Friday, July 21, 2017

Private Beach on Jamaica

We paid to go to a private beach owned by the cruise company while in Jamaica. The water was beautiful and the kids wanted to swim all the way to the ropes.

The nice water
Only, Sweet Daughter somehow let the rope touch her back and was bitten by some awful thing.
She spent an hour screaming in pain. After tracking down the lifeguard (asleep behind the lifeguard tower), he gave us some cream to put on it. That didn't help. I took her back to the boat and gave her some anti-inflammatories and a shower. She calmed down about 30 minutes after that. 

While I was taking care of Sweet Daughter, The boys continued to play at the beach. 

Look what I found! 

It's the perfect hat! 

This is happy guy.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Playa Mia boats and beach

Last post about Playa Mia, until we go back next time that is! We really enjoyed this place.

They had many different types of boats to try 

Just peddling around 

She loved being able to steer 

All of us on the beach 

They work hard in the sand while I relax

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Playa Mia pools

There were multiple pools at Playa Mia in addition to the other features I have shown in the last two posts.

Water Slides
This is the first time they were tall enough to do a big water slide by themselves. 

Enjoying the pool 

Trying stunts 

All smiles! 

She loves being thrown in the air

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

More Playa Mia

There is an awesome ocean playground at Playa Mia. We swam out to it and then enjoyed some awesome experiences on the obstacle course.

Ready to swim toward it 

Some teens were helping people cross this particular obstacle.
Here they are helping Sweet Daughter get the trapeze 

Here they are catching Sweet Son and getting him back onto the course 

Another obstacle 

I helped both kids up the egg, then I swam around it because I couldn't get up 

Almost done, seeing how far out we can go before we are dumped into the ocean

There were other obstacles we don't have photos of. It was a circular path with an island in the middle. I fell off more than anyone else. It was fun and challenging. I highly recommend it.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Playa Mia

On one of our stops on the cruise we went to Playa Mia in Cozumel. Here is the splash park that is included in entry.

Pirate ship, many animals, slides, etc. 

Even I enjoyed the tiny slides, haha 

He felt inspired by the pirate ship 

Just hanging out under the tree, hoping the clouds don't get us wet, hah!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Formal Night

The only time we all wear formals is for formal night on a cruise. Obviously we end up with a lot of photos from such an exciting event!

Before dinner family photo 

After dinner mocktails 

This photo sums up his personality so well 

We are a perfectly normal family 

Look I have a fancy hairstyle!
(Ok, technically it is just a strong wind, but doesn't it look fancy?) 

Rockin Out 

Cute towel animals to end the night

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Splash Park on a Cruise

One of the great things about this ship is it not only has multiple pools and hot tubs, but an entire splash park for the kids. We spent many hours here over the course of the week.

Viewing it from one side 

The other side included multiple pools
There were two supervised kids slides in addition to the typical splash park features 

Both kids are in this photo. 
They are both under the giant bucket being dumped directly on them.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Parade on a Cruise

One evening there was a parade down the central promenade. It was full of exciting music, characters, and dancing. We all enjoyed it.

Knights on horseback 

Kung Fu Panda 

Alex the Lion 

Shrek and Fiona

There were many other characters, but at some point we put the camera down and enjoyed ourselves.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Characters on board

There are characters on board and though our kids didn't have a clue who any of them were, they loved getting to greet them!

It's a giant panda bear! (Kung Fu Panda) 

They thought this was hilarious - his legs disappeared 

(They know him from toys in kids meals.) 

He was extra excited and wanted another picture. 

Puss in Boots!
(The kids were playing with friends.) 

Gloria the Hippo

Friday, July 7, 2017

Around the cruise ship

On giant ships there is so much to explore. There are activities for every member of the family individually and together. There are hidden gems around many corners and little touches that can go unnoticed.

Sculptures are hidden tucked away in corners
This one is on the central promenade

We were on the ship for days before we realized the elevators told us the day 
(The kids were going to celebrate pajama day in the kids club.)

Ice skating show, on a cruise ship 

Inside the ship 

See the big red dog in the middle? Our kids are next to it for size 

How could you not be excited to eat at this buffet?