Posted August 13th, 2013, 02:27 PM
There was a big thread about this awhile back: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1821189
You didn't say if you were driving or flying. If I was driving, I'd bring the cot for sure. People have brought it on a plane, but I haven't been able to convince DH to do that yet.
It also depends on what kind of room you're booking. We're usually in an inside and on most NCL ships that doesn't include a couch. If you're in a room with a couch you could try having that made up for him. Some people have bought the blow up side rails for either the couch bed or the pull down. I wouldn't trust our dd in the pull down. Others have taken the mattress from the pull down and put it on the floor. I'm not sure if that would fit on the floor in an inside room.
Our next cruise with dd will be a couple weeks after she turns three. We're going to Disneyland in a few weeks and we're going to try to get her in a PNP one more time, but that won't work in March. I bought at blow up toddler bed for less than $20 in the camping section of Menards (like Home Depot). It's bigger than I would have thought but we're going to try that. We thought that part of it could stick under the bed, if necessary. Worst case, if that doesn't work, she'll sleep with us. We'll be the ones with bruises at the beach.
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