Posted July 15th, 2013, 03:21 PM
We are taking our 3.5y.o. and then 18m old on the freedom in sept. , and have taken DS at 16 months on the oasis. I'll update afterwards, but so far we plan on doing Passion Island in Coz. since we won't have to use a car/taxi (so no carseat).
In Grand Cayman we're still deciding, but are eyeing Dolphin Cove to do a dolphin encounter for my husband and son. DD and I will watch and take pictures. If you book direct it is $59 a person for adults, free for kids. $12 for just transportation for a non-participant. They use Coaster buses (mid-size) so trying to see how I feel about not having carseats.
Labadee is easy, just walk down the dock to the island. We found plenty of shady spots under palm trees, and we took DS's stroller for naps.
Falmouth was under construction when we were there with Oasis, but we will still probably just get off and walk around the port, then get back on the ship and enjoy the empty-ness
Freedom will be a good ship for toddlers I think- they are able to go in the kiddie pool, which if its like oasis is enough for a 16mo old. We loved the Royal babies and tots nursery as well, and also the open play rooms. You can also borrow bags of Fisher price toys to take back to your stateroom. We plan to play mini-golf (let them hit the balls around), maybe see one of the movies, the ice show, maybe try a show. We took DS to some shows and he would sleep on me or in the stroller. We'd also walk him around the ship and night in his stroller (he'd fall asleep)- then sit and have a drink in one of the promenade bars or just watch some of the entertainment from the back of a lounge. We also used the nursery 2-3 nights and he'd go to sleep there, we' d just put him in his stroller and wheel him back- he never woke up, he was so exhausted from the day. So definitely bring a stroller with a good recline!