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Tit for tat. Birthday on board

So last June hubby booked Disney for my birthday turning 31 because we generally find our birthdays boring especially with having to entertain family that decide to ďpopĒ round so we decided he is going to take me to t-Rex cafe and obviously that meant 3 weeks in Florida.

Just after Christmas he decided (you can see where he generally makes the decision as Iím useless at that) that as we were going away for my birthday it was only fair to go away for his. Hence the tit for tat title.
So we found two deals to go on two separate cruises one to fjords then jump onto another ship at Southampton that day that went down to France and Spain.
Unfortunately as it always goes,you never get problems with money until you really need it, hubbys overtime didnít get paid everyoneís is delayed by a month and as we are moving house (totally not planned and very fast) we couldnít even just pop it on the credit card either as looked better for the mortgage. So we cancelled the fjords cruise and lost deposit (£84&#128546 but still kept the cruise for his birthday.

This was probably a blessing in disguise as I forgot how much moving house would cost. If I hadnít have already paid this one then we would have probably cancelled.
Saying that we are going to have two fantastic holidays abroad this year and a new house so not bad considering. Just very very tight!

Me: Iím 30. Loved the last cruise we went on as it was the only time we went abroad between getting married and now but I get sea sick 🤢. I work part time and Iím mum to two angels (when they want something) Iím the one that tends to organise everything but I am terrible at making decisions, I dither and I worry. A lot. Itís gotten to a point where I donít even order a takeaway anymore cos it takes that long to decide hubby just does it all now. Sure I didnít used to be this indecisive before the kids.

Hubby: Currently 30 but will be 31 whilst on board. Has the final say on most things since I canít make up my mind. Tends to get far more grumpier than me. Loved the last cruise we went on even more than me and has always wanted to go back especially for a certain pudding at Sindhu but they donít do it now 😔 dunno what he was expecting 7 years later really.

Scarlett: She is 4 going on 14. ďOne day I want to go on a big boatĒ and Iím hoping it will be a good experience for her, she is an amazing little writer so she will be writing a little report herself to show her class Iím going to get her a special book and pen. As she is a picky eater then we will mostly staying to buffets anyway so that should be all good. You know I say she is a picky eater but I suppose thatís cos Iím comparing her to rest of us that will eat most things, sheís probably not as picky as others she just doesnít like trying new things as much.

Georgia: She is 3. Sheís the climber and doesnít really have a sense of danger so I am worried about this one near the sides. Iím hoping she doesnít wriggle too much in bed too as sheís on a top bunk with a bed rail. Sheís definitely the joker and her catchphrase at the moment is ďIím doing it for the laughĒ. She is a little bit nuts and I am hoping she will behave and not have too many meltdowns. She likes her food and new things so will be very happy at the buffets.

Bodie - the mutt is going to nanans again for the week.

The Plan

Going with P & O on the Azura for a week.

Cost us £1000 for the week for cheapest inside cabin (kids will be on bunk beds) and includes the food (and drinks such as tea coffee and juice while in the restaurants). We also got £50 cash back.

Have also booked parking for £95.
Do have to buy a dresses for me and the girls and suit for hubby which havenít bought yet 😳 and only two weeks to go.

Love the thought of these trip reports because then Iíll alway know what I spent if itís all written down. Last cruise we went on I canít even remember what that cost us at all. But tips were payable back then. Iím really going to try and make sure to keep to as low as budget as I can do.
May seem strange but will be taking some crisps for the kids to snack on (they like quavers) and some Robinsonís squirty thing for me and there water bottles. Hubby will probably have pop or beer.

The girls first time on a ship hopefully it will be all exciting even though it will be a tiny room. They also know nothing about this holiday. We havenít told them at all. They know about Disney but they have very little concept of time. Georgia keeps saying itís her birthday soon and itís not. Itís near Christmas. But she keeps saying it anyway.
Still sad about the fjords (was definitely gutted when I wrote this, now not so much)

The itinerary

Day 1. Drive down. Board at Southampton
Day 2. Cherbourg. France
Day 3. At sea. Birthday dinner at The Beach Club
Day 4. La CoruŮa. Spain
Day 5. Santander. Spain
Day 6. At sea
Day 7. St. Peter Port. Guernsey
Day 8. Dock at Southampton. Drive home.

We literally have no plan for any docks. We have Ä300 for the first 3 ports and £100 for Guernsey. Credit cards as back up. I think itís just going to be a case of get off the boat and explore. Take in the culture and views that kind of thing. We chose this cruise as it ment hubby was on holiday on his birthday. Should be warm ish. It was a cheap cruise for 4 of us or at least it seems like a good deal to me. Thereís not actually any of these ports I want to visit. Saying that when we went on our last cruise hubby chose it specifically as I had always wanted to go to Rome and Pisa. Turned out that out of the 6 ports we went to on that cruise the worst ones where Rome and Pisa. Some of the other ports that Iíd never heard of were the best. I kinda like catching one of those little trains or open top buses to sightsee and go to a local little cafe and look in random shops.

Iím hoping this will be a nice easy relaxing holiday. The kids have said they may try the kids club which sounds amazing (movies and popcorn I wanna stay in there!) They said that as they caught us lookeing on YouTube at boats so had to fib that ďnananĒ might be going on one instead.
That might mean we actually get some couple time, donít think Iíd know what to do with myself without the munchkins.

We may also get a hotel night before in Southampton but not sure on that one yet. Takes us 3hrs 40mins to drive down. But I donít think we have to board until midday. (Update the hotel has gone from £40 to £100 so gonna drive down in the morning instead)

(🧐 am thinking I use brackets waaay too much)

So just clothes left to do.
All travel insurance is paid per month through hubby wages so thatís covering us all year.

Already did passport and suitcases etc last year.

Canít believe we have less than 50 days to go. (Wow itís now only 23 days and this report is still sat in my notes) Saying that Iíve still gotta get though Easter holidays with those two terrors first. Clothes shopping Easter holidays and my kids do not go well together. I may be drinking on this holiday at this rate.

Looking forward to both holidays but finding it a bit difficult to plan as my mind is definitely more on the house.

Hope the kids like cruises as thatís what we are planning for next year in the school holidays.

There isnít internet on board unless I pay £10 a day so assuming I will be typing it all up and adding it on later. Probably be WiFi when we are in port though.

Started to get slightly worried about this cruise as Iím on a cruise forum and there are worrying posts about this particular ship. Also Guernsey is a tender and apparently only has a 50% success rate so might end up on the boat that day.

With two weeks to go I think Iím about set. Bought one dress. Kids clothes are sorted. Just need to print off the passes and pack. Hubby hasnít done anything though so he currently has no suit. Few shirts but thatís it.

Our check in time says 3pm. We are the last ones on the ship. We are also in a cabin middle decks but the very first room at the front opposite a suite. Have heard it may be rough. Really hope Iím not sick 🤢. As they no nothing about it the plan is to say we are going seaside for the day. Iím assuming as it will take about 3.5- 4hours drive so guessing we will set off at 10.30ish.

Total cost so far including euros is £1410. If we have any euros left will just keep them for next years. Wonder how much we will end up spending actually on board hmmm.
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