We are back from our cruise on the Grand Princess. Had a great time (despite being sick with the flu the entire week). I told my husband, if I have to be sick, at least I'm on a cruise where I don't have to do anything.
I know many of you have gotten the run down from my husband during the nightly chats, but I am just getting over this bug, and have not had a chance to get online.
We had a wonderful time, but this was our first (and last) 7-day cruise during the summer. We have always gone in October/November and usually for more than 7 days, so I didn't realize how many children would be on board.
I'm not against children being on cruises, but I think if you take your child, don't just let roam around the ship and assume they are not getting into trouble. We had a problem with teenagers trying to order drinks at the bars, and when the bartender swiped their cruise card, it showed that they were under age, and they would not serve them. So the teenagers resorted to stealing other cruise cards and ordering drinks. We also didn't appreciate them running through the dining room slapping each other on the rear with wet towels. Also, I admit that I use to do it as a child, but it is really annoying when they push every button in the elevator and what is worse, is when on the rare occasion that the parent is with them, the parent just laughs. For the most part a lot of the children were well behaved, but it is the few that misbehave, that you tend to see.
I really did have a good time, but from now on we will avoid traveling in the summer.
I am going to try and get the pictures developed this weekend, and will post them soon.
As you can see below, we book the Royal Princess Eastern Med cruise for November, and we also booked a Baltic on the Grand for next May.
Welcome back Catherine! Sorry you were ill and disappointed with the unruly children. I'm sure I'd be frustrated as well. With those next two cruises I'm guessing you won't have the problem with kids at all. And hopefully you'll be well!
Glad you had a great cruise in spite of the difficulties. Looking forward to your pictures!
Land Cruise, Britain and Belgium
Now posting as MichelleP.
Welcome back, although I was sorry to hear you were sick the entire cruise, how awful! Glad to see you have more booked, just wish you could join us in Feb, but looks like you have a full cruising schedule and some nice ones too, enjoy.
Catch you in chat when you are feeling up to it, take care!
Welcome back Catherine, :-) We had many of same problems on our cruise. I think that respecting others is not taught today as much as it was 20 or 30 years ago. Glad to hear you had a good time regardless of being ill. Look forward to seeing your pics.
Costa Atlantica, 3/23/03
Jewel, 2/1/10, RCI cancelled our cruise, (insert sound of sobbing)