Hubby LUUURVES to cruise. When he isn't cruising, he's trolling the cruise websites looking for a good deal. He can usually find a bargain around the holidays, and he doesn't always associate a date with the corresponding holiday. Especially Spring Break.
Our last cruise was on the Independence of the Seas, the western Caribbean, March 31 - April 7. We don't pay much attention to the port stops unless there is one we haven't visited before. This time the new port was St. Kitts. Different island, same...umm..shirt.
The big plus for the cruise was that we got a free upgrade for the first time in all our years of cruising. We could hang out in the cabin, and not be bothered by all the school kids on board. Royal Caribbean has a program called Adventure Ocean, designed to keep the kids busy, especially on those days at sea. The group for babies includes the parents, and there is a Kids Club for 3 - 11 year olds. The trouble comes with the teens, because they are old enough to check themselves out of the club when they get bored. And they do love hanging out together...especially in the elevators...pushing all the buttons...sitting on the floor. They weren't really being bad, but there were a lot of them, everywhere. And some parents gave their kids a lot of latitude with a separate cabin for the kids. And even with the ship's curfew for people under 18, the kids may have been out of sight, but not necessarily under parental supervision late at night.
Hence the 2 AM announcement from the bridge (broadcast in all staterooms), "Will Shelby (last-name) please dial guest services by pressing zero from any phone." Then repeated at 3 AM.
And, alas, it was not just the kids. The woman in the cabin next door came in at 2 AM another night and "discovered" that her cellphone worked at sea, and talked loudly until 5 AM. She will get her due when she sees her bill, $4.95 per minute for international roaming using the ship's satellite.
But we had fun. We met a lot of nice people, and had a tour of the bridge and the galley.
We'll do it again next month on another ship.