Originally Posted by cruzinfamily
We are taking our first cruise as a family, myself, husband and kids 15,13,and 11. Mariner of the Seas Dec. 20, 2009, we will be onboard over Christmas. Will there be any extra activities for the Holidays? Also, any tips for us first timers? WE CAN'T WAIT!
I've never sailed at Christmas. My guess would be that they probably at least do some extra decorating and maybe have a special dinner or something. Although, these days, they may have to worry about political correctness and not go too overboard with a Xmas theme....Would be interesting to hear from someone who has cruised over Xmas.
There will be tons for your kids to do in the ship's kid's programs. I'm sure they will have a blast. Also, you can do some research ahead of time on line and look for & book excursions. You can save alot on excursions by doing that instead of paying the big mark up the cruise lines put on them. Just make sure the company caters to cruise passengers and that they are committed to having you back to the ship on time for departure. Also, don't think you have to do excursions at every port. The days in port are great for discounts at the spas, no pool crowds and plenty else to do if you just stay on board. It's kind of nice not to have to be a certain place at a certain time in every port for an excursion...Just keep in mind they are completely optional! However, I'm not sure where you are cruising to....Some cruises, like Alaska for example, are pretty port intensive and you would probably want to see something at every port. However, in the Carribean, Bahamas etc, alot of the ports beging to look kind of the same and staying on board isn't really a big deal.
Follow that old travel advice...Take half the clothes you think you will need but twice the money! Have fun.