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This would depend on a lot of factors. How are you getting to port? Do you plan on buying a lot of souvenirs and could use the extra suitcase spa coming home? Can you carry envy thing yourself or will you need help?
Personally I always packed everything into suitcases, including diapers and toys, but we always travelled by air.
NCL Sun 1-1-2011 Eastern Carribean
NCL Star 1-1-2012 Western Caribbean
NCL Jewel 30-12-12 Florida and Bahamas
Disney Dream 14-3-13 Bahamas
NCL Breakaway 9-3-2014 Florida and Bahamas
Land trips to Italy, Portugal, Spain, Egypt, Colombia, Venezuela, Jamaica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, most of the eastern US and all the Canadian provinces.
I would think a suitcase would be much easier to handle.
Evangeline - 1960
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When we drive to the port,we use a box,a diaper box, with handles. We packed all of the things that would not be returning with us. It worked out great. I did over pack a bit on the diaper and wipes, hey, you never know and managed stuff them in our luggage. Good luck.
07/09/2013 Carnival Glory (with Derek age 2 yrs and 3 months)
02/19/2012 Carnival Pride (with Derek age 10 months)
07/05/2010 Carnival Spirit (Our Honeymoon cruise)
2/14/2010 Carnival Pride
9/04/2007 Crown Princess
4/16/2005 Carnival Glory
4/11/2004 Carnival Victory
4/12/2003 Carnival Pride
4/14/2002 Carnival Victory
4/14/2001 Carnival Triumph
4/16/2000 Carnival Destiny
4/17/1999 Carnival Fascination
4/11/1998 Carnival Imagination
2/16/1991 Carnival Holiday
Also, spread it out. You don't want to lose your suitcase with all the babies diapers and stuff. My DD just stuff diapers in all the little spaces, outside pockets etc.
I agree with this. We packed everything in suitcases and I didn't really spread out the diapers and clothes as much as I should have. I wasn't thinking, since we didn't fly this time. Of course, the two suitcases that had my clothes, her pack n play and the diapers happened to be the two suitcases that didn't meet up with us until late on Day 1 (the RCI luggage tags somehow came off). They found us because we had separate tags with our name and address.
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2003 - Disney Magic
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3/2011 - Serenade of the Seas - Southern
3/2013 - Enchantment of the Seas - Eastern - our toddler's first cruise! well worth the wait
11/2013 - Up next - Disney Magic - Western
We fly in, usually the day before, and I always pack a large but lightweight duffle bag inside my suitcase. Then we would hit Target (or similar), load up on diapers and other essentials, sometimes even put a case of water in there, and/or a car booster seat, and then check it at the port. If I do a lot of shopping on the trip, then I check the duffle as luggage on the way back, but then I only have to pay the extra bag fee for the return trip
Carnival Valor, Eastern Caribbean, April 2008
Carnival Glory, Half Moon Cay/St. Thomas/Grand Turk/San Juan, January 2010
Majesty of the Seas, Bahamas/Key West, March 2010
Navigator of the Seas, Cozumel, November 2010
Disney Magic, Eastern Caribbean, February 2011
Carnival Dream, Eastern Caribbean, New Year's Eve 2011
Brilliance of the Seas, St. Kitts/Tortola/St. Thomas/St. Maarten/San Juan, November 2012
Allure of the Seas, Western Caribbean, March 2013
Oasis of the Seas, Eastern Caribbean, March 2014
What do you guys recommend for packing our 1 year olds essentials (diapers, wipes, bottles,few toys, etc) a suitcase or a box?
A box might take longer to get to your room. We checked a box on the Disney Dream last August, and we received all of our "normal" luggage very quickly, but we didn't get our box until much later. I don't think they were able to load on our box using the 'normal' procedures.
We didn't have anything critical in the box, so I didn't worry too much. But if I had our entire stash or diapers and wipes in that box, I might have been freaking out a bit.