Cruising with kids, however, is a whole new ball of wax. Just like everything else once you add kids to the mix. (Childless friends take note.) Even on a vacation cruise there aren't those blissful long days at sea of doing nothing.
Which is a total bummer.
Fortunately we had planned well. Our little room was near the kid's club babysitting center, the super cool kids' waterslide and the play area, and while it wasn't a second honeymoon, we made do.
Already chock full of Vegas-esque glitz and glamour, the Superstar Virgo was further decorated for the holidays for an over the top eyefull. More restful was the view from our room balcony, here setting out to sea from Singapore Harbor.
We also learned that, along the lines of doing nothing (and being served food, which is another step up in the category of Good Living) we really like assigned seating for dining. We didn't have it during this voyage and instead did a lot of cafeteria-style eating. Since most of the passengers were Asian, (Indian or Far East..we, and the Aussies, were the rare exception,) the majority of the food was Asian as well. Thomas, again, ate a lot of french fries and fruit.
For the more adventurous of us, it was an opportunity to try out cuisines we might not have been exposed to otherwise, and in small portions so we wouldn't have to feel too guilty if we didn't finish eating whatever the heck that stuff was that I put on my plate in a mindless moment of gluttony or curiosity. (Generally both.)
A major highlight for Bethy was going to the "All-Philippino Cast Production of The Little Mermaid." I was kind to Mike and spared him the experience of going, knowing how painful he finds musicals.
Post show party with the cast
I thought it was lovely, fabulous costumes, new songs, elaborate staging, and much closer to Hans Christian Anderson's story than the Disney version. Bethy had huge eyes the entire time, and she and I made sure to sit right up at the very front. Oh, the excitement. She could not get enough, and I ended up buying the soundtrack for her as well. (Santa brought her the t-shirt for Christmas...oh, that wiley Santa. He sure does know stuff.)
A lot of being on the cruise ship was about getting on and off the ship, and waiting in lines. The kids did great. Our kids may need work in some areas, but boy, can they travel.
And, like their Mom, they love those towel animals:
Either because our kids are cute or because we were kind to our room stewards, we sometimes got two animals a day.
Best of all, I think the kids found it as exciting as we do to go to sleep in your bed in one country and wake up in entirely another. Bethy pulled me aside one day and said, in a confidential tone, 'Mom, I love cruising. I mean, I really, really love it, OK?'