Can I leave the children on board and go hiking?

Can I leave the children on board and go hiking?

Specific areas for children are enabled on most cruises . A good part of the shipping companies also have babysitting services that can not only be used during navigation, but also at times of stopovers. Therefore, yes, it is possible to leave the children on board to go on an excursion. However, it would be more than advisable to talk to the shipping company before choosing one or the other; And it is that this type of policies can change a lot from one company to another. Let’s see some examples.

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In MSC Cruises they are clear that parents’ relaxation is important. In addition, they are aware that many children cannot stand the rhythm on the scales.

MSC cruises have MSC Baby Time. It is an area reserved for smaller passengers, that is, those under 3 years old. A place where they will be safe, supervised by professionals and where they can play for hours. In addition, MSC has MSC BabyCare . The company is clear that adults should relax at their own pace, and for this, it offers this space so that children can stay in a Mini Club. Here they can play under the supervision of a qualified team. A service that is subject to prior reservation and is indicated for children from 1 to 3 years.

In Pullmantur , the little ones will also have a great time. There are lots of exclusive entertainment programs for them. In addition, the ships of this shipping company have several facilities and game rooms enabled for your entertainment.

In Pullmantur, parents can be totally calm while doing their excursions on land. Your child can stay on board as part of Trotanautas with the members of the animation team. You can also book the babysitting service.

However, those babies who are not 6 months of age on the date they are scheduled to embark cannot travel. Of course, children under 2 years will travel totally free.

Another example of a shipping company committed to families is Costa Cruises . This company takes the issue of children very seriously, and is determined to position itself as one of the best options for cruise passengers traveling as a family .

In general, leisure options are offered for all family members. No matter the age of your children, they can play in a place reserved for them.

Can we leave the children on the Costa Cruises ships when we make a stopover? Yes you can. Simply keep in mind the opening hours, which runs until midnight.

Obviously, in such a wide schedule the children will change their location, but always accompanied by qualified personnel who may be aware of them. That is, families can leave the children with the entertainment team the whole day without any problem.

In Costa Cruises, on the other hand, they do not take care of children under 3 years old. These little ones can be in places enabled for children, but always accompanied by an adult.

We cannot close this article without commenting on the services that Royal Caribbean offers. Royal has an Adventure Ocean children’s entertainment program , which brings children together with special activities for each age range; It also offers babysitting service for parents who want to leave their children with professional caregivers at times when children’s clubs close and also have a service in which children can stay on board to have fun with other children while parents They do excursions.

As each shipping company has specific conditions, both when boarding with children and when leaving and getting off the ship, it is always very important that we consider what their policies are before booking a cabin with them. They may not have a mini club for the little ones but the babysitting service is enabled, something we cannot know for sure until we are informed about it.


I have been passionate about cruising for many years. My first cruise was a Royal Caribbean on Liberty of the Seas. Many others have followed since then, now also with our children. Cruiselines I traveled with entail Royal Caribbean, Costa Crociere, MSC, Mein Schiff (tui cruises) and Norwegian Cruise Line as well as a one-week river cruise from St. Petersburg to Vologda and back in Russia. Hope you enjoy this blog and get some practical hints! Feel free to leave any comments and contact me. Keep on cruising! Markus

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