Bell - Answered a Question by bingley (04 May 08 23:20)

There are a couple of options you can consider - 1. take the early seating dining option 2. Don't use the formal restaurant, you can use the self service or indeed room service option to dine (can be nice if you have a balcony) 3. If you want to use the formal dining you can ask for a table for yourselves and if they can they will accommodate you or ask to be seated with a family with children of a similar age. We sailed on the Freedom in the Carribbean in 2006 with our 6 yr old daughter and had a nice Australian couple who had a son of 18mths. It was fine for us and them. The crew are all helpful and friendly and except on the formal nights you don't have to over do the dressing up. 'smart casual' is the idea. Hope you have a great cruise .

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MACLEOD - Answered a Question by bingley (02 May 08 18:16)

Hi there I dont know if it helps but we found Island cruises ideal with a very relaxed atmosphere and dress code.You can dress as you like for the 24 hour beachcomber restaurant,if you want to dress casual for the other restaurants then it is also very relaxed.

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Robertson - Answered a Question by bingley (02 May 08 19:07)

Been with Royal Carribean four times,do not worry about kids, they look after children if you want a night out on your own, and for dress code, there really isn't a dress code,on a 7 night cruise they have two formal nights where the men can dress in tuxedos and the women in their fancy dresses, this is not obligitory, if you want to go wearing shirt and tie and nothing fancy then that is acceptable, these formal nights only happen in the main restaurant,you do not need to dine there if you prefer you can dine in the buffet restauraunt every night if you like or switch between the main restaurant and the buffet restaurant, you can go to the buffet restaurant wearing casual wear,even shorts if you wish. But I can assure you that cruising with Royal carribean will be an enjoyable experience, they really look after you.

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Warren - Answered a Question by bingley (02 May 08 19:20)

Ask at various cruise lines as there are some cruise lines who have a night service listening out for babies and children so the parents can get dressed up and have a good time with the knowledge that the children are being cared for. As a first time cruiser going to the fjords in the summer is a pleasant and picturesque adventure. Have a good cruise , enjoy.

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Hopper - Answered a Question by bingley (02 May 08 21:00)

You don't have to get dressed up at all just use the buffet on the top deck which is fantastic.We went on Explorer to the caribbean in March and we took formal clothes with us but they came back unworn.We are in our sixties and thoroughly enjoyed the casual side of it.The ships are very child friendly.Have a wonderful time.

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Greenwood - Answered a Question by bingley (02 May 08 21:40)

We sailed on Voyager last year in the Med, and although the main restaurant was quite dressy, there were other places to eat. The Windjammer is a self service and has everything. It is open all day, and I would think the best part of the night, Enjoy.

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Driscoll - Answered a Question by bingley (02 May 08 21:51)

Fairly dressy. but you can dine in the Windjammer (if your particular ship has one) for all meals, a very pleasant self service environment where dress code is very relaxed.

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Boyd - Answered a Question by bingley (02 May 08 22:23)

Royal caribbean are very good but personally for 1st time cruise with a toddler I would suggest Island Cruises or Ocean Village both excellent free style Cruising regards Iren.

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Gleeson - Answered a Question by bingley (02 May 08 22:51)

Did the Med cruise last Sept with RCI, there were lots of children on board and the restaurants we found are toddler friendly. The Windjammer is a casual restaurant so smart casual is the way to go, (just no shorts at night time). We found also that you get as dressed up or not as you want- even on formal nights no-one went really over the top. There are also themed nights e.g. Hawaiian, so colourful casual dress will suffice. Enjo.

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Morgan - Answered a Question by bingley (02 May 08 23:24)

Try Island Cruises, Star or Escape. They are completely informal. If you dress up you are the odd one out.

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