Family Cruise Experience with my 2 year old son and 7 month old baby girl.
For the family cruise we stayed over night at the Double Tree San Pedro which is pretty much at the LA port. We booked a Stay and Cruise rate so we could leave our car parked there for the duration of the cruise and the hotel shuttle would drop us off and pick us up.
Our family cruise Embarkation in LA was a bit slow but we made it to the ship ok. We dropped our bags in our cabin and went to the buffet to feed the kids.
The buffet was usually the best option for the kids food wise. Ambience wise not so much because there are so many people walking every direction and so much going on it hard for someone like our son Hans to sit still to eat. Unless we strapped him to a high chair and let him scream “down” until he was tired one of us had to chase him all around the restaurant. He usually liked to watch the elevators and of course get in the way of people walking by. Most people just found them adorable and did not mind at all. A lot of time actually they were just scared they might walk over him.
All the wait staff would tend to them like their were Royalty. They were just delighted to serve the little ones. They would walk Hans down the stairs by the hand, put him on the chair… I dare say they would even feed him if they were allowed LOL. Hans was high maintenance too. The first breakfast he saw me drinking Prosecco and that was it. He had to have the same but of course I can’t have him drinking alcohol so apple juice went into the glass instead. From that moment on it was the only acceptable glassware for him. Some times it was easy for me to order such thing, other times the waiter just did not understand and would ask me over and over again if I wanted champagne for me and apple juice for him and I explained “no I just want a champagne glass EMPTY, so I can pour apple juice in it.”
Here he is at Dinner time at one of the Main Dinning rooms Aqua
We had early morning as you might expect with kids but they were delightful! Full of snuggles and giggles. We would watch the sunrise from our balcony.