Anchors away, my boy!

Although we are not as brave as the traveling ladies over at Puffer and the Baby Fishes or Next in Line, we do love to get away.  So when one of the cruise lines we’ve sailed with in our pre-Curly days announced a sale, we got bit hard by that pesky travel bug.  And so it happens that all 3 of us will be sharing an interior cabin for 12 days as we sail the Caribbean in December.  It was too good a deal to pass up, as the ship sails from a city within driving distance of us, thus there will be no air travel involved. Originally, we were looking to fly somewhere warm within the US and stay for a week, but once we added up the travel, car rental, lodging, and meal costs involved, we realized that a cruise would be about the same.

We are both excited and wary about this trip.  Cruising with a toddler and cruising as a couple are very different.  Our schedule will revolve around Curly and his needs.  There will be no more dinners at 8:30 followed by a show at 10 and drinks and dancing until 2 unless it also involves the ship board babysitter who charges by the hour.  And no matter how dark the room, how gently we are rocked by the ship and lulled to sleep by the hum of the engines, the days of sleeping in until 11 are gone.  Now our days in port will take into account nap time and when looking at excursions we have to check age restrictions.  That said, we are looking forward to a warm getaway just as the winter begins, and sharing some beautiful beaches and turquoise waters with Curly.  But the midnight chocolate buffet will be just for the moms!

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19 responses to “Anchors away, my boy!

  1. how exciting :) you should talk to lynn at family style love. they’ve cruised with harris and are doing it again soon with both kids. i bet she would have some pointers.

  2. That’s EXCELLENT! You’ll have a differently wonderful time. :)

  3. Lovely, lovely lovely. Have a wonderful time!

  4. wishinghopingpraying

    Sounds delightful!

  5. aw…sounds wonderful!!!

  6. Next in line

    I think a cruise is a great way to travel with a toddler. How exciting! Miles is going to love it. There will be so many things he can look at and see, plus he will be with you two all the time.

  7. Exciting! I could use some warm blue waters right about now!

  8. i always wanted to take a trip to the Caribbeans. sounds great!

  9. Nice! You will have an amazing time. I want to travel so badly but it’s off the table for us for a while:( Next year maybe.

  10. Glad to hear we aren’t the only wimps…though you two are still braver than we are. ;)

    We are also planning a week long vacation at the beach, but it is a local beach (about 2 hours away) so we can drive and stop and drive and stop…until we get there! ha! I’ve been making a list of necessities and my spreadsheet is getting huge!

    Can’t wait to see pics of your boy in the caribbean waters! Have a great time!

  11. Oh, I LOVE cruising!! We should all go on an RFamily one day– we’ve been on two and they’re amazing!

  12. Oh I can’t wait to see photos of him with cute beach wear (and sunglasses, I hope!).

    Sounds awesome!

  13. amyblossom

    wow! how much fun will that be?! you will have to take lots of notes for us. we are thinking about taking D on one next year as we love cruising.

  14. How fun! We did similar calculations to determine that our vacation at an all-inclusive resort was about the same price as driving to a local beach and paying hotel for a week. I imagine the cruise would be similar to an all-inclusive and I thought it was the BEST vacation for parents. Everything was right there (food, pool, etc) so there was so much less lugging of stuff around than we expected. I hope you all have a great time!

  15. Oh, I’m jealous!! Have fun. It’ll be so good to get away. We dream about the next time we’ll be able to travel … Can’t wait for the cute pix, either.

  16. Midnight chocolate buffet? ooooo….Sounds like fun!

  17. sounds fun! we did a rosie cruise a couple years ago with our then 2.5 year old and she had an absolute blast! we’re headed on another next summer with our 5.5 year old and 2 year old, will see how that goes!

  18. Sounds like fun!!! I will be excited to hear about your travels.

  19. Just catching up on blogs and I am soooo jealous!! Can’t wait to hear how it goes!

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