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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Royal Babies

We had the great fortune of taking a family cruise to Mexico recently. While it was 5 days, it was still too short, and I would have loved more time to relax with the family. My little boy slept well after wearing himself out at the pool, my daughter got to see a phenomenal Ice skating performance, and my husband ate so many cones of frozen yogurt that I'm surprised he can still feel his face. I got to shop and read ( a book!!) and see some Mayan Ruins in Mexico.

Royal Caribbean Cruise line definitely makes for some wonderful family time on their ships, and so I have compiled a list of pros and cons regarding traveling with kids on their line.I would HIGHLY recommend this cruiseline, specifically this ship! We were on the Liberty of the Seas:

  • Excellent Childcare (free for ages 3 and above)- my six year old didn't want to leave the play area, and because it's separated by age groups, the activities can be tailored specifically.
  • Partner with Dreamworks and Fisher price and Crayola for lots and lots of activities onboard.
  • The infant childcare is so great! All childcare staff have Bachelors in Education.
  • A fun looking kiddie splash area
  • Early dinner time
  • Attentive staff who try to cater to the kids
  • Lots of menu options for picky eaters
  • Cribs available on board
  • Lots of shows and fun activities for the whole family- Cupcake decorating lessons anyone?
  • Dreamworks Character breakfasts, parades and meet and greets
  • Fisher Price Toy lending program for babies 
  • Wave Simulator, Rock wall and lots of other activities for older kids
  • Room service available 24 hrs a day, and eating pretty much day round, so no worries if you miss a mealtime.

  •  Childcare for under 3 costs $8/hr
  • No baths for babies in room- can only shower them.
  • Most evening activities start too late for children to participate in
  • Childcare fills up fast
  • Paper-thin walls to the hallway-not good when teenagers decide to run up and down hallways at all times.
  • When babies nap there isn't much to do in the rooms (Movies were $11.99 each to watch on Tv!!)
  • Drinks are pricey (this is a con for the parents!)
  • Room Service has very few choices.
Hope this helps you decide whether cruising is right for you with kids. Also note that these cons do apply to most other cruise lines too.

If you are interested in booking a cruise, I recommend contacting Theresa Watson. She is a vacation planner and was a great help on Royal Carribbean, and makes sure you know all your options, and services ahead of time.Office800.859.7225 Ext 13205 • Hours:  Tuesday - Saturday  11 - 8  EST 
Love and travel,
Kerry the Momster

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