Originally posted by Kellymo:
We are taking the Fasination Cruise the 9th of July and will stop in Key West and Cozumel. I'm wondering if anyone has tips for me traveling with a 20 month old, a 14yo and grandparents in their late 60's. Tips for on ship activities as well as ports would be great. Thanks.
Cozumel is very fun. Chank Park will run $10 - 12 for a taxi for 4 one way (not sure about the rate for larger groups) and the entrance fee is $16....but you can get a discount coupon off the Internet.
Other "beaches" (if you just want a beach day) that do not charge an entrance fee are Paradise Beach and Mr. Sanchos. (They just expect folks to eat and/or drink while there) Paradise Beach does have an optional $9 wristband for the 14 year old that would provide nonmotorized toy entertainment. Both have clean restrooms, changing rooms, good (and safe) food and drink.
I would recommend an umbrella stroller for use on the cruise ship and in port. Some ships have to tender into Cozumel and the unbrella stroller is much easier to handle in this situation (and takes up less room in the cabin). Some parents have also brought a very small imflatable baby pool to use in the cabin shower (since some babies do not like "showers" ~or so I have read)
Other things you should be aware of is that at 20 months of age, your little one is to young for Camp Carnival. 2 years of age is the minimum. Also, no babies in any of the pools who are not potty trained. No "swimmies" etc are allowed.
The good news is that (from what I have read) children under the age of 2 do not pay any tips per day.
I have also read that a lot of parents of little ones bring their own Pac N Play for them to sleep in. But the cruise ship apparently provides one as well, if you want to go that route. If you are bringing your own, I would have the little one "practice" sleeping in it a few weeks before you sail. Some parents recommend that you use it a couple weeks ahead of time for sleeping ONLY so that the little one equates it with "time to sleep".
Have a great cruise!!