We are planning on taking our 6th cruise in August.
The baby will be one year old that week.
The Grandparents are coming with us.
I am 95% sure that "nap time" will be just about the same for both...and bedtime.
So, breakfast will be great with all 5 of us...and we can work around other daytime activities, and night time in the casino etc....will probably work out ( just not as long or late)
Shore excursions will probaby be (a) trolley ride in Key West (b) boat ride/shopping/bus in Freeport and probably stay onboard in Nassau...so we will avoid the need for a car seat if we choose the right excursions.
What could go wrong?????
Be sure to take some kind of "folding" stroller for the baby. Also, it is going to be VERY hot in Key West in August. We were there in September and it was awful. Just pack in extra juice/water for the little one.
Me I can babysit or grandparent sit. Seriously though, BJC123 is right. You can, however, fill the bottles with water from the ship. Ship's water is more pure than bottled water. In Nassau, take a cab over to the Atlantis and then you can have a nice beach day at Cabbage Beach (it's adjacent to the Atlantis and is a free beach). Be sure and request a crib in your room, they have the soft sided folding ones (I believe). Congratulations on your upcoming cruise, have a ball!
I'm trying to make sure that I have considered all(most) of the potential problems with bringing a one-year-old...the biggest concern is a need for a car seat, I think we have that figured out( we will ride a boat, bus, or trolley). My other concern would be getting a late dinner seating, we will request the early dinner....keeping baby cool won't be a problem...By the way, she was one month old when IKE hit us, that was not fun. We had no AC for 2 weeks.
I'm thinking that we may miss some of the shows. They usually start at seven, and her bedtime is around 8ish. But, I guess we could go to the late shows, while she sleeps with the grandparents.....
any other ideas????
We took our 3 month daughter on a cruise and I was concerned about everything. Remember to take alot of diapers as they dont sell them aboard. Be sure to take childrens tylenol just incase of fevers. the stroller is the best thing. My daughter would take her afternoon naps poolside and we didnt have to sit in our cabin when she slept and also at night we could walk around the ship and she would sleep. The cribs are just a pack in play. Our cabin person was very good by cleaning our bottles for us and making sure we had Bottle water at all times. Bring a little contianer of dish soap too incase they dont clean them. The snack bags are a great idea. You will have a great time.
Soverign May 2007
Valor Feb 2009
3 months! wow. I'm 100% sure that I should get the trip insurance, just in case.
I have already thought about telling the grandparents to be extra careful with the exterior doors, they slam shut when they are facing the wind.
snacks, good idea, and Dad can help eat them if necessary.
I probably would not have thought of dish soap, thanks.
The dish soap is a great idea, as you can also use it to hand wash some baby things that get soiled.
consider some of the reusable sturdy plastic containers. then when the snacks are gone they can double as beach toys.
also make sure the parents have any medications in the original bottles.
Oh, and don't forget the birthday cake!