Preogresso, Cozumel & Costa Maya w/ small child
We are thinking about taking a cruise to nov. to Mexico. My dd will be 4 and she has ADHD and can have a meltdown very easily. Excursions would not be the best way to see mexico with her. (My DH and other DD will be doing other things), so I just to be able to take her to things that will interest her and I can go and leave as I need to(and I would like to do a little shopping). I perfer things close to the port. Does anyone have any suggestions? This may make or break whether we go... please help!!!!!
Re: Preogresso, Cozumel & Costa Maya w/ small child
We have been cruising Carnival with our special needs son for 10+ years. He is now 17 and has been on 29 cruises. Carnival has always been wonderful with him.
We also have an older son....so hubby and older son usually do the adventurous stuff and our youngest son and myself hang out together.
He has a form of Autism...so he can't do most excursions either.
If you take a Carnival or RCCL cruise....they usually port at their piers in Cozumel. Both have a couple of bars and several stores right there at the pier, if you wanted to have the Children's Camp keep her for a couple of hours while you shop right at the ship and relax.
I have only sailed Carnival....so I am most familiar with their Children's Program. I know that when you are in port....you could take your daughter to Camp Carnival around 9AM and have a few hours to shop and relax.
You could pick her up for lunch and even take her back around 2pm that afternoon, if you and your husband wanted to have a drink at the port bars when he gets back from his morning with the oldest daughter.
Cozumel is very safe and perfectly ok for a lady by herself.
There is also a small shopping area with a couple of open air bars at the port in Progresso...where (again) you could have her playing at Camp Carnival...while you enjoy a few hours of shopping and a cool one and still be close to the ship.
Progresso itself is a bus ride away....so you would not want to go that far off....but there is some stuff at the end of the pier to help you have a relaxing time alone. Again, very safe.
Costa Maya....we have not been back to since it was destroyed by Hurricane Dean. But it used to also have several shops right at the end of the pier.
And again...it is very safe.
As I said....our sons have been through every age group of Camp Carnival and they have always received excellent care. They can not provide one on one care....and of course they can't have a child that would harm another child (not saying that your daughter would)...but just about anything else...they can handle.
I would try a 4 day and see how your daughter does. If it is a match...you could branch out to longer cruises!!!
Ihp my brother has Autism to his is pretty severe. He has been on a cruise before. But only one my parents can drive to port for. Can you son fly? Have you had any problems with it? My brother doesn't talk, is afraid of dogs and loud noises. We are concerned that if a child starts crying on the plane, my brother will freak out and it could be a huge problem.
Our son is 17....next month will be his 30th Carnival Cruise. Camp Carnival (now Club O2) has always been wonderful with him.
Our son is high functioning and he will fly....but we are constantly aware that if we don't fly direct...that he might not get on the plane at the connecting flight.
We almost had that problem coming back from New York last year....while we were waiting for our connection...something got him upset and I did not think we would be able to get him on the plane. Fortunately, we were able to get him calmed down enough to continue on.
Our son will not eat in a restaurant. We either have to eat in the car (like at a Sonic) or bring it back to the house.
As I tell other parents....you just have to know your child and be as prepared as you can be.
Our biggest obstacle on the cruise ship is the mascot. Our son has panic attacks around mascots. When Funship Freddie came out.. we thought we would have to stop cruising. But Corporate made arrangements for us to have Freddie's schedule before we board.
Since Freddie is only out 30 minutes a day...we simply stay away from where he is going to be. We have been blessed to be able to use it as a teaching tool to teach our son to :compensate: (remove himself safely from the situation) over the years....but it has taken YEARS to get him to this point.
The Cruise Directors at Carnival (and Entertainment Staff) are all like his big brothers and sisters....they know him and look out for him.
This past year, our son has gotten where he won't eat in the formal dining room. Carnival has tried everything to accomodate us to help him feel more comfortable....but it seems to be getting worse instead of better.
He will eat on Lido (no problem) and loves room service....but the noise from everyone talking in the formal dining room just unsettles him for some reason.
And heaven help us if we come across a FAKE SHARK!!!
We are blessed with the opportunity to share his life and blessed again with the means and ability to care for him.
And his "joke of the day" is not to be missed......
Why did the muffler fall off the car?
It was exhausted..... LOL
I think my brother is to low functioning for a plane ride. I have seen him freak out because of dogs and having the on a plane puts everyone at risk. It's good to know that Carnival works with you. I wonder if you used ear phones to block the noise, if your son would do better in the dining room? My brother has hyper sensitive hearing also he will become very upset if a child is crying. I cut his hair and I can't use electric clippers at all, he can't stand that sound.
It took me 3 YEARS to find someone that DJ would allow to cut his hair.
Then one day....we walked into Mr. Don's shop...and DJ hopped up in the chair and acted like Mr. Don had been cutting his hair his whole life.
They were best friends from then on. For the next 14 years, Mr Don is the only one who could cut DJ's hair.
Last year, we got off a cruise to discover that Mr. Don had been killed in a car accident.
Even though DJ is now 17.....we are starting "the process" all over again.
Fortunately, he does not get as upset as he did at the age of 3...but he still gets unsettled and will until we find that perfect person again.
Thanks for all the advice we are going on Carnival and we did take her on a cruise when she was 2 to the bahamas. We did leave her on the ship and went on an excursion and she was fine, we are able to do more things with her, you just always have to be thinking ahead, she also will not eat in restaurants, when we went on the cruise last time she eat in the room and have room service and we would eat after we dropped her off. She also will only let one person cut her hair and that it the lady at day care. sounds like we are all in the same boat.
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