This Sunday is Mother’s Day in many countries around the world, and it’s a day when families come together to celebrate mom. But in more ways than one, moms are honored all year by their families and loved ones. Many times that celebration comes in the form of travel, and there’s no better way to relax and have some fun with mom than on a Holland America Line cruise.
The reason why cruising with mom, or anyone for that matter, is so much fun is because cruising is easy. Culinary options are endless and the variety is sure to please every palate, entertainment is at your fingertips, you wake up in a new port every day while only unpacking one time and mom is relieved of cleaning duties!
There also are so many activities that there’s something for everyone. Whether is spending time in the spa, relaxing on deck, attending a cooking demonstration in the Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine, taking in a lecture from an acclaimed expert, testing your luck at the casino, watching a movie or learning how to do the cha cha at a “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” dance class, families can stick together or go their separate ways and reunite later to catch up on their day.
We asked our Facebook fans to share their favorite photos and memories of cruising with mom, and some wonderful responses were posted. Happy Mother’s Day to all of the wonderful women out there who play the role of mom, grandma, aunt, sister, friend and anyone in your life worthy of celebrating.
Gary and his family at Half Moon Cay.
Family on the Westerdam this past March celebrating Mom’s birthday and sister’s successful battle with breast cancer this past year. We are big HAL fans. — Gary Johnson
Lois Kalbfleisch recently did a partial Panama Canal cruise on Zuiderdam with her mom.
Lois Kalbfleisch and her mom onboard.
Giulia and her mom in front of the Raffles Hotel in Singapore.
Cruising on the Volendam over Christmas and New Year to Myanmar 2014/2015. — Giulia Elliott-Hall
Wil de Gids and her mom on Ryndam.
“My mother and me on the ms Rijndam, three years ago to Norway. This year she hopes to celebrate her 85 birthday! Love you Mum!” — Wil de Gids
It was my mom’s idea to take our first cruise back in 1978. It was a 14-day Mediterranean. We were fortunate to be able to take 11 cruises together. I’m so glad that we did. She enjoyed them so much and so did I. I miss my cruise buddy! — Marianne Briody
Sandra Farris, third from right, her mom and four sisters on an Alaska cruise.
In 2009 my four sisters and I took our Mom on a cruise to Alaska, her first and only cruise, to celebrate her 90th birthday. That trip means so much to me at this time because she has since passed away. — Sandra Russell Farris
Eric and his mom on their cruise.
Fun when we all cruise as a family. Grandparents, kids and grandkids. And of course our friends too. This is my mom and I when we were all on a New Year’s cruise 2013/14. — Eric Templin
Sharri Scott, her mom and sisters on their girls-only cruise.
My sisters and I took Mom on a girl’s cruise to Alaska in 2010! — Sharri Scott
Heather and her mom Shari on deck during sailaway.
The momma person and I a few years back on our first Holland America cruise! Had a blast! Love the time I get to spend with her! — Heather Stanley
My daughter treated me to a cruise for my 60th birthday. We went from Montreal to Boston and it was such a glorious trip that I am hoping we can once again go off together and do it again! — Christine Vichich Kligman
Rose and her son getting ready to sail.
Mother’s Day 2013. In Seattle, about to board, on the way to Alaska. — Rose Locashio
This picture was taken with my mother on a Holland America cruise in 2008. It was our very first cruise, it was her last, we lost her to cancer 10 months later. What wonderful memories I have of that trip to the Panama Canal. Happy Mothers Day to all you great Mom’s. — Cheryl Caldwell
Cheryl, her mom and family on their first cruise together.
Sharyl and her mom.
My mom and I cruising on the Eurodam in December 2013 sharing a beautiful day at Grand Turk. — Sharyl Jans
Joanne Smart and her mom took Holland America Line’s train on their Alaska cruise.
This weekend, on Mother’s Day, I will be cruising with my mom, my dad and my husband for the first time. I’m excited! — Ellen Houkes-Smit
Guest Elise blogged about her mother-daughter cruise to Norway, and she shared about her Geirangerfjord kayaking adventure.
In Geiranger, my daughter really wanted to do the Kayak Tour on Geirangerfjord. I thought it would be an adventure I so went along … It was fun and a day I am sure we will never forget. — Elise
Mary Schimmelman, Holland America Line’s senior manager of social media, also blogged about sailing with her mom and daughter.
Having the opportunity to share this rare travel experience across three generations still reminds us all what a wonderful gift the gift of travel really is! — Mary
Mary, her mom and daughter in Monaco.
Where would you take your mom if you could book any cruise together? Tell us below! Happy Mother’s Day!