Do cruise ships allow babies? Yes! Except for select adults-only voyages, most cruise lines will allow you to travel with your baby of at least six months of age. However, some cruise lines offer certain itineraries (usually exotic cruises or long ocean crossings) where the minimum age to travel may be one year.
Do I Have to Pay to Bring My Baby on a Cruise?
The answer to this question varies by cruise line. Some lines will not charge extra if the baby shares a two-person stateroom with two paying adults. Other lines will charge a discounted rate for babies to cruise, and unfortunately for parents, some will charge the same adult fare.
Why do Some Cruise Lines Charge the Same Rate for Babies as Adults?
Though babies and toddlers clearly do not consume nearly as much food and drink, nor partake in the same activities as their parents, babies still create extra cleanup and housekeeping work that the ship’s crew ultimately must take care of. On top of creating extra work for the crew, babies also do not make the onboard purchases that their parents do, such as specialty dining, drinks, casino chips, etc.
Featured Cruise Lines and Infant/Toddler Policies
• MSC Cruises – Children under the age of two sail FREE.
• Cunard Line – Any child up to the age of 23 months sails FREE.
• Norwegian Cruise Line – Reduced rates for babies and toddlers.
• Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, and Holland America Line – All regularly offer discounted fares for babies and toddlers and often run “Kids Sail Free” promotions.
For more information on cruising with your child or to book your dream vacation today, call The Cruise Web at 1-800-733-9383 to speak with one of our expert travel consultants or visit us online at www.cruiseweb.com.
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