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Old 02-24-2013, 09:46 PM   #31
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Our cruises have always been just my immediate family and we enjoy it. We've talked about going with extended family but it has never worked out, which is okay!
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Old 02-24-2013, 10:44 PM   #32
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We've cruised with just DH, DD and myself, and we've taken DMIL and DFIL with us. DD has always been the only kid in our group - the one cruise we were going to take with her cousins, we had to cancel due to work issues. She's been great in the clubs! We've usually been placed at a table with another family with a child her age, which has helped. But typically she did her own things and made her own friends in the clubs.

The best cruises we've had, though, were those we sat with DIS folks! The first time it was completely random - three of them, three of us at a 6-top, with our 8 year old and their 9 year old. I didn't realize they were on our DIS group until I saw their lanyards! LOL! The girls were fast friends, and we had a ball. On our last cruise (EBTA) we arranged to sit with another family who had a DD our DD's age (and the same name!) and they hung out together most of the time as well.

So I highly recommend getting involved on your DIS meet thread and seeing if there's anyone who wants to link reservations to sit with at meals - it helps break the ice!

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Old 02-24-2013, 11:05 PM   #33
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We have one child. And she is very shy and had no interest in the kids club on her own. During our first cruise, she was 9, and we were fortunate enough to have been sat at dinner with a family with 3 children, one of whom was a 9 yr old girl. After a brief period of awkwardness, our server began doing tricks. Our DD hit it off with all 3 of the other children and had a blast for the remainder of the trip, as we got along fabulously with the parents, so we turned into one large group! The girls still chat!

For our next cruise which was in April of last year, we joined the 'meet' thread for our cruise. The majority of the families in that thread had daughters the same age. It was a really active thread that converted into a Facebook page. Through that we were able to really communicate much more effectively. Once we were convinced that everyone was "normal" it really took off. One of the moms got us to send pics of the girls and some basic info, like ages and interests. She out together a booklet, like an album, that the girls could print out and use to get to know each other. They started face timing and the parents were emailing before we even left. The day of embarkation, the girls were screaming in the terminal as they began to recognize their new friends! Also, we linked dinner reservations with one of the families that had an only child also, so that the girls could be assured of a 'pal' at dinner. This worked out great!

We still all talk and the girls all still talk to each other. As for the parents, we had a mini reunion this past summer, and 11 of the families have linked up to cruise together again in 2014.

The long and the short of it is, Disney is not new to this and they know how to put people together. The dinner servers are great at breaking the ice too. We look forward to our cruises with our daughter and cannot comprehend a time when she would not be with us.
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Old 02-25-2013, 12:39 AM   #34
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Do you normally vacation with other people or as a family unit? I'm a solo parent and do things with just my son and I all of the time. Never occurred to me that he needed a play mate. He's 6. We've been on 2 cruises with Disney. We've sat with other people at dinner from our cruise meet both times, done excursions with them, we play and do things together just the two of us, and my son enjoys the clubs for a couple of hours a day while at sea. Do you guys usually have some along all of the time to play with her? Just curious about the question because I've never felt the need. I'm not an only child and on vacation and in general I always did my own thing or made my own friends. So did my brother. A sibling is not always a built in play mate. I have several much older siblings also.
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Old 02-25-2013, 01:21 AM   #35
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Originally Posted by monica9 View Post
I guess I just picture other kids having their siblings with them and her having no one. 25 years ago ..... the children's activities were by no means like they are now!
Children go to school without siblings or knowing anyone on the first day all the time. The Disney ship and the kid's club sure beats school any day for the entertainment and new friends they meet.
My DD has been cruising since she was 2yrs old. Most of the time there's 3 of us.
Once we cruised with another 3 of our relatives of which two were kids, and it was absolutely miserable.
My DD has never been bored or lonely on any cruise. In fact last year when I asked her to invite a friend along since we had a suite, she refused. I think she felt at 15 yrs old they would cramp her style of socializing with new friends.
I wouldn't worry about it.
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Old 02-25-2013, 08:42 AM   #36
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Want to cruise a 7 night but it will be just me, DH and DD5. She is sort of shy but so used to being in camps, school, sports,etc that going into the kids room will be fine. I just hope she has fun. NO one will vacation with us at the time we are going or our second choice of time to go (Sept/Oct or Jan/Feb). So its just us. We did a norwegian cruise with our daughter when she was just 24 months old and it go boring at the end since she screamed when we put her in the kids room for the 1/2 hour the one time we tried and she was too small to do most things. She was scared of the water at that time too. She now loves the water, will need use to hold her or a life jacket but loves it. Will go into play room but might take a while to warm up to other kids. I just don't know if we should do a 7 night or 4 night since its just her by herself.
We almost always cruise with just the 3 of us. DD is 10 and has been on a number of Disney cruises since she was 2.
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:01 AM   #37
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My kids are a few years apart. They were never in the same age group and they don't like to hang out with each other. They are 12 and 15.

they would rather cruise just the four of us. That way the can do what they want.
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Old 02-25-2013, 11:37 AM   #38
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So we do a bigger vacation once a year and small long weekend vacation once a year. We have only vacationed with another couple and their two children once. It was a disney vacation. The only reason I say this is because of our first and only cruise we took with her when she just turned 24 months. Again, she wouldn't go into the kids room at all. We are the type of family that wants to spend time together, don't get me wrong, but it would've been nice if she were to go into the room for an hour or 2 tops each day just so we can go into the casino or have a drink together and just have a very little alone time. I know there isn't a casino on the disney cruise but again, it wouldn't be bad to have an hour a day for adult time and I just thought it might be easier for her to be in the club if she were with another friend she knew. By the end of the last cruise we were just walking around not knowing what to do with ourselves b/c she was scared of the water, wouldn't sit still to sit near the pool and listen to music and was too small to do a lot of the activities.

I am sure this cruise will be A LOT different considering she is 3 years older, loves the water and will be able to participate in the activities. And plus ITS A DISNEY CRUISE! of course she won't be bored. Don't know what I was thinking. Just basing it off of our norwegian cruise when she was a toddler. Thanks for all the help! We are so excited to cruise on DCL. Now its time to figure out when and were!
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Old 02-25-2013, 11:50 AM   #39
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We have cruised twice on the Dream (and we are going again in October!) with our Son, who is 9. He is our only and he loves it. The first time he had just turned 6 and didn't do too much in the club, but last year he spent every night in the club- we had to drag him out at "last call"!!! He loved it and is looking forward to it again this year.
I am not sure if anyone else had this experience, but at our table for dinner we were seated with 2 other families, both with only children around my sons age. It was fantastic. One was a boy just a few days apart in age from my son and they hit it off and would hang out at the pool during the day and then race off to the club at night. It was great for us, because we knew he was having a great time- but we also got plenty of fun time as a family too!!
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Old 02-25-2013, 11:59 AM   #40
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We did it in January. DD will be 5 this June and she had a blast. We went to the open house the first day and played in there with her. She loved going so much. SHe does go to a dayhome here so she's used to other kids. She would always say at dinner... if I eat all my supper can I go to the kids club for a bit.

We will do it again in a heartbeat.

We didn't request any special table sittings but were paired with another couple with a 4 year old boy. it was great!
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Old 02-25-2013, 02:12 PM   #41
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I just became the mom of two my oldest daughter is going to be 10 and for the last 10 years we did just this vacation solo...and my daughter was kind of shy as we did some kid stuff some mommy stuff...the benefit is the maturity and the appreciation that the only child gets to gain so early's a bonus I think....
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Old 02-25-2013, 04:10 PM   #42
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We are a family of 3 with an only daughter. Our first cruise was a 3 day. The kids clubs were packed and she didn't enjoy them that much because she didn't know anyone.

On our second cruise we went for a 7 day in October, there were a lot less kids. We also got to know people in our cruise meet and our daughter was able to meet some of the other kids early in the cruise.

She enjoyed the kids club much more the second time. Less kids and knowing some of the faces in the club went a long way.

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Old 02-26-2013, 11:10 PM   #43
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Our only child was 9 when we went on a 7 night cruise. Disney set up our dining rotation with another family with an only child and by the end of the cruise the kids were doing everything together.
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