Hi newbie here..

It's been a while since my hubby and I took a cruise, and my dad has graciously planned and booked a 7 day for the whole family in June 2019 (Carnival Vista out of Galveston) so needless to say I am already excited, and so is my 3 year old. This will be a new adventure, last 2 cruises we went on we were with friends and no kiddo.. now it's the whole fam damily and a toddler. Nervous

Just looking for advice on cruising with a kiddo and what good excursions etc.

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Your toddler will probably enjoy the Camp Ocean for an hour or so (maybe more). The crew will dote on the little one as they miss their own children back home. Have a wonderful family adventure!

You don’t want my advice. Trust me.


Welcome to the site. We look forward to hear from you Big Smile

The Vista is a great ship if your bringing kids, they have lots of play areas and things to do for kids and adults. You may want to look into the "Green Eggs and Ham" kids breakfast that they offer on one of the sea days.

I'm sure that your 3 YO will enjoy the cruise as much as, or more than you will. Carnival reportably has a great kids program.

(Just keep him away from Kergan! Big Smile )

Ha ha.. I know what you mean, trust me. I hate to say it but i'd rather be on the cruise alone with my hubby, but sometimes things just don't work out the way I want.

My son isn't going to be the little turd that bothers everyone, he is a good kid. I know.. I know, you hear that ALL the time, but I wouldn't even have agreed to doing this trip if he wasn't a kid that behaves.

Thank you all for the welcome, i have quite some time to plan everything but I'm thinking of leaning towards beach days in the ports we go to. Unless his Mimi and Pap want to take him to do something else.

What ports will you be going to on this itinerary?

I sailed Vista in December and there's certainly always plenty to do. Even for a 3 yo, there's a water park with sprayers and things if your toddler isn't old enough for the slides yet, the kids club as the others mentioned, fun food, and one sea day there will be a build-a-bear workshop activity which was super popular among the kids on my sailing.

Welcome aboard. I do not think I have ever encountered any child that has not loved their cruise. Cruises were made for people of all ages and most ships have programs geared for all kids including the grey haired ones. I am sure your child will have a blast.

Bon Voyage.

My little man will be 4 when we sail, so I am hoping he will be tall enough for the slides, but if not, he loves pools and other water activities. We will be going to Grand Cayman, Montego Bay and Cozumel.. i am hoping his swimming lessons he takes this summer will be a breeze so maybe we can take him to a sting ray snorkel thing. If not I am thinking beach days might be good in case he decides to melt down.. those are few and far between, but you bet your butt a big one will happen while we are on vacation. Murphy's Law is always on my side

I wouldn't worry about the occasional meltdown - I tend to have at least one on every cruise!Big Smile


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