One of my dreams is to go on a cruise, it’s on my bucket list. This lovely guest post from Laura who blogs over at First Two then Blue has made me want to go on one even more. It all looks very grown up and so much fun. Enjoy reading. I am off to work out how I can save for a cruise now… 😉
Big Thank You to Karen for letting me guest post on her lovely blog!
I have always been fascinated with Ships, ever since my early teens when I first saw Titanic! I have always wanted to board a huge Ship. When I turned 30 my dreams came true when my parents booked a Cruise for me and Matt. I was so excited and didn’t really know what to expect, but I had heard so much about the ship I was going on!
In May we finally set sail on Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas, a magnificent Ship! We were amazed when we saw the ship docked in Southampton, we couldn’t wait to board!! After sorting out our Sea passcards we were finally able to board the Ship! We explored for a few hours before going to find our cabin, we did get lost quite a lot as the Ship was so huge, but with the help of the maps and electronic room finder it wasn’t difficult to get back on track.
Our cruise was 6 days long, the perfect amount of time for us cos we didn’t want to be away from the children for too long! We visited La Harve in France, Bilbao and Gijon in Spain. All lovely places to visit, but for me, the best part of our holiday was being onboard the Ship. We spent one of those 6 days being at sea all day which I just loved! There was extra entertainment and a poolside BBQ!
We got to experience a different Theatre production every night, fine dining every evening with the option of grabbing a Pizza at 2 am if we wished! (Which we did every night after a few drinks at the bars!)
We loved the freedom of being able to visit bars and clubs without the worry of getting home safely!
We even tried out the casino, something I have never done before! Unfortunately we didn’t win any big money but had fun trying!!
As well as Pools and Whirlpools, Flo rider, Mini Golf, Rock climbing and night time entertainment and fine dining there is also an Ice rink on board! A full-sized ice rink used for fun as well as Spectacular Ice Skating Shows!
One of my favorite things about this Ship is what they call The Royal Promenade (also known as The Street). The middle of the ship which has shops each side and even a Pub! Each night there is a different theme and some nights even a street party!
Not forgetting Formal Evening with the Captain. We were lucky enough to be sailing with a very young and rather dishy Captain!
Sadly I have not yet cruised with any other cruise lines yet but we will hopefully soon be cruising with Cunard!
Although I really do rate Royal Caribbean as a fantastic Cruise Line for people around my age I will admit there is a downside! Royal Caribbean is probably one of the most expensive cruise lines around, after paying a fortune for your cruise you will still need to pay for shuttle buses when you arrive at destinations (or walk for free!) and pay gratuities.
There is also not much for toddlers to do and no discount for children so I wouldn’t recommend this cruise line for under 5’s. For couples wanting a quick getaway Royal Caribbean offer a 3 night taster cruise which is perfect if you are unsure about cruising. We booked one on the day we returned from our cruise!
I don’t know much about the P&O Cruise line but I have heard great things about them, especially for people with young families. P&O seems to be more child friendly, they have a free of charge night nursery, kids clubs, kids menus including food that children actually want to eat! Best of all P&O prices are unbeatable with great discounts for Children and Babies over 12 months.
Cunard is the worlds leading Cruise Line. This week I was lucky enough to be in my hometown Liverpool to welcome the 3 Queens on Cunards 175th Anniversary.
After this event, I am thinking it is time for me to experience what other Cruise lines have to offer and I am thinking Cunard will be the one!