If you are planning a cruise for your family, you are going to want to read this!
We just ventured a 5-day cruise on the Carnival Sensation with our 16-month-old. We left from Ft. Lauderdale and visited Grand Cayman and Ocho Rios, Jamaica. It was a great time but here are a few things that would have made things go much smoother:
- Bring an umbrella stroller-if you’re anything like me, the idea of a toddler running around a cruise ship makes my stomach sink. There were many other parents on the ship that totes their littles in a small stroller and it made their time less stressful.
- Utilize a carrier-we always use our Ergobaby carrier when traveling. It’s an essential when flying. During our stop in Jamaica, we ventured to Dunn’s River Falls which included A LOT of walking. Bringing the carrier along would have saved time and back aches.
- DON’T FORGET DIAPERS AND WIPES- this may seem obvious but pack more than you think you’ll need. And swim diapers.
- Don’t bring your car seat- now this was so hard for me. We rented a car seat while in Florida but most other countries don’t have car seat laws.
- Bring sippy cups and your childs favorite snacks-there aren’t many child friendly cups on the ship. We just filled it up with milk or water at each meal. There is a 24/7 food buffet but it’s not always easy food to tote around so we packed Plum’s Super Smoothies, breakfast bars, and Pediasure.
- Be prepared to pay for childcare- we never put Sam into the childcare but for children under the age of 2 it cost $6.75 an hour and the times he was allowed in were limited. It just didn’t work for us.
- Plan for early dining. Every time we cruised before we signed up for late dining (8:30) but Sam was always worn out and cranky for dinner.
I hope this helps if you’re planning a cruise with your little one! I’m so glad we brought him along and had the opportunity to show him the world.