#NerdsOnAShip: Setting Sail with Royal Caribbean

*Disclosure: I will be travelling with my son on assignment with Royal Caribbean and all related costs have been covered. All opinions (and fears, hopes, worries, you name it) are honest and my own.

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Friday morning, 6yo Eli and I are heading off into the wild blue yonder for a fabulous 10-day adventure.

First stop: Orlando, where we’ll be staying at the lovely Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando. You may recall that my four older kids and I stayed there for our Family Forward retreat in August. I am so excited about going back! I’m also very excited to be taking Eli to the Universal Studios Resort for the first time.

loews royal pacific resort

You may be tempted to think Universal Studios Resort is mostly for “big” kids, but I know Eli is going to love the rides and areas featuring Minions, Curious George, Dr Seuss, and more.

Universal Orlando for kids

After two nights in Orlando, Eli and I will spend the next 7 nights on an Eastern Caribbean cruise with Royal Caribbean aboard the newly enhanced Freedom of the Seas. WHO takes their 6yo on a cruise?! Apparently this lady!

Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas

I have never been on a cruise before – and frankly, have never really considered it – so this is taking me waaaaaaay out of my comfort zone. I have stayed awake at night thinking about what I’ll eat, what I’ll wear, if I’ll get seasick, how I’ll handle being “off the grid,” visiting the ports of call, and so on and so on. And then I’ve stayed up even longer worrying over all those things in relation to Eli.

I have been assured by many people whom I trust implicitly that cruising is the best form of travel on the planet. Many loving friends and family are ecstatic about this opportunity for me and are eager to follow along. I am buoyed by their enthusiasm and am approaching this trip from an attitude of “YES!”

For the 10 days of this trip, at every chance I get to experience something new, I am going to say “YES!” (as long as it’s legal and relatively safe). I may be afraid, I may look like a fool, but I’m going to go for it. There may be photographic evidence – in fact, I’m betting on it. But I’m going to make the most of this blessed opportunity, and hopefully teach my son a little something about seizing the day.

If you’d like to follow along, I will be posting photos and updates every chance I get. Internet is being provided by Royal Caribbean (THANK YOU!), though I understand connection can be spotty. Your best chances to find me will be on Instagram – username staceynerdin – or on Twitter – @StaceyNerdin. I’ll be tagging our photos and updates with #NerdsOnAShip, because…well…we are. I will post on the blog and Facebook when I can.

Bon voyage, arrivederci, sayonara, and all that!

Incidentally…have you ever been on a cruise before? Do you have any tips for a first-timer? Or would you just like to lend your voice to the encouraging choir of cruise lovers who have been telling me this will be the best time of life? I’ll take it all!