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I found one thread back in January about cruising with a toddler, but I thought I'd check and see if anyone else might have some tips or warnings for me!<br>
I've got a 2 1/2 yr old and a 6mo old babe. We are cruising with my family for a week on a Princess Boat to the Eastern Carribean. Supposedly it's one of their largest boats.<br>
I originally thought this would be fun, but now I'm starting to freak out at the idea of all the gear I will need to haul and the usual stress of traveling.<br>
We did get a mini suite that has a tub and a sitting area, so hopefully we won't be too cramped.<br>
anyone done this before?<br>
thanks, erika
 

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I have not cruised with a child at all, just DH and I and that said, I won't go again until all the kids I'm bringing are potty trained and ready and willing to spend part of the time in the kids program. You will most likely be spending lots of time in your room. Personally I would be terrified of the balconies, railings, etc., but there are plenty of spaces on the ship where you can take your toddler that it won't be a problem. We have also cruised Princess They have a kids area for the older kids, but I am pretty sure you can take yours their as long as you are with them. The two boats we were on had a kiddie wading pool and some trikes. The kids won't be allowed in any of the other pools unless your toddler is potty trained. I don't know how they will do sitting through a formal dinner, they usually run 60-90 mins. I don't know about the shows at night either, maybe a sleeping babe in a sling, but then someone will have to stay with the toddler. At least you can sit out on your balcony! Good Luck and I am sure you will have fun, but it will certainly be a lot of work!
 

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Thanks for your thoughts! I do fear being stuck in my room all the time, especially since my little guy gets so distracted from nursing when it's not quiet!<br>
I think I'm going to lower my expectations of what a "good time" would be and hopefully I will be surprised at how great it turns out.
 

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We just got back from a Disney cruise. It was great--but not at all relaxing with a 2 year old.<br><br>
A couple of things--on the Disney cruise, kids in swim diapers are not allowed in ANY pool! Not even the baby pool. They had a little fountain that kids in diapers could play in. (Water shot up, but not more than an inch of water on the floor, and it drains periodically) They said that was health code.<br><br>
The boat that we were on was very safe--all the railings were enclosed by plexiglass, even on stateroom balcony so my daughter couldn't climb up or squeeze through and fall off the boat.<br><br>
We signed her up for daycare one day, because we thought she would like to play with the other kids (my daughter is very social), but she ended up falling asleep in our room that morning. If you are not aghast at the idea of some kind of supervised care/playtime for your 2 1/2 year old I would definitely sign up for some kind of babysitting on the boat so you can enjoy the grown up things a cruise has to offer.<br><br>
Our biggest issue was dinner--I posted earlier in the week, but we had such a hard time getting her to sit through the long dinners. Bring something fun and special, like playdoh.<br><br>
You sound like you have a great attitude, I bet you'll have fun!
 

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My brother travels alot and they have taken their almost 2 year old on 2 cruises. They all did great. I think it really depends on the child. GL!!
 

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We took our then 18 month-old on a Princess cruise last year and had no problems. Dinners were fine, but he has always been good at the table.<br><br>
The only thing I would say is bring a stroller to use on the ship itself - it's a lot of walking from one end to the otherand it makes it easier to get around.
 

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I went on Norwegian Cruise lines with my 18 month old - had it just been me and my husband with her - we would have gone insane - we had my in laws to take her when she got bored with us - it was a lot of work and there was NOTHING to entertain her. She couldn't go in the pool, she couldn't go in the childcare room b/c we would have to leave her there - no parent zone and I was not about to leave my 18 month old with complete strangers!!!! So if I were you, I would rethink your vacation. And as far as the room - yeah, we had a big one too, but there is only so much you can do in there until they get bored. Luckily for us, my daughter was walking, so that's what we did!!!! Run up and down the halls.<br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I found one thread back in January about cruising with a toddler, but I thought I'd check and see if anyone else might have some tips or warnings for me!<br>
I've got a 2 1/2 yr old and a 6mo old babe. We are cruising with my family for a week on a Princess Boat to the Eastern Carribean. Supposedly it's one of their largest boats.<br>
I originally thought this would be fun, but now I'm starting to freak out at the idea of all the gear I will need to haul and the usual stress of traveling.<br>
We did get a mini suite that has a tub and a sitting area, so hopefully we won't be too cramped.<br>
anyone done this before?<br>
thanks, erika</div>
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Well, I wanted to come back and share my experience in case anyone else is considering a cruise with two young babes!!!!<br>
I DO NOT RECOMMEND CRUISING WITH TWO YOUNG CHILDREN!!!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: I just returned a few days ago from our trip to the Caribbean and I am sooooo happy to be home.<br>
I should start by saying that I think if we only had my daughter, who is 2 1/2 yrs. old, that it would have been a great trip. It was the combination of caring for the two that made it that much harder.<br>
I also think that if your children are old enough and willing to go play in the kids camp some of the time, that you'd be golden.<br>
However, my children were not old enough. The kids had to be 3yrs. old to be left at the camp.<br>
I also had the added difficulty of rough seas. I am sensitive to motion and felt sick at least half the trip.<br>
My kids were really very good travelers and I do not blame my difficulties on them.<br>
Despite the fact our room was larger than most, my poor son, who had just started crawling days before we left, had very little space to move around and it seemed everytime he tried to pull himself up on something he'd whack his head. He also found himself unable to get down and play unless we were in the room since sand and the pool deck were not surfaces he was safe on.<br>
Then there was having to get ready for dinner which entailed trying to scrub off sticky suntan lotion and putting on "smart casual" outfits.<br>
My daughter did pretty well at dinner but my son was harder to keep happy. I don't blame him, but he is 7mo old and not really a dinner table pro.<br>
It made enjoying my own dinner very difficult.<br>
Luckily no one bugged us when we let our daughter who was wearing swim diapers use the pools. She also enjoyed the kids room with my husband but I was dissapointed they were not open when we were in port.<br>
Since my kids were so young, we did not attempt any excursions. We did get off the boat to walk around but the sidewalks are not very stroller friendly and it was so hot i did not want to attempt the ergo.<br>
I hate to sound so negative. There were some fun moments too. I was able to get a massage. My husband won enough in the casino to cover our expenses on the ship. We enjoyed some of the entertainment when the kids fell asleep in their strollers after dinner. The beach was fun watching my daughter try out water wings for the first time.<br>
Had the trip been shorter (we were out seven days) and the seas smoother, I think I would have felt better about how things went...but as it was, it was a lot of work and stress. It also felt bittersweet being on the ship because I remembered how my husband and I had loved our honeymoon on a similar cruise and now we could do only a tiny fraction of the things that were available to us.<br>
I will only consider a family cruise again if my kids are old enough to find the boat enjoyable as well!!!<br>
If you are considering cruising with more than one child under three, I highly recommend exploring other options.
 

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I am a travel agent, and my now 23-month old has been on two cruises, and we are scheduled for two more within the next year. She's also been on probably 10 roundtrip flights, and a few road trips, so she's pretty well traveled. As far as cruising goes, I think it's one of the easier ways to travel with a baby, honestly. On Princess, you can eat wherever, and whenever you want, so that is definitely a plus as far as having two children onboard with you.<br><br>
Cruise staffs LOVE younger children, and love to make them happy, at least in my experience. Taylor has always been spoiled by the wait staff on cruises.<br><br>
You may want to check with your ped prior to traveling, but I would bring along a child-safe anti-nausea medication like Bonine, just in case you have rough seas.<br><br>
The Eastern Caribbean usually means a lot of beach time, and if your kids are anything like mine, all they need is a plastic cup and a shovel and they are good to go for the day!<br><br>
DEFINITELY purchase trip insurance (I use CSA travel protection every time I travel.) On the off chance that you will need medical care on the ship, or God forbid, something happen and you need to be airlifted out of a country you are visiting, it will easily pay for itself.<br><br>
I hope you have fun! Just remember that cruising can be either really busy, or really relaxed - it's totally up to you! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I agree, the staff on board was really great. They all loved to coo at the kids and the dining staff was excellent about my requests.<br>
We were in the situation of wanting to meet my family (we were a total of 13) each night in the dining room so we could sit together. Plus, the buffet got old fast and I appreciated the options in the dining room.<br>
I was a little put off by the fact that none of the bathrooms had the typical fold out changing stations. I was forced to recline the stroller or use a lounge chair for my son. Which when you are swimming is no big deal, but when you are dressed for formal night, the changing table would have made it easier to deal with a squirmy baby.<br>
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