Several weeks ago my family of 7 boarded an airplane and traveled across the country to Miami, Florida.
My kids had stars in their eyes, it was the first time they had ever flown.
Once in Miami, we boarded the Carnival Breeze and took a 6 day cruise through the Caribbean. (We did not get a visual on Captain Jack Sparrow, which is understandable considering he must have lived in the 1700’s…or 1800’s…or never).
Not only did we board the cruise ship with our family of 7. Oh, no. Not just that. We hopped aboard with close to 50 members of our extended family wearing bright red t-shirts that said “Have You Seen My Family?” on the front and “There Are 53 Of Us!” on the back. 6 of my husbands siblings, their spouses and children as well as my mom in law and her new husband all came with us. To say we were a spectacle, would be a slight understatement.
The ship had a ton of fun to experience…
…and was super kid friendly. Which was a good thing, considering all of the children be brought along with us. We had kids ranging in age from my boy Mark (almost 18) down to sweet baby Jill who is 6 months.
There was a 5D theater,
and a cool ropes course. Yes, that is the ocean!
My kids loved it.
There was also a sports court, mini-golf and many other fun activities.
We got all dressed up for dinner, my kids got a real kick out of the fancy food. One night during dinner my 8-year-old boy, Nate asked his Dad…”Hey. There is a BONE in my chicken. Am I eating some kind of ANIMAL!?!” I guess we need to talk a little more about the origin of our food around here. Heavy on the boneless/skinless here. 🙂
We stopped in Jamaica, which was super beautiful.
Thinking about wearing one of these to church this week…you know, to support St. Patrick’s Day. 🙂
I haven’t ever seen these at Wal-Mart, you?
My kids and a few cousins working a bargain for some souvenirs.
It really was so beautiful…
and fun to enjoy it with so many of our family members.
We also stopped at The Grand Turk. Look at that beautiful blue water!
We stopped in the Bahamas as well. Did a little shopping with my teens.
Atlantis, though we didn’t venture that far. Just snapped a picture or two from the ship.
All in all, we had such a fantastic time. As many of you know, my oldest boy will be leaving to serve a 2 year mission for our church in a few months. We wanted to get in one last “Hurrah!” before he left.
It was a good choice. If you are considering cruising with your family, I would say DO IT! It’s such a unique and fun way to travel. So happy we had the chance to go.
Have a great weekend, everyone! Hope it’s a good one.