Can you believe how crazy big this boat is?!? This cruise ship is the largest on the ocean...it carries 6,000 passengers and 2,200 crew! We were so excited when we booked this vacation back in January...however 5 days later (after the down payment, hotels and flights were booked) I found out we were expecting. YIKES!!! That didn't stop us from having a fabulous time though. I was restricted in some sense about what I could and couldn't do...no zip lining, surfing or drinking for me...bummer. But, lots of family came along and we were looking forward to a great time.
We traveled on this cruise with Todd's parents, Aunt and Uncle and cousins. Allie was the only little person there...but that didn't stop her from being the center of attention and having a blast!
We set sail out of Fort Lauderdale. Here is our traditional Bon Voyage drink as we left Florida...no alcohol, of course. Allie was really digg'n my drink.
This ship had EVERYTHING! Zip-lining, surfing, shows, tons of kids activities...FOOD!
Allie's favorite place had to be the Boardwalk. There was a carousel, a candy shop, play cars and buses, Pets at Sea (like Build-A-Bear), Johnny Rockets, a doughnut shop (Todd's favorite) and a water theater to watch shows at. Allie loved to watch the shows we went to. When I asked Allie what her favorite part of the cruise was..."the carousel" was her answer. She rode the carousel at LEAST 3 times a day. I'm pretty sure that by the end of the cruise she rode on every animal at least one time.
Auntie Ellen and Nana took Allie to the stuffed animal shop, Pets at Sea, where she got to pick out her very own animal and have it stuffed! After a lot of looking and decision making, Allie decided on a Kangaroo (which we now call "Roo"). Thanks Auntie for Roo and Nana for Roo's hat. Allie just loves her Roo and she hangs out in Allie's bed at home now.
Another favorite place of Allie's was the H20 Zone (aka: kid's pool). The water was about 6 inches deep with lots of fountains and squirt guns. Allie loved to fill up her buckets and play in the water. Todd did most of the playing with Allie while I tried to soak up some vitamin D. Allie loves the water now and became pretty brave on the boat. She would jump to Todd over and over again in the pool...no fear!
As I sat by the side of pool with Allie while she was warming up one day (she would swim until her lips turned blue and then some), she gave my belly a little kiss and hug. She is so loving and every once and while she will just come out of the blue and say something sweet about her little brother, soon to make his was into the world. Luckily, Todd was near the camera and I motioned for him to take a quick shot. One of my favorite photos from the trip.
Having a blast being thrown up in the air! Allie just loved playing with Todd. He was much more fun that I was. However, Allie enjoyed laying around the pool deck too in the kid-sized lounge chairs. I enjoyed laying around with my frosty beverage. Although, most of the time Allie drank half of it.
More favorites on the ship were the ice cream machine. It took us a few days to find it, but after we did we made sure to visit it daily...sometimes twice a day.
Up on the sports deck Allie tried her hand at putt-putt...this was her first time playing. Todd tried to show her how to hit the ball. She did pretty well. We made it through a total of TWO holes and then Allie had had enough. She had a better time climbing and playing on the animals on the practice course.
Aboard ship were a few furry friends from some familiar movies. Allie didn't really know who they were, but that didn't stop her from wanting to visit with them and have her photo taken. She absolutely LOVED Kitty (Puss in Boots) and Shrek and Fiona. One morning we went to breakfast and Shrek was there! Allie didn't really eat a thing, but was so excited to meet Shrek, Fiona, and Kitty (Puss).
A couple days on board Allie could ride some Powerwheels! This was her first experience riding on them. It didn't take her long at all to figure out how to work the cars. The PINK Jeep was definitely her favorite. She was an excellent driver. We couldn't really say that for all the kids there. Todd spent the whole time pushing Allie and the other kids' cars away from one another, along with the other Dads. It was hysterical! Beep, beep!
Every night before dinner we met up with the family for a quick drink in one of the bars. A cruise ship is probably one of the only places you can take toddlers into a bar. Allie usually enjoyed whatever drink I got (because it was something frosty, blended and yummy...and virgin!) Allie was very well behaved at dinner...and some dinners lasted a LONG time!
|All dressed up before dinner|
|The whole gang|
Back in our room we found a couple friends on occasion. Allie liked to see what little creature was awaiting her before bed. Our room connected with Nana and Papa's room...Allie liked spending more time with them than she did us! After the first day, we had to teach her how to knock on the adjoining door...instead of just barging in! Sorry, Nana and Papa if our little friend overstayed her welcome at any time. She really did like reading with Nana before bed.
Our ship stopped at 3 ports...Labadee, Haiti, Falmouth, Jamaica, and Cozumel, Mexico. This was the exact same cruise Todd and I took for our honeymoon. 12 years later we did it all over again on a bigger ship with our little friend.
Although this cruise was exhausting for me (I took a nap just about every day when Allie did) and HOT! ...we will always remember our spunky 2 year old on this massive ship. I'm not sure if she'll remember the great time we had, but I will always cherish these vacations with our family...and look forward to the next ones!