Weekend cruises are easy and fun and accessible to large families. We recently completed a 3 night cruise with our daughter Ginger and her new large family. Royal Caribbean Cruise Line had a special offer which allowed kids to cruise free with paying adults. As grandparents we were able to take 2 kids in our room while the other 3 were with Ginger and her husband. With this arrangement Ginger and Adam were able to take all their combined children on the same cruise together. We were happy to go along since it gave us time with the whole family in a holiday atmosphere.
The kids took to the ship right away. The teen program was especially popular for the 14 and 15 year olds. The younger 9 and 11’s found the activities geared more for younger kids but still had a good time hanging with their parents and grandparents. Surprisingly, the formal style dinners in the My Fair Lady dining room were a favorite with everyone. It was a great time for the whole family to gather and share stories of the day with all the time in the world. After all, dinner takes 2 hours.
Nassau New Providence was the usual mix of hawkers and gawkers. We love the architecture and the history. The old British Colonial hotel, the Queen’s Staircase, the straw market.
Royal Caribbean’s own out island, Coco Cay, was very mellow due to overcast skies and jellyfish everywhere. Virtually all of us got stung if only wading in ankle deep water. Kids loved the water slide and we enjoyed walks on the beach spotting bonefish, sharks, barracuda and rays.