I was going through some old pics of our on-the-sea adventures and came across a few great ones from our first cruise as new parents.
Hubby and I are avid cruisers and if given a choice between a one-stop vacation and a cruise, we’ll choose a cruise every time. We’ve been cruising together since 2010. Our first cruise was right after our engagement 😍 (he put a ring on it 💍🙃).
One of my favorite things to do every morning while cruising is to go out on the balcony and take in the sight of nothing but water all the way around. It brings me a sense of peace and instantly puts me in vacation mode.
Three years after our engagement cruise, we took our little munchkin on her first cruise at 10 months old. She was the star of the cruise. They spoiled her rotten. How? The kitchen staff literally puréed all her food to ensure she enjoyed her meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner 🤦🏾♀️) and they would bring desserts out for her every day. She was living it up on Carnival Liberty.
Cruising with a baby/toddler isn’t as bad as some would think. There are tons of activities onboard and offshore that they can enjoy. If you plan it well, it can be a fun time for all.
Knowing what is available onboard and offshore will help you decide whether this is the right cruise for your family’s needs. Are there kid shows, etc.? Is there a children’s club that you can check the kids into for some much-needed mommy and daddy time? (Note: There are age limits for the children’s club on most cruise ships.) What eating options are available? Etc. As with everything, do your research!
Unless you plan on carrying your child around a football field 3-4 times a day, bring a lightweight stroller along for the ride. It is a lifesaver and allows you to get around the boat with ease. Needless to say, it is a great help for offshore excursions as well.
If you’re banking on the shops on the boat, don’t! There aren’t many clothing options for babies on the ship. So pack, pack, PACK!
Note: Buy baby water shoes before boarding the boat. These are not easy to come by on the boat or off-shore. There are kid sizes, but not many baby or toddler sizes. It’s not really a cruise without a fun beach day, so bring out the cute baby swimwear and accessories. (Don’t forget baby’s swim diapers!)
Babies tend to surprise us with unexpected fevers, colds, etc. Make sure you bring meds to combat any possible issues. Most importantly, bring fever, cold, and allergy meds.
You won’t find formula on the cruise ship and your little munchkin won’t appreciate not having their milk because you forgot to pack it. Also, bringing their fave foods will prepare you for those picky eaters who suddenly are not feeling the food on the ship.
We’ve enjoyed every cruise we’ve taken with our princess and we can’t wait to show the little prince why we’re a loyal cruising family.
Carnival Cruise ✔️
Royal Caribbean Cruise ✔️
Disney Cruise – UP NEXT 🙌🏾