I’m looking ahead to Christmas travel to Europe this year and seriously considering a ship over a plane.
Little Augustine (who’s running circles around me and starting to put sentences together) has reached the age in which flying is no longer ideal. I’m thankful for the three superb trips we had to Europe together by air, but the fourth one last month did not go as well…at least that’s what my wife tells me. Benadryl made him more active, not less. We are hoping for “Terrific Twos” not “Terrible Twos” at my house, but it never hurts to prepare for the worst. The little rascal is restless and has a lot of trouble sitting still. He’s hardly unique in that respect. We can keep him quiet for a half hour, but a 10-hour flight is a totally different matter.
I’ve never actually even stepped foot onto a cruise ship before. The thought of a cruise intrigues me, though I’m not sure where to start. I do understand that cruise lines vary in quality just like airlines do. I’m not looking for an Allegiant or Spirit Airlines-like experience. At the same time, I don’t need Singapore Suites or an Etihad Residence. No stops in Iceland or the Azores are necessary. I just want to get across the Atlantic as fast as I can.
Then again, if we have to depart from the East Coast, that means we’ll need two flights, not just one. Five hours from Los Angeles to New York or Baltimore, then the cruise, then another hour from England or Ireland to Germany. Maybe this is not a such a great idea after all…
For parents with young children, have you ever opted to take a boat over a plane to Europe? I’m hoping this is just a very short 1-2 year period in young Augustine’s life, but I’m not looking to practice my child discipline on a plane full of people at 40,000 feet.
Perhaps we should just stay home this Christmas…