The last couple of years, we have planned a winter getaway vacation for our family. Those first trips were both to Cancun and we had a fabulous time there. We considered going back, and heading a little farther South to Playa del Carmen... but, the airfare and hotels had jumped up in price this year, so that required us to rethink our plans. We tossed around a few different places to go and ended up settling on a cruise.
The last cruise we had gone on was our honeymoon.... 15 years ago! So, times have changed a bit since then. We traveled on a Norewegian Cruise ship back then and had such fond memories... in spite of traveling in November (the tail end of hurricane season) and having a change in our itinerary due to rough waters caused by a hurricane. We are pretty good travelers... we will have fun wherever we are because we are on vacation. A bonus to a cruise is that when the weather gets kind of stinky, there are TONS of things to do inside!
Now, for our recent cruise with Our Boys! This was their first cruise and to say we were a bit nervous as to how they'd deal with any seasickness would be an understatement. We picked up Bonine (the non-drowsy seasickness medicine) as a precaution. Thankfully, we had no need to break open the package during the trip. Our Youngest complained a couple of times of being a bit dizzy or not feeling well, but the complaint wasn't bad enough that he needed to take anything.
NCL Jewel for our 7 day cruise vacation. It's a beautiful ship and had the added feature of being a Nickelodeon cruise. Not that Our Boys cared a bit about that... they are kind of "over" the meeting the characters thing it seems... so, we didn't go to the meet and greet activities with Spongebob & Patrick or Aang (from Avatar)... and definitely NOT Dora (they would have been mortified if I forced a picture with the pre-school character!).
So, what did we do? We sailed out of the NYC port - which had the added bonus of being a short drive from home for us. It was nice to not have to add in airfare when calculating the cost of the trip. The ship was docked next to the Intrepid, which is an amazing museum of military airplanes and such, which thrilled all of the men in my family.
The ship had a full schedule of things to do throughout the day when you were at sea... and even a nice schedule if you were to choose to stay on board during a day at one of the ports. We enjoyed playing Bingo one afternoon (sadly, we did not win "big", just a couple of dollars from the instant win tickets we bought).
All of My Boys enjoyed time in the pool.... and heading down the water slide. Although, My Husband found it to be a bit "slow"... for an adult to go down. It took him awhile to make it to the end of the slide.
Jean Pierre. He was a combination of comedy and magic and we even went to his afternoon show that shared some simple magic tricks that we could do at home. There was also the hypnotist, Brenda Kaye, who brought people up on stage to hypnotise them and infused the show with a nice amount of comedy as well. My Oldest is not 18 yet (and I am thankful for that... not ready for him to be that old!), and was not allowed to volunteer - he was very disappointed! The other main show was a Cirque-style show that was very well done.
The final night of the cruise was definitely a fun show. It featured a little bit of everything and included a performance that included the entire cruise director staff in a performance called Fountains. Let's just say that if you are on the ship, DO NOT MISS this one! My Youngest had the biggest belly laughs while these fabulous people were on stage performing as "fountains" (there is a Youtube video that shows the performance if you'd like a peek HERE).
Every day at sea there was a movie being shown, but with such nice weather most people took advantage of time by the pool with live music. There was even an ice sculpting demonstration right by the pool one afternoon.
Have you ever been on a cruise? If so, I'd love to hear which cruise line you took and what your experience was like - good, bad, just ok? Where did you go?
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