I used to think that affording a journey on a huge white liner can only be accomplished by very wealthy people. This myth is busted when on a tourist forum I accidentally saw the sale of cruises on the Caribbean Sea: 200 dollars for a weeklong tour of the five-star ship! I was shocked, and I start long and laboriously explore websites of cruise companies. It turned out that you can buy cheap cruise packages (including airline tickets, say, Thailand or Western Europe). Thus, we went on a cruise twice already: in the Mediterranean in 2011, and on the Caribbean Sea in 2012 with one-year-old Daisy.
There is a perception that cruises are boring and this holiday is more suited to elder people. Yes, the elderly people ratio is higher than younger people on many ships. And the higher the status of the liner, the older people. This is all because the tendency to select a very comfortable cruise. Almost every day you find yourself in a new place, but you don’t have to fly, dragging a suitcase, plan a route and spend time on the trip. Once you are on board, the things settled and that is all! This is especially important when traveling with a small child or the last months of pregnancy.
You can visit the point of interests, go to the beach, swim in the pool or in the sea, sunbathe, sleep on the deck, enjoy the restaurant etc. Cruise can be very dynamic, and your trip can easily become a complete relaxation holiday. It all depends on the desires of tourists.
When I talk about cruises, I asked two questions.
1. The rocking on the ship?
On modern ships now equipped with powerful stabilizers that pitching is not felt at all. At some point, you forget that you’re at sea. It seems that this is a hotel somewhere on the coast. We felt light rocking when going to the Caribbean Sea across the Atlantic Ocean. But we did not experience any negative emotions, and our baby slept better than usual.
2. If there is any discomfort from the fact that there are about 2000-3000 passengers and staff on the ship? No. The ship is huge, and everything is so perfectly organized that we haven’t seen any crowd of people. There was always a free table in the restaurant. You can always dive into the pool, go for an evening show, never no queues at the elevators and so on. Even when a liner approaching a new port, you can always go out comfortably, and enter afterward. In Egyptian hotels pandemonium more.
Cruises with kids
On a cruise, you can take your children older than six months. Pregnant women are allowed to travel up to 6 months of pregnancy. With kids on a liner, never ever leave them alone and pay more attention than usual. As soon as I bought a ticket, I received an e-mail and have few forms filled. They asked whether I want them to put a cradle in the cabin. (On our arrival, everything was ready and placed on the shelves). They also offered to deliver children’s water, food and diapers to the cabin (for an extra cost, but the price of food and diapers are almost same as the prices in the supermarket). The product range of baby products is impressive – you could choose the desired brand, size and so on. That is very convenient because you don’t need to spend time on buying baby food or diapers before the cruise
Cruise is a good five-star hotel. Service on board is excellent. The cabin is cleaned twice a day, and we never saw maids, all done with care not to disturb the passengers. Each cabin has a fridge, hot water, and a telephone line.
On board, there is a kid’s club, which accepts children only from the age of three. children only three years. In addition to the kid’s club, the ship has a large area for teenagers, where access is restricted to adults and children under the age of 14.