In just a few months the 4 of us will embark on a 7 night/8 day Carribean cruise. One of us will be a toddler, turning 19 months during the trip. I’m sort of freaking out about cruising with a toddler. Calm me down. I know it’s possible. I know many people do it, and do it again. We’re sort of cruise newbies and are at a loss as to what to expect and how to plan. Tom and I once did a weekend cruise, but this will be our first cruise with kids, and especially a cruise with a toddler.
We’ve been invited by the Carnival Cruise Line to enjoy their newest ship the Breeze. It was an invitation I was unsure if I should accept. It began with, Are we all invited? The answer was YES! My youngest will be only 19 months, will that be ok? YES, 6 months is the age minimum. Would a family of 4, including one in a pack & play fit in the stateroom they would provide? YES.
With those questions answered, Tom’s encouragement and the reaction when we mentioned the possibility to the kindergartner, I knew we would be accepting the opportunity. We would be cruising with a toddler in early December!
As we prepare for this adventure, I know there is a lot I need to learn about cruising with a toddler. I certainly consider myself a smart and savvy traveler but cruising is a whole new arena, especially with kids in tow. I want to learn from your experiences. I want to learn things NOT to do and things that I MUST do to best enjoy the trip. Please submit your ideas as a comment, Facebook post or tweet. I will compile the advice and compose a follow-up post to share with all of you.