Reduce To These Essential Baby Items On Your Family Cruise

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Illustration of numerous different items you could possibly pack when taking your baby on a cruise

Babies and toddlers are small people bundles who often require lots of stuff to get through a typical day.  One of the challenges of taking a cruise with a baby is figuring out how to accommodate all of that additional stuff without hauling a large steamer trunk onto the ship. Here are some tips on strategic packing when you cruise with a baby.  

You can make your packing easier by arriving at your port city early and buying some basic items at a local store.  (But you should do some research in advance to find out how far your preferred stores are from your hotel or the port.)  You can easily purchase many bulky items like diapers and wipes before you board (at major U.S. port cities).  This cuts down on your packing.  It also save you on checked luggage.  Since you will consume things like diapers, wipes and baby food on your trip, you shouldn’t have to worry about excess bags on your return trip.

If a pre-embarkation shopping trip does not mesh with your plans, then you should plan to pack everything that your baby or toddler will likely need on your trip.  Make a list identifying things that you would be very sad not to have for 3 days, e.g., items such as diapers, wipes, formula, and preferred baby medication.  You should not assume that you will have easy access to purchase necessary items that you forget or use up once you are onboard your ship.  Although you can often find usual sundries on board – they may quickly run out of your preferred item.  Also, you will not always be able to find what you want when you want at any given port.

When packing for a cruise with a baby, focus on packing these seven essential items to streamline your load. Read More …

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New Option Available For Viewing 2017 Eclipse on Caribbean Cruise

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As noted in yesterday’s post, much of the Caribbean will be able to view the 2017 eclipse.  However, it will appear as a partial eclipse to most people rather than as a total eclipse.  Royal Caribbean has now made an exciting announcement!  It will position one of its ships  for optimal viewing of the total eclipse.   

According to a press release issued yesterday:

The world’s most adventurous cruise line will host an out-of-this-world, 7-night Caribbean sailing on Oasis of the Seas, which will cruise to the optimal spot at sea for guests to witness the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017.

Taking place on one of the world’s largest and most adventure-packed ships, the Total Eclipse Cruise will feature a bucket-list-worthy viewing party with a live concert performed by a major headliner – to be revealed at a later date – to celebrate the celestial phenomenon that is poised to become the most photographed, most shared and most tweeted event in human history.

“We’re set to take vacationers on an unprecedented experience that is nearly a century in the making,” said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “A total solar eclipse hasn’t crossed the entire U.S. since 1918, and with many of our ships sailing to the Caribbean along the projected path, the stars aligned. Oasis of the Seas will have the vantage point of the century and an unforgettable celebration out at sea that adventurers won’t want to miss.”

The press release goes on to note:

Seven other Royal Caribbean ships will be sailing to the Caribbean during the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, on itineraries ranging from 3 to 9 nights, offering guests extraordinary partial views of the phenomenon to make for a memorable experience. The seven ships are Allure of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas, Empress of the Seas, Enchantment of the Seas, Grandeur of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas and Majesty of the Seas.

The list of ships sailing during the 2017 eclipse appears to be incomplete.  We have reservations on Adventure of the Seas which is sailing a 7 night Caribbean itinerary as well.


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How to See the 2017 Eclipse On Your Caribbean Cruise

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Did you know that in less than 12 weeks North America will experience a total eclipse of the sun? This exciting event, which NASA refers to as “a rare celestial event,” takes place on August 21, 2017. With school still out in most places, this falls during prime summer vacation season, and we already have plans for a Caribbean cruise during that same time period. Ever since my kids figured out that we would be away during the 2017 eclipse, they have peppered me with questions on whether we will still be able to see the eclipse when we are on a ship. It seems like now is a good time to try and figure that out.

What to Expect from a Total Solar Eclipse

What is a total solar eclipse? An eclipse occurs when the moon, sun, and earth align. During this type of eclipse, the moon is in between the sun and the earth, blocking the sun’s light from reaching earth as strongly as usual. When this happens, daylight dims and it seems like dusk, right in the middle of the day.

While partial eclipses are pretty common—most years see at least two of them—total solar eclipses are rare.

The solar eclipse happening in August of 2017 will be visible from the United States, but it will not be visible everywhere on earth. So, what about the Caribbean? Read More …

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