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Thinking of taking a cruise with a very young child or baby? Most cruise lines have a minimum age for children to sail; ages range from 3 months to 8 years. provides information on the cruise line’s policies; be sure to verify the minimum age with the line before booking a cruise.

Traveling with young children? Take care to understand the children’s policies before you sail. The experts at CruiseCompete offer the following information on the cruise lines children’s policies and programs- for more detailed descriptions, please visit

AMA Waterways: AMA Waterways has no children’s programs or facilities. Minimum sailing age is 4 years.

Azamara Club Cruises: Azamara has no formal children's programs or facilities. The minimum age requirement to sail is 6 months, excepting Transatlantic and Transpacific cruises/cruise tours (and others), where the minimum age is 12 months.

Carnival Cruise Lines: Carnival's Youth Program, Camp Carnival, is for 2-11 year olds, but there are babysitting services for children younger than two. Rates are $6 for the first child and $4 for each additional child. Minimum age for sailing is 6 months, excepting Transatlantic, Hawaii and South American cruises, which are 12 months.

Celebrity Cruises: Celebrity offers babysitters for children over 12 months old (limit 2 per babysitter). Minimum sailing age is 6 months, excepting Transatlantic, Transpacific, and select South American cruises, which require a child be 12 months old.

Costa Cruises: There are no organized activities for children under the age of three. Costa does provide group baby-sitting in their "Miniclub" and on request, cribs, high chairs, baby bath, bottle warmers and liquidized food. Minimum sailing age is 6 months.

Crystal Cruises: Crystal does not have a formal program for children under the age of three, but babysitting services are available- fees start at $10/hr. Minimum sailing age is 6 months.

Cunard Line: Children must be one year old to participate in the children’s center without parental supervision. Minimum sailing age is 6 months on Alaska, Canada/New England, Caribbean, Europe, Mexico, Transcanal and Australia/New Zealand voyages. Minimum age on all other voyages is 12 months.

Disney Cruise Line: Flounder's Reef Nursery accepts children from 3 months to 3 years. Parents must carry a pager and pay $6.00 per hour for the first child, and $5.00 per hour for each additional child. Minimum sailing age is 12 weeks old.

Holland America Line: Holland America does not provide children's programs or babysitting for children under three, but high chairs, booster seats and cribs are available to cruisers. Minimum age for sailing is 6 months, 12 months on transoceanic.

Norwegian Cruise Line: NCL offers youth programs and babysitting for children ages 2-12. Group babysitting runs $6 per child per hour, $4/hour for additional siblings. Minimum sailing age is 6 months.

Oceania Cruises: Oceania's cruises are designed for adults and do not provide care or supervision for children. Minimum sailing age is 6 months.

P&O Cruises: Splashers, (for ages 2-4) has activities and designed for young children. There is also a supervised night nursery. Minimum sailing age is 12 months.

Royal Caribbean International: Royal Caribbean has a "Royal Babies/Royal Tots" program (6-18 months), developed by Fisher-Price. Parents must accompany children. Sailing age is 6 months on most itineraries, but is 12 months on all Transatlantic, Transpacific Hawaii, and other selected cruises.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises: There are no formal programs for children under age 5. Minimum sailing age is 6 months.

SeaDream Yacht Club: SeaDream does not provide activities/amenities for children. Minimum sailing age is 12 months.

Silversea Cruises: Silversea cannot accommodate infants under one year of age and reserves the right to limit the number of children under age three. They do not provide facilities for children.

The Yachts of Seabourn: There are no specific onboard facilities for children. Minimum sailing age is 1 year for trans-Atlantic cruises, and World cruises, and 6 months for all other sailings.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection: The company’s position is that children do not enjoy or appreciate the river cruise experience. They do not maintain children’s facilities. Minimum age to sail is 4 years.

Viking River Cruises: Viking River does not maintain facilities or services for children. Minimum sailing age is 8 years.

Windstar Cruises: Children, especially infants and toddlers, are not encouraged, and travel for children under two is limited. They do not provide facilities for children.

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