Posted September 13th, 2013, 09:12 PM
My kids don't deal well with big surprises, so we have always told them about and included them in the planning. At age 7, our DS1 was involved with planning excursions, learning about the places we would visit before the trip and was definitely involved in packing
. I do believe he and his younger brother get more out of the trips when they are included in the planning.
I'm sure they wouldn't say no if I woke them up and said we were leaving, but now that they have been on 5 vacations they know what is involved. I could have never done that on the first few trips, as there was a lot of time spent preparing them for airport and cruise security procedures, what the ship cabin would be like and so on.
Anthem of the Seas 2-1-2017 12 day Eastern and Southern Caribbean
NCL Sun 1-1-2011 Eastern Carribean
NCL Star 1-1-2012 Western Caribbean
NCL Jewel 30-12-12 Florida and Bahamas
Disney Dream 14-3-13 Bahamas
NCL Breakaway 9-3-2014 Florida and Bahamas
NCL Gem 22-12-2014 12 day Christmas and New Year's
NCL Pride of America 28-3-2015 with a week in Kona
NCL Star 31-1-2016 Western Caribbean
NCL Breakaway 13-3-2016
Land trips to Italy, Portugal, Spain, Egypt, Colombia, Venezuela, Jamaica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, most of the eastern US and all the Canadian provinces.