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Skai and I were planning for a holiday with Aidan, our toddler and we were thinking of a few destinations. We had visited Genting earlier this year via coach and was thinking of a cruise. Both Skai and I have visited cruises in the past and we loved the all-inclusiveness of cruises. Aidan was about 18 months old and have been eating solids. We thought that the cruise would be perfect for him. Meals were taken care of and if he needs his naps, we could go for it anytime!

We decided to book the Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas cruise. Here's our experience with our toddler!

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Here's my experience with Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas with a 18 month old toddler and my suggested things to do!

1. Request for a playpen or any toys earlier.

Although Aidan still co-sleeps with us, we felt a playpen would be useful and it did! There were times where one of us was with Aidan and needed to use the washroom etc, we felt safe with Aidan in the playpen.

We had also brought a few toys so during playtime, Aidan played in the playpen with them.

Pro-tip: You can borrow toys from the Royal Babies & Tots nursery. As we brought our own, we decided to give this a miss so that other parents could borrow them!

2. Choose a good room.

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We chose a room with a balcony which cost a bit more but we felt was a good move. It felt more spacious plus it was nice dining out in the balcony.

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I think Aidan also found it interesting as he kept looking at the sea. Just to take note to always keep the balcony doors locked!

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Pro-tip: Room service is chargeable except for breakfast. Do take the opportunity to order breakfast in bed! Or well, by the balcony for us!

3. Enjoy your food options.

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Mariner of the Seas has a great variety of food options. While most people may prefer the buffet options at Windjammer, Skai and I love having our meals at the Main Dining Hall. Reason being, there are kids options there and having a dedicated server was extremely lovely.

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Our server remembered our preferences and always prepared Aidan's meals in advance. And as fellow parents will know, feeding the kid first will save your sanity. HAHA. We did try out the food options at Windjammer etc but the Main Dining Hall was our personal favourite.

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There are also cafes all around the cruise areas where they serve snacks such as hotdogs, pizza and ice-cream. Perfect for munchies!

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Pro-tip: There are packet milk at Windjammer. Suitable for your kiddos. Also ask for the kids menu at the Main Dining Room. You can also make special requests for your meals e.g. without salt etc.

4. Take naps when needed.

While there are plenty of activities on board, please take things slow. Especially with a toddler. When needed, just take a nap. That's the whole point of traveling on a cruise, I felt!

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Never ever fight the zzz monster. You'll just end up with a cranky kiddo.

5. Try out the various indoor activities.

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Lots of interesting activities! We brought Aidan to watch various shows from magic shows to a 3D movie to lots of singing performances! His favourite would have to be the ice-skating show! It was amazing how he was captivated from start to finish. He got a bit restless at the 3D Batman Lego movie though so I conclude he loves live performances!

There are activities for everyone. Plenty of lovely shows, parades and activities!

6. Have fun at the outdoor activities.

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While some of the activities were not suitable for Aidan e.g. like the rock-climbing and tennis, we made do! We had fun at the mini golf while I do not think Aidan knew what was going on, he had fun just playing!

7. Top up for experiences.

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I know that cruises are all-inclusive and some people may not feel inclined topping up. But seriously, some experiences are really worthwhile! We topped up for the Dreamworks breakfast where we had a special breakfast menu and got to meet and enjoy performances from some of the Dreamworks characters!

Pro-tip: The Bottomless Galley Tour was extremely value for money. Free-flow of champagne and delicious food. Must go for the alcoholics! Aside from that, it's also worthwhile topping up for some meals. We got the steak and Skai loved it! On some days, there are special promos for meals, keep a look out for it!

8. Just have fun!

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Most of all, have fun! Don't sweat the small stuff especially traveling with a toddler. There are days/moments that won't be as ideal but don't let those moments spoil the rest of your trip!

We really enjoyed our Royal Caribbean experience! Mariner of the Seas was a great experience and I can't wait to go try the other Royal Caribbean cruises.

Definitely a great family holiday and I highly recommended for family holidays especially with kids. Toddler and above would be ideal! Here's just our humble sharing of our Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas Cruise experience with a toddler.

Have you ever been on a Royal Caribbean cruise? If so, tell me what's your favourite experience! šŸ˜€

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Was invited by OMY to the Royal Caribbean cruise preview tour of the Legend of The Seas.

Outfit of the day: Deep blue v neck dress with puff sleeves from TheBlogShop and heels from U.R.S. Someone commented it's Gagaish sleeves!

Have any of you guys been on a cruise before? I went on one earlier part of this year with my mum and it was fab!

Basically you can do everything you want there. You watch movies, musicals, shows, listen to live bands, go to the gym, have a good massage and basically eat till your heart's content there!

2 of my favourite things to do! Watch movies/magic shows and to visit the casino. As most of you guys may know, I love playing poker and I used to play it weekly! Was kinda bummed that the casino was closed! šŸ™

If you are not the casino loving kind, here are other activities you canĀ  consider! You could check out their entertainment rooms, they have an arcade room where you can whip out your inner rockstar, there's a karaoke room where you can belt out a few songs and then shake your booty to the music, you could also listen to the live band. You could also chill out at the pools with a nice cocktail. If you're not the tanning sort, fret not, there is an indoor tanning pool. Pssst. Did I mention that there's a jacuzzi? Woo hoo!

For me, I love chilling out and listening to live bands. Sing along to the music and enjoy great company with friends. What's your favourite way to chill out?

For those who prefer pampering their body, they can choose to work out at the gym or go for a spa session. Or well, why not do both?

There's more activities on board! For everyone of all ages!

Let's take a look at the rooms now!

Royal Caribbean offers a variety of room for all needs. We start from the basic, the interior stateroom which offers a selection of either twin beds or a double bed.

We were then shown the Royal Family Suite which is perfect for families (thus the name!). Owner's Suite had a great view of the sea while the The Royal Suite was the cream de la creme. There was a freaking huge bathroom (which had an awesome bathtub), a walk in wardrobe, a piano, a mini bar, living room area and the huge bed! Beautiful! Wonder if I'll ever have the chance to stay in The Royal Suite.

While we were walking to the dining area, we saw this room that stood out from the rest. The room was decorated for a birthday! I thought that it was a really nice touch! Very sweet of them.

We were shown two dining areas.

The first was the buffet area.

A good selection of food! Was really hungry when we walking through the restaurant.

We were then ushered to Romeo and Juliet.

From left: Me, Jacelyn, Sabrina, Feliza, Pris and Clara.

Romeo and Juliet is a fine dining restaurant where you will enjoy a dedicated server. It's fab because he/she will remember your dining preferences and you'll really enjoy yourself. E.g. I only take green tea, he/she will remember to offer me green tea instead of asking "Coffee or Tea etc". It's something small or maybe even trivial to you, but I really think it's a nice touch to it.

I really enjoyed the half day tour. Thanks Royal Caribbean for the opportunity!