There’s always that moment before you go on a trip where you wonder if you have misjudged your plans – this is even more true when you are traveling as a family. I remember sitting on the plane before doing our big med trip last year and wondering if it was going to be as successful as we hoped. I’ll admit there were some hiccups along the way – I’m looking at you earthquake – but our trip in particular our experience in Rome inspired us in our future travels (you can read about our big trip planning here). So here is a low down of places we’ve been and how they have inspired us for future travel with our baby contrary to what people have told us! Continue reading Five places that have inspired our future family travel plans
I love cruises but besides the restaurants, amenities and convenience what I love most about cruises is the ports! I love seeing so many places in bite sized chunks so I know where I want and where I don’t want to go back to and satisfy my wanderlust in a really easy way.
When we were travelling as a couple if the itinerary had somewhere new on it we would quite happily go especially if it was good value but now we have a baby we chose our cruise itinerary more carefully. So here are my top tips for picking a baby friendly cruise itinerary: Continue reading How to choose a baby friendly cruise itinerary
Our first cruise with a baby we were lucky enough to be booked into a suite. Despite being seasoned cruisers we had never actually been in a suite before. Most of our previous cruises were done slightly not the cheap – once we went on a week long cruise for less money than we would have spent eating takeaways and at restaurants in our home of London – but that is a story for another day! We keen to have a suite with a baby to have extra space as we knew we wouldn’t be travelling light and thought we would be spending more time in it than usual – so was it worth it?
For us this was a big yes for several reasons
We could store the stroller, car seat, travel cot and luggage without a problem. I believe you can enjoy a cruise with any room size (See my Cruise Cabin Room Guide for Families) but it was certainly nice not to have to look at the baby clutter all the time.
It also meant that we had room to put the baby playmate out to give our little one chance to explore and play safely
It has an amazing balcony with plenty of room for us to sit out while baby played in an inflatable bath as a paddling pool. It also meant we could enjoy the balcony easily while baby was enjoying a nap.
We are experienced cruisers, mainly as a couple but we took Baby E as soon as she hit Royal Caribbean’s 6 month minimum age limit. We have experienced all types of cabins aboard a variety of lines so here are the cabins we suggest are ideal for different types of families and top tips for your stay onboard with a baby. Continue reading What is the best cruise cabin for a family?
We are experienced cruisers – now being in double figures, and have sailed round the Med, Carribean, Greek Islands, New York and Alaska, so there was no doubt in our mind that we would cruise with our baby! Excitedly we booked our first cruise on Royal Carribean’s Rhapsody of the Seas sailing out of Rome as soon as our daughter hit the required 6 month minimum age (minimum ages vary by cruises but 6 months seems the most common – check with your cruise line before booking).
As I normally do once I book a holiday I started googling. To my horror the first thing I found when looking for information about cruising with a baby was an article on how terrible cruising with a baby was – here’s said article – 9 Reasons Not to Take a Baby on a Cruise! Eek! Had we really been naive in thinking we could continue cruising with our baby? Continue reading Top tips and reasons why you SHOULD cruise with a baby!
We at Wandermust family love cruising, everything from convenience of onboard food to simply watching the sea go by. But our favourite thing about cruising has to be the ports. This list is for all you architecture lovers out there – from all of our adventures by cruise these are what we think are the top five ports for seeing different architecture
There isn’t a Greek yoghurt pot in the world that doesn’t have a picture of santorini of. The island is home to the archetypal white buildings with blue domes. The beautiful town of oia is not to be missed.
One of the first holidays we did with baby E was a cruise around the western Mediterranean. As experienced cruisers we knew what to pack for us and for Baby E so thought we’d put together the essential list for others considering taking a baby on cruises. Whether you are new to cruising or perhaps new to cruising with a baby we hope this list will be of use
On embarkation day you leave your main baggage in the cruise terminal which will be delivered to your stateroom later in the day. If you are lucky it will arrive quickly. If you are unlucky it might not arrive until after you have had dinner. So here is what you should bring in your carry on
- Enough milk / food to last until the next morning ( longer if the next day is a sea day)
- Enough nappies and related paraphernalia to last until the next morning ( longer if the next day is a sea day)
- Pram if you want to use to take to dinner or go for a stroll around deck
- Outfit for dinner and other clothing changes as required
- Swimwear if your cruise allows babies and toddlers in the pool (has a baby pool)
- Pjs for all the family
It is mandatory for all cruise guests on the first day to do an emergency evacuation drill. To prepare for this you will need:
- Sun-hat, sunscreen or cold weather clothing depending on cruise location i.e Caribbean or Alaskan!
- Baby carrier – A baby carrier is an essential. If you decide not wait for the lift and use the stairs you will definitely need the carrrier for safety on the stairs.
Have you cruised with a baby? What do you recommend bringing on in embarkation day?
This is a monthly feature to let you know where we are travelling to in the following month. We are hoping this page will keep our readers informed, get us recommendations from other travellers about our upcoming locations and let any potential partners know locations of where we are going should anyone want to partner with us while we are there (please contact wandermustfamily at wandermustfamily.com for any potential partnership work).
That being said in November we will be in
- Doha enjoying a Beach Day at the Intercon and staycation at the Grand Hyatt
- Staying in a suite on Royal Carribeans Rhapsody of the Seas going to Valencia, Palma and Barcelona
- Staying at the Hotel Miramar in Barcelona
Please add comments about any of your top tips for these destinations and any potential partners please email us wandermustfamily at wandermustfamily.com about potential collaboration opportunities or check our our Contact Us/Work with us Page!
The Wandermust Family
Whenever I look at booking a cruise I always look at the destinations first and foremost. Being a history geek, history and culture feature highly on my priorities so here are my top five ports for archaeology
A short 40 minute drive from Kusadesi is my favourite archaeological site, Ephesus. Ephesus recently became a world heritage site – about time! and is one of the most complete digs I have ever seen! There are many intact buildings on the site including houses with amazing murals but perhaps the most stunning is the library of Celsus who couldn’t help but be impressed!
For me the most important thing about any cruise is the ports it stops at. We at Wandermust Family love a cruise and have compiled a list of our ten favourite cruise ports to help you make a decision about which cruise ports are best for you!
Has to be the greatest port to leave from. It is definitely the most dramatic sail away you’ll ever see with unrivaled views of Venice. It’s worth going for the sail away along let alone the actual excursions