The ultimate family cruising prize?

There are nice competition prizes and then there are WOW competition prizes. And one very very lucky family is about to win the latter in Royal Caribbean’s search for its own ‘Royal Family’.

The cruise line is looking for one family who have never cruised before to become the official International Ambassadors for the brand during 2014. And if that doesn’t sound exciting, that includes a week’s holiday in the Caribbean on board Oasis of the Seas and attending the launch of the newest ship Quantum of the Seas next autumn. child-play-pool-water-ship

This will be the first of the new Quantum class ships, the second largest in Royal Caribbean’s fleet (having been on the largest, Allure of the Seas, they are incredible) which will have Ripcord by iFly skydiving, and a fantastic 360 degree viewing pod.

There’s also a family day onboard Independence of the Seas in summer 2014 – you can read about my visit here.

To be in with a chance to win, go to www.facebook.com/royalcaribbeanuk and in 150 words or less, explain why you think you should be considered, along with a picture of your family.

Entry closes on October 13, with three finalists and their families invited on board Independence of the Seas for the day to film their experiences. The finalist will be voted on by the cruise lines Facebook fans and a panel of experts, including several mum bloggers and Sally Gunnell.

sally-gunnell-royal-caribbean-cruiseIf you’re still not convinced, I spoke to the former Olympic champion about why she thinks cruises are perfect for families.

What would you say to people who think cruises are just for pensioners?
How wrong! Even just looking at the ships it’s clear that they are completely designed for families with so much to do from toddlers to teens, delicious food, spa facilities and excursions. I’d encourage anyone to get put their reservations aside and give it a try! The best thing for me about cruising is the variety that it offers.

So what’s the best thing for families?
My boys ages range between eight and 15 and they are all equally happy on board. As a mum, it’s great that they can be so independent and go off to the different clubs but at the same time know that they are safe. They absolutely love cruising and can’t wait for the next one; the Flowrider is a definite favourite!

We’re actually going on a Caribbean cruise at Christmas to escape the cold British winter! All the activities available really suit our lifestyle – snorkelling, swimming with dolphins and exploring the islands.

What’s your top tip for travelling with kids?
When the boys were little I used wrap up games as presents and give them to them at different times throughout the journey so they were always entertained. A pack of cards is also a great way to pass the time!

But don’t try to plan too much in a day, it’s easy to forget how tired kids can get and it’s important to make sure everyone has some down time.

What’s your favourite travel destination so far?
That’s a tough one but I think it’s got to be Florence. It’s a small city so really easy to explore, we loved all the history and incredible architecture as well relaxing in a square with a glass of wine, eating delicious Italian food.


Images courtesy of Royal Caribbean