Posted March 13th, 2009, 07:18 AM
I am a single mom (age 51) traveling alone with son (age 11). Booking MV Explorer with Enrichment voyages. We are aware there will not be any other children on this trip, OK with that. Never on a cruise before, Anything I should know? Do I need to worry constantly that he is going to fall overboard? Are cabins provided with same basics as hotel rooms? (ie hair dryer, iron?) How likely is motion sickness? We have lower deck inside cabin. Hoping to take advantage of the many "field trips" as we are going for the cultural experience. Any comments on those?
I haven't been on the ship that you just booked but I did survive a trip around the world with the same program (Semester at Sea). The ship is casual, no casino, a large library, and the emphasis is on education (and not partying - although some students may disagree with me). The Enrichment voyages attract people that are more interested in education, culture, history, etc.
No need to worry that he'll fall overboard. Just don't let him dangle off the balcony!
There are no irons in the cabins (fire is the biggest threat on a ship). But, laundry services will probably be available. There might be hair dryers but I'm not sure. There will be soap/shampoo/towels, etc. And, cabin stewards will straighten your cabin/change towels/sheets daily. There is also a gift shop where you can pick up sundries.
Have you been told that there are no other children also booked? I would think that other families would also be interested in this type of voyage.
Weather is always unpredictable. But, as someone who can get easily carsick, I was never once sea sick. Your cabin is on the lower decks so there will be less motion. Just be sure to pack ginger pills (or candy) and possibly bonine. (Dramamine can make you sleepy - but will probably be available onboard at the medical clinic).
One thing I've learned over the past years - put all the clothing you think you need out on the bed - then take away half. Overpacking is the norm!
Your son is so lucky to have such an experience! I wish I could have started when I was 10!
Enjoy!! You will addicted to sailing for the rest of your life!