Also on display during the cruise was the strong familial bond of affection and support. If one family member was undergoing any stress, the others rallied round to provide support. This mix of independence and togetherness is a perfect fit for this independent traveler.
Taormina, Sicily, was the only port we experienced as a group. For the whole day, we hired a van that could accommodate all nine of us. It was a fun day, which increased my interest in properly touring all of Sicily by car.
Here we are, all together in Taormina:
Thanks to my research and our excellent driver, we created a tour that avoided most of the tourists and buses . . . but gave us great views and food. We visited the beautiful park and gardens at the Villa Comunale, where we strolled and enjoyed the views with local families, not tourist hordes.
Here are our two members who shared "Best Traveler" prize. At two and seven, they handled time zone changes, jet lag, ship activities, and constant touring better than any of us. Plus, everyone on the cruise adored them . . . something that surely can't be said about the rest of us.
Hiring a van and driver of our own wasn’t cheap, but it was worth it!