Cruise Rules for use of Swim Diapers

With the popularity and affordability of cruising, many families are taking advantage of the amazing pricing and spending their vacations at sea, sailing to various Island ports. It is truly a vacation which can accommodate all of the needs a large variety of age groups from toddlers, teens, adults and seniors.

All of the large Ocean going vessels have multiple pools and or hot tubs for the use of their guests. Depending on its size or even the company, some of them also have splash pads or water parks for various age demographics. The one thing that all parents should be aware of, is that all the regulations of every cruise line towards children who are NOT potty trained, using or having access to their on-board pools, is posted on their websites and they all state the same thing:

United States Public Health Department Policy (USPH) prohibits persons who are not toilet trained or use diapers, pull-ups or swimmers from using pools or whirlpools.

It is also important to note that the many of the cruise lines actually offer pull ups and water diapers for sale at their commissary shops. Just check with your specific line before you sail. This is not giving parents permission to use them on-board, but as a convenience to those parents who use them for facilities where they are allowed or for use at the various ports of call.

Carnival Cruise Line
Children who are not toilet trained (and those in diapers or swim diapers) are not allowed in any of the water facilities onboard, as per United States Public Health Services. Toilet trained children should be taken on frequent bathroom breaks. Water facilities include kiddies’ pools, swimming pools, spray parks, WaterWorks, slides and whirlpools.

Celebrity Cruise Line
United States Public Health Department Policy (USPH) prohibits persons who are not toilet trained or use diapers, pull-ups or swimmers from using pools or whirlpools.

Disney Cruise Line
The U.S. Public Health Service requires that only children who are toilet trained are permitted to enter swimming pools and spas aboard cruise ships.

Even if your child isn’t toilet trained, he or she is welcome to enjoy the water play areas on board each ship while wearing a swim diaper. These areas include Nemo’s Reef on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, Nephews’ Splash Zone aboard the Disney Magic and Mickey’s Splash Zone aboard the Disney Wonder.

Please note: swim diapers are not permitted in hot tubs, spas or any Disney Cruise Line pools or waterslides, including the AquaDuck, AquaDunk and AquaLab.

Holland America Cruise Line
Children wearing any type of diaper, including swimming diapers, or who are not toilet trained are not allowed into the swimming pool and whirlpool areas.

MSC
This is the only Cruise line who does NOT post their policy online. They read it to you when you call them directly; The U.S. Public Health Service requires that only children who are toilet trained are permitted to enter swimming pools and spas aboard cruise ships.In regards to their children programs, the Diaper changing and feeding must be provided by parents.

Norwegian Cruise Line
Guests must be fully toilet trained to enter the pools or hot tubs. Therefore, guests in diapers, pull-ups or swimmers may not use the pools or hot tubs, even if accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
Due to public health regulations, children in diapers, swim diapers, pull-ups or who are not COMPLETELY toilet trained are not allowed in the pools, whirlpools or H2O zone. Children in diapers or who are not toilet trained may use the Baby Splash Zone specially designated for them on the Freedom of the Seas®, Liberty of the Seas®, Independence of the Seas®, Oasis of the Seas®, and Allure of the Seas®.

I have included some of the most family frequented Cruise Lines for quick reference, but to find details about your specific Ship and cruise line, you can either visit their web site directly or visit “All things Cruise” as they have a majority of them covered as well. Remember than policies change so the most up to date information will be found on the companies web site.

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