How to cruise with a toddler

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. DON’T FORGET DIAPERS AND WIPES- this may seem obvious but pack more than you think you’ll need. And swim diapers.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

Have fun!

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