Mondays are for dreaming: Cruising with kids

Child looking at ship

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you may have noticed a marked absence of boats in my family’s travel agenda. That’s partly because Matt doesn’t like them (which I don’t understand, but since getting on an airplane makes me hyperventilate, who am I to criticize?) and also because we generally prefer independent travel to any kind of tour or package.

But sometimes, just to switch things up a bit, I like to share Monday dreams that aren’t really something I’ve ever considered before. Also, I’m guessing that a few of my loyal readers don’t have a congenital boat aversion and might be considering a cruise as a form of family vacation. If so, today is your lucky day. That’s because the family behind one of my fellow travel blogs The Lollipop Road is going on not one, not two, but three different family cruises this month. For the first three weeks of May, they will be sharing their on-board experiences on each of the different boats, sailing to different ports of call, and meeting everyone from Mickey Mouse to Dora the Explorer. At the end, they will choose which of the three cruises is the most family friendly. Along the way, they will be sharing advice and tips – and giving away goodies for visitors who comment on their posts or share them with Twitter followers.

If you’d like to learn first-hand about what family cruises are like (they will be on boats owned by Carnival, Disney, and Norwegian Cruise Line) I recommend you read The Lollipop Road and follow them on Twitter – they’ve promised to share the good, the bad, and the midnight buffet (at least virtually) with all of their readers.

I still don’t think I’ll ever get Matt on a boat, certainly not for weeks at a time. So I intend to vicariously enjoy the ride. And in fairness, I do have my own Monday dream about a boat, but it’s a houseboat and it’s parked in a canal in Amsterdam. Does it count if the boat actually never leaves the dock?

What are you dreaming of on this fine first Monday in May? Please feel free to share a link to your own inspiration below, making sure you link directly to your post, not your site’s homepage and that you link back to this post. Questions? See About Monday Dreaming.

Photo courtesy of malweth via Flickr.

Reader Responses

9 fellow travelers had this to say

  1. Does that houseboat happen to be a hotel? When we visited Amsterdam, I wanted to so desperately stay in a hotel that was a boat (and now the name escapes me) but it was all booked up. Oh well, next time. I can’t wait to hear more about your boat! We love reading Lollipop Road, too!
    .-= Jen´s last blog ..Monday Dreaming: Clean Beaches on the Gulf Coast =-.

  2. I love to be by the sea and feel the fresh air and wide skies but strangely inland water, canals and lakes never held the same attraction for me, after swimming in German lakes and feeling that squelchy mud under my feet!
    .-= Heather on her travels´s last blog ..Planning my mini Tour de Mont Blanc – French Alps =-.

  3. My husband and I enjoy cruising, although it’s a grown-up experience for us on smaller ships that aren’t particularly child friendly. Since we’re boomers, that’s more our style. However, I think an Alaska cruise would be fun to do with our extended family. I’d probably choose Princess for that or maybe Regent.

    My Monday travel dream is to cruise in Antarctica. I have a yen for seeing icebergs and playing with penguins.
    .-= Donna Hull´s last blog ..Celebrating Two Years in the Blogging World =-.

  4. I’d not heard of The Lollipop Road – thanks for sharing!

    My Monday Dream has come true today – it’s not snowing anymore! Gorgeous blue skies, after 4 days of clouds/hail/rain/snow here in Colorado. :-)
    .-= Kara Williams´s last blog ..Prader-Willi Syndrome Walkathon in Los Angeles and Travel Thoughts =-.

  5. My husband, who gets seasick easily, reluctantly agreed to a cruise for our honeymoon and loved it. It really doesn’t feel that much like a sea vessel, just a moving hotel room. Hope you get the chance to go.
    .-= Lora (Tripping with Kids)´s last blog ..Catching a Travel Bug =-.

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