This past week brought back some wonderful travel memories! My husband Jerry and I have been on over 25 cruises in the many years we’ve been married. None could have prepared us for the adventure of cruising for the first time last year with our seven and half month old son on the Norwegian Spirit out of New Orleans!
Our first concern was what to pack. To say that we packed all but the kitchen sink for our son was an understatement. But we just weren’t sure if he would need something and worried that it would be the one thing we forgot. He didn’t wear half of what we packed but that was okay. My advice – make sure to pack a few small, portable toys like the rings that hook onto the stroller and extra diapers. Diapers and other baby sundries are very hard to find onboard. In port, you may be able to find a few supplies but it is best to plan ahead especially if you need specific brands or styles.
I packed a separate duffel bag with baby food, toys and books as well as an extra blanket. One of us sat in the back seat with him to keep him entertained and make sure he was doing okay in his car seat. This was his first big trip in his new car seat too! A few stops to stretch our legs and eat and we were in Mississippi by mid afternoon to pick up my mother-in-law and her sister. Our son did manage to sleep well in the car so that was great! He found it quite entertaining to be able to see out the windows and was quite amused every time a large truck went by!
The next day we headed for the pier in New Orleans. Even with a baby in tow, it was a breeze getting to the pier and everything was very well-organized. Because we were returning passengers with Norwegian Cruise Lines, we didn’t have to wait long to check in. By mid-afternoon we were checked-in and settled into our balcony, connecting cabins and ready to set sail.
During the week we visited Costa Maya, Cozumel and Belize. When in Cozumel we took our son off the ship for a little while and it was his first adventure on international soil! Most of the time we alternated staying onboard with him as it was too hot and he was too young for a shore excursion. He loved riding in the glass elevators onboard the ship!
Needless to say, I could go on and on about how wonderful the trip was and what great memories we have. I was so glad that our son loves to travel as much as we do. The vacation more than exceeded our expectations – both as new parents and as vacationers.
Traveling with an infant when you plan ahead was easier than we had anticipated. Since this cruise we have been on two other cruises with our son, including a Disney Cruise for his first birthday, and he is quite the traveler! We look forward to our next adventure this Spring!
What adventures have you experienced with your family when traveling? Any travel tips?