I've posted this on other forums, so sorry if you've read this elsewhere:
Hello, my family is booked on a Royal Caribbean cruise for next month. We have only done one other cruise and it was a Disney cruise. We will be on the Enchantment of the Seas.
I have TONS of questions. Of course the basics, what is the boat like? I will have 2 kids with me, aged 2 & 6. It will be mostly just me and them as my hubby will be doing business conferences on the ship.
I am not a huge fan of being on the ship, I more enjoy being out at the ports. The biggest thing I am dreading is supper. Is it really just a huge dining room where everyone eats together? At disney we were rotated through restaurants. What is the dining experience with this ship?
We will leave Ft. Lauderdale with stops in Key West, Cozumel and Belize plus one day at sea. I am very familiar with Key West, but have not been to either one of the other ports. What is there to do their that is kid friendly? I am excited at the prospect of visiting Mayan ruins. We all enjoy sight seeing off the beaten path. We are not interested in the typical touristy stuff that seems to be at the ports. We enjoy seeing historical places and animal watching. Animal watching is a very big deal to both my older daughter and me. We are beyond excited about the fact there are toucans and such in Belize. We are comfortable going off the beaten path. We prefer walking (up to 3-4 miles), but are not totally opposed to transportation (taxi, bus, ferry, etc.). One of our favorite past excursions was walking through Nassau to the Queen's Staircase.
As I said, we have one day at sea. I am pretty anxious about this as I do have the kids, one who is too young for the kids clubs onboard. What is there to do on the ship with the kids? Mind you, the youngest isn't allowed in the pools.
Sorry for the long post, and thanks in advance for any suggestions.