One thing my husband and I noticed is how both of the featured families were on the go constantly. Now, we understand that these Travel Channel specials are basically infomercials for the cruise line, so of course they're going to show all the great things available for people of all ages.
And then there are people like us. Our excursions consist of hiring a cab at the port and taking us into town, and that's if we decide to get off the ship. We haven't done a pre-planned, excursion heavy cruise since our first one. We have been to Nachi Cocum in Cozumel twice, and that was booked online in advance. We like to go to trivia. I like to sit by the pool with my kindle, have a few drinks and people watch. I played bingo for the very first time on our last cruise on Carnival, and that was because we were literally sailing in a hurricane and it was too windy to enjoyably sit by the pool.
And it's not like we don't do things; we're just not into planning, we just plan as we go. This also includes dinners in specialty restaurants where we've just wandered up on the afternoon of the day we want to eat there and ask if they have anything available for that evening. And they always have. Same goes for massages. I always get an in-port special and have never had to book in advance. I will admit I like to lay in bed at night with my highlighter and go over the activities for the next day, but we typically don't schedule things.
Mariner of the Seas 2006 (Eastern Caribbean)
Mariner of the Seas 2007 (Western Caribbean)
Mariner of the Seas 2008 (Eastern Caribbean)
Mariner of the Seas 2009 (Mexican Riviera)
Carnival Destiny 2010 (Key West & Cozumel Girls' Cruise!)
Carnival Dream 2010 (Western)
Carnival Dream 2012 (Hurricane Sandy!!)
Freedom of the Seas B2B 2014
Brilliance of the Seas 2015
Liberty of the Seas 2015
Freedom of the Seas B2B 2015
Celebrity Constellation 2016
Harmony of the Seas Transatlantic 2016 (Barcelona to Ft. Lauderdale)
Celebrity Reflection 2017 (Eastern Caribbean)