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Old 25-09-2011, 16:34   #1
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Childcare While Cruising ?

Hi there,
I'm totally new - in all aspects of this! And very excited at the idea!

One thing I haven't found on the forums is how to find child care now and then while travelling. Do you meet up with other families and then trade off, giving each other an adult-only night out? Do use get recommendations for local babysitters from other families? Concierge services from nearby hotels that make recommendations? Something ele?

I love kids! And, I also love a break now and then!


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Old 25-09-2011, 16:59   #2
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Re: Childcare while cruising?

I know some folks trade babysitting with one another. I'm sure there are some folks who use local sitters/concierge recs but I wouldn't feel comfortable doing that myself. I'm a worry wart, I know this.
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Old 25-09-2011, 17:04   #3
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Re: Childcare while cruising?

Gotta say, we haven't needed child care while traveling for about 9 years now, but we were always very happy asking at the hotels and arranging for care with someones sister or mother at the hotel.

We found the nicest people. Used em again on occasion when we returned to a place.
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Re: Childcare while cruising?

We moved on our boat when our son was 10 year old. When we would arrive in a harbor we would get on the radio and just ask for kids his age to give us a shout. He ended up making friends with kids on other boats and we would trade evenings and afternoons with the other families.
All the moms in each harbor would also agree about school times. We found that once one kid got out of school and got on the radio anyone else doing school lost interest. You'll find that there is a lot of support with cruising families.
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Old 25-09-2011, 19:01   #5
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Wow! Thanks for the quick responses! Sounds like it can be pretty eeeeeeeaseful! Perfect!
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Re: Childcare While Cruising ?

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Hi there,
I'm totally new - in all aspects of this! And very excited at the idea!

One thing I haven't found on the forums is how to find child care now and then while travelling. Do you meet up with other families and then trade off, giving each other an adult-only night out? Do use get recommendations for local babysitters from other families? Concierge services from nearby hotels that make recommendations? Something ele?

I love kids! And, I also love a break now and then!


Thanks!
Jo-Anne

I wouldn't take a recommendation from a concierge desk, and here's why: it's their job to provide you with what you need. You need a babysitter, they find a body -- even if they have to scrape the bottom of the barrel. We used a recommended babysitter once. The next time my 15 month old daughter saw her, she screamed in terror. I can't tell you how chilling it was to see that. We'll never know what happened. She's 31 now and it still haunts me.

Creative swapping with another couple, especially if you're talking about an overnight trip ... good way to go. If you use a hired babysitter -- get more than one recommendation on that person.
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