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  1. DD just turned 5 and is going on her 7th Cruise in february. When she was a baby WE had a pack n play from the cruiseline, took an umbrella stroller that reclined as well as a carrier and did mytime dining, sharing with others. It worked quite well but I had to leave early twice as dd got cranky. We changed our routine and are nowadays cruising on Getman cruiselines, as DD does not speak english yet and, lucky me, she loves Kids Club. The first Cruise she attended club I ended up with lots of unplanned time for myself which took some getting used to. We always do laundry on board or sent clothes out to be cleaned, so that I do not have a ton of laundry once we come back home and we do not need as much luggage.
  2. DD was 9 month old on her first cruise. We took a whole suitcase full of clothes and everything Else she might need and still had to hit a store along the way as she had a growth spurt. Bring plenty of everything, clothes are easy in warm climate, but prepare to either Hand wash or sent Out some clothes. We went through three outfits a day due to food or other accidents. Diapers might be hard to get so pack your Brand and size. Also bring any medicine your little one might need. And no, you are not crazy to go in a cruise with a Baby. DD is 4 now and we have taken five cruises as a Family. The most relaxing vacation for us.
  3. You don´t say how old your Kids are... For our last cruise, which was dd´s 5th cruise, we did not tell her where we were going until abount one hour before boarding. Just got her out of bed in her p.j., put her in the car for "an excursion" and off we went. At our breakfast stop we gave her a coloring book with the Kids motives from the cruise and told her, where we were going. I believe she could be heard several towns away :)
  4. Europe is quite big and very different depending on where you are going. Maybe you can tell us your Destinations. Pick pockets are a Problem in some big cities, Europe in total is not unsafe.
  5. We have been to Grand Cayman and Cozumel with our than 2.5 year old Girl. In Grand Cayman we took the 3 hour excursion with Captain Marvin, two snorkel stops and the stingray sandbar. At the snorkeling spots one of us stayed onboard with dd, We put her in a lifejacket for the trip and took her into water with us at he sandbar. In Cozumel we took a taxi (no car seat) to Playa Mia, there are bus excursions that go there, too, if you feel more comfy in a bigger vehicle. DD hat a blast in the Aqua playpark and on the beach. In Jamaica our stop was Ochos Rios, where we just went to the beach. Whatever you decide, it´s gonna be a great tour.
  6. We took dd to the caribbean last spring while stil in diapers. As we travelled aboard MSC she was not allowed in the pools. We knew this beforehand and told her so. No biggie. In all the ports we made sure she got to enjoy the beach or pools, we took her to a beach in Jamaica, to a water park in Cozumel, to Stingray Sandbar in Grand Cayman, only Nassau was a water free day as we went to the Aquarium at Atlantis. There was so much to see and do, that she was never sad for not being able to use the pool onboard. If no splash-area seems to be a deal breaker, bring a tiny blowup tub which you can fill from the pool, however, be sure to empty it in a drain.
  7. We took our daughter, aged 2,5 at the time of the cruise, to Stingary City. We´ve been there before kids so were pretty sure, what to expect. We opted to go with Cpt. Marvins, taking us out on a sorkel and Stingray excursion with about 10 other guests. At the snorkel stops one of us stayed on the boat with dd and the other got to snorkel, taking turns. At the sandbar, we took dd with us in the water. DD wearing a lifevest and being on Daddys or my arm all the time. She was pretty shy, but petted a stingray. I´d say it was a great day out for all us.
  8. I did not fuss too much about napping, she Just fell asleep wegen she could No longer Go on, either in a stroller, on daddys arm, a lounge chair or even the floor. Kids can be flexibel.
  9. Hi, I hope to get some help here. We´ll be in Belfast Mid-August on a Sunday, arriving aboard AIDAaura. We thought heading for Giant´s Causeway would be cool, however, we are unable to find a rental car agency open on a Sunday morning Close to port. Are all rental car companies closed? What other options do we have? We are travelling with a 3 year old, so the cruiseship´s excursions don´t appeal to us and a day at the museum is not our cup of tea either... Any help is greatly appreciated.
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