ABOUT US: Our group of four is flying into Heathrow at 1pm on Tuesday 7.7.15 . We cruise from Dover Friday, 7.10.15-Wednesday, 7.22.15 then fly from Heathrow at 1pm on Thursday 7.23.15.
LODGING: Haven't arranged hotel(s) yet. I'm looking for good activities for our family before making reservations. Expecting to book London Tuesday 7.7.15 & Wednesday 7.8.15. Dover Thursday 7.9.15, and back to London Wednesday 7.22.15.
DINING: We're vegan, if you happen to have any recommendations here, too, that's great:)
TRANSPORTATION: My daughters are under 36" and weigh about 35 lbs. Are car seats necessary? I'm wondering how comfortable others might feel with their small kids in taxis and other public transit. Or are there certain types of transportation that seem more safe for getting around with small children?
PACKING: We already plan to take our two lovely Rick Steves' convertible carry-on backpacks, and we can do laundry on the ship. Fortunately also, the girls wear the same size clothes, so that's even less to pack. The boat sails all the way to St. Petersburg, though, so we'll encounter a variety of weather--any advice on packing for those issues is appreciated too:)
Actually, all ideas are appreciated as it is our first time and we want to maximize our adventure, while making this as stress-free as possible with our little ones. Our kids tire from walking before too long, and then expect to be carried, so if we're already wearing our luggage, we may not have a lot of opportunities to sight-see much if we have our bags with us. I remember on our honeymoon six years ago when we used the convertible backpacks to tour the rest of Europe, there were lockers at train stations we could use. Do these exist for storing luggage during castle tours (i.e. Tower of London) and other tourist-y things?
Thanks in advance!