A Royal Caribbean Cruise…

 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… 😉

  Hi all – Laura here from First Two then Blue.

     Big Thank You to Karen for letting me guest post on her lovely Blog!

     I am mummy to Amelie, 7. Lottie, 5, and my troublesome tot Kier, 18 months.
 I am a Cruise Ship fanatic and i’ll be sharing my Royal Carribean experiences with you in this post!

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 Carribeans 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 pass cards we were finally able to board the Ship! We explorered 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 exra 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 2am 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 a Ice rink on board! A full sized ice rink used for fun as well as Spectacular Ice Skating Shows!
 One of my favourite 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 Carribean as a fantastic Cruise Line for people around my age I will admit there is a down side! Royal Carribean are propbably one of the most exspensive cruise lines around, after paying a fortune for your cruise you will still need to pay for shuttle buses when you arrive at desntinations (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 get away Royal Carribean 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 P&O Cruise line but i have heard great things about them, ecspecially for people with young families. P&O seem to be more child friendly, they have a free of charge night nursery, kids clubs, kids menu’s 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 Annivesary.

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!

There are many other cruise lines offering fantastic deals, some are well known  Cruise lines and some I have never heard of! To browse cruise deals now visit www.cruisedeals.com or Iglu




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2 comments on “A Royal Caribbean Cruise…
  1. Sounds like you had lots of fun! I’m not sure I’d want to go on a cruise, although you do make it sound great. I get sea sick just going on a little boat across a lake! 🙂

    I hope you get to experience different cruise lines soon. xx
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  2. kat says:

    We’ve been on 3 Royal Caribbean cruises, 2 with kids and 1 without. We’ve enjoyed each cruise and found it actually pretty good for young kids although I have no other cruise line experience for comparison. My biggest complaints for family cruising would be no self service laundry on RC and no swim nappies in the pools (which seems to apply on all cruise lines from what I could find online). This makes life tough if you have babies or potty training toddlers. Some of the big boats have a designated baby splash pool but my toddler was seriously unimpressed being limited to this little area.
    The kids club for age 3+ is good and the pay by the hour creche for tots is all we needed for a few evenings alone.

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