Cruising with an Infant/Toddler

Ok, I'll admit, disembarkation is the worst part of the cruise for me! The night before you put your bags out for the attendants to pick up. This is where your carry on comes in handy! Be sure to keep a set of clothes out to wear on the way home!

The day of disembarkation you have to get up early, eat breakfast, vacate your cabin, and wait, and wait, and wait to go through Customs. Then you have to wait, and wait, and wait some more before you can actually get off of the ship. All of this waiting is with the rest of the passengers on the ship in the public areas. This can be uncomfortable for adults, but it is worse for the little ones that don't really understand why you are waiting!

So, my tip here is to bring something to keep them occupied! A coloring book, a favorite toy, maybe a new toy that you bought at the gift shop the night before. Also have a snack in your carry-on.

If you haven't yet tried cruising, now is the time! It is a great way to relax and just be with your family. You can do as much or as little as you want on the cruise. Just be prepared to have a good time! Happy cruising!

Melanie Essman is the owner of Family Funcations ( and a native of Houston, Texas. She is the mother of Cale, 4 and Brant, 16 mos. She has cruised often with her sons since Cale was 1. If you think that cruising with little ones isn't much of a vacation, she can certainly relieve your fears about cruising with toddlers. It can be a delightful and very fun adventure.

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