Should You Consider A Family Cruise?

Going on a family cruise was our kids’ idea. For years, every time they saw a cruise ship docked at Circular Quay they’d ask if they could go on it. Finally, we said ‘yes’. Wondering if you should do it, too? Here are just a few things to take into account before you make your decision.

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Everything is done for you

No cooking and cleaning. No need to go out at night to get dinner. On the flip side, the kids end up eating way too much junk and the food can get boring. I was craving home cooked meals and green smoothies long before the end of the cruise.

Kids’ club!

You can drop the kids off and have a few hours to yourselves as a couple. If your children love the kids’ club, you can achieve the perfect balance between a romantic time away, a relaxing retreat and a family holiday. Only our kids hated it. Every time we wanted them to go to kids’ club, there were tears. We only took advantage of it a couple of time. After all, it was our children’s holiday, too, and we wanted them to enjoy it.

You only unpack once

There’s no flip side to this – if you have little children, you know well how much stuff they need and how frustrating packing can be. Being able to just unpack once and not worry about it until the end of the holiday is definitely a massive plus in my books.

The sea conditions can vary

If the sea is calm and the sun is shining, you will have a great time on the deck. But when it’s storming, there’s possibility of sea sickness. Even if everyone is feeling ok, the chances are that the swimming pools and the outdoor activities will be closed, and there’s only so much you can do indoors. We had a couple of those very long days during our trip.

Limited time at the destination

We visited 4 destinations and each time we had to be back at the ship no later than 4.30-5 pm, even as early as 2.30 pm at one of the ports. We didn’t get to see all major attractions and we had to keep track of time throughout the day. I didn’t like feeling rushed, I much prefer travelling slowly.

How did our family cruise go? The kids loved it and we had a hard time dragging them off the ship. The adults – not so much. It was an interesting experience, but I think I’m flying next time.

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February 3, 2015

3 Of The Most Luxurious Cruises In The World

Ever wondered what it would be like to cruise on one of the most luxurious cruise ships in the world? Me too, so I decided to do some research about some of the best cruises in the world to find out exactly why they are called the best. Here’s why:

Silversea World Cruise

This 115-day cruise from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale makes fifty ports of call and visits thirty different countries including Tonga, China, Seychelles, South Africa and Puerto Rico. It takes place on the intimate Silver Whisper Luxury ship which holds a capacity of 382 guests in a range of opulent one or two bedroom suites that have butler service, personalised stationery, down duvets, spa robes and slippers and your choice of pillow. Onboard, the cruise ship are a huge number of luxurious facilities including pools, a fitness centre, library, casino, designer boutique shops, a beauty salon and a spa sanctuary. Dine by candlelight with fine silver and crystal, take in a production show at the Show Lounge or take a dip in the pool before you are greeted upon exit with a towel and a cocktail. Fares range from $58,000-$173,000, depending on which suite you choose.

Crystal Cruises World Cruise                                         

This 108-day world cruise circumnavigates the globe from Miami, Florida and visits some magnificent countries including Brazil, South Africa, Madagascar, New Zealand and Peru. You’ll be cruising on the Crystal Serenity which has a guest capacity of 1,070 and has as many as 655 attentive crew, ready to fulfil your every request. There are five types of accommodations to choose from which are well equipped with 100 per cent Egyptian cotton linen, bathrobes and slippers, fresh fruit baskets, fresh flowers, complimentary beer and wine and 24-hour room service. Guests who choose to stay in the Crystal Penthouse will have a personal butler who is on call 24 hours a day and can undertake a range of duties including unpacking and packing your clothes, garment pressing, shoe shining or confirming your dining reservations. The Crystal Serenity has everything a large cruise ship needs such as a movie theatre, an atrium, tennis court, fitness centre, pool and numerous eateries. Fares range from $40,000-$212,000 depending on accommodation type.

Seabourn Africa and Southeast Asia Exploration

Starting in Barcelona Spain, this 116-day cruise around Africa and Asia stops in at over sixty ports including Casablanca, Cape Town, Phuket, Manila and Singapore on the Seabourn Sojourn. Seabourn cruise ships are small and intimate (the Sojourn has a guest capacity of 450), yet they still have a large number of impressive facilities that you’ll find on larger ships. It has six whirlpools, two swimming pools, a casino, designer shops, shuffleboard courts, a nine-hole putting green, a Grand Salon for cabaret performances and the largest Spa on any luxury ship. The exquisite guest suites are adorned with personalised stationery, daily fruit baskets, fine soaps and Aromatherapy, Egyptian cotton linen, a world atlas and a fully stocked fridge. Guests will also appreciate a personal suite stewardess who will ensure that any of their requests are promptly addressed. Prices range from $56,000-$101,000.

And don’t worry, if you can’t afford these cruises you’re not alone, so look out for my next cruising article coming soon – the most affordable cruises from Australia.

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July 29, 2014