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The fun of family cruising

09/08/2017

There really is something to please everyone on a cruise, says guest Laura Lincoln, who sailed on Britannia with three generations of her family

Guest Laura Lincoln with her family

This was the first cruise for the three generations together

Guest Laura Lincoln and her family are no strangers to cruising. Earlier this year Laura, husband Warren and three-year-old daughter Violet sailed to Bilbao, La Rochelle, La Coruna and St Peter Port on their third family cruise.

 

But for the first time on a family holiday they were also joined by Laura’s parents. ‘When I told my parents that I’d booked the holiday on Britannia, they immediately said they wanted to join us. It was a great opportunity to cruise together for the first time and for Mum and Dad to holiday with their granddaughter,’ says Laura. ‘My parents love cruises and always jump at the chance to get on board. This was their ninth cruise.’

 

Something for everyone

Being seasoned cruisers, the family members knew there was something on board to please them all. ‘A cruise is the perfect holiday for us to all do together. It’s stress-free and there’s something for everyone,’ says Laura.

 

‘In my family, we all have different things we like doing on holiday. Dad likes to wander off and do his own thing and Warren enjoys using the gym facilities and taking part in the organised sports, whereas Mum and I love making the most of the holiday time by having a drink by the pool and reading our books.

 

‘Violet absolutely loves the children’s clubs on board the family-friendly ships. This holiday, we really made the most of the fantastic options available for children on board Britannia. Violet went to the clubs every day and loved the painting, arts and crafts and dressing up. She made lots of little friends, too. The children’s tea at 5pm is also great for a fussy toddler as there is so much choice.’

 

The childcare facilities on board Britannia were a big draw for Laura booking this holiday. ‘We really wanted a holiday where Warren and I could spend some time together, and also relax with my parents, as we just don’t get the chance to do that at home. Knowing that Violet was in safe hands in the children’s club meant this was possible. She could enjoy playing with other children and we had a bit of adult time.’

 

This cruise was also a very special one for Laura and Warren, as they celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary. ‘With Violet safely tucked up in the Night Nursery, we had a special meal in Sindhu to celebrate,’ says Laura. ‘We don’t often get the opportunity to eat out together, so it was really special.’

Guest Laura Lincoln and her husband Warren

Laura and husband Warren celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary on board with a meal at Sindhu

Best of the on-board fun

From taking in Headliners shows to getting involved with hosted talks, making the most of the entertainment on board was also on Laura’s holiday list. ‘When I found out that Food Hero Eric Lanlard was going to be on board our cruise, I was really interested to attend one of his Q&A sessions and hear his baking story,’ says Laura. ‘Mum and I went to the interview Entertainment Manager Neil Oliver did with him in the theatre. It was hilarious, and brilliant fun – the pair worked really well together, and hearing about his background and the people he’s baked for made it even more exciting to sit and eat one of his special cakes in the Market Café.’

 

Exploring in port

For art fan Laura, one of the biggest draws of this particular cruise was the chance to stop off at Bilbao in Spain. ‘The Guggenheim museum in Bilbao is one of my favourite museums. I’ve been before and I’ve always wanted to take my family there.’ Among the largest museums in Spain, the building is often cited as one of the most admired works of contemporary architecture in the world. ‘To top it off we had cracking weather and got to see an Andy Warhol exhibition. So all in all it was a pretty amazing day’, adds Laura.

 

St Peter Port in Guernsey also had a special meaning for the family. ‘My parents had their honeymoon in Guernsey in 1970 and hadn’t been back since. When they saw it on the itinerary, they were excited to go back – it’s a special place for them. Warren, Violet and I had never been, so it was a chance for us to share the lovely memories with my parents.’

 

La Rochelle in France and La Coruna in northern Spain unexpectedly charmed the family. ‘La Rochelle was really lovely. It’s so green. We took a long leisurely walk to explore and get a feel for the city and ended up in a covered market, which was a fantastic end to the day. The buzz of the environment and watching the locals go about their market shopping was great to experience. La Coruna was really good for shopping, which rounded off our trip perfectly,’ says Laura.

 

‘For a holiday, this cruise had everything we wanted – relaxing sea days, good opportunities to sightsee and, of course, the opportunity to shop and sample local life. It ticked a lot of boxes for us. We all had an amazing time and to top it off the weather was fantastic and we all got to do the things we loved.’

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