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  1. Yea but that’s true anywhere.... if anything I feel better on the cruise because there’s purell everywhere. And I also keep sanitizer in the stroller so at least I know my hands are clean. I should give the caveat that I’m actually a pediatrician myself, so I’m pretty confident handling most things myself, and I did take an entire baby pharmacy with me. Now if he got super sick, yea I can’t do much with my Tylenol and pedialyte, but I would have hopefully noticed him getting sick before it got that bad. You can’t keep your kids away from germs. It may be a joke, but it’s true that they need the exposure to build immunity. Now my son is at the age where he thinks it’s hysterical to share toys with the dog. There’s only so much you can do.
  2. Hey that’s me! But as I said in my post, I’m glad we took our son. Yea he won’t remember it, but he also won’t rememver going to the aquarium or to the park, but we still do it. Yea there’s a risk of germs, but their chance of catching anything is much less before they’re actually mobile and trying to get into everything. At 6 months, it’s not like the baby will run and lick the handrail. As I said in my post, not the typical cruise we are used to. We didn’t go to many shows, and the nightlife was reading inside the cabin after the baby fell asleep, but as long as you adjust your expectations you’ll have a good time.
  3. We were in a standard balcony room, sort of closer to the front. It was a right fit but we all survived. The seas were calm for us so we got lucky. He didn’t seem to have problems from the ship moving, and actually I think it helped him become a better sitter.
  4. I actually was really dumb... I took the parent monitor but I forgot the camera that’s in the baby’s room. So basically ended up not working. But we were on celebrity, and the balcony doors would stay open on their own, and his pack and play was right near the balcony door. So I would let him nap and sit on the balcony with the door open a touch so I could still hear him. Though usually i ended up falling asleep when he did, cause the pillows are so comfy and I love it when I have a bed to myself and can just stretch out.
  5. I just wanted to share some thoughts I had about cruising with an infant. I’m an experienced cruiser, but this was our first time taking along the baby, who turned 8 months the day before we left. We just got off the Celebrity Summit, 1 week cruise to Bermuda. We didn’t take any other family or babysitters, so it was just us with him the entire time. - People on cruise ships act like they’ve never seen a baby before. He got so much attention, and everyone would just love all over him, from the crew to the other guests. But most people are respectful and don’t touch the baby without asking. - if you have a boy, go on amazon and get a baby tuxedo. There is nothing more adorable than a baby in a tuxedo. Our ship doesn’t have formal nights anymore, they call it evening chic, but we still put him in his fake baby tuxedo. Along those lines, buy a sailor outfit. He’ll probably hate me for it later, but the photos of him wearing his little sailor hat are my favorite. - we got an unlimited photo package, and I do feel like it was worth it for us. We don’t usually take photos on a cruise, but with him, we wanted to. And I’m so glad we did. We have about 150 photos to take home and we don’t have to pick and choose which ones we like. - umbrella stroller was a must for us. Definitely leave the full size stroller at home. But a good umbrella stroller will be worth it. He would nap in it, and the seat reclines so it’s more comfortable. We even got to see a few shows with him. We would sit in the very back so we could make a quick escape if needed, but he would just sleep in the stroller during the show. I did bring my lillebaby carrier, but I used it once during the muster drill. It was just too hot to carry him. And it’s very convenient having the storage of the stroller. Ours has a small basket underneath where we could throw whatever we needed, and I would hang his diaper bag or whatever from the handles, so at least we didn’t have to schlep everything. Next cruise, i would probably leave the carrier at home and just use the stroller, honestly. - I took way too many diapers. At home, I probably change him 5-6 times a day? I took about 80 diapers for a 1 week cruise. I could have easily taken way less than that. But I was afraid of running out. - Total waste of space taking purées and puffs. He was absolutely fascinated by the buffet and demanded the real stuff and not the mush. He would eat the French toast and eggs and croissants at breakfast, and then I would usually give him some steamed veggies and some of whatever we were eating at dinner. They were more than willing to make a small plate of steamed veggies for him, they also said they could purée whatever we wanted, but again, my son decided to no longer eat purées. And the breadsticks were amazing for his teething. We would take a few to keep in our stroller in case he dropped the one he was eating. - Also packed way too many clothes for my son and not enough for me. I basically had enough clothes to put him in 4 outfits/day plus dinner outfits. He’s teething and spits up quite a bit so I change him often. But truthfully, he’s so drooly that if I changed him everytime he spit up on himself or drooled all over the front of his shirt, I’d never have left the room. And on the days in port when we were at the beach, he also didn’t get as many outfit changes since I left him in his swim clothes at the beach and would just change as we were heading out. - baby Pharmacy is a must. They don’t sell anything for baby on the ship. - bring toys with you. The ship has a couple hours a day where they open the kids club for “toddler time”, where they can play with the parent there. I was a little disappointed in it, truthfully. They had a couple toys but not very many. My son isn’t really mobile yet so he just kind of rolled around on the mats but that was about it. Of course, that will vary depending on the ship you’re on. - have no plans. We basically didn’t have any expectations for this trip so that way we aren’t disappointed. Babies are not going to be up for spending the day sitting at a hot beach or exploring a hot island. We kind of just took his cues and would leave when he started getting antsy. We didn’t really get to see much of the island as if it were just the 2 of us, but it’s ok. We got to take him swimming in the ocean for the first time and he absolutely loved it. - bring your own pack and play sheets. And bring extras because if your kids are anything like mine, he’ll throw up all over it at least twice during the week. Also bring whatever comfort items from home. - my son sleeps in ancrib at home. I never realized how exhausting it is to be lifting him out of the pack and play all day. My son is about 19-20 pounds, so he’s not exactly tiny, and the pack and play is low to the ground. My back is killing me. - there is nothing more fascinating for an 8 month old (corrected to 6 months cause he was born early) than riding the elevator. I swear he could have ridden the elevator all day. The elevator had mirrored doors so he would laugh hysterically when the doors closed and he would see himself. And of course he loved all the attention - similar to above, he was very happy just walking the ship. We had a daily walk in the mornings and everyone knew him and said hello. He became friends with the cruise director, the captain , the entertainers, all because he wanted to be awake bright and early. Would i I do it again? I probably would. I work long hours during the week so I really enjoyed just spending time with him and getting to see him experience new things. And I loved seeing him so happy. It wasn’t easy, and I’m glad our ship neighbors were old people with hearing aids so they didn’t hear him crying at 4 am, but it was still fun. I think as long as you can adjust your expectations and realize that it won’t be the same vacation that you’re used to, than you’ll be fine.
  6. I just wanted to share some thoughts I had about cruising with an infant. I’m an experienced cruiser, but this was our first time taking along the baby, who turned 8 months the day before we left. We just got off the Celebrity Summit, 1 week cruise to Bermuda. We didn’t take any other family or babysitters, so it was just us with him the entire time. - People on cruise ships act like they’ve never seen a baby before. He got so much attention, and everyone would just love all over him, from the crew to the other guests. But most people are respectful and don’t touch the baby without asking. - if you have a boy, go on amazon and get a baby tuxedo. There is nothing more adorable than a baby in a tuxedo. Our ship doesn’t have formal nights anymore, they call it evening chic, but we still put him in his fake baby tuxedo. Along those lines, buy a sailor outfit. He’ll probably hate me for it later, but the photos of him wearing his little sailor hat are my favorite. - we got an unlimited photo package, and I do feel like it was worth it for us. We don’t usually take photos on a cruise, but with him, we wanted to. And I’m so glad we did. We have about 150 photos to take home and we don’t have to pick and choose which ones we like. - umbrella stroller was a must for us. Definitely leave the full size stroller at home. But a good umbrella stroller will be worth it. He would nap in it, and the seat reclines so it’s more comfortable. We even got to see a few shows with him. We would sit in the very back so we could make a quick escape if needed, but he would just sleep in the stroller during the show. I did bring my lillebaby carrier, but I used it once during the muster drill. It was just too hot to carry him. And it’s very convenient having the storage of the stroller. Ours has a small basket underneath where we could throw whatever we needed, and I would hang his diaper bag or whatever from the handles, so at least we didn’t have to schlep everything. Next cruise, i would probably leave the carrier at home and just use the stroller, honestly. - I took way too many diapers. At home, I probably change him 5-6 times a day? I took about 80 diapers for a 1 week cruise. I could have easily taken way less than that. But I was afraid of running out. - Total waste of space taking purées and puffs. He was absolutely fascinated by the buffet and demanded the real stuff and not the mush. He would eat the French toast and eggs and croissants at breakfast, and then I would usually give him some steamed veggies and some of whatever we were eating at dinner. They were more than willing to make a small plate of steamed veggies for him, they also said they could purée whatever we wanted, but again, my son decided to no longer eat purées. And the breadsticks were amazing for his teething. We would take a few to keep in our stroller in case he dropped the one he was eating. - Also packed way too many clothes for my son and not enough for me. I basically had enough clothes to put him in 4 outfits/day plus dinner outfits. He’s teething and spits up quite a bit so I change him often. But truthfully, he’s so drooly that if I changed him everytime he spit up on himself or drooled all over the front of his shirt, I’d never have left the room. And on the days in port when we were at the beach, he also didn’t get as many outfit changes since I left him in his swim clothes at the beach and would just change as we were heading out. - baby Pharmacy is a must. They don’t sell anything for baby on the ship. - bring toys with you. The ship has a couple hours a day where they open the kids club for “toddler time”, where they can play with the parent there. I was a little disappointed in it, truthfully. They had a couple toys but not very many. My son isn’t really mobile yet so he just kind of rolled around on the mats but that was about it. Of course, that will vary depending on the ship you’re on. - have no plans. We basically didn’t have any expectations for this trip so that way we aren’t disappointed. Babies are not going to be up for spending the day sitting at a hot beach or exploring a hot island. We kind of just took his cues and would leave when he started getting antsy. We didn’t really get to see much of the island as if it were just the 2 of us, but it’s ok. We got to take him swimming in the ocean for the first time and he absolutely loved it. - bring your own pack and play sheets. And bring extras because if your kids are anything like mine, he’ll throw up all over it at least twice during the week. Also bring whatever comfort items from home. - my son sleeps in ancrib at home. I never realized how exhausting it is to be lifting him out of the pack and play all day. My son is about 19-20 pounds, so he’s not exactly tiny, and the pack and play is low to the ground. My back is killing me. - there is nothing more fascinating for an 8 month old (corrected to 6 months cause he was born early) than riding the elevator. I swear he could have ridden the elevator all day. The elevator had mirrored doors so he would laugh hysterically when the doors closed and he would see himself. And of course he loved all the attention - similar to above, he was very happy just walking the ship. We had a daily walk in the mornings and everyone knew him and said hello. He became friends with the cruise director, the captain , the entertainers, all because he wanted to be awake bright and early. Would i I do it again? I probably would. I work long hours during the week so I really enjoyed just spending time with him and getting to see him experience new things. And I loved seeing him so happy. It wasn’t easy, and I’m glad our ship neighbors were old people with hearing aids so they didn’t hear him crying at 4 am, but it was still fun. I think as long as you can adjust your expectations and realize that it won’t be the same vacation that you’re used to, than you’ll be fine.
  7. Umbrella stroller is the way to go on a ship. The hallways are so narrow, that if the cleaning carts are out, you wont get through with a full size stroller. We barely fit with the umbrella stroller. FWIW, we have an uppababy g-luxe. It is on the pricier side as far as umbrella strollers go, but we had a huge amount of credit from Neiman Marcus that we have to use up, so we got it. the seat is nice and comfy, it reclines so he can nap comfortabley in it, has a nice sun shade, decent storage, and maneuvers nicely.
  8. I used to pack pretty light. If I don’t have a beverage package, I would bring some of the Trader Joe’s single serve coffees, and a few earl grey or English breakfast tea bags if I’m on a ship that only has Lipton in the buffet. But now that im bringing my son on the next cruise?? I literally feel like I’ve emptied his closet into a suitcase. I’m taking pack and play sheets, toys, baby shampoo, baby food and the baby mum mums he’s obsessed with, and an inflatable bath tub on top of basically everything in his closet that’s his current size.
  9. We were on an NCL ship, docked in St Maarten, sharing the pier with a Celebrity ship that was docked right across from us. We’re getting off the ship and see a group of people staring at the water on the Celebrity side of the pier. They’re all staring and we just kind of figured some drunk dude fell in. So we start walking, and all of a sudden there’s a ton of yelling and we look back and see a group of men dragging a very limp man in a westsuit out of the water. I saw one of them start very bad CPR. I’m a physician, and at that time was working in the peds ER, and I’ve been in my fair share of codes, though few on 200 pound adults. I ran back down the pier and it was clear the bystander had no clue how to do CPR, so I sort of pushed him aside and started compressions. He started vomiting out water, and I was yelling at security to get an ICD (remember there’s 2 cruise ships with infirmaries docked). Eventually 2 other passengers came to help as well, one was a cardiac ICU nurse and the other was a paramedic. And eventually someone brought out a defibrillator and an emergency response kit. We placed an IV, pushed epi a couple times, kept up with compressions. By the time the medics arrived, we had a pulse back. Not sure what ended up happening afterwards though. Turned out he was a crew member on the Celebrity ship, and they had to do some maintenance on the propellers or something under the ship, so he was diving and must have hit his head and knocked himself out. Don’t think I can see much more that would top that experience.
  10. Lol yep! My mom used to have an obsession with sailor outfits and she’s got a ton of photos of me in sailor outfits at all sorts of events, not just cruises. But its so darn cute that I’m just gonna have to deal with an embarrassed teenager.
  11. I’ll be cruising with my 8 month old and my husband. No grandparents or baby sitter coming with us. He won’t remember it, but we certainly will. Will it be the same cruise we’re used to? Not at all. But I can’t wait to see him discovering new things, getting to see the beach, dressing him up in adorable sailor outfits. And I work long hours during the week, I am looking forward to having a whole week where it will just be us.
  12. My parents just got off the summit this morning and they found out this week the ship was being chartered and is going to Canada, so maybe they’re leaving later?
  13. We’re leaving next week, so haven’t gone yet. But the closer it gets the more scared I get.
  14. Hi all, I’m going to be on the Summit soon with my husband and my 8 month old. I was looking at the deck maps, and am I correct in that the Spa Cafe is located in the adult only solarium? So if I wanted to get breakfast/lunch from there, I wouldn’t be able to go in to get food with the baby? I was looking at the menu and avocado bruschetta and banana bagel sounds really good. I tend to be the one who gets up early with the baby while my husband stays up late with him, so chances are I’d be on my own for breakfast.
  15. Where are you from? Flights are something else to consider... I would not want to fly a super long distance with a toddler. My son is younger than your child, but personally I feel a very port intensive cruise or a cruise to places you haven’t been is not the way to go for a first cruise with a toddler. You don’t know how they’ll react. My friend just took her 18 month old on his first cruise and he threw up several times from motion sickness. We are doing a Bermuda cruise (not one of your options) but it seems perfect for us for now since the ship just spends 3 days in one place, we don’t need to stress about trying to see everything in a few hours or rushing to catch the ship.
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