Posted February 1st, 2013, 05:41 PM
We sailed on the Summit to Bermuda with our DD, DSIL, his parents, and DGS (who was 14 months old at the time) two years ago and it went so well we repeated it last year. If we were not going to have a new 3-month-old grandchild this summer, we'd do it again.
I'd echo everything Rebecca said. DGS loved the Zoo and Aquarium; we spent the better part of a day there. We ferried to Hamilton, which DGS loved, and took a taxi to the Zoo. It was easy to do; the taxi driver gave us a phone number, and when we were getting ready to return, the people at the zoo called for our return trip.
We enjoyed Bistro on Five very much, but DGS is very used to eating out, so the MDR was not a challenge. There were four willing volunteers to take him exploring if dinner lasted a little longer than he felt necessary, but that only happened once or twice (darn it!).
The nice thing about this cruise is that you are in port a full three days, so you can schedule your outings around the baby's schedule and are not limited to the few hours that the ship is in port. So you can get an early start on the day and get back in time for an afternoon nap or have a quiet morning on the ship, morning nap, and then spend the rest of the day exploring Bermuda.
We had connecting balcony rooms, which worked very, very well. DD and DSIL could sit out on the balcony and have a glass of wine and read while DGS napped, and if they wanted to go out at night, they would put him to sleep and we'd stay in our room with the connecting door ajar. He also loved "visiting" our room, and learned to knock on the connecting door whenever he felt sociable.
We brought an inflatable pool, which they used to bathe him and also put between their two lounge chairs at the pool or on their balcony.
We spent one day at Horseshoe Bay, which went very well. DD has a little beach tent, and after playing in the sand and the gentle cove, DGS had a nice nap on the beach. We took a van back and forth, which worked better with our schedule than an outing from the ship.
I had no idea how great a vacation a cruise would be with a baby and toddler, but am completely sold on it. And the Summit crew was very accommodating to everything we needed to make the trip go smoothly.