will entertain and watch your child, providing a ton of kid-friendly things to do.

In general, you should be prepared to spend a lot of time doing things with your baby in tow. Thankfully at this age, kids are still pretty easy to keep entertained. Our child was very social, so simply walking around the ship looking at all the new people kept him interested (and other passengers took an interest in him as well).

On sea days, we often just found an empty spot on the deck to let him crawl around, explore, and play with toys without bothering other passengers. Other times there are baby-friendly things to do that were put on by the cruise line. This includes events like character dress-ups and small parades for the little ones. Many ships (especially newer ones) also have designated areas where kids still in diapers can splash in the water by the pool.

As well, even if you can’t drop off your little ones in the kid areas, there are times when they allow parents to bring their kids to play — as long as the parents stay and supervised the child. 

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While the vast majority of activities put on by the cruise line won’t be aimed specifically at children, they are usually still welcome to attend and can have a good time. Things like ice-sculpting and the “hairy chest” contest are fun for all ages. Fortunately, small infants don’t need a ton of entertainment to stay occupied. Often just the new sights and sounds around the ship are enough to keep them busy.

Ports of Call With Your Child

Visiting ports of call with a baby requires a lot more planning than you might be used to. For one, you have to be sure and pack everything you would need while out and about. It’s not easy just to run to the store if your forget something.

You also have to be very careful in planning excursions that your small child can handle. If you are traveling to the Caribbean, be prepared for the heat and humidity to zap them of energy extremely fast. As well, you’ll need to be considerate of naptimes and feeding times unless you actually like traveling with an irritated baby!

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Given the headache of trying to plan around a baby’s schedule, the best thing to do is make it easy on yourself and your kid by doing something simple like heading to beaches near the cruise ship on port days. That way we didn’t have to shell out a lot of money for an excursion while we might be tending to a sleeping baby or having to stop and feed him. You also didn’t have to go far and could make it back to the ship quickly if needed.

In particular, take advantage of the port areas that have everything you need — shops, restaurants, and often pools — right next to the ship.

One other smart thing to do? Time your exit off the ship to give you the most time possible without feeding or napping. While most people got off right when the ship docked, we liked to wait until after our kid’s first nap. Then we fed him before setting off. This gave more time to enjoy off the ship without having plan around naps and feeding time.

One other thing you should know is that ports of calls aren’t going to cater to families with young children. Taxis likely won’t have a place for a car seat; you’ll need to carry your baby on your lap. Don’t expect to find changing tables in every restroom. And some restaurants may not have high chairs. If you are worried about having facilities catering to your baby, your best bet is to stick around the more Americanized parts of town such as the area right near the cruise port.

Parent Time When Sailing With a Child

It’s safe to say we all love our kids, but that doesn’t mean we want to be around them 24/7, especially on vacation. So are you able to get away from your child for a few hours?

The answer is yes, but it can vary wildly. As mentioned before, some lines like Royal Caribbean offer areas where kids can be dropped off to be supervised. The staff will entertain and watch your child, providing a ton of kid-friendly things to do. They also provide a phone you carry in case you need to be contacted.

Other lines limit their supervised time to only certain parts of the cruise or don’t offer it at all for smaller children. 

For instance, when we sailed Royal Caribbean, we dropped our kid off for only about 30 minutes before the staff called to let us know we needed to pick him up as they couldn’t get him calmed down.

And when we traveled aboard Carnival, we had our child with us the entire time. That meant we turned in early each night when our kid went to bed. We would often spend the evening sitting on the balcony with a couple of drinks or catching up with our shows on Netflix.

Yes, we would have rather gone to a quiet dinner, caught a show or hit the casino, but those are the sacrifices you have to make when you sail with an infant.

Bonus Tips on Sailing With Your Kid

Sailing with a baby is a completely different experience than cruising without a kid. While we’ve offered a ton of tips above, here are some other things we’ve learned after sailing multiple times with a baby:

The Heat and Humidity Drain Kids Even when it’s not that hot in the Caribbean, the combination of sun and humidity can zap a baby’s energy. Don’t be surprised if after only a short time outside your child is ready for another nap. Be sure to offer them plenty of shade to keep them from getting exhausted.

Kids Wear a Muster Legband Mom and Dad will have an assigned muster station printed on their room key. Babies will get a legband to wear for their trip with the muster station listed on it. This way, if you are separated then the crew knows where you take your kid in an emergency.

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Make Sure You Receive a Kid’s Life Jacket Every room will have life jackets in it, but you should receive a smaller kid’s life jacket upon arrival. If there’s not one in your cabin closet already, just ask your room steward to provide one.

Order Bottled Water to Your Room Most cruise lines are stingy on bringing bottled water, but do let you order it to your cabin. We suggest getting a couple of cases. This way you will always have water to make your baby’s formula instead of having to go to the ship’s restaurants to fill up.

Rooms Have In-Cabin Refrigerators We’ve never seen a cabin that didn’t have a fridge, but have heard they do exist on some older ships. Having a refrigerator is good if your are still breast-feeding/pumping as it gives you a place to store milk after you pump.

Bring an Outlet Adapter Between nightlights, sound machines, and portable fans, you might bring a lot of electronics when cruise with your baby. However, most cabins only have one or two plugs. For that reason, we suggest an outlet adapter that will give you multiple outlets for all your baby’s gear. They are cheap and convenient.

Bring a Lightweight, Small Stroller We have a large comfy jogging stroller at home, but opted to cruise with a much smaller, foldable stroller . We definitely recommend bringing one of these types of strollers. Ships can be narrow and with so many people on board, it’s difficult to navigate a large stroller. Plus, you can also just fold it up and put it in the cabin closet when not in use.

Sunscreen, Sunscreen, Sunscreen (And Aloe!) Every parent knows to pack sunscreen. The sun is much stronger at lower latitudes, meaning your baby can burn in as little as five minutes. Use sunscreen religiously. And if do see a burn, be sure to have some soothing aloe on hand to help treat sunburn.

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Concerned about sleeping arrangements….Cruising with my 3yr old and 1yr old. If my 3yr old sleeps in the pullout…will there be enough room for a travel crib?

It will be tight, but we would think so. As well, you could also have the three year old sleep in the bed with you (gulp!).

Which baby monitors work on cruise ships? Thanks for the great help!!

Baby monitors aren’t likely to work well on the ship. The steel on the ship will really cut down on the strength of the signal.

What water did you use to make the bottles? Did you request bottled water or just use sink water?

You can buy bottled water. Sink water was fine with us.

Any suggestions on if your baby is picky about hot water for their bottle?

Great question. I would ask the room steward. You could also run hot water in the cabin sink to warm the bottle.

I have a 12 months old and two other older kids, do they allow me to stay and watch my older kids while they at the pool with my baby who will not be swimming

Of course! The baby can be in the pool area, just not in the pool itself until potty trained. Depending on the ship you go, there might be a kiddie pool that’s designed for kids who aren’t potty trained yet (swim diapers are still required).

Great tips! My questions- how did you wash the bottles on the cruise? Just bring some dish soap and a brush and wash in the stateroom sink?

2- did the dining room provide any sort of baby friendly food? I read somewhere else they requested (and got) some pureed foods from their wait staff! Did you have this experience too? Thanks!

Your idea for washing bottles is spot on. To be honest, we just brought a few and rinsed them out thoroughly after use. As for food, we brought a lot of our own but it the staff may accommodate (we didn’t ask). Our kiddo was eating solids and loved eating fruit, yogurt, etc. from the buffet.

Remember: It’s not just diapers, including “swim” diapers, that are forbidden in ship pools/hot tubs… including “family” pools/hot tubs. Children (including babies) who aren’t completely toilet-trained are not supposed to be there either!

Thank you for these tips! We will be traveling with Carvinal when our LO is 11 months. Any concerns with vaccines that I should be aware off? Since our LO hasn’t received all her vaccines, such as MMR, HepA and varicella (CDC till 12 months). Thanks!

Good question. We’d suggest talking to your doc about that. We didn’t have to do anything special before our trip and nothing was mentioned.

The best tips ever! Loved it. Thank you

This is such a great review about cruising with baby. This article really helpful for all whose are confused and nervous for cruising with their baby. I think it will be too adventures and also lots of fun. I will follow these tips when it will be my turn. Thanks for the sharing your experience with us.

Hi there thanks for the tips, wondering whether anyone here cruised with a crawling baby? I’m cruising soon with my 9mo baby and he loves crawling…But I’m quite nervous about letting him crawl all over the carpeted floors… Any tips? Should I bring a walker along to let him move without him going in fours on the carpet? Thanks

Why are you nervous about letting him crawl on floors? Germs?

Our guy was crawling then. We just let him crawl around. Where he got really dirty was crawling around on the outside decks (found a big empty spot behind Carnival’s funnel where not many people were). He loved it and we just used a wipe to clean him up after he was done. We don’t really worry about germs, etc. He goes to daycare so he is exposed to all sorts of stuff anyway.

Thanks for the info, 1rst cruise with our newly to b one year old 4 days after his 1rst birthday this July on Carnival Horizon. Had a lot of questions u helped with.

This is such a great review, I feel much more prepared to take my 10 month old on her first cruise in a week

Glad you like it and thanks for the comment. That’s a good age for a cruise. When they get a little older to where they run everywhere, it can be a little hectic keeping an eye on them!

This was very helpful – thank you! We are cruising with our 10 month old for the first time in Jan on RC. Looking forward to it, but definitely a little anxious. This helped us know what to expect!

Glad you like it! Enjoy the cruise!

I think cruising is more fun than flying. The baby will feel like he or she is doing his or her regular activities though things may be a little bit shaking. But, of course, you still need to prepare lots of baby’s needs, as you don’t want to end up in a mess when you forget to bring the baby’s formula.

Thank you for all these tips. I will be cruising with my baby in January, he will have just turned 9 months. I was feeling nervous about it, but these are some great tips.

Best way to care for your baby on a cruise? Bring along his grandma.

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Are you planning your first cruise with a toddler and don’t know where to start? We’ve done it, and it’s so much fun! Keep scrolling to check out my ultimate guide to cruising with toddlers, so you’ll feel like a pro!

This ultimate guide to cruising with toddlers was written by family travel expert marcie cheung . it contains affiliate links, which means that if you purchase something from one of my affiliate links, i may earn a small commission that goes back into maintaining this blog..

Are you thinking about cruising with toddlers? Most of the cruises we went on were with my toddlers, so if you want to go on a cruise, we have a lot of opinions about it!

Keep scrolling to hear about our first cruise with toddlers, shore excursions, cruise ship dining, sea days, and more!

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Our Royal Caribbean Cruise with a Toddler

We were invited to a family wedding in Tuscany last summer and we decided to do some cruise travel before the wedding.

This was our first time taking our toddler to Europe , so we really thought about where we’d like to go and how cumbersome it might be.

The kicker is that the destination wedding was black-tie and involved several events where we’d need nice clean clothes, so we had to bring more than usual.

Cruising with a toddler seemed the easiest way to experience Europe with our luggage.

Why Did We Pick This Cruise Ship?

When we started researching, we were overwhelmed with the number of cruise ships we could pick from.

Cruising with Toddlers: Image of a tender boat full of people and a Royal Caribbean cruise ship in the background

Most cruise ships offered kids’ clubs, kids’ menu items in the main dining room, complimentary pack-n-plays, and even baby food!

After much contemplation, we opted for a Greek Isles cruise on  Royal Caribbean . I had never been on a cruise before (I assumed they were just for old people) and I had always said that I’d rather spend more time at the destination rather than getting there.

I was completely mistaken!

Our First Cruise Ship Experience with Kids

Our cruise was the perfect fit for our 20-month-old! For one thing, the service on board was absolutely outstanding!

Cruising with Toddlers: Image of a mom wearing a straw hat and a toddler sticking out his tongue

Maybe it’s because our past experiences have made our standards so low that we feel like we have to apologize when we bring our son out and about, but I almost cried several times because we were treated so nicely!

They actually begged us to bring our son to the main dining room each night, where he had about 15 servers calling him nicknames and bringing him bread and special treats!

Young Child Activities

They also had a fantastic onboard babies and toddlers program. It was open in the mornings for parents to come to play with their kids for free. They had movies running in the background and several large toys.

It was nice to meet other toddler parents and get our toddlers used to the space.

In the afternoons, it became a drop-off zone for just $6/hour. In the evenings, it was just $8/hour, and they ordered our son dinner.

He loved it so much that he didn’t want to leave when we picked him up! They gave us a pager in case there were any problems. They also gave us a bag of toys that we were able to borrow for the duration of the cruise.

Toddler-Friendly Shore Excursions

The excursions were also the right fit for our family. First of all, toddlers are free (but we could have left him in the kids club.) The buses were air-conditioned, which was a nice contrast to the August heat in  Greece .

For our cruise, we explore Santorini , Mykonos, Olympus, and Athens .

Cruising with Toddlers: Image of a family posing at the Acropolis in Greece

We brought a backpack with snacks, lots of water, extra clothes, sunscreen, teething medications, and a camera. We also brought sun hats for everyone and our Boba carrier.

The one downside to the excursions (besides the cost) is that most come with a tour guide, and you have to wear little earpieces that are very tempting for toddlers to yank out of your ear over and over again.

We found it less stressful to remove the earpiece and just walk around the sites, reading about them in our guidebooks. This gave our toddler more of an opportunity to walk around and explore.

Cruising with Toddlers: Image of a mom and toddler in Santorini

While we could have done the excursions for cheaper on our own, the ease of just showing up and not worrying about missing the boat (literally) was worth the extra cost with a toddler.

Now that we have a family cruise under our belts, we might opt for just one or two excursions in the future and do something more laid-back the rest of the days.

Our Chats with Other Parents Cruising with a Toddler

We chatted with other parents of small children on board, and one of them mentioned that kids have to be at least six years old to be in one of those flip-down beds.

The parents ended up having to book adjoining cabins so their toddlers could be in regular beds. That was really good to know! It was a tight squeeze with the crib in our cabin, and it would have been impossible to cram 2 in there.

Another parent said her daughter preferred to play in the kids’ club rather than do excursions, so they put her in the kids’ club, and they’d go off the boat to explore the port.

We saw a lot of parents and toddlers doing laps on the deck to get some wiggles out.

We also saw parents struggling with their strollers on the cobblestones at the ports. Having been to Europe before, we knew it would be tricky and chose not to bring our stroller. We don’t regret that decision.

What Cruising with Toddlers Mistakes Did We Make?

We brought along a bunch of swim diapers without realizing there was a minimum age to use the pool. Oops!

We also used our car seat on the airplane (which was great), but it meant that we had to store the clunky car seat in our small stateroom for the whole trip. In hindsight, we should have found a place to store it either at the airport or near the cruise ship terminal.

We ate most of our meals in the main dining rooms, but we should have used room service when our toddler was tired or cranky. It would have alleviated a ton of stress.

Would We Do It Again?

All in all, Royal Caribbean was a fantastic choice for our family! When the cruise ended, we were really sad to say goodbye to everyone (and to say goodbye to really good service!) We will definitely be cruising as a family again!

Is it Worth Taking a 2-Year-Old on a Cruise?

Whether it is worth taking a 2-year-old on a cruise depends on your personal preferences and your toddler’s personality and needs.

Cruising with toddlers can be a fun and enjoyable experience, but it can also present some challenges.

Cruising with Toddlers: Image of a toddler on a cruise ship

If your toddler is generally adaptable and enjoys new experiences, they may be more likely to enjoy cruising. However, if your toddler is easily overwhelmed by new environments and routines, a cruise may not be the best option.

Consider your own preferences and how they align with cruising with a toddler. Do you enjoy spending time with your toddler and engaging in family-friendly activities? Or do you prefer more adult-oriented activities and time to relax?

Overall, whether it is worth taking a 2-year-old on a cruise depends on your individual circumstances.

If you enjoy spending time with your toddler and the cruise ship offers amenities and activities that are appropriate for their age, cruising with toddlers can be a fun and memorable experience.

How can I keep my toddler entertained on the ship?

Keeping a toddler entertained on a cruise ship can be challenging, but there are many activities and strategies you can use to keep them engaged and happy. Here are some ideas:

Take advantage of the ship’s amenities

Most cruise ships have pools, water parks, and other fun amenities that toddlers will love. Spend time playing with your toddler in the pool or taking them down the waterslide.

Attend family-friendly shows

Many cruise ships offer family-friendly shows and performances that are appropriate for toddlers. Check the ship’s entertainment schedule and attend shows your toddler might enjoy.

Visit the kids’ club

Many cruise ships have kids’ clubs that are specifically designed for toddlers. These clubs offer age-appropriate activities and toys that will keep your toddler entertained.

Participate in onboard activities

Many cruise ships offer onboard kid-friendly activities that are suitable for toddlers, such as arts and crafts, storytime, and sing-alongs. Check the ship’s daily schedule and participate in activities your toddler might enjoy.

Bring toys and games

Bring your toddler’s favorite toys and games from home to keep them entertained while on the ship. Consider bringing small, portable, age-appropriate toys that your toddler can play with in your stateroom or on the go.

Explore the ship

Take your toddler on a tour of the ship and explore different areas, such as the library, arcade, or outdoor decks. This can be a fun and interactive way to keep your toddler entertained and engaged.

Take shore excursions

Many shore excursions, such as beach trips or animal encounters, are suitable for toddlers. Check with the cruise line to see which excursions are appropriate for toddlers.

Cruising with Toddlers: Image of a toddler wearing a toga at the Acropolis in Greece

Remember to be flexible and take breaks as needed to ensure your toddler doesn’t get overtired or overwhelmed. You can keep your toddler entertained and happy on the cruise ship with a little planning and creativity.

10 Tips for Cruising with a Toddler

Here are some tips to help you have a successful cruise with a toddler:

Choose the right cruise line

Not all cruise lines are equally equipped to accommodate toddlers. Look for a cruise line that offers amenities such as nurseries, kids’ clubs, and child-friendly activities. Disney Cruises and Royal Caribbean Cruises are great options.

Read more: Best Cruises for Toddlers

Stick to your routine.

Try to maintain your toddler’s routine as much as possible, including nap times and mealtimes.

Use the nursery or kids’ club

Many cruise lines offer nurseries or kids’ clubs where you can drop off your toddler for supervised playtime. This can give you time to relax or participate in other ship activities.

Plan age-appropriate activities

Look for activities that are appropriate for your toddler’s age, such as splash pads or toddler play areas.

Be prepared for motion sickness

Toddlers are more prone to motion sickness than adults. To help alleviate symptoms, bring along remedies such as ginger chews or over-the-counter medications.

Pack wisely

Be sure to pack all the necessary items your toddler will need, including clothing, sunscreen, diapers, snacks, and toys. Packing a first-aid kit with medications and basic medical supplies is also a good idea.

Practice good hygiene

Toddlers can be prone to illness, so be sure to practice good hygiene. Wash your hands frequently, and encourage your toddler to do the same.

Be mindful of safety

Be mindful of your toddler’s safety on the ship. Keep a close eye on your child at all times, and make sure they wear appropriate safety gear when participating in activities.

Be flexible

Traveling with a toddler can be unpredictable. Be prepared to adjust your plans if necessary and go with the flow.

Enjoy the experience

Cruising with a toddler can be a fun and rewarding experience. Take plenty of photos and enjoy making memories as a family.

What are the Best Cruise Ships for Toddlers 

There are several cruise ships that are well-suited for toddlers and offer a range of amenities and activities for young children. Here are a few that I recommend for families.

Cruising with Toddlers: Image of a cruise ship in the ocean

Disney Cruise Line

Disney is known for its family-friendly cruises and offers a range of activities and amenities for toddlers. The Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy , Disney Magic, and Disney Wonder all have nurseries for infants and toddlers, as well as kids’ clubs for children ages 3-12.

We went on the Disney Fantasy when our kids were a little older, and it was really fun to be on a ship packed with families!

Royal Caribbean International

If you’re looking for fun for everyone, consider Royal Caribbean International. They offer a variety of family-friendly activities and amenities, including water parks, rock climbing walls, and mini-golf courses.

Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-class ships, including the Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, and Harmony of the Seas, have dedicated kids’ areas and activities for toddlers.

We had a fun time in the Royal Caribbean and would embark on another adventure with them anytime!

Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival offers a range of family-friendly activities, including water parks, mini-golf, and kids’ clubs for children ages 2 to 17. The Carnival Vista and Carnival Horizon have family-friendly staterooms and a range of activities and amenities for toddlers.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian offers a variety of activities and amenities for families, including water parks, mini-golf, and kids’ clubs for children ages 3-12. The Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Getaway, and Norwegian Breakaway all have dedicated kids’ areas and activities for toddlers.

It’s important to note that the best cruise ship for toddlers will depend on your family’s preferences and needs. When choosing a cruise ship, consider factors such as the availability of nurseries, kids’ clubs, family-friendly staterooms, and activities for young children.

What’s the Best Type of Stateroom for Your Family?

The best type of stateroom for your family will depend on your specific needs and preferences. Here are a few factors to consider when choosing a stateroom:

Cruising with Toddlers: Interior of a cabin bedroom on cruise boat hotel

If you’re traveling with young children, you may want to consider a larger stateroom to give your family more space to move around.

Some cruise lines offer family-sized staterooms or suites that have separate sleeping areas and additional amenities.

The location of your stateroom can also be important. If you have young children, you may want to choose a stateroom that is close to the ship’s amenities and activities, such as the pool or kids’ club.

Additionally, you may want to consider a stateroom that is not near a noisy area or a popular gathering spot on the ship.

If you enjoy spending time outdoors, you may want to consider a stateroom with a balcony. This can be a great way to enjoy the views and fresh air while your children nap or play in the room.

Honestly, if you can afford it, it can make SUCH a difference!

Connecting rooms

Some cruise lines offer connecting staterooms, which can be a good option for families who want more space and privacy. This allows parents to have their own room while still being close to their children.

Staterooms can vary in price, so it’s important to consider your budget when choosing a room. Keep in mind that larger rooms and suites will generally cost more than standard staterooms.

Overall, the best type of stateroom for your family will depend on your specific needs and preferences.

It’s important to research your options and choose a stateroom that will provide the space, amenities, and location that your family needs to have a comfortable and enjoyable cruise experience.

Cruising with Toddlers: Image of a mom and toddler on a cruise ship

Toddler Cruise Packing List

Here are some items to consider including on a toddler cruise packing list:

Pack plenty of comfortable and weather-appropriate clothing, including shorts, T-shirts, swimsuits, sandals, and a light jacket or sweater for cooler evenings.

Diapers and wipes

Even if your toddler is potty trained, it’s a good idea to bring along extra diapers and wipes for emergencies.

Be sure to pack a high-SPF sunscreen to protect your toddler’s skin from the sun.

Hats and sunglasses

Pack a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses to protect your toddler’s eyes and face from the sun.

Swim diapers

If your toddler will be using the ship’s swimming pools, be sure to pack plenty of swim diapers.

Medications

Bring any necessary medications, such as pain relievers, fever reducers, and allergy medications.

Stroller or baby carrier

A stroller or baby carrier can be helpful for getting around the ship and on excursions.

Pack plenty of your toddler’s favorite snacks to keep them fueled and happy throughout the cruise.

Toys and books

Bring along a few of your toddler’s favorite toys and books to keep them entertained during downtime.

Bathing essentials

Bring along bath essentials like shampoo, soap, and towels.

It’s important to pack as lightly as possible while still bringing along everything your toddler needs. Remember that many items can be purchased onboard the ship or at ports of call if you forget something

Cruising with Toddlers: Image of a toddler on a cruise ship

Toddler Cruising FAQs

Are toddlers allowed in cruise ship swimming pools.

It depends on the cruise line and the specific ship. Some cruise lines allow toddlers in their cruise ship pools, while others have age restrictions. In general, most cruise lines require that children who are not toilet-trained wear swim diapers in the swimming pool.

It’s important to note that even if a cruise line allows toddlers in their pools, parents should always supervise their children closely while they are in the water. Additionally, some cruise ships may have designated children’s pools or splash areas that are more appropriate for young children.

Which cruise lines allow 2-year-olds in the kids’ clubs?

Some cruise lines allow 2-year-olds to participate in their kids’ clubs, while others require children to be at least three years old and toilet-trained.

Here are some examples of cruise lines that allow 2-year-olds in their kids’ clubs:

Disney Cruise Line – Disney’s Oceaneer Club and Oceaneer Lab accept children ages three and under as long as they are fully potty-trained.

Royal Caribbean International – Royal Caribbean’s Royal Babies and Tots Nursery accepts children as young as 6 months old, while their Adventure Ocean Youth Program accepts children ages 3-17.

Norwegian Cruise Line – Norwegian’s Splash Academy accepts children ages 3-12, but they offer a limited number of spaces for 2-year-olds on a first-come, first-served basis.

It’s important to note that policies and age requirements can change, so it’s always best to check with the specific cruise line before booking your trip to confirm their current policies.

Do cruise ships offer babysitting for toddlers?

Yes, many cruise ships offer babysitting services for toddlers and younger children. These services are typically provided by trained staff members who supervise and entertain the children while their parents enjoy other activities onboard.

Most cruise lines offer in-room babysitting services for an additional fee. This can be a convenient option for parents who want to enjoy some time alone in the evenings or participate in adult-only activities.

Is cruising with toddlers safe?

Cruising with toddlers can be safe if proper precautions are taken and parents closely supervise their children. Toddlers can be curious and adventurous, so it’s important to keep an eye on them at all times, especially around water or other potential hazards.

Make sure your child has the appropriate safety gear, such as a life jacket or swim diapers, and that they are wearing it properly.

Follow all safety rules and guidelines on the ship, including those related to the pool area and other potential hazards.

Toddlers are more susceptible to germs and illness, so it’s important to practice good hygiene and frequently sanitize hands and surfaces.

Where do toddlers sleep on cruise ships?

The sleeping arrangements for toddlers on cruise ships can vary depending on the cruise line and the specific ship.

Most cruise lines provide cribs or Pack ‘n Plays for toddlers to sleep in. These are typically available upon request and may be subject to availability.

Some cruise lines offer staterooms with a pull-out sofa or bunk beds, which can be a convenient option for families with multiple children.

Some cruise lines offer family staterooms or suites that are specifically designed for families with young children. These may have additional amenities such as a bathtub, extra storage space, or separate sleeping areas.

Some cruise lines offer a limited number of connecting staterooms, which can be a good option for families who want more space and privacy.

Cruise with a Toddler Wrap Up

Most cruise ships are really welcoming for families with toddlers and young kids. If you can afford a balcony cabin, do it! Otherwise, grab your umbrella stroller and get some fresh air on the deck.

Cruises can be the perfect family vacation because parents can enjoy a quiet, sit-down meal while their child hangs out in the baby club or with a babysitter. And you can leave your baby gear in the cabin while you do shore excursions.

Looking for more cruise content? Check out my Disney cruise tips , guide to Castaway Cay , and the best cruises with toddlers .

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7 Best Cruise Lines for Babies and Toddlers

Nancy Schretter

Nancy Schretter

  • March 16, 2024

Planning a cruise with your precious munchkins? No need to fret about the logistics—this guide will be your go-to resource for discovering the best cruise lines for babies and toddlers! 

While certain kid-friendly cruise lines cater primarily to families with kids three and older, others pamper their tiniest guests with a wealth of programs and amenities. These include nurseries, complimentary cribs and strollers, baby-friendly Splash Zone areas, and more.

1. Carnival Cruise Line

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Minimum Sailing Age

For most Carnival Cruise Line voyages, children must be at least six months old upon embarkation. However, for transoceanic crossings and remote itineraries involving more than two consecutive sea days, children must be at least one year old.

Amenities Available

Cribs are offered and should be reserved when booking. High chairs and booster seats are available in shipboard dining rooms and restaurants. Single strollers can be rented on Carnival ships, subject to availability. 

Sadly, diapers, baby supplies, baby food, and formula aren’t available on board, so parents should bring these items with them.

On a related note, it’s worth mentioning that some Carnival ships feature non-stocked mini bar units. Parents can ask the ship staff to refrigerate medicine and formula upon request if needed.

Tots and Family Programs

Carnival Celebration's Camp Ocean

Carnival’s Camp Ocean features a free Penguins children’s program with a full schedule of daily fun activities for kids ages two to five. 

Children don’t need potty training to participate, but parents must supply diapers and toiletries. 

Camp Ocean also offers special play times for “Under 2s.” Parents/guardians can leave their child in the care of the Camp Ocean Youth Staff for a fee during these play times or stay and play with their little ones free of charge.

Carnival provides various family programs for guests with young children on every cruise, including the widely enjoyed Seuss at Sea activities across its fleet. 

Some ships, like the Carnival Cruise Line’s Mardi Gras, also include Dr. Seuss Bookville, a dedicated family reading venue.

Babysitting for Babies & Toddlers

Camp Carnival night owls program

Since in-stateroom babysitting isn’t an option on Carnival ships, parents may want to explore the ship’s designated kids’ activities. 

One of these activities is the Camp Ocean’s Night Owls program, available for children aged six months to 11 years. This program takes place inside the Camp Ocean facility and includes various activities such as movie time, arts and crafts, toys, video games, snacks, and more.

Participating children don’t need to be potty-trained, but parents need to supply diapers and toiletries.

2. Celebrity Cruises

celebrity cruises kids club

To embark on Celebrity Cruises, children must meet the age requirement of at least six months at the time of embarkation. 

The minimum age requirement is one year for transatlantic, transpacific, Hawaii, certain South American cruises, and other selected cruises and cruise tours featuring three or more consecutive days at sea. 

For families traveling with infants, specific accommodations are made available on request. Playpens can be secured by making advanced reservations, and high chairs can be provided upon request. Guests can request baby food up to 30 days before embarkation.

Like the Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises doesn’t offer strollers, formula, diapers, and other baby supplies. Families can use the in-room mini-bar for storage, but parents should ensure that it reaches a safe temperature for formula, food, and other perishable items.

A room with a slide and chairs, designed by one of the best cruise lines for babies and toddlers.

Children under three can participate in Celebrity’s free daily Toddler Time activities with a parent or guardian. Activities include interactive play sessions, age-appropriate games, and creative activities designed to engage and entertain toddlers. 

Kids don’t need to be potty-trained to participate in Toddler Time; lavatory-based changing tables and baby wipes are provided. 

Celebrity Cruises also offers a Fat Brain Toy Lending Program, allowing families to borrow engaging and educational toys during their cruise. If a toy captures the child’s interest, families can check it out from Camp at Sea.

An artist's rendering of a children's play area on one of the best cruise lines for babies and toddlers.

Private, in-suite babysitting services are offered for Celebrity’s suite guests only, subject to availability. Fees apply, and requests must be made at least 24 hours before. Up to three children at least one year old may participate per family. 

On port days, at least one parent/legal guardian must accompany their child under supervision. No other in-stateroom or group babysitting services are offered for children under three years of age.

READ MORE:  The 7 Best Lines For a Family Reunion Cruise

3. Cunard Line

the Play Zone at Cunard

The Cunard Line allows parents to bring infants as young as six months on board their ships. The minimum sailing age is one year for Full World Cruises, Exotic Cruises, or Transatlantic Crossings. 

Cribs, cots, and high chairs are available. Loaner baby baths and other essential amenities such as baby food, bottle warmers, and sterilizers can be provided upon request. All Cunard staterooms feature small refrigerators to store perishable items. 

Strollers, diapers, and baby supplies aren’t available onboard.

cunard night nursery

Cunard provides a complimentary Night Nursery service for children aged six months up to two years from 6 to 11 p.m. For added convenience and reassurance, parents receive a pager to keep them connected in case their child needs attention. 

Children aged two to seven years can enjoy Cunard’s complimentary Play Zone supervised by Youth Staff. The Play Zone area offers books, toys, and a variety of activities—everything a curious child needs to keep them entertained. 

Cunard’s Night Nursery group babysitting is available. No in-stateroom babysitting is offered.

4. Disney Cruise Line

disney cruise line minnie

For most Disney Cruise Line sailings, children must be a minimum of six months old upon embarkation. However, the minimum age requirement for transatlantic and Panama Canal itineraries is one year old at the time of embarkation.

Disney Cruise Line ships provide complimentary cribs and playpens upon request, subject to availability. High chairs and a limited number of complimentary strollers are also available. 

The cruise line offers bathtubs and in-room refrigerators, and it can supply bottle warmers and bottle sterilizers if desired. Diapers, ready-to-feed infant formula, bottles, baby food, and baby supplies can be purchased onboard all ships.

Staff in the main dining rooms can prepare fresh, pureed vegetables, which can also be ordered through room service.

andy's room play area disney magic

In addition to the nursery childcare center (which we’ll discuss in the next section), Disney Cruise Line presents “Toddler Time” sessions for parents and their little ones.

Children under three years old also have the opportunity to explore Disney’s Oceaneer Club and Oceaneer Lab alongside their parents during designated Open House hours. 

Families with tots can enjoy many fun, family-focused activities, as well. All Disney Cruise Line ships feature water play areas for little ones under three, where swim diapers are allowed.

A children's room with colorful furniture and the best cruise lines for babies and toddlers on TV.

On most itineraries, Disney Cruise Line features the “It’s a Small World” nursery childcare center, catering to children between six months and three years of age. On transatlantic and Panama Canal sailings, this facility is available for children aged one to three years. 

The nursery provides children with a safe and engaging environment, with dozens of toys, books, and activities. Counselors will feed and change little ones, but parents must provide supplies. 

Note: To secure a spot, parents can make reservations online. Fees apply. In-stateroom babysitting services aren’t available.

5. MSC Cruises

msc cruises kids junior club

There is no minimum age to sail on an MSC Cruise ship .

High chairs and strollers are available on ships, and cribs are provided upon request. 

MSC Cruises guests have access to free bottle warmers, baby carriers, backpacks, and bouncy chairs through MSC’s partnership with Chicco, a global baby brand. 

Baby food and formula aren’t offered onboard, but in-room refrigerators are available.

MSC CRUISES DESIGNED THE BABY CLUB ON BOARD MSC SEASCAPE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CHICCO CREDIT IVAN SARFATTI

Kids under three can get together and play with the latest Chicco toys during MSC Baby Time sessions when accompanied by a parent or guardian.

MSC Seaside’s Baby Club for tots under three years of age is the largest on any MSC cruise ship. MSC provides fun programs with Chicco toys for babies and toddlers, including Rhythm and Music, Mini Olympic Games, Let’s Speak English, and more. 

MSC Cruises also offers dozens of family activities for guests sailing with little ones to participate in together.

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MSC Babycare Service provides free babysitting by dedicated staff for kids from 12 months to under three years old. This drop-off service is offered during limited hours while ships sail and when parents disembark for a shore excursion. 

Parents must book at least one day in advance to use this service. Availability is limited, so advanced reservations are a must. 

MSC Cruises doesn’t have in-stateroom babysitting.

6. Norwegian Cruise Line

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Children must be at least six months old when they embark on a Norwegian Cruise Line ship . For voyages with three or more consecutive days at sea, the minimum age requirement is at least one year old at the time of sailing.

Portable playpens/foldable sleepers are supplied on request. High chairs are provided, and booster seats are also offered on some ships. 

Diapers and wipes can be pre-purchased. 

Strollers, baby food, and formula aren’t available. In-room refrigerators are provided in staterooms to accommodate two or more guests.

A brightly colored room with tables and chairs, perfect for families on the best cruise lines for babies and toddlers.

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Splash Academy youth program features a Guppies area for kids from six months up to age three, providing sensory play activities and games for parents and kids to enjoy together. 

A parent or guardian must remain with their child during these hosted activity sessions. Open play times in the Guppies room are offered, as well. 

Tots in swim diapers can enjoy special Splash Zone areas featured on some Norwegian Cruise Line ships.

Babysitting for Babies and Toddlers

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Norwegian Escape’s fee-based Guppies Nursery provides care for kids from six months to under three years. Parents are given a handy phone to stay in touch onboard the ship.

Advanced reservations must be made with the Nursery Attendant. The Guppies Nursery staff will change children’s diapers, but parents must provide all supplies. 

No other Norwegian Cruise Line ships offer private or group babysitting services for children under three years of age.

7. Royal Caribbean International

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Children must be at least six months old when embarking on a Royal Caribbean ship . 

For specific voyages, such as transatlantic, transpacific, Hawaii, and certain South American itineraries, the minimum age is at least one year old at the time of embarkation.

Royal Caribbean provides baby cribs upon request, and a limited number of high chairs and booster seats are available on each ship. 

Baby diapers and some baby supplies can be purchased and delivered to guests’ staterooms. 

Strollers aren’t available on Royal Caribbean ships. A limited number of in-room refrigerators are available, so make reservations in advance.

royal caribbean adventure ocean kids' club

Babies and toddlers can enjoy educational, fun activities on Royal Caribbean ships at Adventure Ocean’s complimentary Royal Babies (ages six to 18 months) and Royal Tots (ages 18 to 36 months) interactive playgroups hosted by trained youth staff. 

A parent or guardian must be present during these free activity sessions.

Program hours vary by ship and itinerary. Some open play sessions may be available as well. Family activities are also offered onboard. 

Little tots in swim diapers can play in specially designed Royal Caribbean Baby Splash Zone areas available on some ships.

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Royal Caribbean’s fee-based Royal Babies and Tots Nursery babysits children in two age groups: babies from six months to under 18 months and toddlers from 18 to 36 months.

Reservations are required, and the available time slots vary, so reserve these in advance.

The ratio of nursery staff to children is 1:4, and staff will change diapers as needed, but parents must provide supplies. Day and evening drop-off times are available.

All Royal Caribbean ships feature a Royal Babies and Tots Nursery except for Adventure of the Seas and Jewel of the Seas. 

No in-stateroom babysitting services are currently being offered on Royal Caribbean ships.

Families interested in taking a European river cruise or canal barge sailing with babies and toddlers should check out CroisiEurope Cruises .

There’s no minimum age to sail with CroisiEurope, but certain departures or rivers may be more family-friendly. Cribs can be provided on most ships when reserved during booking to ensure availability.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do cruise lines accommodate families with infants under 6 months old.

Cruise lines accommodate families with infants under six months through various services and amenities. 

For example, Disney Cruise Line offers the “It’s a Small World” nursery childcare center, which provides specialized care for infants aged six months to three years.

MSC Babycare Service features a complimentary Night Nursery service for children aged 6 months up to 2 years, while Cunard Line provides essentials such as baby food, bottle warmers, and sterilizers. 

All cruises on this list offer amenities specifically designed for infants, such as cribs, baby bathtubs, and high chairs.

Are cruises good for toddlers?

Absolutely! Many cruise lines have dedicated kids’ clubs and age-appropriate activities, so they’ll be sufficiently entertained even when their parents aren’t with them. 

Plus, it allows them to bond with other kids their age—not to mention all the new sights and experiences they’ll encounter during the cruise!

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Posted on Last updated: April 4, 2024 Categories Disney Travel

By: Author Kate

10 Tips for an UNFORGETTABLE Disney Cruise with a Baby

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Thinking of doing a cruise with a baby? Disney offers the ultimate in baby-friendly cruise amenities.  We just returned from our first Disney Cruise with a baby on board the Disney Dream ! Our cruise was the 3 night Bahamas itinerary with one day in Castaway Cay (also known as PARADISE!). We traveled with our 3.5-year-old and 8-month-old sons. The trip was a blast and you can read my full review of the pros and cons here . Cruising with a baby is easy, and Disney goes out of their way to provide you will LOTS of baby amenities on board.

Cruising with an infant is a super easy way to travel. It’s great to be able to unpack only once, especially when I end up bringing the entire house for one 8-month-old baby! A Disney cruise with an infant is really the ultimate for a carefree vacation with a little one. Disney offers so much for every age and I found their cruise daycare to be absolutely top-notch.

There are a few tips that I think will make your cruise easier with a baby on board.

Here are my top 10 tips for a Disney Cruise with a baby

1. get on the ship early.

Ok, so this one isn’t really baby-specific because it’s ALWAYS a good idea to get on the ship early! However, with all of the extra stuff we were lugging in I was certainly glad to have booked the earliest possible entry time for my cruise. You can do this by adjusting your check-in time on ‘ My Disney Cruise’ section of the Disney website. We got on at 11 am and had time to eat lunch and check out the pool and splash pad before we even left port.

3.5 year old on the Disney Dream

Remember that you might not have your luggage for a few hours after departure, so it’s really important to have a day bag with all everything you need! I’ve included my Disney cruise day bag packing list below. For a full list of what to pack for a vacation with kids, you can check out my family packing list pdf!  Or if you are looking for some Disney must-haves, head on over to Fill My Passport for an awesome  Disney Packing List.

Our Day Bag Packing list: Disney Cruise With a Baby:

  • Change of clothes each child
  • Floatie (we love this one )
  • Portable Safe for Valuables 
  • Swim Diaper
  • Regular Diapers
  • Diaper Cream (this spray kind is the best for travel!)
  • My emergency medical kit  (click through to my post!)
  • Water Shoes
  • Two baby bottles
  • Powdered formula Travel Packs

Being that this was our first Disney experience we were totally underprepared when it came to all the Disney themed accessories to wear on the first day. Next time we will be on it for sure! Check out this  great list of Disney accessories and gifts  for ideas.

2. Use the small world nursery

One of the main reasons that we decided to book with Disney was because of the Disney cruise nursery on board. The nursery is called “the small world nursery” and it was amazing for our children. Childcare for babies and toddlers is hard to come by at other resorts and having this service was amazing! We got to enjoy an AH-MAZING evening at Remy (see below) and we also booked our 8-month-old in for a few hours while we were at Castaway Cay with our older son. 8-month-old babies just don’t really care for sand, unless they are eating it, and this way we got to have a little date with our older son.

The ladies at the small world nursery on the Disney cruise are amazing. They were all so caring and clearly very experienced with young kids. I loved that they gave me a full report on how my son did when we would come to pick him up. As I was still nursing they also had a nice area for me to sit and nurse my son when he got hungry. It was perfect. The small world nursery does cost extra, but given the cost of the cruise, it was a small fee to pay for an amazing service!

Check out this youtube video by PassPorter Guides that details the entire nursery space.

3. Book Remy for an Adults-Only Dinner Date

Remy is the adults-only restaurant on the ship. We booked both our kids into the Small World Nursery and enjoyed the BEST MEAL OF OUR LIFE at this amazing restaurant. I seriously can not say enough good things about the food here. We are not novices when it comes to eating out, but Remy topped all of our expectations. Traveling with young kids can be exhausting, treat yourself to a date night on the Disney cruise and you won’t be disappointed! Remy does cost extra, but IMHO it was well worth the price!

4. Watch the shows from your room

I’m always amazed when I go on vacation and I see so many kids up and about at 9 or 10 pm enjoying the night. I guess there are two types of kids: those who can stay up late, and those, like mine, who absolutely have to go to bed by 8 pm or EVERYTHING WILL BE AWFUL for the rest of the trip. To be fair, I think they came by it honestly, I’m pretty grumpy when I don’t get my beauty sleep. With the kids tucked into bed, my husband and I would watch the shows on the TV in our rooms. We would also sit out on our balcony and enjoy a glass of wine before bed. The blackout curtain that separates the “kids sleeping quarters” from the adults was perfect for this. Also, we were basically both asleep by 9 pm as well. My kind of vacation!

If you have a ‘tough sleeper’ like we do, make sure to check out my post on how we get our kids to sleep on vacation.   We have a lot of tricks for getting our kids to sleep just like they do at home.

5. Use the SAFE-Go to lock up your stuff by the pool

If you’ve read any of my other blog posts , you will know that I am kind of obsessed with this product . Seriously though, this is literally the best “travel gadget” I have ever purchased. The Safe-Go is a portable safe that is big enough for a couple of cell phones and a wallet and attaches to pretty much anything (stroller, beach chairs, etc etc). I loved having this thing on the cruise. It was especially great for a cruise with an infant because you can leave your stuff while you chase around a toddling baby.   With two young kids, there is really no such thing with ‘one person staying back with the valuables’ My kids were all over the place and being able to lock up my cell phones and my room card was key. I felt more at ease knowing my stuff was safe wherever I left it.

Safe Go Portable Safe

6. Stay on the ship in Nassau

Unfortunately, this wasn’t much of a ‘secret tip’ on my cruise as I estimate that at least 75% of people seemed to stay on the ship in Nassau. Despite it being a bit crowded, we still had a great day on the boat in Nassau and I’m glad we decided to stay on the ship. My sons both loved the splash pad, and it was great that little ones who are not potty trained were allowed to use this area. We also took advantage of the Small World Nursery again this day for a few hours during my son’s nap and my husband and I got to relax in the adults-only section. Win!

7. Bring a stroller for your Disney Cruise with a baby

Before going on my cruise I joined a few Disney facebook groups and read a whole bunch of blog posts on Cruising with a baby. MANY people said not to bother with a stroller and just bring a carrier. When I mentioned on a facebook group that I was thinking of bringing a DOUBLE stroller I got a lot of comments about how it was really NOT a good idea. Of course, I didn’t listen (what else is new!) and I brought a double stroller on the cruise and ABSOLUTELY DO NOT REGRET IT!

My kids love the stroller and I love the stroller too. Both of my kids will sleep in a stroller, and if the kids are asleep in the stroller, the adults can be outside enjoying the fresh air and not cramped up in a small stateroom. Yes having a double stroller was a bit awkward in the tight hallways on the trip, and yes getting it into and out of the room required fully folding it up, but I WILL BRING IT BACK AGAIN AND AGAIN!

We chose the ZoeXL2, which is a great double travel stroller.  It folds up super small but still has a lot of the features of a full-size stroller (recliners, great canopy, decent under-basket). If I did it again, I might consider taking two super compact travel strollers as it would have been easier to navigate the halls.

8. Get a Balcony Room

We booked our trip somewhat last minute (1 month before departure), and when I compared prices at this time the balcony room was not much more expensive than an inside stateroom. The balcony is great for the adults when kids are napping or sleeping in the room. We used it at night to have a drink and watch the sunset. According to the concierge, we also could have watched the fireworks from our balcony but my husband and I didn’t make it to 10 pm when they were happening (HA!!)

At first, I was nervous about the balcony room safety because my 3.5-year-old son is definitely a climber and could easily climb up onto the furniture and jump overboard. There is a really good childproof bolt at the top of the sliding door so I immediately felt much more comfortable knowing that he couldn’t try to open the door.

9. Get the early dining seating

Since we booked so last minute the only seating that was left was the late seating. I have to give it to Disney though, my travel agent called to tell them that we were cruising with an infant and the seating was immediately changed. I am so glad because I think it would have been a big struggle to try to keep my kids up for the late seating. If you do end up with a seating that is not your first choice you are able to go to the Cabanas buffet instead, but my understanding is that Disney tries their best to give everyone the seating of their choice.

10. Bring a reusable swim diaper

Most cruise ships do not let toddlers and babies who aren’t potty trained near the pool. This is the same for the pools on Disney. They are quite strict with this rule, I was asked a few times if my 3.5-year-old was potty trained when he went swimming in the pool.   Babies and toddlers ARE allowed to use the Nemo’s Reef splash pad. This cute splash area was perfect for the little ones and both my son’s loved it. The splash pad is a huge plus compared to other cruise lines I looked at.

Reusable swim diapers  help to save on space and they come in lots of cute designs! Save some packing room (and the environment!) and go with a reusable diaper.

Disney Cruise Baby Facts

  • The minimum age for a Disney cruise with an infant is 6 months. Some specific Disney cruises require infants to be over 12 months of age.  Check with your booking agent for more details.
  • Infants are not free! As compared to an all-inclusive, you will pay more for a Disney Cruise with a baby.
  • You can request amenities like a diaper disposal unit, bottle sterilizer, pack and play and pureed foods from guest services when you arrive on your cruise.

Have you cruised with a baby? Do you have any tips for a Disney cruise with a baby? Drop me a line in the comments below if you have any questions or suggestions. Enjoy your cruise!

Thinking of doing a Disney cruise with a baby? Here are my top ten Disney cruise tips for cruising with an infant. Includes a list of must-have items for your first-day packing list! Cruising with a baby is absolutely fun and Disney makes it magical for babies and parents! #disney #disneycruise #disneywithbaby #disneywithtoddlers #disneytips #disneycruisetips #disneycruisebaby #disneycruisetoddler

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Taking an Alaska Cruise with Toddler Tips

By: Author Wandermust Daddy

Taking an Alaska Cruise with Toddler Tips

Are you taking an Alaska Cruise with toddlers and looking for tips and tricks to help make your sailing easier and more enjoyable. Well look no further! In this guide we will not only tell you some of our general cruising with a toddler tips but tell you how to enjoy and what to do in Alaska Cruise ports with toddlers and of course what to pack for an Alaskan Cruise with toddlers. 

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Alaska Cruise with toddler tips and tricks 

Alaska has to be one of the top cruise destinations in the world. The reason for this is because it is hard to visit Alaska without a cruise and involves long journeys and difficult terrain Certainly with a toddler, a cruise is the easiest way to visit Alaska with a toddler. 

However, how can you make sure you pick the right cruise line and cruise ships for toddlers going to Alaska. In this section of the guide we will tell you everything you need to know for booking, selecting and enjoying your Alaska cruise with a toddler. 

Can toddlers go on Alaska cruises?

Norwegian cruise ship in Alaska - Taking an Alaska cruise with toddlers tips

Norwegian cruise ship in Alaska – Taking an Alaska cruise with toddlers tips

So probably the first question you have about taking your first cruise  to Alaska with toddlers is “Can toddlers go on Alaskan cruises?”. And the good news is for the most part the answer is absolutely yes. 

If you are thinking about doing an Alaska cruise with baby instead of toddlers you may be more restricted. This is because babies under 1 year of age are not usually permitted on cruises whose itineraries contain two or more consecutive cruise sea days (i.e. days where you don’t dock in port). However this rule does not apply once children reach the age of 1. 

Therefore the only reason a toddler couldn’t go on a cruise if it is an adults only cruise line or sailing but these are usually limited to the following lines only:

  • Virgin Voyages 
  • Viking Cruise Lines

Is it safe to take a toddler on a cruise to Alaska?

Probably the number one question we are asked by people considering their first cruise vacation with kids is “ Is it safe to take a toddler on a cruise ?”

In our opinion cruises are a safe vacation for toddler providing you supervise your child at all times and if you decide to book a balcony cabin that you ensure all furniture is kept away from the edge to prevent climbing etc. But are there any additional dangers to be concerned about if your cruise is to Alaska?

I would say there are no additional safety concerns on a cruise to Alaska however there are some extra precautions you may want to take in ports. 

For example if you want to go on a hike while in an Alaskan cruise port you should make sure you have cowbells with you as there are bears in Alaska etc. 

However overall I don’t think there are any more risks for toddlers on an Alaska cruise to a cruise elsewhere in the world. 

Note: For more information on other cruise destinations with toddlers check out our other guides too such as cruising in the South Pacific .

What is the best cruise line for families going to Alaska? 

docked cruise ship - Can you Cruise Holland America with kids

Can you Cruise Holland America with kids

Possibly the biggest factor that will determine how much you will enjoy a cruise with a toddler is the line you select. 

There are some cruise lines that have more of a reputation for being toddler friendly than others and there are cruises which may offering more interesting and unique itineraries. So really you need to balance out what is most important to you. 

Cruise lines that have reputations as being more family friendly that also have ships in Alaska are:

  • Royal Caribbean Line,
  • Carnival and

Things to consider when you are looking for both a toddler friendly cruise line and toddler friendly ship are the facilities that your toddler will be able to use such as:

  • babysitting

On other cruises to warm weather destinations we would also suggestion looking for cruise ships with splash pads. This is because toddlers and babies can’t swim on cruise ships if not potty trained. However in our experience of cruising in Alaska, the water is too cold in pools for toddlers to swim or splash in unless you are sailing on a  cruise ship with a heated pool . 

On top of that as a parent I like to be on a ship with a laundry just in case of accidents and spills. 

Disney Cruise Lines is perhaps has the most toddler friendly cruise ships in their fleet as they are geared particularly at the family audience! If there are any cruises designed specifically for toddlers in mind I would say this is it. However they are much more expensive than other cruise lines. If Disney are out of your budget or you don’t fancy a Disney cruise the other lines listed above are also all family friendly. 

Princess cruise ship in Alaska - Taking an Alaska cruise with baby tips

Princess cruise ship in Alaska – Taking an Alaska cruise with baby tips

However if you are less worried about toddler friendly amenities and are interested in more unique itineraries you may want to consider something like Holland America with kids , or even Princess.

These lines have a reputation for being slightly more adult but have really unique itineraries around the world. We have done both with our toddler and enjoyed even if they aren’t as overtly toddler friendly. 

Best Cabin on Alaska Cruises for Families

Cruising with infant tips - what stateroom should I book?

Cruising with infant tips – what stateroom should I book?

It is always a dilemma choosing the type of cabin on a cruise line but I think this dilemma is amplied when cruising with a toddler and in places such as Alaska. 

The things you need to consider when booking your cruise cabin on an Alaska cruise when traveling with toddlers are:

  • safety – are you happy to have a balcony
  • scenery – Alaskan cruises often have scenic cruise bys and amazing landscapes to see on sea days and between ports. Are you happy to see this only when on deck or do you need a balcony or a window to enjoy. 
  • Brightness – if you are doing an Alaskan cruise in midsummer, the sunlight hours in Alaska are long. If your toddler struggles sleeping when it is light a porthole or balcony cabin may not be right for you. 

Personally for an Alaska cruise I would always choose to have a porthole or balcony cabin so that we as adults can enjoy the scenery even once your little ones are in bed. But it really is a matter of personal choice. 

For more information o n room types check out our post here

And if you want to know more about cruise suites you can see our review here!

How to pick the best Alaska cruise itinerary for families

Ketchikan street Things to do in Ketchikan on Cruises

Ketchikan street Things to do in Ketchikan on Cruises

All cruise itineraries are good but some are better than others when you are thinking about cruising with toddlers.

My advice for picking an itinerary with a toddler is to think about what sort of activities your family enjoys doing and select ports that align with that.

For instance are you hoping to do more outdoorsy things such as visiting glaciers and hiking in the rainforest? Or are you more about wildlife and want to do go on whale watching tour? Or maybe you have a train mad toddler and want to Skagway White pass Railway. 

Whatever you decide you would like to do research your ports before booking to ensure you get the right mix of ports for your family. Keep reading for some of our favorite Alaska cruise ports and the excursions that could be great with toddlers. 

Also you should consider whether you want to do a closed loop cruise. A closed loop cruise is where you stay in the same country. 

One way to do an Alaska closed loop cruise is to go from and return to Seattle. This way your whole cruise stays in the USA and therefore there is less documentation involved. 

So now you know why some tips for booking we will turn our attention to packing for toddlers on a cruise to Alaska.

What to Pack for toddlers on a cruise to Alaska

Cruising with toddlers / toddler cruise packing list

Cruising with toddlers /toddler cruise packing list

Now that hopefully I have helped you book your toddler friendly cruise, what should you pack for a cruise with a toddler ? 

We have a full toddler cruise packing list here but some of the things that I would like to draw your attention to here are the following essentials that are needed for a cruise to Alaska. 

Layers and lots of them

The thing about Alaska is even if you are traveling in the summer it can be cold, especially for toddlers if they are sitting in a stroller. 

Layers for toddlers are important in Alaska firstly on the ship itself where the air conditioning especially in restaurants can be very cold. But more importantly you will spending lots of time on deck especially if your cruise does a scenic cruise of Glacier Bay. Being next to those glaciers gets really chilly especially for toddlers so you will want fleeces, coats, scarfs and gloves etc. 

Also in port, there are many excursions where toddlers may feel the cold i.e. at glaciers or out whale watching so layers are important for port and sea days. 

Formal nights

Unless you are cruising on Norwegian Cruise Line, there will be a cruise formal night on your Alaska cruise. Therefore you may want to pack a cute outfit for your little for those important formal night photos.

Waterproofs

Alaska is a rainy place, be sure to have plenty of waterproofs for all the family.

Hiking boots

If your toddler is walking and you plan on doing hikes or visiting glaciers we recommend packing some hiking boots for toddlers. 

We usually go for low irritation toys that can be used outside the stateroom such as colouring, sticker books and jigsaws which can help keep your toddler entertained on cruises at dinner etc without having to use electronics. 

Umbrella Stroller or compact stroller

Space is a premium on cruise ships so make sure your stroller is compact.

For a full guide on what the best stroller for cruise travel is click here! 

Whenever we are traveling with a toddler we  also think what is better for the destination a carrier vs a stroller . For Alaska we recommend taking both. This is because strollers are great for towns and for toddlers who need a nap but there are also lots of places in Alaska where you can’t use a stroller i.e. in the Tongass Rainforest in Ketchikan.

If you plan on doing a longer hike you may want to consider having a more robust hiking backpack carrier but it depends on the activities you want to do. 

The surfaces here are uneven and involve steps so you will not want a stroller. For this reason we advise packing both a carrier and a stroller (though a compact one) for an Alaskan cruise. 

Diapers, Bottles, Formula and other toddler essentials

Any parent of toddlers will tell you that there are a lot of toddler travel essentials you need. From nappies, to bottles, pacifiers and formula for instance. 

One of the differences about cruising to Alaska is that in the towns you will not find toddler essentials easily and you may have to drive out of town to a supermarket to get these things and you will play a premium for them too. 

Therefore we recommend that before you embark on your cruise that you have enough diapers and formula etc with you to last the entire cruise plus some extras just in case. 

Note: cruise ships will sometimes have these items but again you will pay a premium for them and you can’t guarantee they have brands and sizes you require. 

Important note : when you embark on a cruise your bags will be take away and returned to you at the end of the day (hopefully) in your stateroom. 

It can take awhile to get your bags back so be sure you have all your essentials to last you through the day and overnight by packing your cruise embarkation day bag properly. 

Should I take a car seat on a cruise?

Whether or not you should take a car seat on an Alaskan cruise will largely depend on what type of excursions you are planning on doing and who you are doing them with.

If you plan to take any excursions by car this is going to be necessary unless your private tour operator can supply these. 

However you will also need to consider the size of the car seat. Staterooms on cruise ships are small so having a more compact car seat to reduce the space it takes up in your room. 

You can read about our favourite car seats for toddler travel here! 

Best Alaska Cruise ports for toddlers

The main cruise ports for Alaska cruises are: 

Train in Skagway - Best Things to do in Skagway

Train in Skagway – Best Things to do in Skagway

Perhaps the biggest appeal in Skagway for toddlers and families is to jump on the train and go to the Skagway White Pass and Yukon Railway. This is perfect if you have a toddler like mine who loves trains. 

However other great family friendly excursions here include going dog sledding. 

For more information on family friendly Skagway cruise excursions click here. 

Juneau is the capital of Alaska and is almost on all Alaska cruise itineraries. However the main things to do with toddlers in Juneau are:

  • the Mendenhall Glacier 
  • whale watching

For more information on family friendly cruise excursions in Juneau click here. 

Ketchikan 

When we visited Ketchikan the main thing we wanted to do was the beautiful Tongass Rainforest and we decided to go on a hiking excursion. 

However if this isn’t for you there are also options such as 

  • whale watching excursions
  • lumber jack displays 
  • opportunities to leave about Native American history and

to name but a few. 

For more information on the best cruise excursions to take in Ketchikan click here. 

Glacier Bay Scenic Cruising 

Please note if Glacier Bay is on your itinerary this is not a port day but a sea day involve scenic cruising. 

Other ports

Other ports an Alaskan cruise may stop at that aren’t in Alaska are:

The most important thing for you to decide is whether you want 

  • a closed loop cruise
  • whether you want to embark and return to the same port. 

Do you have any other questions about cruising to Alaska with toddlers? Drop us a comment below and we will do our best to answer. 

Tuesday 5th of December 2023

We're looking at doing a closed loop cruise from Seattle but it does go into Canada - does that mean our toddler will need a passport?

Wednesday 19th of April 2023

Hi - How old was your toddler at the time of your Alaska cruise?

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Best Cruises for Kids: The 6 Most Kid-Friendly Cruise Lines and Cruise Ships

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Wading through the bevy of activities, kids' clubs , family cabins and " kids sail free cruises " to find the best family cruise is a mammoth task. To make the decision even trickier, ships vary greatly, so the question becomes not simply what is the best family line, but what are the best cruise ships for kids?

The cruise lines and recommended ships that follow are our top picks for family cruises . We tend to recommend cruise lines' newer ships, because the facilities have been designed for families with kids from the outset and have more space for fun activities such as water parks , ropes courses and rock-climbing walls.

Every family's travel style is different, however, so these are certainly not the only ships to consider. Think of them as a starting point as you narrow your choices for fun, kid-friendly cruises.

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  • Kid-Friendly Cruises on Royal Caribbean International
  • Kid-Friendly Cruises on Disney Cruise Line
  • Kid-Friendly Cruises on P&O Cruises
  • Kid-Friendly Cruises on Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Kid-Friendly Cruises on Princess Cruises
  • Kid-Friendly Cruises on MSC Cruises

1. Kid-Friendly Cruises on Royal Caribbean International

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Best Royal Caribbean Ships for Kids

Anthem of the Seas , Wonder of the Seas , Odyssey of the Seas , Symphony of the Seas , Harmony of the Seas , Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas

Why Royal Caribbean Ships Are Great for Kids

Whether you’re traveling with a toddler or a teenager , Royal Caribbean is one of the top family cruise lines around. The cruise line's largest ships are the best Royal Caribbean vessels for kids of all ages, as well as for multigenerational family groups.

You’ll be hard-pressed to ever feel bored during a Royal Caribbean family cruise. The line’s Oasis-class ships have an impressive selection of family-friendly activities and entertainment -- multiple pools, a 3D theater, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rink, two FlowRider surf simulators , a zipline and parades in the indoor promenade, as well as a beloved Royal Caribbean kids' program.

The cruise line’s newest Oasis-class ships -- Wonder of the Seas , Symphony of the Seas and Harmony of the Seas -- feature even more kid-friendly extras. That includes the Ultimate Abyss slide, a 10-story light-and-sound filled drop that ends at the Boardwalk (children must be at least 43 inches tall to slide). The entrance is through the open jaws of a massive anglerfish -- probably the most terrifying part of the whole ordeal, as the ride is over in a matter of seconds.

Anthem of the Seas has a more sophisticated vibe, but many of its attractions are great for families. They include the SeaPlex (featuring bumper cars, roller skating, video games and more), the first skydiving simulator at sea, and the North Star , a London Eye-esque ride that takes passengers in a glass capsule 300 feet above the ocean.

There's also the stunning aft theater, Two70 , with performances that showcase the ship's mind-blowing technology.

Adults-only solariums are perfect for parents and grandparents, and there are a plethora of dining and evening entertainment options.

With nursery care and after-hours fun in the kids' clubs, grownup time is easy to book in the evenings while kids play or sleep. ( Voyager - and Freedom-class ships are also great choices when it comes to kids and cruises.)

The Royal Caribbean Kids' Club

Royal Caribbean family cruise packages include free daytime and early evening access to its popular kids’ clubs . A sizable amount of real estate is dedicated to them, with separate areas for toddlers, kids and tweens/teens.

You'll also find a theater, arts and crafts workshop, science lab, video arcade and the Scratch DJ Academy (not on Anthem of the Seas ).

The Royal Tots and Royal Babies programs provide interactive classes and activities (when children are accompanied by a parent) for children from 6 months to 36 months old. Drop-off babysitting services and toddler-friendly play spaces are also available.

The Adventure Ocean play spaces cater to Aquanauts (ages 3 to 5), Explorers (6 to 8) and Voyagers (9 to 11). Tweens and teens (12 to 17) have their Living Room coffeehouse-style hangout and Fuel disco.

You can rest assured knowing that your children are in good hands because the Royal Caribbean kids' program counselors are some of the friendliest and most engaging in the business.

Additional Royal Caribbean Kid-Friendly Features

Royal Caribbean offers affordable family cruises, with a Royal Caribbean kids sail free program and other discounts on third and fourth passengers appearing occasionally throughout the year.

Onboard the ships, plenty of family cabins and loft suites mean room for the family to spread out. There's even a Royal Family cabin that sleeps eight, and Symphony of the Seas , Spectrum of the Seas and Wonder of the Seas ’ Ultimate Family Suite with a two-deck slide, LEGO wall and games aplenty.

More than two-dozen dining options, including casual eateries like a hot dog joint and a New York-style pizza joint, as well as a variety of upscale specialty restaurants , meaning no taste is overlooked.

Johnny Rockets , the 1950s-style luncheonette, is always a kid magnet (and parents think it's pretty cool, too). Excellent Broadway-style shows in the evenings will keep the older crowd engaged, while parades and ice skating shows will "wow" the whole family. The spa offers special treatments for teens .

2. Kid-Friendly Cruises on Disney Cruise Line

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The Best Disney Cruise Ship for Kids

The entire fleet: Disney Wish , Disney Dream , Disney Fantasy , Disney Magic and Disney Wonder .

Why Disney Cruises Ships Are Great for Kids

Known worldwide for its epic theme parks, Disney offers some of the best family cruises. They are particularly outstanding for those traveling with youngsters.

Disney ships, including the newest, Disney Wish , which debuted in 2022, are ideal for families with kids ages 4 to 11, as Disney has the best facilities, food options and programs for this age group.

Disney Cruise Line has done a lot more to accommodate tweens and teens -- but its ships offer the best cruise for small kids, hands down. We prefer the line's biggest ships, Disney Wish, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, but the refurbished Disney Magic and Disney Wonder are great choices for Disney family cruises, as well.

The Disney Cruise Kids' Club Is One of the Best in Cruising

Disney takes a unique separate-but-together approach to its kids’ programming, mainly to accommodate siblings and friends traveling together. Disney Cruises kids' clubs' ages generally span from 3 to 12, with other options for teens. The Oceaneer Club and Oceaneer Lab allow children ages 3 to 12, with programming geared toward younger children in the Club and older children in the Lab.

The Oceaneer Club offers several themed play areas that are different on each ship, including Marvel Super Hero Academy, Star Wars: Cargo Bay and Fairytale Hall on Disney Wish.

Disney Dream features a replica of the Millennium Falcon from "Star Wars," where young ones can play pilot or learn lightsaber techniques from a Jedi Master. The Oceaneer Lab has an Animator's Studio and a mini sound studio.

Disney's ships also feature Edge, a tweens club for ages 11 to 14 that includes video games and karaoke. The teen club, Vibe (for cruisers ages 14 to 17), has a fun coffee shop feel. There is also a nursery (which costs extra) available to care for the youngest cruisers, ages 6 months to 3 years.

In short, Disney family cruises are excellent choices for families and leave little room for boredom for everyone.

Additional Disney Cruise Features for Kids (Including Family Rooms)

From kid-friendly activities to family rooms and family cruise packages , Disney cruises are packed with family-pleasing extras. That includes a kids' pool and family pool along with the popular AquaDuck water slide on Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream, while you'll find the AquaDunk on Disney Magic and AquaMouse on Disney Wish.

The AquaLab has sprayers and geysers perfect for the smallest passengers on all but Disney Dream. Other great facilities include the Walt Disney Theatre, which features live shows featuring Disney favorites (such as " Tangled, the Musical " and " Frozen, the Musical "); the Buena Vista Theatre, which screens first-run movies; and D Lounge, which presents interactive activities for kids and parents.

Disney family rooms offer room-dividing curtains, bunk beds with twinkle-light constellations and plenty of storage. The spacious bathrooms in most cabins allows folks to shower in one while someone else is using the toilet in the other.

Disney's ships also hold a cool "Pirates of the Caribbean" deck party, complete with fireworks and Jack Sparrow rappelling off the ship's funnel. Other themed events on select sailings include Star Wars Day at Sea , Marvel Day at Sea and special Halloween and Christmas events throughout the fall.

All ships feature the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique , where children are transformed into princesses, pirates, knights and sea captains.

Onboard restaurants successfully keep kids entertained while allowing parents to enjoy the meal, as well. For example, in Animator's Palate , animated dinner shows include "Finding Nemo" characters conversing with passengers and kids' drawings coming to life; at Rapunzel's Royal Table , "Tangled" characters perform songs between courses.

Waitstaff will cut your kids' food and the Disney cruise kids' menu offers an array of kid favorites, such as mini-burgers and macaroni and cheese. Two onboard restaurants are adults-only so parents/guardians can take advantage of the kids’ club and enjoy their own evening together.

3. Kid-Friendly Cruises on P&O Cruises

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The Most Kid-Friendly P&O Cruises Ships

Iona , Britannia and Arvia

Why P&O Cruises Ships Are Great for Kids

While P&O Cruises cannot be included in the “cheap family cruises” category, this time-honored British cruise line has long been popular for its packed program for young sailors and families.

Its handful of family-oriented ships feature well-equipped and age-appropriate kids’ clubs, a range of family cabins and family-friendly dining options. There are sports activities like archery, football, basketball and dedicated splash pools.

The line’s newest Excel Class ships, Iona and Arvia , feature a wide variety of family dining options and a four-screen cinema called Ocean Studios, showing family-friendly films. Many shows at the main theater, Headliners, are also suitable for younger family members.

The line’s first high-ropes experience, Altitude Skywalk, launched alongside Altitude Minigolf on Arvia.

This cruise line is also hot on its kid-friendly shore excursions , such as kayaking, bike rides, trips to beaches, boat tours and to the summit of volcanoes or snow-covered mountains.

P&O Cruises Kids' Club

Parents adore the kids’ club on P&O Cruises . The Reef, the main kids' club, is divided into rooms for each age group with brightly adorned spaces filled with fun activities and age-appropriate toys.

The P&O family cruise package includes complimentary access to the kids' clubs . With designated spaces and staff overseeing age-appropriate activities, the clubs are broken down into four age-groups: Splashers (2 to 4 years), Surfers (5 to 8 years), Scubas (9 to 12 years) and H2O (13 to 17 years).

For the under twos, there’s a nursery with its own area and organized activities . Keep in mind that children in this age group need to be accompanied by their parents/guardians at all times.

Other Kid-Friendly Features on P&O Cruises

We love that kids can experience finger sandwiches and cakes at the children’s afternoon tea -- and there’s no shortage of pizza and complimentary ice cream onboard.

One of P&O Cruises’ standout offerings for many parents has been the free-of-charge, supervised Night Nursery for children under four years of age.

4. Kid-Friendly Cruises on Norwegian Cruise Line

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Best NCL Ships for Kids

Norwegian Escape ,  Norwegian Breakaway ,  Norwegian Getaway ,  Norwegian Epic , Norwegian Prima , Norwegian Dawn and Norwegian Star

Why Norwegian Cruise Line Ships Are Great for Kids

Norwegian's casual atmosphere makes it one of the best options for a family cruise -- particularly for families who don't want to be beholden to strict dining times, venues and dress codes . Its affordable rates make it a great pick for those looking for cheap family cruises , too.

Norwegian cruise ships for kids include the line’s newest vessels, which offer all the mega-ship bells and whistles families have come to expect (though we found NCL Encore and Bliss to have a more adult vibe).

NCL Kids' Club: Splash Academy

Norwegian's Splash Academy features separate activities for kids ages 3 to 5, 6 to 9 and 10 to 12. Children can do arts and crafts, sing karaoke and play video games. The kids' club on NCL Epic has a jungle gym, plenty of room to roam and a cool interactive light-up dance floor.

The two-story Splash Academies on Norwegian Escape, Breakaway and Getaway are the line's largest kids clubs at sea, home to high-tech games, a circus school and a small cinema.

Entourage is a space for teens 13 to 17, and it has air hockey, video games, plush couches and flat-screen TVs. Entourage also turns into a teens-only nightclub at night.

Late-night group babysitting is available for a fee. While all ships have parent-child play areas and care for babies 6 months to 3 years, only NCL Escape offers drop-off, extra-fee childcare for very small children in the Guppies Nursery .

Additional Norwegian Cruise Kid-Friendly Features

NCL shines when it comes to activities and features for kids (especially those who like to be active). Popular features include rock climbing and rappelling walls, batting cages, bowling lanes and impressive water park areas.

Norwegian Epic has a 303-foot-long corkscrew tube and the Drainpipe, a 104-foot tube that empties into a giant funnel. Breakaway and Getaway feature five multistory waterslides, as well as The Plank, an eight-foot walk (part of the ropes course) that extends off the edge of the ship and out over the sea.

Norwegian Escape offers one of the largest ropes courses at sea, as well as one of the largest water parks at sea . All four have two main pools, including a separate kids' pool.

On NCL Epic, "Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical" is a great inclusive musical option for kids of all ages. Epic, Breakaway and Getaway also have two-bedroom family villas , which are cruise ship rooms for six people.

On Norwegian Escape, The Haven includes two-bedroom family suites that sleep up to six passengers, and there are family mini-suites that feature bathtubs.

The NCL kids' menu includes lots of kid favorites, including waffles, chicken fingers, pizza, freshly prepared pasta, soft-serve ice cream and more. Kids 12 years old and under dining with their parents at specialty restaurants eat for free (but only from the complimentary kids’ menu).

5. Kid-Friendly Cruises on Princess Cruises

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Best Princess Cruise Ships for Kids

Caribbean Princess , Regal Princess ,  Royal Princess ,  Ruby Princess , Island Princess , Sky Princess , Enchanted Princess  and  Emerald Princess

Why Princess Cruise Ships Are Great for Kids

Although Princess Cruises might not be the most well-known for its family-friendly offerings, its ships include expansive programs, facilities and accommodations making them great cruises for kids and adults.

From the splash park aboard Caribbean Princess to expanded kids' clubs, batting cages, and laser shooting ranges aboard Royal Princess and Regal Princess , there's a lot to love.

You'll also find big pool decks with water and light shows and poolside cabanas that are a great way to bond by the pool.

As part of Princess' work with Discovery , kid- and teen-friendly spaces on several of its ships feature lively, modern decor. Discovery-inspired programming, which includes fun and educational activities, has rolled out fleetwide.

Princess Cruises Kids’ Club

Dubbed Camp Discovery , Princess Cruises kids' clubs include The Treehouse for children aged 3 to 7, The Lodge for ages 8 to 12 and The Beach House for ages 13 to 17.

Activities might range from Caribbean-shark-themed scavenger hunts to hands-on "Mythbusters"-style challenges and learning the science of magic. Other kid-approved activities include video game tournaments, art projects and storytime.

The kids' clubs are outfitted with foosball, air hockey and even Skee-Ball. Teen cruisers can choose from sports tournaments, themed parties, dance classes and late-night movies.

Other Kid-Friendly Features on Princess Cruises

On Grand-class ships ( Ruby Princess , Crown Princess and Emerald Princess ), there are two large pools that are suitable for families (Calypso Reef and Pool, and Neptune Reef and Pool), plus a splash pool.

Royal and Regal Princess have outdoor play areas with a jungle gym for kids ages 3 to 7, and another for teens with a teens-only hot tub and space for outdoor parties.

The best option might just be the Caribbean Princess, though, with its top-deck Reef Family Splash Zone.

Movies Under the Stars is the line's huge outdoor movie theater that plays poolside features on the top deck after sunset. The 300-square-foot screen broadcasts kid- and teen-friendly movies, as well as fun-for-the-whole-gang blockbusters, and live sporting events and awards shows.

Another cool offering: Family members are welcome to attend the Jr. Chef@Sea Program , a hands-on chef-led cooking class that takes place in a shipboard kitchen, alongside their budding-chef peers.

The line's Discovery connection extends beyond the kids’ club to whole-family programming. Shark Week at Sea offers shark-themed games and activities for the whole family on select summer cruises.

For a kid-friendly Alaska cruise , families on select Alaska sailings can embark on a search for Bigfoot (like the TV show "Finding Bigfoot") or participate in a crab-sorting challenge (inspired by "Deadliest Catch").

Select Princess shore excursions are Discovery Family Tours, which are targeted at families with kids ages 3 to 12 and involve hands-on activities that connect kids to the destination. Animal Planet tours are ideal for parents and kids who want to see whales , sharks, sloths and other critters up close.

6. Kid-Friendly Cruises on MSC Cruises

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Best MSC Ships for Kids

MSC Seaside , MSC Meraviglia , MSC Armonia , MSC Preziosa and MSC Grandiosa , MSC Virtuosa and MSC Bellissima

Why MSC Cruise Ships Are Great for Kids

MSC Cruises has become one of the best family cruise lines. You'll find exclusive clubs (and childcare) for children from infancy to age 12, plus teen spaces for those up to 17 years old aboard all MSC ships .

MSC Seaside in particular generally scores rave reviews from cruisers, with an interactive lab, Lego-themed kids’ spaces, VR and selfie tech in the teen's club, and plenty of family-friendly outdoor spaces. But almost every MSC ship offers plenty to do for kids of all ages.

From time to time, MSC will offer family cruise packages, including fly&cruise deals, which may be interesting for groups.

MSC Kids' Club

No matter which MSC cruise ship you choose -- from MSC Armonia to MSC Seaside -- kids will have a full slate of things to keep them busy thanks to modern, fun spaces for all age groups.

A separate baby care area is for the youngest up to toddlers, while Miniclub offers plenty of Lego action and safe-for-kids climbing options (ages 3 to 6). The Juniors Club, for ages 7 to 11, also features plenty of Lego-themed activities plus game shows, video game competitions, and arts and crafts.

Ages 12 through 17 can head to the Young Club or the Teen Club, which MSC has stocked with things like foosball, sports tournaments, a Formula 1 simulator, bowling , selfie-sharing and music-streaming stations and more.

Other Kid-Friendly Perks on MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises shines when it comes to the kids' clubs across its fleet, but there are plenty of other extras that make the line a great choice for families with kids. Outdoors, you'll find pools , splash zones and waterslides on ships like MSC Virtuosa , Meraviglia , Grandiosa , and Preziosa .

If you're after fun on dry land (or at least when you're in port), MSC runs a Family Explorer program , which melds education with fun shore excursions that are designed to be interactive for the whole family.

Back onboard, MSC Cruises has family rooms designed to accommodate families of three or more. These Family Cabins and Super Family Cabins can be economical, too, as they are charged per room and not per guest.

Super Family Cabins consist of two triple cabins, while Executive Family Suites feature two queens along with extra storage space.

You'll find children's menus in the main dining rooms on all MSC ships and kid-friendly options at the buffets as well. The line offers the My Smart Card , which is a prepaid card that allows kids to purchase snacks, drinks and even arcade games on their own.

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By fishers_mommy , January 22, 2014 in Disney Cruise Line

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We are considering a Disney cruise with a 12 month old baby, but I can't quite picture how the sleeping arrangements work with a baby in a tiny stateroom. (We have not gone on a trip with our son since he was 3 months old and sleeping in a Rock n Play.) Our son is a great sleeper, but I just can't picture how it will work logistically having him with us in a small stateroom. What is the noise level like if children in adjoining cabins are crying? If our son cries, are we going to have to panic thinking that it might wake up kids napping next door, etc? Any thoughts (or even pictures of the stateroom with a pack and play) would be appreciated!

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We have cruised NCL with our 1 yr old and 3 yr old. What we did was keep the pull out couch as a couch and the 3yr old slept on that. Then we had the playpen (pack and play) right beside the couch. This left us enough room to access the verandah when the kids were sleeping.

As for crying, disturbing other cabins....we never heard others and I don't suspect they heard my kids either. Unless the crying is prolonged and incredibly loud, I'm sure you will be fine. Plus, remember, your on a Disney cruise with lots of other families and kids....crying is bound to happen and comes with the territory.

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The cabins on DCL ships are 30-50% larger than on other comparable lines!

How sleeping will work is up to you. They are happy to put a Pack and Play in the cabin (and remove the table if you wish). You can have the couch kept as a couch or flipped to a bed. As a bed, you can have "double rails" placed on it which will run the entire length of the bed.

Crying....OK, on one cruise, we had a very fussy child next door to us on day 1. Interestingly, the CD walked by and greeted us as former cruisers and asked if everything was OK. I commented that if "that" kept up all night, it would be a problem. We were immediately offered the option of moving to another cabin; we declined saying that if it became a problem, we would move but at that point we would assume a stressed out child who likely missed a nap that day. We never heard the child again!

We went on a Royal cruise with our 16month old - he slept in the playpen. Our set up won't help you as we had a different cruiseline and room but if you play around a bit and move small furniture - coffee table, you should be fine. They may even move something like that right out of the room for you if you ask. I can't remember if they did that for us but it came up, was an option. I wouldn't worry about the crying - think it's a given on Disney. We never heard anything from other rooms, and as far as I know, no one complained about us.

FishersMommy - if you google 'Disney stateroom with playpen', you can see a bunch of photos.

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The staterooms are a lot bigger then other cruiselines. I know in ours there was a storage unit thing infront of the couch. I 'm sure if you ask they can remove that so you have more room for the play pin. And on our last cruise we had a little one crying next door but we were so exhausted that we slept through most of it and the mom apologized the next day but really when you go on a family cruiseline, you are going to have little ones and most people should be prepared for fussy little ones being around

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The cabins on DCL ships are 30-50% larger than on other comparable lines!  
The staterooms are a lot bigger then other cruiselines.
This is a myth. Disney shrunk their balcony staterooms by almost 10% on their new ships while other cruise lines have been increasing the size of their staterooms. The average stateroom on Disney's newer ships are about 10 sq ft smaller than the average stateroom on RCCL's newer ships. With Disney's split bathrooms, Disney's staterooms feel even smaller as 25% of the stateroom's square footage is in the bathroom. So, their staterooms have much less living space compared to RCCL.

I agree that the newer ships on other lines have been catching up. However, we cruised Celebrity about 2 years ago--same cabin level as our typical DCL choice. Celebrity was at least 1/3 smaller. There was no couch or coffee table (no room for them). There was a single "comfy" chair. There was amazing built in storage space. It depeds on both choice of line and ship.

At the time the Magic and Wonder were launched, it was totally true that the cabins were significantly larger and that DCL set a new standard in cruising for cabin size.

I am going to disagree with the concept that one should be prepared for fussy children because DCL is a "family cruise line." I agree with this concept in family events and areas. However, my cabin should be adequately soundproofed so that I don't have to deal with the noise from neighbors (whether children or adults), and adult areas of the ship should be maintained totally as adult only. As long as DCL continues to advertise the concept that there is something for everyone on a DCL ship, they need to follow thru with the images and concepts presented in those ads.

That said, I'm much more sympathetic to the mom who is working with the fussy child (we've all been there) than the parents who feel that vacation means a break from parenting and rules.

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20-Year-Old Passenger Jumps From Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship

A n unfortunate event occurred early in the morning on Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas. A young man jumped overboard, causing distress for those onboard. The incident happened around 4 a.m. on Thursday while the ship sailed between Cuba and the Bahamas’ Grand Inagua Island. The man’s father and brother, who were present, witnessed him jump from one of the ship’s decks, leaving them in shock.

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Passengers on board the cruise ship were shocked by the impulsive and seemingly spontaneous decision of a 20-year-old man, who has not been identified, to jump from the window. The incident left his family and fellow travelers in disbelief. Bryan Sims, a passenger, had spent some time with the young man and his brother in a hot tub just before the incident. According to Sims, the young man was visibly intoxicated and was being scolded by his father just moments before he declared, “I’ll fix this right now,” and jumped out of the window in front of everyone, as reported by The New York Post.

The immediate aftermath was filled with panic and quick action, as the ship’s crew and passengers alerted the crew, leading to an immediate search and rescue operation. Deborah Morrison, another passenger, shared the distress and horror that enveloped the young man’s family and the surreal nature of the event as described by Sims.

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Royal Caribbean swiftly responded to the crisis, launching a comprehensive search and rescue effort with the assistance of the US Coast Guard, which has since taken the lead in the search operations. The company extended its support to the guest’s family, emphasizing the sensitivity and privacy surrounding the incident. The apparent suicide attempt cast a somber mood over the ship, with many passengers coming together, hoping to assist in any way possible. Amy Phelps Fouse, another guest, commended Royal Caribbean for their transparent communication and called for compassion amidst the tragedy.

This rare incident of a person going overboard on a cruise ship underscores the importance of onboard safety measures and surveillance systems, which cruise lines have been steadily enhancing in recent years to mitigate such occurrences. The Coast Guard continues its search and rescue efforts to find the young man, but the situation remains unresolved.

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Lewis Hamilton Was Almost in ‘Top Gun: Maverick,’ Says It ‘Broke My Heart’ to Turn Down Tom Cruise

The British racing driver recently signed on to produce Brad Pitt's racing movie.

Lewis Hamilton is crossing over into film.

The British racing driver recently signed on to produce a racing movie alongside Brad Pitt , director Joseph Kosinski, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer. However, this isn’t Hamilton's first opportunity to switch gears to Hollywood.

In a new story for GQ , the 39-year-old revealed that he was offered a role in Top Gun: Maverick by Kosinski. Hamilton became chummy with Tom Cruise around 10 years ago, after Cruise invited Hamilton to the set of the 2014 movie, E dge of Tomorrow .

“My assistant called me: ‘Tom Cruise has invited you to the set.’ I was just like: ‘Shoot, yeah?! Cancel anything I have!’” Hamilton told the publication.

The two became friends, and Cruise was already a fan, and he would send supportive messages to Hamilton for his races. “‘Me and the team want to wish you good luck with the race’—that sort of thing,” Hamilton added.

Cruise and Hamilton were having dinner one day when Cruise saw that Hamilton had a Top Gun logo on the back of his watch. That’s when Hamilton threw his hat in the ring—years before the second installation of Top Gun had come to fruition.

“‘Dude, if you ever do Top Gun 2 , I will even be a janitor—just let me be in it,’” Hamilton told Cruise.

So when Top Gun: Maverick came to life, Cruise introduced Hamilton to Kosinski, who offered him a role as a pilot. Hamilton faced a dilemma: he was knee-deep in the 2018 title race and filming would happen at a crucial time. He would have had to spend a couple of weeks on set during the last months of the season.

“Firstly, I hadn’t even had, like, an acting lesson,” he told GQ . “And I don’t want to be the one that lets this movie down. And then secondly, I just really didn’t have the time to dedicate to it. I remember having to tell Joe and Tom—and it broke my heart. And then I regretted it, naturally, when they show me the movie and it’s: It could’ve been me!”

Danny Ramirez—who played Lieutenant Mickey "Fanboy" Garcia in Maverick—was then given the role in lieu of Hamilton.

When Joe Kosinski introduced us and said that Lewis’ role was gonna be Fanboy, I thanked him for saying no haha Appreciate the assist @LewisHamilton 🙌🏼😂 https://t.co/o6rXALKop7 — Danny Ramirez (@DannyRamirez) April 2, 2024

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