Travel: 10 Tips for Cruising With Baby

Because cruises have plenty of port stops, you’re not actually stuck on the boat the entire time. However, Alaska not being exactly baby-friendly, we couldn’t bring him on a good chunk of the activities offered (apparently you have to be super quiet when bear watching, so as to actually see some bears). But we could bring him on hikes, so hike we did, learning about the local nature, flora and fauna. There were also several whale-watching excursions that allowed babies on board. And couple of times, we just wandered around the ports in search of a playground, going shopping for souvenirs or hitting up some of the local cafes and restaurants.

At the end of the trip, I was looking forward to finally docking. If there’s one thing parents know about traveling with children, it’s not exactly full of R&R and I needed a little vacation from the vacation. Still, I was beyond surprised at how seamless the whole adventure had been. If I were to go on another cruise with my child, I’d probably either wait until my kid was old enough to enjoy the kid’s club and activities, or I’d take a line that provided daycare for babies and toddlers. But it was definitely worth it, and we have some great pictures to prove he was there—especially useful since he’ll never remember his first (and perhaps only) visit to Alaska. Oh, and that ubiquitous cruise ship photographer? Pose for him every chance you get, so you’ll actually have at least one picture of the whole family together. Totally worth the extra $15.

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