Make our family cruise memorable, but in a good way?
May 16, 2012 3:30 PM Subscribe
Taking the family on our very first cruise on a Carnival Conquest
. A 7 day Western Carribean itinerary going to Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. Help me with experienced cruiser/traveler tips, especially with children. What should I know about, avoid, and go out of my way to do. Of course special snowflake multiracial special needs family details inside.
posted by cross_impact to Travel & Transportation around Augusta, GA (6 answers total)
So I'll have three kids along (8, 10, and 12). Two of them are African-American and so we don't look like a typical unit. Will that be a problem at the ports? Should we get passports or will the birth certificates be enough even though they don't look like mom and dad?
Youngest daughter is having a birthday during the cruise and she wants to swim with dolphins for her birthday present. Any tips for cruise-board birthdays?
I am a little worried about accumulating costs, but I want to strike the right balance between being thrifty and ensuring my family has a special time. Where can I optimize my value and avoid wasting scarce funds?
Any tips for the ports of call for out-of-the-way, family friendly, and not too tourist-trappy things to do/see?
My wife and I are the type that prefer "be" vacations to "do" vacations, but with kids, their entertainment is a prerequisite for our relaxation. How entertaining/safe is the cruise ship for kids independent of direct parents' involvement? My big fear is that the kids will declare all the kid facilities "lame" within three hours of leaving port. How can I avoid that?
And finally, what did you wish you had brought/bought/did better on the cruises you've been on?