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Old 07-27-2013, 12:14 PM   #1
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Cruising with 18 month old

We've taken our older son on a cruise when he was pre walking stage and it was super easy. We are considering a 4 night on the "new" magic and were looking for advice and reviews of those that have taken a toddler onboard. We have two older DS: 7,5 also along and we've never been shy of traveling with our family. Just wondering if we should wait until he is 3-4 but worried the older two will not love disney at 10/8.
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Old 07-27-2013, 12:24 PM   #2
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My dd's first cruise was at 18 months old and it was the best family vacation ever. Given, she was a super easy traveling baby but it was a lot of fun. It wasn't a disney cruise, but I'd imagine it would have been even easier with the Disney entertainment!
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Old 07-29-2013, 08:33 AM   #3
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We just got off the Magic with our 17 month old who is a great traveler and didn't complain (unless we dropped her off at the nursery...lol) and I don't recommend a Disney cruise until they're older as there's nothing for kids aged 1-3 to do. There's the splash pad but it's pathetic, small and boring (our local neighborhood splash pads are 10 times better) and there's no kids play room for kids that are too young for the clubs. Our daughter got very bored. It would be great if DCL would add a play room for the younger kids
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We took our 16 month old on the Fantasy in March, and had a blast! We did utilize the nursery during sea days at nap time, and there was plenty to keep him busy during all the other times. He'll never remember it, but we wouldn't trade that vacation for anything! He's a pretty chill kid, so that definitely was a factor in our enjoyment!
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@Jenn What kept him busy all the time? Besides the characters, which she loved, I saw nothing else on the boat that would entertain my daughter. We brought toys from home but since it was a European trip we were limited on the amounts so they became old quickly on a 12 day cruise. She liked the toys in the nursery but only if we weren't leaving her there...lol
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We cruised last year with our 18 month and have another one booked for this December when she will be 2.5.. We loved it.. Yes, there were difficult moments - but there are difficult moments when we aren't on vacation..

Best advice I can give is just relax and enjoy.. I was so worried about everything being perfect that our first evening onboard was not great (had to wake daughter up from nap to make sure we got to our dinner reservation, not a smart idea.) Once I learned to go with the flow - the rest of the 3 days were awesome!
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Old 07-29-2013, 11:25 AM   #7
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I think the new splash area on the Magic will be much better as compared to old one. The one on the wonder was boring but I've heard the ones on the Fantasy and Dream are much better. We've traveled all over with our kids and not sure if there is a vacation that is easier than others with little ones anymore.
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