As a mum of two toddlers, when I hear the words “private pool cabana” I am instantly transported to a warm sunny destination that is peaceful and child-free (for the most part).
When I stop to think about that destination, I then remember I have to lug my two young boys to an airport, wait for a few hours before enduring hours of cramped, noisy and generally chaotic conditions and suddenly I’m not so keen.
This was the case until I discovered cruising with the kids. That’s right, parents: it really is possible to take the kids on a peaceful, relaxing holiday to a warm and sunny destination without the hassle of airports, long wait times, the struggle of wishing you had more limbs to carry 17 bags and children, and the potential jet lag.
The mental load is real, and that’s just before the holiday has even started. My wife and I don’t even want to think about the organisation and juggling required once we’re actually on vacay with little ones in tow.
Where’s the nearest bathroom in case said toddlers have to go? Have we packed enough nappies for the day? Do I really have to lug around multiple soggy wet swimmers, heavy soaking towels and everyone’s toys for the rest of the day?!
Turns out, cruising is the answer.
I wouldn’t have known it pre-parenthood, but here we are. There are seemingly endless activities, housed in the one place – and ones that actually appeal to all age groups (I’m talking from toddlers and teens to parents and grandparents).
And while the kids can be having the time of their life in the free Kids Club, us parents can be in the adults-only retreat having a facial, thanking our lucky stars we chose the holiday of least resistance (minimum planning on our side, and huge pay-offs in relaxation and enjoyment).