Cruising – Lessons Learned
To cruise or not to cruise
While we were cruising, I made it a habit of taking notes for anyone who may want to cruise the Atlantic in the future. I was hard pressed to find an honest opinion on my many Google searches.
– If baby needs a nap, I don’t suggest you cruise. Your day still revolves around baby, included daycare or not.
– If baby isn’t potty trained, for the daytime at least, I don’t suggest you cruise. Diapers take a lot of room in luggage, the ship only sells wipes, not diapers, and pools don’t allow for non-potty trained children. Saved half a bag of luggage.
– Ask about private nanny/ baby sitter programs. We didn’t. We should have.
– if car seat not available for rental, try to sell itl used and purchase new one on day one of destination. There goes the first piece first of unnecessary luggage.
– be realistic, does a women really need 8 pairs of shoes? I only wore my flip flops, hiking sandals, and heals. I wore my flats once because I didn’t want to wear heals on ‘informal’ day. Don’t get me started about the other shoes I brought and have yet to wear.
– while a rolling carry on is cute to watch the kids use, it’s exhausting if they are exhausted. Pack it light. Better yet, go for the kiddy back pack; if they won’t wear it, parents can. That way, your not balancing a rolling carry-on on top of your own carry on.
– Walkie talkies will be a definite discussion for communication. Maybe bring a few, not too expensive. Give them to one member of each family you care to reconnect with on the cruise … But don’t be creepy.
– look at pictures before deciding on how many rooms you want to book; Brookfield won’t allow for upgrades but they will give extra rooms for children, two extra if they are opposite gender. Not sure if I want my 6 year old to have a room on his own, but it’s available… Turns sleeping alone ?!
– bring more than one swim suit; if financially possible, have more then one gentleman’s suit; have enough dresses and men’s shirts for a different one each evening – there are enough pictures being taken that you want to wear something different night.
– once we had all of our luggage in our room, I took out 8 outfits for myself and 10 outfits for the munchkin – messy days, just incase. This way, it eliminates the need to get into my luggage from under the bed. Once laundry was finished, I placed the clean clothes in a pile on the shelf in the closest and I will return them to my luggage the night before we arrive.
– divide medicine bags into cruise required and apartment required. I need sunscreen, aloe Vera for when I forget the sunscreen, tooth brush and tooth paste, day to day medications, jewelry and make up. Shampoo, soap, Benadryl etc can be left in the luggage. Like a hotel, they have extras of that and it is refilled each night.
– have a variety of TV shows and games on your tablet that can be viewed offline; there is nothing worst then listening the same movie every night.
Feel free to add any lessons you have learned in the comment section below