Three (Plus One) Go Cruising

October 21, 2013

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Did you notice that we’d been gone for a little while? OK, maybe don’t answer that question.

The babies and I (and my mum), we took a little holiday. A holiday like no other we’d ever been on before. Yep, we went on a Cruise!

Let me backtrack a little bit. I was perusing NetMums one evening (pre-sex beaker) when I came across a thread looking for parent bloggers who might be interested in reviewing a P&O cruise on their blog. A no brainer, right? So I left my details and thought no more about it until I had an email asking me if I wanted to go on a cruise with my children. In a week and a half.



And so we prepared to go cruising. Found the kids passports (harder than you’d think, they were ‘somewhere safe’), threw enough clothes in a suitcase to see us from Southampton to Monte Carlo and off we went.

I was both excited and nervous as the extent of my knowledge on boats starts at passing my RSA Sailing Level One when I was 12 and ends with the film Titanic. Pulling up next to our home for the next week, the Ventura, at Southampton’s Ocean Terminal on 11th October was literally awe-inspiring. It was MASSIVE. Massive.


We boarded in a process that involved lots more security checks than I expected but was much quicker than I anticipated and off we sailed into the sunset. Well, kind of. It was drizzly old England after all so there was no sunset to speak of and we had to wait for the rest of the passengers to embark before we set sail. So we sat by the pool, had a spot of lunch overlooking the port one side and one of Ventura’s pools on the other and had a pre-holiday glass of wine. My blogging friend Steph was on the trip too so we said hello and let our kids have a bit of a play.

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Needless to say we had an absolutely wonderful few days on board mv Ventura. Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be bringing you tales of all our adventures at sea, so stick with me to find out all you have ever wanted to know about taking your family on a holiday on the sea. In the meantime I’d like to say a huge big thank-you to the wonderful people at P&O for sending us on a holiday of a lifetime. I kind of feel like I owe them a kidney or my firstborn child, but since I am fairly attached to both those things I’ll have to offer them my eternal gratitude in the form of blog posts instead.

P&O sent us away for a complimentary week on Ventura but as always I’ll be writing about experiences completely truthfully. 

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  • Reply Kim Carberry October 21, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Oh wow! How exciting!! Can’t wait to read more about your trip x

  • Reply Steph (@imcountingufoz) October 21, 2013 at 11:07 am

    I miss it! I keep idling browsing the website looking for more cruises to go on! I definitely want to see that couple’s rendition of Africa again. Too too epic!

    I also felt like we had a right girly holiday :) xx

  • Reply Children’s Clubs on Ventura | I'm Counting UFOs October 21, 2013 at 11:10 am

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  • Reply Karin @ Cafe Bebe October 21, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Delightful! Looking forward to reading more about your adventures. Love seeing Hux standing on the balcony! You and your gorgeous two are the perfect ambassadors for P&O!
    :) Karin xx

    • Reply alice October 22, 2013 at 11:02 am

      Ahh thanks Karin! I’m going to go back and read all about your cruise, too. Have got the cruise bug! x

  • Reply pinkody October 21, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Oh what a lucky lady and I am gathering from the big smiley pics it was amazing. Can’t wait to hear more about it.

    • Reply alice October 22, 2013 at 11:06 am

      It was wonderful, am having a great time re-living all the memories as I’m writing about it! x

  • Reply susanna October 21, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Wow, that sounds like fun! I’ve never been on a cruise, so I think I need to try one. x

    • Reply alice October 22, 2013 at 11:07 am

      It was fantastic – and the kids loved it. Recommended! x

  • Reply Mari October 21, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    How fantastic! What a brilliant experience. We’ve been shortlisted for a similar opportunity with Royal Caribbean and with a bit of luck we may also get to try a cruise some day soon, it’s a dream of mine so keeping all my fingers and toes crossed.
    Looking forward to hearing more about your trip

    • Reply alice October 22, 2013 at 11:09 am

      I’ll be voting for you Mari! x

  • Reply Trish October 21, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    What a treat for you! We’ve only been cruising once before but loved it. Every day was exciting, arriving at new destinations without having to unpack.
    Glad you kept your kidney ;-)

    • Reply alice October 22, 2013 at 11:15 am

      I kept my kidney but there was so many lovely cocktails on board I nearly lost my liver ;) x

  • Reply Carolin October 21, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    I can’t wait to hear more about your cruise adventure. Your Instagram certainly gave the impression that you had a lot of fun :)

    • Reply alice October 22, 2013 at 11:16 am

      We really did and re-living the memories by writing about them is pretty brilliant! x

  • Reply kate October 22, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Eeekkk, enough with your sponsored/giveaway/gifted posts of late. Too many!

    • Reply alice October 22, 2013 at 10:09 am

      Sorry you feel that way Kate, feel free to skip over these posts if you like! A complimentary cruise was too good to turn down. You can check out my sponsored/gifted post disclosure here:

      • Reply kate October 22, 2013 at 11:44 am

        Hi – I do realise you have a disclosure policy (which is great) I was just commenting on the number of them recently….in my opinion a lot. I mean, another one just popped up in my news feed about eco/LG something a rather.

        And whilst I agree with skipping over them – you don’t realise they are sponsored/gifted until you actually click onto the entry and down the bottom see the disclosure and while this really only takes a couple of seconds, it annoys me.

        Anyway, totally get it is my choice to read the blog or not ;)

  • Reply Richmond Mummy October 30, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Lucky you! Sounds amazing and thoroughly deserved after the trials and tribulations of this year, good for you! Enjoying reading about your adventures xx

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