Well I am back from my whirlwind vacation cruise to Mexico with my family. I cannot even say enough about what a wonderful time we had.
Before I tell you about the trip I must preface it by admitting that my husband and I were very skeptical about going on a cruise. For the longest time we thought that we were not really “cruise people”. We went on a cruise years ago and we found that we were more interested in the ports than the cruise itself so, for us, the cruise schedule was very limiting. Of course, we were young and we were living in Europe at the time for his job. The cruise we took went from Italy to Greece to Turkey. And we were way more interested in spending time at the bazaar in Istanbul than learning to salsa dance on the cruise ship in Italian (which we did by the way… and until the end of time, whenever I hear salsa music I will think “Uno, due, tre… quattro, cinque, sei”).
But you know how it goes, time has a way of changing your perspective and oh yeah, those little changes called kids change your perspective too. We kept hearing how wonderful cruises are for kids so we thought we would give it another whirl.
When we lived in Europe our method of travel was a car and a map and a fly-by-the-seat-of-our-pants kinda attitude. Somehow, once we had kids, that just didn’t sound very appealing anymore. The schedule and the organization of the cruise ship sounded very, very comforting to me. And I will tell you, it WAS comforting.
My kids are 3 and 6 and they were just giddy about the whole trip. They loved the bunk beds they slept on in our stateroom, they loved the kid’s club they could go to on the ship, they loved the excursion into “Messico” where they got to pet dolphins and play in the ocean, they loved the Spanish cartoons on the TV in our room, they loved the “always open” ice cream buffet… it was LITERALLY the perfect vacation for them. And I will admit, sipping cocktails by the adult pool while they were in the kid’s club was pretty awesome for Mom and Dad too.
So there you have it! That’s my review of taking kids on a cruise ship. If you haven’t done it, I would highly recommend it for the fun factor. Next time we’ll have to try A DISNEY CRUISE! I can only imagine the new levels of sheer delight that would send them into! I shall keep you posted. I guess we are now officially “cruise people”.
Have you been on any vacations with kids you would recommend? I would love to hear about it in the comments.