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
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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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These Awesome Cruises Actually Have Childcare For Babies

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The ideal family cruise will provide opportunities for every member of the family to have fun.  The kids’ club and related youth programming offered by the cruise ship can be a key part of making that happen.  For one thing, those programs provide an array of activities and facilities throughout the cruise that appeal to a wide range of youngsters.  And, while the kids enjoy the youth program activities, their grown ups have the chance to pursue their own agenda.  Win-win.  So, can you find these same types of opportunities when cruising with a baby?  Yes, but it may take a little more work.  (Find more tips on cruising with a baby here.)

One key challenge with cruising with a baby is identifying cruise ships that have childcare and play options for babies and toddlers.  While almost all major cruise lines have a kids’ club and youth programs that welcome kids that are at least 3 years old (with a few starting at age 2), options for kids under two are less common.  That said, they do exist, and parents can find a variety of options with some advanced planning.  cruising with a baby-cartoon drawing of four different baby faces

When evaluating options, you should distinguish between options that require a parent or caregiver to stay, and options that allow parents to drop off their kids.  Many cruise lines will offer play facilities or play times where parents can come play with their kids along with other families.  For instance, Celebrity cruises offers “Toddler Time,” which is a designated play period when parents bring kids under 3 to interact with other kids and families.  Celebrity provides the play space and a variety of appropriate toys.  Similarly, Norwegian Cruise Line offers a “Guppies Program” for children under 3 that requires parent participation.  The Program includes both open play sessions and hosted activities. Read More …

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Cruise For Cheaper Than Disney On These Fun Family Favorites

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Color Cartoon of Fun Cruise ShipWhen many people first consider taking their family on a fun cruise, a Disney Cruise probably pops to mind.  For years, Disney has set the platinum standard for quality family entertainment.  And, Disney particularly excels when it comes to young children. But, for many folks, a quick visit to the Disney Cruise website may deliver painful sticker shock. Disney often lists its cruises at prices nearly double those of many other major cruise lines. (For a price comparison snap shot see here).  No doubt about it: A Disney Cruise has lots of bells and whistles with its outstanding facilities, top-notch family accommodations and high quality programs.  But, those bells and whistles come with a premium price tag.

If a Disney Cruise isn’t quite in your budget right now, don’t despair. You can still sail on a fun cruise with your family. The more budget-friendly options listed below have lots of wow factors and kid appeal that you can consider instead. Granted, they won’t have Mickey and Minnie (or all of the princesses).  But, they still offer a wide variety of things to keep your family happily entertained.

Fun Cruise No. 1: RC Harmony of the Seas

Harmony of the Seas is the newest ship from Royal Caribbean.  It currently holds the title as the world’s largest cruise ship sailing. Of all of the cruises that are colorable alternatives to a Disney cruise, this fun cruise rests at the top of the list. Like Disney, it features numerous characters from family movies that children love. Through Royal Caribbean’s partnership with DreamWorks studios, it offers numerous character experiences with characters from movies such as Shrek, Madagascar, and Trolls. (On some ships, Royal Caribbean has also featured characters from Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, and Home (coming soon).) Similar to the Disney Cruise line-up, activities include character dining, live shows,  character parades, 3D movies and special activities in the kids’ clubs.  Families may also join numerous photo opportunities throughout the cruise. Read More …

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