I've only been on one cruise - a beautiful Royal Caribbean (Navigator of the Seas) that carries around 3,000 people. Compared to all the other ships we saw on that excursion - aside from the Disney ship we saw - the ship was stunning. We had a blast on that trip, but I had some motion issues so I knew that I would have to wait a few years to want to go back.
And that time is now.
Of course, I'm expecting a baby. Any day (actual due date is April 18th, so we'll see when the little one decides to come out). So, a big vacation like a cruise isn't really an option. We're not planning to do much of any travel until Marathon Weekend 2013.
There's another problem we have booking a cruise - the price! For WDW Vacations, I encourage taking little ones - it's a lot of fun, they're free in the parks, buffets- heck, under 2, they can even fly for free. But, on a cruise? Even infants cost. A 1 year old that weighs less than 20 lbs and probably eats close to night costs around $450-500. That's not terrible, but, but that costs more than both of us parents getting our 4 day park passes at WDW **note - I am military, so the prices on the park passes do vary** where the little ones still get in for free!
For children under 3, child care costs $6 per hour/$5 per hour for a second child. While I've heard wonderful things about the child care facilities and cast members, I'm still not quite sure what the $450 per infant covers! Do those 20 lbs make that much of a difference in gas usage?
And the biggest problem of all? I can't convince my husband. :) Our current plan is 5 years (our 10 year wedding anniversary) when the kids are 7/5.
Anyone want to play devils advocate? I'd love to hear the other side of cruising with little ones!