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Greetings All.  I hope everybody is safe and well.

My wife and I are planning our next cruise for sometime in 2022 (assuming/fingers crossed that cruising and the world have returned to something resembling pre-COVID normal), but we will have an infant with us for the first time ever.  Our little man will be at least 16-18 months old, if not a bit older, based on the window of sailings I am looking at.

I was wondering if Matt or anybody had an updated list of ships that have the baby splash zone that children in swim diapers can enter.  I am aware of Allure, Oasis, Freedom, Liberty, Independence, Anthem and Quantum having them.  I wasn't sure if due to the Royal Amped Program and/or newer ships (specifically Odyssey, Symphony and Harmony) had them as well.

Also, any tips for cruising/traveling with an infant are welcome.

I'm still by no means set on going on a cruise and/or other vacation at this point given the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, but I am definitely dreaming of it and hoping that the vaccine rollout gets us one step closer to it being a reality.

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15 minutes ago, Matt said:

Not sure of an official list. 

If the ship has Splashaway Bay, then you're good.

I seem to recall even ships with H2O Zones are good as well (I remember going on Freedom of the Seas with my first child and being so happy there was a splash zone).

Awesome! I was curious of the Splashaway Bay vs H2O Zone. I remember being on Allure with the H2O zone and it having the baby only splash zone. 

 

I was on Indy in December of 2019 and didn't pay much attention to the Splashaway Bay setup compared to H2O Zone. I figured I was good with H2O Zone ships based on previous experience, but was concerned about the other. It sounds like we are good either way. 

 

Too bad Mariner doesn't have anything like that after the Amplification. There is a great 5 day Labadee and CocoCay itinerary that would be perfect, and we love the ship. The lack of the splash pad on her is a no go though. 

 

It looks/sounds like we'd also be good to go with Odyssey, Symphony and Harmony in addition to the above ships then. Any idea about Navigator post-Amp?

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Splashaway Bay in general does not allow swim diapers.  The baby splash zones have a separate filtration system so that the other areas for older children don't become contaminated when swim diapers leak which they all eventually do.  

The exception is the children's aqua areas on CocoCay.  These fall under Bahamian law so apparently the Bahamas public health rules don't seem to consider it an issue. 

Navigator has a baby splash zone:

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To the left on the other side of the glass divider is for older children, babies straight ahead.

 

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5 minutes ago, twangster said:

Splashaway Bay in general does not allow swim diapers.  The baby splash zones have a separate filtration system so that the other areas for older children don't become contaminated when swim diapers leak which they all eventually do.  

The exception is the children's aqua areas on CocoCay.  These fall under Bahamian law so apparently the Bahamas public health rules don't seem to consider it an issue. 

Navigator has a baby splash zone:

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To the left on the other side of the glass divider is for older children, babies straight ahead.

 

Awesome! When speaking of both H2O Zone and Splashaway Bay, I was speaking of the special area for diapers that was filtered separately. That was a big reason for us looking at ships specifically with those areas, as he will almost certainly still be in diapers when we are looking to go. 

 

I saw a story Matt wrote around 2015 that mentioned the ships with the baby splash zones at that time, but there have certainly been a lot of changes and additions since. I'm glad Navigator is on the list. We love Voyager Class. 

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