Our Cruise Experience / by Alexandria Whitefeather

 

To give a little back story, we weren't planning on going anywhere for our anniversary this year. Mainly because B was going to be out of town for our anniversary. (I was so sad!) It was an opportunity he just couldn't pass up, so I did the cool wife thing;) and said "go for it!!" 
Once that trip got postponed, I was all "lets do something!" even though it was only 3 weeks notice. I looked up my saved airbnbs, and things were all booked up! (Maybe because of spring break??) While I was searching other options I came across the idea of a cruise. 

I had been on a cruise once before with my family when I was a teenager. It was pretty cool. Ice cream anytime. Jamaica. Beach. Sweet! But I wasn't IN LOVE. B on the other hand had never been on a cruise and always wanted to give one a try, so we went for it! I was in between 2 cruises. A 7 day Mexican Rivera and a 4 day Baja California. But when I called to book, the 7 day was sold out and the 4 day had only 2 cabins left! So, we booked it. Baja California here we come! Since B hadn't been on a cruise before, it was probably a better choice to start off on a shorter trip and let him see how he liked it.  

We cruised with Carnival, and the first thing I will say is that the service we received was nothing short of amazing. From the phone calls and booking to everyone on the ship. It was absolutely wonderful. We were greeted by name by most employees and I'm pretty sure Mila thought she was a princess on this trip (yikes!). But I guess with them greeting her like: "Well hello, princess Mila. How is your day? Are you going to go to the pool?" and "ahh! there's my best friend, Mila!" and "Good morning princess Mila. How are you feeling today?" and (to me) "I see that she's eyeing the cherry in your drink, I'll bring her some" *comes back with bowl of cherries*... and so on. You get the point. And I can see why she could get so confused. ;)


If I could only choose one picture to visually show you what people do on cruises... it would be this one:

Carnival Cruise | ©Alexandria Whitefeather

And who could blame them. 

Carnival Cruise | ©Alexandria Whitefeather
Carnival Cruise | ©Alexandria Whitefeather
Carnival Cruise | ©Alexandria Whitefeather
Carnival Cruise | ©Alexandria Whitefeather
Carnival Cruise | ©Alexandria Whitefeather

So to give full feed back here's my list of pros and cons to setting sail:

Pros:

It's all inclusive. Now this isn't always a draw for me, but because we planned this so last minute it was nice to just book and know everything was taken care of (including child care!) 

Food. This may sound repetitive to the above, but I was pretty impressed with the selection of food for it to be included. 24 hour buffet/dessert bar/pizza bar (it was pretty insane), sit down dinner with a different menu every night (with things like steak, lobster, ahi tuna, etc), and a super yummy taco and burrito bar for lunch or dinner if you choose. 

Price.
The rates were super fair for everything they provided, and for the wonderful service that came with it. A definite pro.

Ocean Views.
As you would expect. There are beautiful open ocean views everywhere on the ship. And being able to just sit and stare at the ocean was something that I LOVED. 

The Service.
As mentioned above, we were blown away at the service we received through our cruise line and ship. Maybe it's because they all really liked Mila? Either way, we were all spoiled. 

 

Cons:

Exploring the Port.
They definitely provided lots of tour options and activities at each port. We did one tour in Mexico, which I was pleasantly surprised with (mainly because the guide was so great), but I'd much rather see a place by staying there and not "visit" for such a short amount of time. Just not my preferred way to "explore". 

The Motion.
On our first day, the "day at sea" there was constent motion. I've never gotten sea sick (other then when I was pregnant with Mila), but we definitely felt it on that day. Not enough to get nauseous, but just in feeling off and losing balance a few times. 
Thankfully that was the only day it was bothersome, but then again, we were at the ports the other few days. Not sure how we'd feel about this if it was a longer cruise. 

Carnival Cruise | ©Alexandria Whitefeather
Carnival Cruise | ©Alexandria Whitefeather
 A little family game of mini golf before her "Suess at Sea" story time. 

A little family game of mini golf before her "Suess at Sea" story time. 

Carnival Cruise | ©Alexandria Whitefeather
Carnival Cruise | ©Alexandria Whitefeather
Carnival Cruise | ©Alexandria Whitefeather
Carnival Cruise | ©Alexandria Whitefeather
 Did I mention how much they loved and cared for this little girl? My gracious. You should have seen the look on her face when the cruise was over and she started hearing the word "no" again. Haha. I kid.  Well, kind of. 

Did I mention how much they loved and cared for this little girl? My gracious. You should have seen the look on her face when the cruise was over and she started hearing the word "no" again. Haha. I kid.

Well, kind of. 

 Enjoying her first (and last;) sugar cereal...

Enjoying her first (and last;) sugar cereal...

Carnival Cruise | ©Alexandria Whitefeather
Carnival Cruise | ©Alexandria Whitefeather
Carnival Cruise | ©Alexandria Whitefeather
 How we all felt on the last day.... 

How we all felt on the last day.... 

Conclusion:
As you can see there were more pros then cons, and overall we were very happy with our experience. We enjoyed time together as a family, as well as a couple since they had so many activities for children. It was a relaxing way to spend our anniversary and we would absolutely be open to going on one again!

 

(See the travel diary video HERE)