Can Babies Go In The Pool On A Cruise Ship?


As part of our Cruising With A Baby series of tips, we are looking at the the questions families ask when choosing a cruise line to cruise with babies for the first time. Notably a question that pops up again and again is Can Babies Go In The Pool On A Cruise ? Thus we have researched all the cruise lines and have found that information for you.

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Can Babies Go In The Pool On A Cruise ?

If you are planning to book a cruise to not only explore but enjoy sunny days on deck then having a pool is potentially essential. Baby and toddler friendly splash areas are not available of all cruise ships.

Maritime law states that babies who are not toilet trained CAN NOT use cruise ship pools as a result the more family friendly cruise lines have created splash areas which are easier to keep clean thus offering a great place for babies in swim nappies to play.

How Old Do Babies Need To Be To Go On A Cruise?

Babies must be at least 6 months old on the first day of the cruise vacation. For transatlantic, transpacific, babies must be at least 12 months old as of the first day of the cruise/CruiseTour.

The Cruise Lines Who Have Pools For Babies

MSC ships that offer baby and toddler friendly splash zones?

  • MSC Bellissima
  • The MSC Preziosa
  • MSC Meraviglia
  • And MSC Seaside

Royal Caribbean ships with baby splash zones?

  • Allure of the Seas.
  • Anthem of the Seas.
  • Freedom of the Seas.
  • Independence of the Seas.
  • Liberty of the Seas
  • Oasis of the Seas.
  • Odyssey of the Seas
  • Harmony of the Seas
  • Symphony of the Seas
  • Wonder of the Seas

Which Disney Cruise Line ships have baby and toddler splash zones?

  • Disney Fantasy: Nemo’s Reef and AquaLab
  • On the Disney Magic: Nephews’ Splash Zone
  • Disney Dream: Nemo’s Reef
  • Disney Wonder: Dory’s Reef
  • Disney Wish

Princess Cruises with baby pool zones?

P&O Ships Who Have Baby Splash Pools

  • Azura – Children’s pools (Aft) and the Coral Pool
  • Britannia -The Reef Adventure Zone and the Lido Pool
  • Oceana -Children’s Pirate paddling pool
  • Ventura -Children’s pool (Aft) and the Beach comber Pool

So Yes Babies Go In The Pool On A Cruise.

You just need to find the right cruise line offering baby facilities on certain cruise ships. Please note there are still restrictions on all other pools on these ships. For more info on cruising with a baby for the first time check out our first time cruising for families page.


  • Sarah Christie

    Sarah also writes for Mini Travellers Family Travel Blog and Extraordinary Chaos Craft and Lifestyle Blog. Both are award-winning blogs with a travel and family focus. She is married and has two boys, aged 18 and 22, who all love cruising as a family. Nothing is better than waking up every day in a new port with new and exciting things to explore. She aims to share how cruising as a family with young adults is the perfect choice for family travel. Her boys are sporty and love the activities, sports and dining options cruising offers. Sarah has worked with brands such as Walt Disney World, Mark Warner, Ikos Resort, Center Parcs, Laura Ashley, Belling and Next.

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