Taking Baby on Cruise Ship

The first thing we looked into was a vacation that combined multiple options for fun, with a relative ease of travel. In our case, we chose a cruise on a ship from Montreal, Canada to Boston, MA. This close in hugging the shore method of cruising allowed us the option to drive both ways. We had to rent two cars, complete with GPS, and car seats, but we were no longer bound by airline baggage rules, and that was important. We could now travel with enough baby clothes, toys, and feeding related gear to summit Everest if we wanted to.

The drive rather than fly also relieved us of the pitfalls of being the parent of the kid who screamed during an entire flight. We chose to avoid the potential hurdle of trying to sooth an unreasoning being, while fending off the evil stares of the poor people who might try to sleep near us.

We still had one more detail to work out; the boy needed a passport to travel to Canada. Amazingly the U.S. Post office made this task very easy. All we had to do was to make an appointment at our local Post Office and they did everything else. They took the pictures, helped us fill out the form, and even mailed the package off for us. A note of caution here, it takes about four weeks to get a passport, so give yourself enough time to accomplish this mission.

Our next concern was accommodations, and I have to give Holland America a lot of credit here. There are a limited amount of rooms on every ship that can be converted into baby rooms. Basically they move the couch and replace it with a bolt down crib. That meant that we didn’t have to carry a pack-and-play with us.

With travel, and accommodations locked down, our next concern was food for the little guy. What we learned is that the ship is equipped to handle this problem also. Upon request, they will supply a high-chair and baby food. We still chose to bring our own food, but that is because we are nervous overbearing parents and we have the ability to carry food with us.

Our next worry zone was the life rafts. I know it is unlikely that we would hit an iceberg or anything else that would sink the ship, but I am a new father and it is my job to worry. Again the cruise line came through with a baby sized life vest and an identification tag to make sure that we didn’t misplace our little bundle of joy.

Should Go on Cruise

Cruises Offer Hassle and Stress Free Vacation

When you go on a cruise, packing and unpacking only happens one. You no longer need to drive around, search for a hotel or even wonder where you will be taking your next meal. A cruising experience lessens your concerns, takes away all the stresses and more importantly, it gives you much more time to actually enjoy your vacation.

Cruises Bring You Peace and Serenity

Cruises bring you out there, where there are no smog, traffic, pollution, and stress. You do not have to be disturbed by the constant ringing of telephones, the alarm clocks that never seem to stop, beepers, and the boggling chattering of the fax machines. Cruises give you serenity and peace and all you need to do is relish the wonders of the waters, the sky, the sea and landscapes, things that are simple yet will certainly touch your mind, body, and soul deeply.

Cruises Make You Feel Pampered Like No Other

Breakfast delivered right on your bed, soaking in hot tub, lounging on the deck, afternoon tea, or maybe even caviar and champagne – all of these and more awaits you on a cruise. Things like these do not happen in your daily life but in cruise ships, they are very common and you might as well feel like you are a royalty with the kind of gracious and ever-present service they offer.

Cruises are Something New

One of the main reasons why cruising is fun is simply because this is something new. A lot of people usually get tired with the same, old and usual trips, which is why they want to try out a brand new vacation experience. Because most individuals have never experienced cruising yet, the urge to get that fresh dose of adventure that a cruise offers can really be a powerful motivation.

Cruising for Solo Travelers

Get a cabin for your own.

Some cruise packages may offer you to have a cabin mate but it’s better to get a solo room for yourself to feel total solitude. This way, you wouldn’t have to deal with snores not coming from you in the middle of the night; or you don’t have to actually care about your things just lying on the bed whenever you go out.

Do solo activities.

Cruise ships are complete with impressive facilities that would not make you feel sorry you’re alone. Use the recreational facilities. Go for a massage. Hit the gym. Go for a rock-climbing experience. Swim. Go to the library. There are many things which one can do to continue with his/her solo escapades; without getting uncomfortable with the scrutinizing looks from the other passengers.

Sit on a table-for-two when dining.

Many solo cruisers would insist on sitting on a table for four even without a company, for the hope of being asked if the seats are taken. Chances are this would not happen. So to avoid being asked (and a bit embarrassed) if you are alone, you should find a seat intended for two only. Unless, of course, that your main purpose is to actually meet people – and possible partners.

Meet other solo cruisers, but do not insist.

There is a great possibility that you are not the only one doing solo flight in the luxury ship. If you see other people who are traveling alone too, you can approach them in an unassuming manner and make friends. But while it’s a good thing to do, it may defy your or his/her purpose for traveling alone. So if you really want to meet other people, be sensitive on whether they want to meet you too or not.

Honeymoon Cruise Packages

Costa Cruise Lines

Costa Cruise Line is an Italian vessel which will provide honeymoon cruise packages in Italian style. The motto of Costa Cruise Lines is “Cruising Italian Style… that’s Amore” and will feature European decor with Mediterranean restaurants on board, being able to distinguish their fleet from the rest. The Costa Cruise Honeymoon & Anniversary packages will include fresh flowers, complimentary silver frame, sparkling Italian wine, an official portrait session, a special cocktail party and Costa robes to take home for all newlyweds or those who want to celebrate an anniversary.

Disney Cruise Lines

This cruise company will provide family-friendly features with live Disney musical performances, extensive kids’ activities and Character dining. Disney Cruise Lines, however, will also be dedicated to honeymoon vacations in fairy style. The company will provide romantic destinations such as the Mediterranean or Europe, as well as special cruise packages for all honeymooners. The Disney Romantic Escape at Sea cruise package will include a Romance Basket with chocolates, priority seating in Palo, a restaurant only for adults, two robes, and a silver frame with a voucher for a picture session.

Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises has won Cruise Critic Editors’ Pick Award back in 2009 for Best Romance and Weddings at Sea. This cruise company provides innovative as well as personalized cruise experiences like the Anytime Dining program, where you will not be restricted only to a certain schedule for taking your dinner which other vessels have, and the famous “Movies Under the Stars” program, which will be featuring newly-released movies poolside on a big LED screen. Princess Cruises will provide both deluxe and basic honeymoon cruise packages. The Deluxe Honeymoon & Anniversary cruise package will include a French champagne breakfast in bed, passes to the “The Lotus Spa” for a facial and massage, Godiva chocolate, Princess Cruise robes, chocolate-dipped strawberries as well as an invitation to meet to ship’s Captain and visit the Captain’s Bridge.