Can I take a baby on a cruise?
Do I have to pay for my baby to cruise?
Yes, and not usually at a discounted rate. There are some “kids sail free” promotions or discounted 3rd or 4th passenger rates available, but it depends on the ship capacity and time of year.
Is there babysitting on the ship?
Babysitting varies on different cruise lines. Often there is minimum age of 1 year, and only available at certain times. For Princess Cruises, the kids club starts at age 3 where they can play most of the day and are fully supervised. It’s never safe to leave a child in the room alone.
Where will my baby sleep on the ship?
Cruise ships have Pack n Plays which are small portable cribs, available on request ahead of time depending on availability. We bring out own if we are leaving from Los Angeles or San Diego. Babies can sleep in your bed, on a pullout sofa if available in your room, sleeping bag that you could bring if your child is too big for a crib but isn’t ready for a real bed. Ava goes in the Pack N Play and we’ve done great with that so far. If you can afford connecting cabins with a family member or friend, that’s a great option that offers more space. Some lines have room dividing curtains, and Princess has a separate closet area where a crib can fit.