Friday, August 31, 2012

Norwegian Dawn

Friday, August 24, we arrived at the Boston Cruiseport with luggage and Allie in tow.  We were about to take a week long ocean adventure aboard the Norwegian Dawn....Allie's first cruise across the Atlantic to the island of Bermuda.

Cruise Itinerary...

Friday, Day 1 - Leave Boston
Saturday, Day 2 - Sea Day
Sunday, Day 3 - Arrive in Bermuda
Monday, Day 4 - Bermuda
Tuesday, Day 5 - Leave Bermuda
Wednesday, Day 6 - Sea Day
Thursday, Day 7 - Sea Day
Friday, Day 8 - Arrive in Boston
 



When I found out we were going on this cruise...I was very excited!  Todd and I have been on a number of cruises...but this would be a totally different experience with Allie tagging along.  There would be no late nights out drinking and dancing...then getting pizza at 1:00 am or later.  Our meals would not be allowed to drag on for over an hour or two.  We would still need to adhere to Allie's napping schedule and bedtime somewhat.  Even with all of those stipulations...I was still thrilled to go and have this experience with her and Todd.  I know she won't remember anything about it...but hopefully the photos that were taken and the stories that are told will help her recall a little bit of her first time cruising. 



Before leaving port, we had to participate in the usual muster drill.  Allie didn't complain one bit when I made her try on her life jacket.  How cute is she?  Then it was time to say bye to Boston...BON VOYAGE!  It was a little windy way up on Deck 13 when we waved to all the onlookers ashore.


Bon Voyage!!!  Bye, bye Boston!

We had a bit of a rough start.  By the time we got on the ship, had lunch, and was settled in our room it was way past Allie's nap time.  She didn't sleep long and was a tad cranky.  Day 2 Hurricane Isaac created lots of waves and Todd and I were feeling pretty sea sick.  I'm hardly every effected by the movement of the ship, but that day....OY!  Allie didn't seemed to notice at all except when she walked down the hallway and kept going from one side to the other and tripping over her own feet.  Luckily by mid-afternoon the storm dissipated and the rest of the week was BEAUTIFUL...we really lucked out on the weather!

We spent our mornings at sea at the pool.  We managed to sneak Allie into the adult pool here and there until we got kicked out...but not until our last day...thankfully.  Allie had fun playing with her toys, going down the slide, splashing the water, and just laying out in the warm sun with me.





 


Allie got quite the tan on our trip and probably gained a few pounds too.  At lunch (and dinner...and snack before bed) Allie would usually eat an ice cream cone and a cookie for dessert.  Ice cream ended up on her hands and clothes a whole lot more than it ended up in her mouth. It's hard to eat ice cream neatly in 90 degrees!
 
Cooooookie!  ...or "tookie"
 
Enjoying an ice cream by the pool
 
 
Being in the sun all morning pretty much tired EVERYONE out and when Allie napped, Todd and I usually napped as well.  I sure am going to miss those afternoon snoozes when I head back to work.  We spent our afternoons exploring the ship and playing in the Under 2 Zoo which contained lots of toys for Allie to play with...and some friends as well.  We had a room with a balcony and Allie spent some time relaxing out there with a good book.
 
It was hard to keep up with Allie on the ship.  She wanted to walk by herself EVERYWHERE...push the buttons on the elevator by herself...and go where she wanted to go (not necessarily where we were supposed to be going).  Allie was little Miss Independent.  Allie received so many compliment about how cute she was...she was little Miss Norwegian Dawn.
 






 
 
 
We ate dinner in one of the two main dining rooms almost every night on board.  Allie behaved pretty well on MOST nights.  After a couple meals, Todd and I learned a few things about having dinner on a cruise with an almost 2 year old. 
 
1. Starve Allie before dinner so she is hungry and willing to sit in her high chair and eat her dinner. 
2. Do not mention the show until everyone is done eating their dinner...otherwise, that is all Allie will talk (whine) about the ENTIRE MEAL. 
3. Bring the iPad as a last resort just to keep her attention so we can make it through dessert (we actually only had to pull it out one time during dinner).
 
The food was excellent and we were ALL very pleased with our meal choices for dinner.  I especially liked dessert...I made sure to order two desserts at every dinner...I am on vacation after all!
 
All dressed up and ready for dinner.
 
 

Allie enjoying her FAVORITE meal for dinner..."hotdee" (hot dog), fries with "ketchee" (ketchup), and "mash potatees." 
Allie gobbled up her fries and mashed potatoes at every dinner. 

Our last dinner aboard the Dawn...notice Allie's fries and mashed potatoes


After dinner we always made time for a little dancing.  Allie is quite the dancer these days and will bust a move the minute she hears a beat.  It didn't matter if we were in the lounge or up on the pool deck...if music was on...Allie was dancing.  She received so many compliments about what a great dancer she was...and of course how cute she was too.



FINALLY!  Another of Allie's favorites...THE SHOW!!!  All three of us went to the show (or attempted to) every evening.  Allie LOVED the show.  She was very attentive when there was a lot of dancing, singing, and lights.  She usually sat happily on the steps with Todd or I (in the back) and clapped when everyone else did...and danced when the music was upbeat.  There was only one show that she wasn't quite interested in throughout our 7-day voyage.  (That's pretty good!)  Todd and I were happy we got to watch the performances every night.

 
 
The show was ALWAYS followed by trip up to the buffet for Allie's bedtime snack.  She usually snacked on grapes, fries...and ice cream (again). 
 

 
 
At the end of the day, a little surprise usually awaited for Allie back in our room.  She looked forward to seeing what new animal would be sleeping with her each night. 

 
Elephant!

Dog!

Penguin!

Cow!

Mouse!  ...and a goodbye note from Mike (our room attendant)


Allie didn't get seasick and didn't fall overboard....a successful cruise in my opinion!   I had the best time and this was the perfect way to wrap up the summer...however, coming home to lots of laundry and ba-zillion work emails is very overwhelming.  I would rather be floating in the 90 degree sunny Atlantic Ocean, or sipping my Rum Swizzle on the pink sandy beaches of Bermuda.  Check out our time in Beautiful Bermuda!!!
 
I'll always have these fond memories of our first cruise as a family of three.  I feel so blessed and proud of us for taking this trip with an almost 2-year old, Allie girl! 

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