When you cruise with a baby, you need to make sure that you nail down a plan for feeding your child. Even though families may pay full fare to take their babies on cruises, that fare does not necessarily guarantee that appropriate baby food will be made available.
Although every cruise ship will have an abundance of food choices for solid food eaters, the same is not true as to baby food. When it comes to babies on cruises, the cruise lines take many different approaches. Some cruise lines do not carry any baby food at all. Other cruise lines will not provide you with it, but will provide you the opportunity to purchase baby food — either in the on-board shops or through an advance order system. A few cruise lines will provide age-appropriate food at no additional charge for babies on cruises. Many of the lines that do provide baby food when you cruise with a baby (whether complimentary or for a fee) require some type of advance notice — sometimes as much as 60-90 days advance notice.
This quick cheat sheet on which cruise lines offer special food options when you cruise with a baby will help you with your research and planning. (When you make your reservations, you should specifically confirm what options will be available on your sailing, if you cruise with a baby.) For more tips on packing for a cruise with a baby, visit this blog post on essential items to pack.
Carnival — Carnival does not carry any baby food, formula, diapers or other baby supplies onboard its ships.
Celebrity — Celebrity will provide baby food at no additional charge, but you must place an advanced order. You should allow at least 40 days for Caribbean and Alaska itineraries and at least 80 days for other itineraries.
Disney — Disney provides guests with multiple options for feeding their baby on a cruise. Guests may order and purchase certain baby items in advance of their cruise and have them delivered directly to their stateroom. These include items such as diapers, wipes, formula, bottles, food, and bathing supplies. Alternatively, guests can also find and purchase key items once they board their ship. The shops on board offer a wide range of baby supplies, including infant formula (ready to feed) and baby food.
Holland America — Holland America offers formula and baby food for advanced purchase. Orders should be placed at least 90 days prior to sailing.
Norwegian — NCL does not provide baby food or offer food for purchase.
Princess — Princess will provide baby food at no additional charge. Guests should request baby food at least 35 days prior to sailing.
Royal Caribbean — Through Babies 2 Go, Royal Caribbean offers a pre-order service for diapers, wipes, and baby food. You will find your pre-purchased items delivered to your stateroom at the beginning of the cruise.
Sample of International Cruise Lines
Costa Cruises — Costa does not provide access to baby food.
Cunard — Cunard will provide baby food at no additional charge. It offers Hipp & Hipp Organic baby food. Requests should be made at time of booking. Alternatively, kitchen staff can puree/mash adult food from the main restaurant menu.
MSC Cruises — MSC does not provide baby food or sell it onboard.
P&O Cruises — Upon request, P&O will provide SMA powdered milk and Hipp & Hipp Organic baby food at no additional charge. Alternatively, you can request pureed/mashed adult food from the main restaurant menu.