Cruise Excursions with Kids – Our Best Tips for the Caribbean

Intro to Caribbean Cruise Excursions with Kids

It’s Tyler here from TheTravelingToddler.com.  I hope you enjoyed my earlier article on Top Tips for Cruising with Toddlers.  But some of you might have some general questions about taking Cruise Excursions with Kids.  Well I’m here to help so read on!

On the gangway in Cozumel
On the gangway in Cozumel

 

The cruise excursions that are available in the Caribbean are as follows:

adventure (ATV rides, jungle hikes, ruins), water (snorkeling, scuba diving, swim with dolphins), and leisure (beach days, city tours).

Of those, the only cruise excursion with toddlers that you would be able to do are the leisure activities.  The adventure and water excursions generally have age minimums so unfortunately young guys like me can’t enjoy them.

Most cruise line day camps will watch your kids on port days.

On occasions where a cruise excursion with a toddler is not possible, you can always leave me at the day camp.

Trust me, I won’t mind.  I don’t really know how to snorkel or ride an ATV and I’ll have just as much fun playing with kids my age.

Carriage Ride with Mom
Carriage Ride with Mom

 

Keep in mind the re-embarkation time. 

For most cruise lines, it is the ship time, not the local time.

Many cruisers have confused the two (especially when your cell phone updates) and gotten left behind.  Trust me I don’t want to be left behind when the ship leaves.

I recommend booking your excursions through the cruise line.

If you’re on a ship sponsored excursion and running late, they will not leave you behind.

It also saves you time and planning effort, and the upcharge versus booking the same excursion yourself is actually not that much.  Some cruise lines even offer to price match if you find a cheaper price for the same excursion.

Getting scared by a Shark
Getting scared by a Shark

 

General safety precautions apply in any Caribbean port.

Although most people (rightly) think about crime, don’t forget about accidents and illness.

Watch your surroundings, watch your children, don’t carry valuables, watch for traffic, wear appropriate safety gear on your excursions, and don’t drink tap water.

Summary

Well there it is.  My best tips for cruise excursions with kids.  Hope that it helps you when planning your next cruise with toddlers.

Thanks for reading.

Tyler@The Traveling Toddler

Have you ever taken a cruise excursion with toddlers?  What additional tips do you have? Leave your comments below.

5 thoughts on “Cruise Excursions with Kids – Our Best Tips for the Caribbean”

  1. We don’t do any excursions when we go on a cruise. We usually just walk around the city and take in the local sights and sounds.

    1. Just be careful! There have been reports of assaults on cruise ship passenger in some of the central american ports.

  2. An acquaintance was mugged in a port city in south America, either panama city or belieze. Thankfully he wasn’t hurt and only lost his wallet and camera, but still…

  3. I book all my excursions through the cruise line. Once our excursion ran late getting back to the ship and the ship waited for us in port only because we were on an official excursion. If we hadn’t we probably would have been left behind.

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