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Old September 20th, 2007, 05:47 PM
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Default Magic 7nt EC with 3yo and 10 month old

Hi,
We have travelled with children but not yet on a cruise. Just wondering a few things about travelling with a 10 month old. He will be at the age between baby food and table food. Can anyone tell me if they had to bring food in jars or could you mostly make due with what was served in the dining rooms? I have heard that they will puree foods. Is this true? Also, if we are bringing baby formula would it be okay to bring powder and use the water on the ship or can you bring on bottled water? Do the cooler boxes in the stateroom keep things like baby food and/or formula cold enough?
Regarding the 3 year old, should we bother to book any excursions or just find a beach at each location? We would like to look around St Maarten and St Thomas a bit. Do the ships dock right in the towns?
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Old September 20th, 2007, 08:03 PM
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Hi,
yes they will puree foods for your child if you request it.
They do NOT have a microwave for heating things you may bring yourself.

I see many people bring some of their own jars of baby food to suppliment for their baby also in case baby gets hungry at a different time than regular meal time.

Ok, the coolers are just that, coolers, not refrigerators. My daughter brought powdered formula and would mix just a couple bottles at a time, then just to be safe, the one she stored she asked the room steward to keep the ice bucket full and she put the extra bottle in the ice.
By the time it melted down she had used the bottle. Your room host will bring you a ice bucket and all the ice you want.

The cooler may be cool enough but she didnt want to take any chances. My friend brought a small lunch insulated cooler big enoug hto hold a six pack of can a pops, only taller and she asked the host to keep it filled with ice for the bottles she had and he did,it worked great for her. so that may work for you too.

we just used the water on the ship it is good, but they do sell bottled water on board. either by the bottle r by the case and they deliver it to your room. Not sure of the price accept it is more than you would pay in the grocery store. you can bring your own if you want, they wont say anything to you. But I would do it carry on because the checked bags do get handled pretty rough, like at the airport.


excursion for that young are hard to come by, most are age 5 and up.
I think the Butterfly farm at St. Maartin is all ages. My grandkids did it when one was 18 months and 4 years of age They loved it.

You can usually take a taxi anywhere you want to go and they dont have age limits like the excursions do, so beaches are easily done on both islands. Just remember most beaches there are clothing optional, just so you know.

There is shopping right by the dock at St. Thomas, just walk off the ship and go through the gate and walk about one block there will be stores and they go back quite a ways. There is also a free bus there to take you to the other side of the bay where there is more shopping. But lost of traffic and bad sidwalks over there. hard to do with a stroller. Much better to stay by the dock to shop with kids.
Once in awhile they tender at St. Thomas, if so they let you off on the other side of the bay for shopping and excursions. You can take a bus there back to the dock area to shop if you want. Just ask about anyone on the shore where to catch it. I believe it was about a 20 minute ride one way.

St. Maartin, you have 2 choices for the main shopping area. One you can do a 20 minute walk along a out of the way road which never looks safe to me or go to the end of the pier and on the left side there is a BIG sign that says water taxi. Go there and buy a ticket for each person, i believe it was $3 one way per person or $5 for 2 way, all day long, which is what you want.

They will help you with your stroller on and off the boat. it is a quick 5 minute ride across the bay to another dock where all the shopping is.
there are many blocks both directions of shops and casinos.

As you leave the short dock you will see a sidewalk that goes along the water both directions. it is a nice small beach area. you can rent chairs and umbrellas there and people will come along and sell you drinks if you want. dont remember the prices but they were not much.

This way you have the best of both worlds for the kids. You can see the ship from the nice sandy beach, play in the shallow water, relax in a lounge chair for a while then off to shop. Or if dad wants to watch the kids for a while you can sneak off to shop a little while they are only a couple blocks away. then trade places if you want for a bit or go as a family.

i will warn you that umbrella strollers are the best for the islands. the stores are tiny with small isles and the sidewalks get very crowded near the stores. a regular size stroller will have a lot fo trouble getting around.

also if you decide not to turn either dirction for the beach area, but walk straight ahead to shop you will be greeted by many people offering you taxi ride to where ever you want to go or even take a tour with them. if you do this be sure and get the price up front before you get into the cab.


also if you do a private tour, PLEASE do it in the morning to allow plenty of time to get back to the ship. traffic is terrible in the afternoon and if your late on a private excursion the ship will NOT wait for you. if your on a DCL excursion they will wait.

The only thing I can think of for young kid son St. Thomas besides beaches might be coral world. you can catch a cab there right by the dock. It is amini marine park with an underwater observatory you can pay to go in. You see the fish from underwater like a snorkeler would do accept from behind a glass window.
They have other exhibits outside to see and shops and food available. Plus a short 5miute walk to a nice beach.
I think they have a web site at www.coralworld.com If not, just google search for coral world st. thomas and it is a great web site you will see about it.

I hope this has helped you some.

i will be doing my 4th or 5th eastern in November. I have lost count it has been so many times now. They are beautiful islands. i hope you have a magical cruise!!!

Please ask any questions you like and i will try and answer for you if I can.
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Old September 20th, 2007, 11:11 PM
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I have not been to the eastern caribbean yet but will be going on the Magic on the next eastern sailing departing 29th of September. I have a 4 year old and a 19 month old. I agree with most of what has been said. I have booked excursions through Disney to the butterfly farm in St Martin and then booked the excursion to Coral World in St. Thomas.

When I get back I will report on how the children did. I figure that these excursions are things that they will like plus they are short enough (3-3.5 hours) to keep their attention.
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