Cruising With an Infant or Toddler: “Practical and Rewarding”

Cruising With an Infant or Toddler: “Practical and Rewarding”

Traveling with children can be an extreme undertaking; however, just because it can be both a challenging and daunting experience doesn’t mean you should limit your travel plans or even rule out traveling altogether! There are definitely ways to make it work and, if you and your baby are looking for an epic adventure on the high seas, then we have some great tips for you to make a cruise work for your family.

Important things to know for the sake of planning:

  • Many cruise lines do not allow diapers, or swimming diapers, into their pools areas. While this might seem to be an inconvenience, you should really only be worried about this if, 1, you plan on taking a cruise to a warm destination (e.g. Caribbean, some European ports of call, etc.) and, 2, if you even care about your baby splashing around in the water. There are a few cruise lines that offer baby splash pools, which do allow diapers, so just check out the specific cruise ship’s requirements should you be concerned about baby’s water time. (Unless you want him to be the next Michael Phelps, I suppose Baby could handle a week out of the water, don’t you think?).
  • Bathtubs, oftentimes the most preferred way of bathing a baby, are not readily available on board. Bathtubs are a bit of a luxury in most ships and reserved for the most fancy of suites. Some cruise lines, such as Disney, do offer bathtubs in most-if-not-all rooms, as its their number one goal to cater to families, so consider checking out a cruise with them if you don’t want to bath your baby in a shower (which are incredibly small).
  • It might be nice to spring a few extra hundred dollars to upgrade to a room with a balcony. Most inside cabins can be dark and dull and, should Baby need access to some private sea air, then you’ll be able to accommodate him/her. Sea sickness usually isn’t an issue for most people, but it definitely is for some. If your baby is prone to motion sickness of any kind, having this easy access to fresh air might be advantageous.

Cruising With an Infant or Toddler: “Practical and Rewarding”

CHOOSE the right cruise line:

I suppose a family can make any cruise line work for their situation, but here are a list of the most (proven) family friendly lines: Disney Cruise Line, Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line, Cunard Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Princess Cruises.

If you do have a very young baby, I’d suggest booking with one of these lines. While you and your family might be comfortable on any type of ship, not all ships “attract” families with children. In other words, you wouldn’t want to feel out of place with a crying baby and run the risk of being told off by two Old Pool Men who “Just want to finish their John Grisham book! RAWR!”

Pack accordingly!

While your baby will certainly have items specific to his or her needs, we suspect that you’ll definitely need the following things: Formula/Bottles, baby food, diapers, wipes, any comfort care items. Don’t forget those things!

Plan accordingly!

After you book your trip, make arrangements with your cruise staff. Make sure to reserve your crib, dinner seating, ask about laundry facilities (Baby is messy, remember?), and get a stroller sent to your room. You may be asked to put a deposit down for certain items, but chances are certain things and amenities will come complimentary with your booking.

These are just a few of our tips for planning a cruise with your Happy Baby. While there’s no one right way or method to travel with a lil’ guy or gal, there are certain things you simply must take into account before hopping on a plane and going around the world. What are your tips and tricks for travelling with infants?

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28 Comments on this article. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Pam October 30, 2013 at 11:53 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing this! I have a 2-year-old and I have been concerned about traveling with her. It is nice to know that it is possible. My hubs and I so want to take a cruise. Thanks, love your site!

  2. Sharon @ Where's Sharon? October 31, 2013 at 2:12 am - Reply

    Timely advice as we are doing a cruise in a few weeks with our 1 and a 3 year old. I am worried about the 1 year old, as I didn’t learn about rules with the pool and that he won’t be allowed in the kids club even with us with him until after I booked. He is 20 months old and it’s not that I worry about his water time (of course he can do a week not in a pool), but rather that there ends up being nothing that will really appeal to him, and that his sister will have to miss out too. It is not like I can take just one of them to the pool while the other watches, and she won’t want to go to kids club without him. It is a bit of a bummer not being able to do the kid activities with him, given we have the older child.

  3. Pamela October 31, 2013 at 9:34 am - Reply

    Very good tips!

  4. Cinny October 31, 2013 at 10:58 am - Reply

    That’s great to know. Do they charge extra for those services?

    • Robyn Good October 31, 2013 at 3:03 pm - Reply

      It really depends on the Cruise Line.

  5. mel October 31, 2013 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    These are great tips! We been on so many cruises and I think all of these are so useful!

  6. Amber Edwards October 31, 2013 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    These are fantastic tips! I had no idea that most cruise lines don’t have tubs available. So good to know.

  7. DD October 31, 2013 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    Great tips to know!

  8. BusyBee October 31, 2013 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    At least you’re not driving around having to load up every other day :-)

  9. Allie November 1, 2013 at 12:52 am - Reply

    These are all great tips

  10. Janelle November 1, 2013 at 12:53 am - Reply

    I absolutely love going on a cruise

  11. DD November 1, 2013 at 11:33 am - Reply

    I don’t think I could do it, let a lone with an infant.

  12. Erin November 1, 2013 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    Great tips, those cruises look awesome

  13. Pamela November 2, 2013 at 7:32 am - Reply

    This sounds fantastic!

  14. Allie November 3, 2013 at 5:49 am - Reply

    I’d prefer to cruise with adults only =)

  15. Janelle November 3, 2013 at 5:53 am - Reply

    This is all great advice

  16. Danity November 3, 2013 at 11:24 am - Reply

    Best Cruise for kids? The Disney Cruise!

  17. Allie November 4, 2013 at 1:56 am - Reply

    I am so in so need of a vacation, especially after this month!

  18. Janelle November 4, 2013 at 1:57 am - Reply

    I’m counting down the days

  19. DD November 5, 2013 at 12:35 pm - Reply

    Great tips. I need a vacation!

  20. BusyBee December 1, 2013 at 12:01 am - Reply

    I have heard great things about the Disney Lines.

  21. Jocelyn December 13, 2013 at 1:36 am - Reply

    I want to go on a cruise!

  22. MK January 5, 2014 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    I would never go on a cruise, the very thought of it scares me!

  23. DD January 5, 2014 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    Yep, I heard Disney is the way to go.

  24. DD January 19, 2014 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    If I were to go on a cruise and that is a big if…it would be adults only.

  25. Pamela January 28, 2014 at 5:14 am - Reply

    I would love to go on a cruise!

  26. Mary February 3, 2014 at 6:12 am - Reply

    Great tips. We are heading on your first trip this year and will have two toddlers. I am a bit nervous about it.

  27. DD February 13, 2014 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    I just don’t think taking an infant on a cruise would be fun.

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