Hey everyone! I was feeling a little "cabin fever" over the spring and summer so we decided to plan our first family trip! I'm a first time cruiser and have been doing some research on how to make this enjoyable, so I thought I'd pass along my knowledge and ask for some in the process! My husband had cruised on Carnival and enjoyed it, so I wanted to try one out myself. After thinking about the price of a family vacation in Florida, I decided that a cruise would be just about the same with a whole lot less hassle.
A cruise will offer us a "home base" so to speak. We won't have to rent a car, go out to eat, plan excursions, etc. We chose to go Western Caribbean for 7 nights on Celebrity cruise lines. We are going on this vacation with the expectations that we'll be able to enjoy being served, relax a bit, see some sights, and enjoy our daughter. We are taking this cruise with my parents, but not so they'll do any babysitting, it just sounded so fun that they booked it too!
We will either try to find a cheap deal on a hotel room by the airport the night before our plane leaves. This way we can share a ride down to the airport. My parents flight goes out before ours (6:50am), so they take the shuttle from the hotel, we'll take it later. Or we are looking into calling a limo service to pick all of us up and take us to the airport. Any suggestions?
When we get to Ft. Lauderdale, we are hoping to find a deal (Priceline?) on a hotel room(s) by the beach. this way we'll split the cost and probably share a room with my parents.
To make traveling a little lighter and easier, I searched for a used Sit-n-Stroll, car seat and stroller in one.I called around to all the resale shops in my area and found one for 1/2 the cost of new one. It holds up to 30lbs. It goes rear facing for my infant, and can be taken on the plane. I also was thinking about storage on the cruise ship. The rooms are tiny, and we'll already have all our things plus a crib....so this will save space.
I'm also planning on bringing my baby food grinder. I can take it with me to the dining hall and easily grind up fruit or veggies. I'm going to pack my pump only to use in case something pops up...it will make me a little more flexable.
I am looking for suggestions as to traveling / flying/ cruising with my daughter. The more the marrier!!