The first time I sailed on the open water was on a Royal Caribbean cruise around the Mediterranean in 2017 with my family. As soon as I stepped onto the Navigator of the Seas I was mesmerised by the intricate artwork and glistening lights. We were greeted by friendly staff as they whisked our luggage away to our cabin. It’s the perfect opportunity to wander round the ship in awe and discover amazing facilities like the many pools and hot tubs, the kids and teens clubs, the arcade, the fitness suite and so much more.
During my two weeks on board, my brothers and I went rock climbing, swimming, ice skating, and watched Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, all on the ship! There were four of us kids in total; two were younger than ten years old. To be honest, my mum expected us to get bored with such a long time out at sea. This couldn’t have been further from the truth. We absolutely loved it.
And, the reason we loved it so much is because we had activities and things to do constantly at a moment’s notice; we could’ve stayed on the ship the whole time and it still would’ve been amazing. Plus, the ship itself was huge, and the crew on board made sure everyone was having a good time. There was a different movie, show and activity every single night. We got to experience a Queen tribute band and a talent show for people on board.
The food was another story; the buffet was open for every meal, and I found myself eating exotic foods I’d never even heard of before, like dragon fruit! There were also other restaurants on board with dishes from all around the world. We went to a restaurant, where I tried sushi for the first time.
The time off the ship I spent exploring new cities every day; we got to experience the hilarious monkeys and beautiful caves in Gibraltar, the breathtaking architecture designed by Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona, and the entrancing Roman theatre in Cartagena.