Personal on this one. My wife and I are celebrating our 10 yr anniversary in March. We’ve been talking about a bunch of different things to do, which are all complicated by the fact that a) it’s during March break and b) we can’t realistically leave our kids behind for a week without some serious planning / support.
We’ve been fortunate enough to take the kids on quite a few trips over the years, including two down south. We also took a couple trips on a cruise (just the two of us) and I personally enjoyed that experience more than an all-inclusive. Thinking was to see if we could find a cruise that was more family-friendly – and that generally means Royal Carribean.
Also motivating – we’re both on the edge of burnout through work. The winter holidays were good to refresh, but we are clearly in need of the “no need to make big decisions” for a while.
We ended up booking a trip on Harmony of the Seas. That’s around 5,500 passengers at double occupancy. And has full time kid activities if the wife and I want to do something else for a bit. Oh, and an ice rink. Ridiculous.
I am utterly fascinated by the logistics of running a floating city, with people talking different languages, and a very high standard of cleanliness and service. Just the linen service takes an army. If you ever have the chance to watch a documentary on how these things run, you should really take the time.
There is one port in particular – Labadee, Haiti – that is entirely self-served by the ship. Over the course of 2 hours, enough food/drinks are pulled off the ship to shore in order to support an 8 hour day at the beach. Amazing coordination.
I won’t hide the fact that this is entirely a luxury, and one that we are lucky enough to afford. Every time we bring our kids out on something, we make it a point to have them recognize this fact. Entitlement is a concern for both my wife and I. My kids experienced more by the age of 4 than I did until I was in my 20s.
It’s good to have things to look forward to. Makes driving through feet of snow and ice a bit more bearable. I’ll see what kind of photo collage I can put together when I get back.