Is a Disney Cruise in our future?
I'm going to work like hell to make sure Brooke & I take a cruise in 2011. That will be the last year she will not be in school, and I want to take it in as much as possible.
Today I spent a good 6 hours looking for blogs about single parent cruising, and to be honest, I found very little. Sure, I found articles saying how great it was, and how much fun kids can have (not to mention myself). But I didn't find any REAL good information on single parent cruising.
I am afraid of cruising as a single mom with a child alone. Everything I read about safety and things like that don't concern me. It sounds like Disney keeps their cruises pretty safe for the kids (as safe as a kid can be anywhere that is), so I don't worry about that part. I worry about myself...how much fun can cruising alone with a child can be?
Sure you can send your child to the clubs and enjoy some "me" time, but come on...I can only spend so much "me" time alone! I am afraid of how lonely I will get! I tend to get quite shy around people I don't know, it is the self esteem part of me...so I will sit on the deck, swim, go the <gasp> bar and sit there alone, even though I yearn to go to the dance club, and get my boogie on (boy does that age me!)...I'll probably sit in the sports bar, because that is just where it is easier to be when you are alone. Who wants to watch a bunch of couples dancing together, while you are there alone?(this is all while Brooke is in the club of course).
I plan to spend significant amount of time with her, but a couple of hours a day could do myself some good. I could go work out(ugh!), sit on the deck, swim, go to the bar, take whatever little class they offer...but that is just not so much fun alone.
I really don't have many friends that I know who would go on a cruise with me, but I hope that in the next few months, I will meet some...
But...I am bound and determined to make this trip happen. Even if I go and spend all my me time in the stateroom...it will still be me time. No worrying about cleaning up, making the bed, cooking dinner, etc...It will be relaxing I hope.
On the other hand, I hope to treat my daughter to the vacation of a lifetime. To see her lightup when she sees the characters, dance at the parties on deck, do all the fun things that kids do in the club...that, alone would be worth the trip.