The family and I just returned from our first wintertime cruise. With Brett graduating and me teaching in Italy this summer, we decided to do our family vacation in January.
So while snowstorms loomed in the Cincinnati area, we all headed south to catch the Adventure of the Seas in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Six days on a ship with temperatures in the 70s and 80s restored our humanity and renewed our spirits.
We returned to yet another winter storm and had to get back to our regularly scheduled life. But I would do it again in a heartbeat.
Some observations for those who might consider doing this in the future:
- The ship still had lots of families with kids. Do they not care about their kids’ education? We figured a vacation during the school year meant not so many children.
- We had a cabin with a window overlooking the promenade. The best place for quiet people watching.
- The pools on the ship weren’t warm. Although I did get in one day to get my exercise, I stayed firmly on the lounge chairs the other days. I did swim in the ocean on the islands and I was glad I brought a rash guard to swim in.
- We had more clouds than I expected and the wind was pretty hefty on some days. But nothing beats being warm to the bone.
- I love my Kindle. It beats packing so many books on a trip.
- I love getting dressed up for dinner on a ship. I brought dresses for every night and it just puts you in the right mood for a delicious dinner.
Another winter cruise is definitely in our future. We could not have given each other a better Christmas gift.