Meet the Henderson family: Kim and James, and their sons Nicholas and Nathaniel.
Kim and James had never been on a ship and Kim worried that a cruise ship may not be able to handle her two active boys - who do scouts, karate and soccer.
The family had done a fair bit of travelling, both overseas and around Australia, “but most of our recent holidays are camping holidays,” says Kim. “We love to go camping a lot. Gives the kids space to run around.”
“We’ve actually been talking about going on a cruise for five years, and have been trying to get the nerve up to do it. We’ve got boys and they are quite active children. We’re worried that there wouldn’t be enough for our family to do on a cruise... Or that the children would be bothering the other passengers,” she adds.
Dad was also a bit worried about the motion in the ocean:
“I was prone to motion sickness many years ago and that is what has kept me away. My mum, she has been on a few cruises and says you don’t feel anything, it’s such a large ship.”
The boys, however, seemed pretty excited about the prospect:
“I’ve never been on a boat that huge before and I’ve never been on a boat that has a pool in it!” Nicolas says.
And mum and dad did see some positives of life at sea:
“I’m interested in going to see some of the shows... And my mother in law told me you can eat at any time, day or night! That’s not bad really,” says James.
“If you want pizza at midnight you can go and get it!” says Kim.
Congratulations to the Hendersons for winning the cruise holiday experience with us!
Be sure to check back here on our blog to see how the Hendersons and all our landlubbers went.