Hazera! We completed our first cruise with our little pooch mama and have to say we had a blast. At the time of Juliana’s first cruise she was 17 months and a little walking explorer which met with a few challenges which were easy enough to adjust to. First of all we sailed on the beautiful Carnival Dream. It was actually not our first or even last choice of ship but we were celebrating Abelite’s retirement and were voted out by the rest of the family. Carnival Cruise Line unfortunately charges fares for infants no matter what the age. When cruising with baby a better option would be to cruise with Norwegian Cruise Lines, MSC or Disney Cruise Lines. Kids under 3 are free on MSC, and sometimes on Norwegian cruises while Disney offers discounted rates for kids under 3.
Other than that unfortunate wallet buster our cruise with baby was an excellent experience.
When preparing for our cruise with baby we made sure we slightly overpacked while still keeping our luggage to a minimum. Our total baggage came out to 2 check in bags, 1 diaper bag, 1 backpack and our travel stroller. This kept us easily mobile and on the go while traveling to and from home to airport to ship port and back. Mama Nellie pushed the stroller and carried the diaper bag while I pulled our luggage and carried the back pack. Our cruise itinerary was a 7 night Western Caribbean cruise from Port Canaveral Florida with stops in Cozumel Mexico, Belize City Belize, Roatan Honduras, and Costa Maya Mexico.
It was mommy and daddy’s third cruise and baby’s first. Our first cruise was with Royal Caribbean and second was with Norwegian. I’ll compare on my thoughts on all three cruise lines. Mama Nellie will be doing reviews on each port of call on a separate post. Carnival’s Dream Class ships are currently the largest in their fleet with a passenger capacity of 3646 and a crew of. Although I have to admit in this case bigger was not necessarily better. My only two gripes with this ship was the size of the pool area and the dinner staff which felt a bit understaffed. For a ship with over 1000 more passengers, the main pool and second pool were inadequately small compared to the other two ships we’ve cruised on. Both pools were so packed on sea days they looked more like large full hot tubs rather than actual swimming pools. Aside from that there’s definitely plenty of other things to do onboard on your sea days.