Discussion in 'Disney Cruise Line Forum' started by monica9, Feb 24, 2013.
I'd go by myself, wouldn't bother me the least bit.
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Definitely find the meet thread for your cruise. We have had great success with doing this with the kids before the cruise.
We cruise with our only child and love it. We started when she was 16 months and booked a 3 night to test the waters (my parents live in FL so we went between christmas and new year's). It's such a great vacation for a young child. DD prefers it over staying at beach resorts, WDW, and Sea World. What's especially great is that there are so many activities. So if something doesn't catch DD's interest we just move on to the next one. We don't use the nursey as much as others because we both work full-time and we look forward to our family time on vacations, but she loves the little time she does spend there. She also loves the Club during open house times. So I say go for it!
You could search for your "cruise meet" on the boards and get to know some people before you go. You will certainly find people with kids your daughter's age. It wouldn't have to be "only" children. Sometimes kids end up in different clubs because of age difference from the same family. I think anyone her age would be great. There is so much to do on the ship and in port, boredom shouldn't be an issue.
Also, joining the fish extender for your cruise is a fun thing to do.
We have an only child and we have cruised just the 3 of us and will be going again next month. We did start with a 4-night as I wanted to make sure cruising would be a good fit for us. Our DD was 8 when we went on the Dream last February. She had always been comfortable meeting new people, goes to day camp every summer, etc., but for whatever reason she did NOT take to the Oceaneer Lab. We went with her the first day as everyone suggested, but she refused to go back. We were fine having her with us for the entire cruise, but it would have been nice to have just a little bit of grownup time!
If you and your DH are okay with the possibility of your child being with you for all or most of the cruise, then I would not hesitate to book a cruise. Despite the fact that our DD did not spend any time in the kids' clubs, we all had a great time and booked a 7-night cruise while onboard. This time we are not expecting her to spend any time in the Lab and will be pleasantly surprised if she does.
I've cruised with just me and 1 child. She doesn't do the kids clubs, so we did our own thing. We had a blast Then I cruised with two kids and realized it's easier one on one. So now, each kid gets their own cruise with me. They prefer that as well and I get to go on a lot more cruises.
We are about to take our third cruise and DS is an only child. Our first cruise included extend family and friends so he wasn't really alone. Our last one he was by himself but quickly made a few friends while doing bean bag toss one morning.
He has been with us on 7 Disney trips, the first at age 2, and always has a great time.
We prefer to cruise just us and our DD4. It's nice family time and she still goes to the kids club a few hours a day and usually makes a few friends. 7 nights proved to be a little long for us with all the late nights but as far as being just the 3 of us, it was very nice! We've gone with friends and family before and it's nice to have company but we do fine alone too.
I think you will be fine on the 7 night. Especially if your daughter is really into Disney and all of the characters, fairies and princesses. Our daughter had just turned 6 in September and we took her on Fantasy for 7 nights. (She has a little brother, but we don't want to take him until he is 3, so it was just myself, wife and daughter) She loved getting to meet all the characters every day, and we basically just made all of our excursions beach trips, and she had a blast. She is not the most outgoing socially, but she liked the play area. She found other kids to play with sometimes, and sometimes she played the computer games by herself. We had plenty of family time and enough alone time as well, so that everyone had fun. Since then, she has asked at least twice a month if we were going to back on a "Disney boat" and while she does not yet know it, we are going on the Fantasy again in September. Oh, and if you go on Fantasy, they have the Bibbity Bobbity Boutique where they make little girls feel even more like little princesses.
We are just three -- have only one child, a daughter. Our first cruise with her she was 12 and had a blast. Nine cruises later, we still make the most of it. Family has never sailed with us!
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!
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!
Enjoy your cruise!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!!
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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