Travel Round-up: The cruise collection

travelFamily cruises have certainly become more popular over recent years.  However, if you’ve never tried a cruise with the family, you may have many questions and concerns ranging from costs through to dining arrangements and safety. 

Six parent bloggers have recently returned from a trip to the Caribbean where they cruised on the Liberty of the Seas. As Royal Caribbean Family Ambassadors they sampled the food, took part in activities and looked at all aspects of family cruising in order to report back with their findings. If you want to know the ins and outs of cruising with your children, reading the blog posts of the Royal Mums will provide you with a very clear picture of what to expect.

Here’s one post from each of the mums who took the cruise to give you a flavour of their experiences. But do explore their blogs for more information.

Tara from Sticky Fingers introduces the cruising mamas in her post Bloggers of the Royal Caribbean

Laura, who blogs at Are We Nearly There Yet, Mummy? tackles all the concerns people might have about cruising in her frank post, Goodbye Preconceptions – Hello Royal Caribbean Cruising

If you want to know more about the ship, Becky, from English Mum, has the perfect post: Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas – a little guided tour. 

Erica from Little Mummy explains all the food options on board: Dining Aboard the Liberty of the Seas

Karin from Cafe Bebe enthuses about how fabulous the trip was with the first of two special posts – Top 10 Wow Moments

Finally, if you need any more convincing that cruising is worth considering, Liz from The Mum Blog sums up the experiences of all the mums with her post So, THIS is why cruise holidays are fantastic for families.



Other bloggers have also shared their cruising experiences so for more cruise content have a look at the following:

Suzanne from 3 Children and It  writes about a Mediterranean cruise: We are Sailing

Jen from Jenography tried out a Disney cruise: Disney Dream Cruises: good for family – and adult fun

Sonja has a series of posts about Alaskan and Caribbean cruises with teenagers on her blog, The {Happy} Travel Bug 

Marian is also a fan of cruising and has many useful posts on her blog, Travel Shop Girl 

Finally, if you want to know what kids think about cruising, here’s a post using extracts from my son’s holiday diary which he wrote during a Mediterranean cruise we took when he was aged 10. Now 17, he has granted me permission to share his very funny, scribbled notes: Son’s Travel Diaries – aged 10

Normal service returns next month with a round-up of recent travel posts. If you write about your Easter holidays, do let me know. If you have travelled over the past few weeks and would like to share your experiences,  please add them to the linky just below this post.

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About Trish Burgess

Trish Burgess started her blog ‘Mum’s Gone To…’ with a series of posts called ‘Mum’s Gone To Iceland’ where she was extremely ill on a whale-watching trip and thought she would die snow-mobiling on a glacier. Thankfully she survived and continued with less scary family trips: ‘Mum’s Gone To…Canada, Cyprus, Barcelona, Berlin etc. Originally from Newcastle upon Tyne she now lives in South Lincolnshire and travels with her husband and occasionally with her son, who is now at university. Trish can be found on Twitter at @mumsgoneto


  1. 01 April 2013 / 10:43


    Thank you so much for featuring posts about our #royalmums cruising experiences! It was a phenominal adventure, for sure. I highly recommend it to anyone but families in particular!

    Karin x

    • 02 April 2013 / 08:23

      It was great reading about your trip. It’s a few years since our cruise but we have such brilliant memories.

  2. 01 April 2013 / 11:24

    Thanks so much Trish for including me. Cruises are a great way for a family to enjoy a vacation together and I can attest to that first hand. I’ve written reviews of many cruises I’ve been on including those on Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Holland America, and Carnival. Lots of pics and video if anyone wants to take a peek.

    • 02 April 2013 / 08:25

      I thought you were the ideal person to include in this round-up. You’re quite the expert!

  3. 08 April 2013 / 06:59

    Thanks for doing this round-up Trish – hopefully people have seen that there is a lot more to cruise holidays than they may have originally thought, and over the coming months there will be opportunities for more bloggers to get involved with Royal Caribbean.

    • Trish
      08 April 2013 / 08:10

      That’s a very useful post, Liz. Taking sensible precautions as with any holiday.