Navigator of the Seas Daily Diary – Day 4 in Vigo, Spain

Ahoy there and welcome to day four of our daily updates from Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas as she sails Back to the 80s with Cruiseco.

Two of our editors, Lisa from Travel Loving Family and Claire from Tin Box Traveller, have been invited onboard to experience the this festival at sea with their kids. Claire is bringing you today’s postcard from Vigo in Spain:

There was much excitement about our port day in Vigo as Lisa had visited before and knew a great beach close to the port where we could take the kids. We arrived early afternoon, giving my girls time to go to their new favourite place, Adventure Ocean, while Lisa and her son had a swim.

In the hot tub on the Navigator of the Seas cruisingkids.co.uk

Eating on Navigator of the Seas has been different each day as the ship’s programme has varied.

Some days the Windjammer buffet has been packed, while others it has proved the best place to juggle seating kids and finding them platefuls of food. Lisa has already mentioned that we’re missing having some Daddy backup and this is heightened at meal times in particular. Today Windjammer proved a good option – arriving in Vigo after lunch meant there was no pinch point in the buffet. On other days we’ve found the more formal dining in the Sapphire Dining Room works best as the food comes to us and there’s no losing kids in the crowd.

The weather wasn’t as good as we hoped when we came alongside in Vigo but by the time we left the ship the sun was out.

Ship berthed in VigoWe had a quick wander around the town, buying some souvenirs for the kids, spotting urban dinosaurs and oranges growing in the trees. If you love shopping then Vigo has plenty to visit just a short walk from the ship.

Seeing the sights in Vigo cruisingkids.co.uk

The Beach is on 15€ away by taxi in A Port Day In Vigo cruisingkids.co.uk

Enjoying A Port Day In Vigo cruisingkids.co.uk

A Port Day In Vigo cruisingkids.co.uk

As shopping with three kids aged five and under didn’t appeal much we decided to get a taxi to the beach Lisa recommended. A kind lady in the Tourist Information Office was able to book this for us and it cost 15 Euros each way to Samil Beach. Our driver told us the beach would be packed in the summer months but today we had it practically to ourselves.

After an hour on the sand and with some ice cream to keep the kids going until tea time we caught our taxi back to the ship.

Lisa and I had our hearts set on a bit of hot tub time so fed the kids and took them to Adventure Ocean for some camping fun. That evening they came out chattering about marshmallows, making back packs and going on bear hunts. During this time we had a dip in the tub, watched a sunset sail away from Vigo and caught a few of the late night 80s acts. The Mockingbirds were fab.

The Royal Promenade on the Navigator of the Seas cruisingkids.co.uk

Come back tomorrow to see what we got up to at out last port of call, Lisbon. Here’s what we did on day three in Bilbao.


Cruiseco have no more plans at this time to repeat the Back to the 80’s cruise from the UK however if you are a musical theatre, classical music and/or opera fan take note!  There are still a few cabins left on the Bravo – Cruise of Performing Arts, departing this Saturday, 19th May to 26th May from Southampton onboard Celebrity Silhouette.  Onboard will be 28 performers including Alfie Boe, Katherine Jenkins and the National Symphony Orchestra.  For more information check out – bravocruise.co.uk/2018/  (Other music cruises by Cruiseco which depart from Australia can be found here – cruising.co.uk/).

Even if you can’t get onboard yourself for Bravo fear not!  Our fellow co editor, Sarah from Extraordinary Chaos is going to be onboard with her family reviewing the cruise and sharing highlights with us here on Cruising with Kids so pop back next week to see how she gets on.

Claire Hall

Claire has always had a strong connection to the sea and grew up on the south coast of England, within half an hour of the cruise port of Southampton. Her own cruising adventures began when she was 14 with a school trip around the Eastern Mediterranean. Since then she’s played taxi driver to her parents as they’ve embarked on numerous cruises around the world.

Now with two young children of her own she’s reacquainting herself with family cruising and is loving every minute. Her first family cruise was onboard Carnival Vista in 2016. Claire also writes, Tin Box Traveller, sharing holidays ranging from camping trips to spa breaks with kids, as well as outdoor fun, family days out and travel tips.

Claire now lives in Devon with her husband, two children and sea dog.

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1 Comment

  1. Sal
    May 15, 2018 / 8:47 am

    What special memories to share with your kids. Bet they have been raving about it to their friends at home;)

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