There’s no better cruise line in the world for kids than Disney Cruise Line, but how young is too young? How will we manage a baby on a cruise ship?
It certainly CAN be done and Disney Cruise Line is here to equip you with tons of great resources!
As travel planners, we get asked these questions a lot so here is a quick Q&A if you’ve got a new arrival and are wanting to set sail with Disney.
What’s the minimum age to sail? Your baby must be at least 6 months old by the day of departure for most sailings on Disney Cruise Line. However for Transatlantic and Panama Canal sailings, your youngest must be at least 1 year old on the departure date.
Is there a nursery or babysitting? Yes, each ship has a nursery for children ages 6 months to 3 years. When you book your on-board activities and port adventures, you’ll want to reserve some time at the Small World Nursery. All of the caretakers are certified and trained and during the open house times upon boarding you’ll be able to take a tour to see how wonderful the amenities are for your baby. In-room babysitting is not available on board.
Can I store pumped milk on board? Definitely! There is a refrigerator in each stateroom, but if you find it’s not cold enough, you’re welcome to visit Guest Services and they can store milk in their refrigerators. When you board, you’ll want to visit Guest Services to make accommodations.
What do I do with all the used diapers? Disposal units or Diaper Genies are available upon request from your room steward when you board. Let your Once Upon A Vacation travel agent know this and we’ll note it on the reservation. There is a limited number on board and delivery is not guaranteed.
Are there bottle sanitizers and/or bottle warmers on board? Yes there are, but not an unlimited supply. You’ll want to put this toward the top of your to-do list when you board to visit Guest Services and request a sanitizer or warmer to use during your cruise.
How do I get a crib? Simply ask your Once Upon A Vacation travel planner when you book your cruise. These requests can be made at the time of booking, and your awesome room steward will set it up the Pack’n’Play Crib and take it down for you each day.
Do I need to bring a stroller? You may, but you may find that it’s more convenient to use the complimentary strollers offered at Guest Services. Plus, when you visit Castaway Cay, take advantage of the complimentary Beach Wagons to make navigating the sandy beaches a little easier!
What about dinner seating? High chairs are available at all of the restaurants on board each ship. Let us know and we’ll note this on your reservation.
Could you puree these vegetables? Of course they can! The staff in the dining rooms are happy to prepare pureed vegetables at any of your dinners.
What about the supplies we didn’t bring? Essential baby supplies like diapers, training pants, rash cream, formula, bottles, pacifiers, baby food, baby shampoo, baby lotion and baby powder are all available for purchase at the onboard merchandise shops.
When you’re ready to take the family…including the baby…on a Disney Cruise, just let us know and we’ll walk with you through every step so you can make great family memories instead of great family stress on your Disney Cruise!
Pete Herrick has been with Once Upon A Vacation for since 2013 and has visited Walt Disney Destinations over 30 times and takes every chance to travel to just about any fun location in the world. He and his wife Tessa live at Lake Norman near Charlotte NC. Find him on social media @peteherrick (or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org)