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  1. Some of the ship's excursions may tender to a different area where there is road access for tour buses. We took this for a quick excursion. the tour bus took us to Oia for a few hours and then to Fieria where we could take the funicular down to the regular place. Lines for the funicular down are not as bad as up. Or we could have met back up with the excursion for bus back to the alternate docking area. Apart from the bus transportation, our excursion was on-our-own. It met our needs perfectly and took the stress out of the whole "getting up there" part. (I hate lines!)
  2. I've had limited success getting good quality rest on long flights (for me and for my daughter 🙂 ). I purchased sleep headphones - tiny flat speakers sewn into a comfy headband designed for listening while sleeping - (on-line at www.sleepphones.com). Combined with an audio book or calming music or white-noise, and other comforting things and use the headband as a sleep mask or find another way to block light -- to eliminate outside stimulus and distractions. Shoes off (bring some heavy socks or use slip-on shoes for trips to the bathroom), a nice bedtime snack (dairy combined with a carb) and some comfort item. I'd limit any type of sleep med other than maybe melatonin myself. Most sleep med have carryover effects or side effects. While awake, most long-flightaircraftt are supplied with personalized in-flight electronic entertainment. Head phones. Books with travel games/puzzles/madlibs; and miniaturee versions of toys. I have had a lot of luck with the tiny "party" sized containers of pla-doh - they are fun, cheap, versatile (and disposable when they get yucky) -- use in free play, but also come prepared with some doh "games" -- for pre-schoolers, have them make doh snakes and outline simple shapes drawn on paper, for older ones sculpt different shapes or other challenges (make a chain, use other stuff to make impressions into the doh, etc). Have some fun snacks. A couple of dollar store surprises. Come armed with word games. Watch the carts, and plan a few get up and walk the aisle trips to coincide with the food or bev service's down-times. Have fun! Getting there should be part of the adventure.
  3. Yup, go to the open house to get the kids familiar and maybe meet some other kids there for the tour. Goring to the club for an hour or so the first "time" open is the key -- everyone is "new" at that time
  4. DD is now 23YO, but I traveled alone with her for years. When she was an infant, I'd buy her a seat (even though she could have flied for free on my lap). In the airport she traveled in a front pack, and I strapped her diaper bag and her carseat onto a similar cart to just roll behind me, but as she got older, I discovered the same trick you use with the magna carts. She thought it was great fun and I made my life SO much easier! Great info!
  5. I did not read any of the prior responses as "snippy" or "rude" -- just honest. Swim diapers are not allowed in most pools and splash pads on most cruise ships. There are notices posted, there are notices in cruise documentation, there are good reasons why they are not allowed, and yes (sadly) many pax "get away" with it because cruise employees will likely not push the rules unless there is an issue or if someone else complains.
  6. Also if you are cruising outside of North America/Caribbean, the regulation as to acceptable frequencies can vary from those used / available in N.America.
  7. We did a couple of European adventures with our DD when she was close to your kids ages. She was a pretty chill kid, so we were able to do a lot of sightseeing without her getting too antsy. But I'd set up daily visual scavenger hunts for her every day -- a list of about 10 or 12 things -- some specific to where you will be that day - Venice, winged lion for example. And others more generic - like an orange baseball hat, or a round window. If she saw something, she'd point it out and we'd cross it off. If she got all of them, she get a prize -- very often a Kinder Egg (she loved those things). It would keep her more interested in looking around! We also did a daily search of US and Canadian flags -- doing a daily count. As far as packing is concerned, Europe tourist areas can be a bit "dressier" than US tourist areas, so I might go a bit heavier on collared shirts for boys, sundresses for girls. With as long as a trip you are planning, you must be planning for laundry -- so I'd be comfortable packing lighter than usual. May will be cool in some of your destinations - so at least one basic cardigan and a light water resistant jacket for each is a must have, but there again, resist the temptation to overpack.
  8. First night of kids club is key if the kids want to use kids club -- it is when they are most likely to meet new friends -- there are a lot of games that encourage kids to meet and since everyone is new there is not the awkwardness. Some familiar snacks and pack a few "comfort" things. Keep an eye out for potential melt-down moments and retreat to somewhere with a familiar snack A budget for extras - souvenirs, treats, game tokens, etc. Most kids programs will have a pajama night (in addition to those mentioned elsewhere) so some "cool" PJs are generally a good idea. I always brought a bag of cheapo toys and stickers and stuff, for impromptu entertainment / surprises. I'd work out a daily scavenger hunt -- 10-12 items from the mundane -- like an umbrella or a NY Giant's tshirt or an orange purse; and then things that we should be "on the lookout for" because of the location we were in (a statue of a lion in Venice, or the French flag or whatever) It keeps the kids more involved in their surroundings. a separate list of 5-6 for each kid and then 5-6 that are "joint" Dress for your activities -- nothing is more miserable than having a kid who is too cold or who keeps stubbing a toe because they can't keep their flip-flops on.
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