Kids under 10 aren’t too difficult to please. And when they all get on like a house on fire, it's even easier. Everything is fun! You just need a cabin to coop up in, a beach or pool nearby and you're set.
Fast forward a few years and things weren't quite so easy. By 2023, the eldest was almost 14, and the youngest was nine, making family holidays a little less smooth, and a lot more expensive.
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Aside from hitting the beach or casting a line, getting everyone to agree on what to do had become a serious challenge, especially after dark when there was little else to do apart from enjoy each other's company - unless we were prepared to spend a fortune on food or other activities.
This year, we decided to try something a little different; an idea sparked by my parents who are avid cruisers.
They'd often floated the idea of the entire family embarking on a cruise together, but it was one of those ideas that seemed more like a pipedream than a realistic goal. How would our parents, siblings and all the kids ever be free at the same time?