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My No-Fail Packing List for Cruising with Kids

My No-Fail Packing List for Cruising with Kids

I have been on a lot of cruises over the past 7 years. Our first cruise was our honeymoon cruise in 2011. We took a January Eastern Caribbean cruise on Norwegian Cruise Lines Epic. We sail at least one sailing a year, sometimes 2 because this is the best way we can think of to truly get a vacation with your kids and still feel like you’re on vacation. The amenities on board for kids to do without parents are great and since it’s a part of their service (except for babysitting) you’re not paying extra just for your kids to be entertained while you’re getting a massage or having a nice dinner with your significant other.

Hurricane Evacuation Cruise

Hurricane Evacuation Cruise

The kids and I have been on our hurricane Evacuation cruise ship for three days. It has been pretty nice for us but had taken some adjustments on all our parts. Friday (day 1) was a bit of a crazy day. Since this is a very special sailing with mostly Royal Caribbean employees and some back-to-back sailing customers, the main concern during check-in was to get everyone on board and get out before the weather got bad. That means that actually getting our room assignment was chaos. We were given a paper, handwritten boarding pass and it was left up to the ships guest services to get everyone their room keys and room assignments. This process took all day and being alone with two kids 4 and under, trying to explain to them that we have to wait for our room keys for hours on end, in a huge long line, was not a fun experience. Once that was settled everything went a lot smoother.

Disney World Tips: New Lessons

I love Disney World and I consider myself blessed that I live within driving distance of it. It’s a 3.5-hour drive for me so it is something that I can do for a day trip if I really wanted to, but that’s not so easy. A weekend trip is a little more feasible. If you’ve read a few of my past posts, you’ll see that we’ve gone to Disney World quite a few times this past year, and each time we go, we can’t wait to go back! I’m almost immediately planning the next trip because, for us, it really is a magical experience.

Disney Tips

Since going to Disney recently with my toddler and planning a few more trips, including a last-minute one Memorial Day weekend, I’ve found a few tips for planning your vacation to make sure you get the best deal and are going on the right days.

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