(2:50 p.m. EDT) -- One of the most baby-friendly cruise lines will get just a tad less friendly next year, when Disney Cruise Line raises the minimum age for babies permitted on its ships from 12 weeks to 6 months.
Beginning January 1, 2015, the age of babies on longer sailings, including transatlantic crossings, Hawaii voyages and Panama Canal transits will also go up to 1 year old.
Cruise Critic learned of the policy change from forum member elephant98, who will be sailing on a Disney ship next year with a baby less than six months old. He posted information from an email Disney sent him, in which it was stressed the new restriction applies to new bookings only.
A Disney spokeswoman told Cruise Critic, "We continually review our policies and made adjustments from time to time as needed .... These minimum age restrictions are consistent with cruise industry standards."
Disney Cruise Line had been the sole cruise line to allow babies younger than 6 months on its ships.
--By Dori Saltzman, News Editor