We recently returned from our first cruise going with people we know (it had only been DH and I in the past). We went with the in-laws, and I thought it would be a wonderful vacation for all, however it did not go like I had imagined.
I thought we would all do something different throughout the day, whatever we enjoyed and just meet up for meals and maybe a few shows. However, the in-laws barely left our side, always asking what was next. They played countless games of trivia, corn hole, and putt-putt with us and would complain of not having time for a nap. DH and I are active people and hardly ever take naps (that is not my idea of a vacation). The only thing they did without us was the cooking demonstration, everything else was done together.
I am a planner and had all my excursions booked way in advance and sent the in-laws what we were planning to do and asked them if they would like to join us. They chose 1 of the 4 excursions we had planned. However, once on-board, they decided they would rather follow us around, so here we were scrambling to get them added to our excursions at the last minute. One was full, and it devastated my MIL. Even while shopping in port, they never ventured very far from us.
So I guess with all that, how do you manage cruising with others? We have another cruise booked with them and I do not want it to go the same.
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