10 days off work, 7 days at sea. Worth. every. minute.
I took a cruise on Harmony of the Seas, on the Eastern Caribbean. Wife, kids, and my dad. My in-laws were in a condo near the port, so we spent some time with them before/after to avoid stress around flights.
I’m fortunate enough to afford vacations out of town. We’ve gone to quite a few places in Canada with the kids. We’ve done a few all inclusive resorts over the years – with the kids in Cuba and the Dominican. My wife and I also took a couple cruises as a couple earlier (Celebrity line), though this was the first time with the kids.
On this cruise, we (at least one member) did:
- Water Park
- Flow Rider
- Zip Line
- Grotto exploring
- Waterfall climbing (Dunn’s River Falls)
- Comedy club
- Theater (e.g. Grease)
- Ice skating (watched it… seriously)
- Water acrobatics
- 10 story slide (Ultimate Abyss)
- 26 of the 27 bars
- 9 different places to eat
- Self-serve ice cream
- Exercised / Ran
I’m sure I am missing things. To give you an idea of things to do, below is a picture of the planned activities for the last full day at sea from 7am until 5:30pm. There’s even more stuff throughout the evening, up until 2am.
You pretty much only have to worry about showing up – everything else is taken care of. Don’t get me wrong, I like resorts too. But it’s hard to argue that the food quality, security, variety of everything, and general temperament of other guests in better on a ship. More expensive – no question. Worth.
Now back to ice and snow for a few more weeks. Ah well, was a great trip.