There’s no shortage of horror stories about big ship cruises, from seasickness, to massive outbreaks of gastro, unsanitary rooms, noisy neighbours, bad food and being stuck in close quarters with people I didn’t like. But my recent experience on a cruise with family has changed that perception somewhat.
The perfect weather may have contributed as well!
We went on a 4 day cruise to celebrate my father’s 80th birthday, fourteen of us comprising of his kids, their spouses and half a dozen grand kids ranging from 5 years to 25 years. We had so much fun that we are already planning to get on a cruise again.
In our family we celebrate important events by organising huge parties at home or going away together. We are a family that is a truly reflective of the intermingling of cultures in modern Australia, a melting pot of Italian, Indian and Ukrainian/ Russian migrants with a love of eating, drinking and dancing.
At every get together a lot of time is spent in cooking, cleaning and washing up by the adults, both men and the women (I did say we are a modern family).
What was so special about the cruise?
No COOKING, CLEANING OR WASHING DISHES and trying to think of ways to keep every age group engaged and entertained.
The two bedroom cabins were spacious, with good amenities and cleaned twice a day. There was always plenty to do for everyone together and alone.
The entertainment and activities ranged from kids clubs, to magic and comedy shows, a musical, casino, jazz bars, night club, karaoke, trivia night and some great nights with loads of dancing and entertainment that whole families could participate in. My elderly parents and my 5 year old niece equally enjoyed the two theme nights on the ship where we all danced into the wee hours of the morning.
Best of all there was no mobile phone coverage or wifi, giving us all an opportunity to communicate and spend great quality time with each other. Something we all seem to have forgotten to do lately.
Things to consider
For starters, I will not hesitate to book a longer cruise and upgrade to a balcony, even though the unobstructed ocean view room served us well. I will monitor my daily spending closely on the things that are not covered in fare like alcohol, barista coffee, some speciality restaurants and sports, health and fitness services. More research will be undertaken by me before committing to any paid activities on the offshore trips. Maybe I will invest in walkie- talkies if the group is really big next time and our cabins are not on the same levels.
REMINDER TO SELF: Live on air and water for a week prior to departure.
So yes, all you mum’s with bubs I will recommend a cruise anytime. It is money well spent in return for cherished memories of a lifetime with your near and dear ones.
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