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Old 10-05-2013, 05:27 PM   #1
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what age for first cruise?

We have three children; 10, 4, and 3 months. I'd like to take them on a cruise once my youngest is a bit older. At what age did you take your child/ren on their first cruise?

I want them all to be able to enjoy it and though I know the older two would, I'm not sure what age my youngest would. It would be my 4 year olds' first cruise.
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Old 10-05-2013, 06:14 PM   #2
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Mine were 3 and 10 months for our first. The youngest I'm sure didn't get anything out of it, although we had a lot of fun with him. I won't take a baby any younger though (I breastfeed and any younger than that I will be nursing too much to have any fun myself). My daughter loooooved it.

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Old 10-05-2013, 06:20 PM   #3
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Our kids were 9, 6, and 4 when we went on our first cruise. They all loved it! I think we could have taken our youngest at 3 and enjoyed it just as much. We still would have enjoyed it when they were younger, but it would have been a lot more work.
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Old 10-05-2013, 06:32 PM   #4
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At least 3 and potty trained. Once they are potty trained a lot of options open up for you and them that aren't open before. The worst is being a toddler who can't use the pools because you aren't potty trained.

But that's a long time away for you, and by then your ten year old will be past the age of getting the biggest bang - so I'd go now before the baby is old enough to realize she's missing anything.
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Old 10-05-2013, 07:04 PM   #5
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We did a five yo and 15 mo in May. Under three is much cheaper. She didn't get the full experience, but still had a great time. I did get the full experience. DCL made life easy at every turn and made having a baby feel like a breeze. Plus, we sent her to babysitting in her pjs at dinner. They fed her there, then we'd bring her back down for dessert and hit a dance party for a short bit before heading to bed. She had a great time and I really enjoyed the break. Would she get more out of it if she were older? Sure. But we thought this was a great way to give the five yo the Disney experience without dragging a baby around the parks and running back to the hotel for naptime.
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Old 10-05-2013, 07:15 PM   #6
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Our kids were 3 & 5 on their first cruise & trip to MK. I personally wouldn't wait until the baby is "old enough" because then your 10 yo will not be able to enjoy it at a kid level in the clubs. At 10 my kids were past the magical stage. They still enjoy the cruise, but it's different for them now.
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Old 10-05-2013, 07:20 PM   #7
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Mine were 7 & 3. I think it will be more enjoyable for you when your youngest is potty trained and able to go into the regular children's programming, however, the kids will love it at any age! I agree about getting your oldest on board sooner rather than later so they can enjoy the kids clubs.
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Old 10-05-2013, 09:15 PM   #8
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I didn't think about my oldest being too old for the kids clubs. Maybe I'll try to plan a cruise for when my youngest is 18 months old. That way, for us, they can all enjoy themselves on some level.
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Old 10-05-2013, 09:20 PM   #9
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Our daughter was 1.5 for her first cruise. We all had a great time. She is now 7 and has no idea she is booked for her 3rd cruise.
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Old 10-05-2013, 11:48 PM   #10
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My oldest was 18 months when we took a Mexican Riviera cruise on Holland America. He was too young to use the pools and the kid's programming, but we knew that ahead of time. We still had a blast and we have some great memories. We did splurge on a verandah room because we knew we would spend a lot of time in our cabin with naps. We would just put our son down and bring our books out on the verandah and chill.
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Old 10-06-2013, 04:13 AM   #11
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Hearing your stories makes me feel a little better about taking my youngest when she's still under 3. A disney cruise would probably be the best option for that age. I know the other two would have a blast! I want to be sure we'll all be able to enjoy the cruise though.

What type of excursions can you do with an 18 month old?
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Old 10-06-2013, 04:43 AM   #12
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Here's the thing... Having a young baby is a lot of work no matter WHERE you are. But a cruise is perfect, because then the older kids aren't being denied anything just because there is a new baby, there are people there to give you a break from baby for a very reasonable fee whenever you need, you don't have to cook or clean or do any other of your usual chores, and everything you need is right at your fingertips without needing to use a map, ask for directions, or plan ahead. I say go for it whenever you are ready! Good luck!
Also, you're always going to find people who say their baby soured the experience for them. But you know yourself and your family, so of you think it would work for you, don't let those who couldn't make it work distract you.
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Old 10-06-2013, 06:15 AM   #13
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Our first Disney cruise DD was 2y and DS was 3 months. They had a wonderful time. They might not remember it but I sure do. Spring break will be our 4th cruise. they will be 12 and 10. They love the baby photos of them on the same ship. There are plenty of ways for every age to enjoy the vacation. Lots of cast members to help out. Don't hold back. Live life today, make memories today.
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Old 10-06-2013, 06:46 AM   #14
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I'd rather Disney Cruise with a nursing baby than WDW, or any other vacation I can think of for that matter.
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Old 10-06-2013, 08:19 AM   #15
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DD and DS were 3yrs and 11mos on our first cruise. I loved it. It was so nice having everything to contained and convenient. Being able to say "Hey, I'm going up to the room to nurse." and being gone 20 minutes while DH and DD were able to keep playing or swimming or waiting in line for pictures was so wonderful. I never felt like coordinating or scheduling things was a hassle, never felt like we missed anything.
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