Cruising with teenagers
Well, just an update for those who know us or about us.
We're taking off in November for the second time with two teenagers aboard. Both girls. This time one will be 17 and the other 15; grades 12 and 10. The last time they were in grades 7 and 9 respectively and we cruised the entire 2007-2008 Atlantic cruising season. This time we'll be doing the same.
The main incentive for the upcoming cruise is the insistence of our two girls to do one more extended cruise with us, before they leave and go to university. So for those of you who fear you've left it too late - its NEVER too late, unless you're heading for, or already in, the box (which will happen soon enough ;-( )
Our girls have started their distance ed courses already and have another couple of months to get a good push in. Our trip itinerary will be highly dependent on allowing enough time for them to get work done, so we'll make passages less often and stay longer in places. I'm also working on an academic endeavor which will be well served by such a plan.
On many forums about cruising with children it would seem that there is an ideal age for cruising with children. We've cruised with our children since they were young and have enjoyed every age. The relationship changes but the fun and family experience remains. It might be "too late" when your kids are late teens and they've never sailed, but if they already know how wonderful it is, THEY might force you to go. I wish you all the same luck!