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Old 12-22-2012, 06:30 PM   #1
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Fantasy Eastern Caribbean with a 9-month-old

Our cast of characters: me, DH, DD who turned 9 months while we were on the cruise

Hopefully this will help someone out who's going on a cruise with an infant for the first time...or just going on a Disney cruise for the first time! We were in both categories for this trip!

A few months ago, I decided I wanted a vacation, specifically a cruise vacation to someplace warm. The only other cruise I’ve been on was with Royal Caribbean in the Mediterranean about six years ago, so I kind of figured we’d go Royal Caribbean again. They have a new ship that sounded awesome: Oasis of the Seas.

Just for a laugh, I thought I’d research how much more a cruise on a Disney ship would be. Disney also has two new ships: the Dream and the Fantasy. To my surprise, all told, the Disney cruise wasn’t really that much more expensive than Royal Caribbean. Since we never use the casino, that wasn’t a big loss, and there were some extra amenities on the Disney ship that would make travel with a 9-month-old a little easier (a great nursery, larger staterooms that would help accommodate a pack-n-play, bathtubs in the rooms to make bathing our princess much easier).

DH agreed, and we booked a cruise to the Eastern Caribbean on the Disney Fantasy, which is not even a year old. We went the first week in December, so we got the relatively new itinerary with San Juan, Puerto Rico as one of the ports of call.

We flew in the day the cruise left rather than spend an extra night in a hotel. Thoughts of dragging our tremendous amounts of luggage, and our daughter, from the airport to a hotel, then pack everything back up to drag it all back to the airport does not appeal to me. Disney’s transportation option from the airport to the cruise terminal in Port Canaveral seemed like the easy option: we wouldn’t have to lug our baggage around once we arrived in Orlando or worry with a one-way rental car or a car seat.

After snaking through a long line to check-in for the transportation, we then ended up waiting over half an hour to get on a bus to take us to the port. About the time we were waiting to load the bus we thought the rental car might have been a better idea. However, once we arrived at the cruise terminal, we didn’t have to wait at all in any lines because we had checked-in for the cruise at the airport before getting on the bus. If we do this again, I’d be willing to shell out the money for Disney transportation just because we didn’t have to deal with all of our luggage. Of course, the more kids in your party, the more expensive the Disney shuttle gets, so a one-way rental car may end up being cheaper in that case.

(I'm trying to get all this posted relatively quickly, so stay tuned!)

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