Years ago, parents cruising with small children had to contend with cabin layouts rarely fit for a crib, pools and play areas off limits to the unpotty-trained and activities only tailored to children older than 3.
Times for tots have changed. Disney changed the teething field by catering to cruising's youngest passengers with a nursery, larger standard staterooms -- with tubs, room-dividing curtains and enough room for baby paraphernalia -- and onboard stores stocked with necessities like diapers and baby sunblock.
Other lines also have their own tot-friendly amenities. For example, many of Royal Caribbean's ships now offer a variety of larger family stateroom options, plus baby and toddler playgroups, and diaper-wearing tots have expansive play areas on Carnival Cruise Line.
The following are five best cruises for babies and toddlers (and their parents). You'll get information on babysitting options, playgroups, baby gear you can skip packing and tips on the family-friendliest staterooms for the under-3s.
Here are our picks for the best cruises for babies and toddlers.