Monday, October 14, 2013

Cruise Trip

We had such an awesome time on our cruise to the Bahamas!!  Can't wait till we go on our next one!!  We went with friends of ours and their 3 year old son.   We left Friday afternoon after the kids got home from school.  We drove down to Jacksonville, FL.
 
We had a packed van!

Swampy was entertaining lol

Our hotel had the tiniest bed! 2 double beds for the 5 of us.  Needless to say we didn't get much sleep that night.

 We woke up Saturday morning to head to the ship!!  We are here!

Checking out the window view at Jax Port.

waiting to leave port

My boys being silly

These windows were a popular seat among the kids.

Braden waiting to leave Jacksonville

Caden is checking out the view at Jax Port

Kayla is patiently waiting to leave

 My husband is being silly, he wouldn't let me take a decent picture of him.
 
 
 
Eating dinner in the fancy dining room - he had peanut butter and jelly sandwich

Kayla and Caden eating in the fancy dining room on the 1st night

a blurry shot of our friend's kid.

This was on our bed when we got back to the room for the night.  I think its a dog.
 
The 1st full day was at sea.  I woke up and got a massage at the spa.  That was NICE!  Then afterwards we took the kids to the waterpark area for a couple hours. 
Our friend's poor son was seasick and was up all night throwing up. :(

1st day at sea, playing in the waterpark area.

Kayla on the big slides 
 
Braden on the little slides - he loved this, he played on it for over an hour

Nap time was a must for a cranky 3 year old.

My drink of the day after dropping the kids off at camp carnival for the evening!

2nd night towel animal - I think this one was a hippo

we arrived at Half Moon Cay!!

 
We were on our 2nd day and we were at Half Moon Cay.  We had to get on to a smaller boat since the cruise ship was too big to get close to the island.  Here is a shot of the boat from the smaller ferry boat.

Shot of Half Moon Cay

another shot of the cruise ship

The water was so crystal clear!!  We could swim out about 20 yards and still touch and see all the way to the bottom.  The water was just perfect temperature wise too.

shot of all 3 kids swimming


swimming with Daddy

isn't the water beautiful?!

shot of me and the cruise ship

The family swimming

Caden!

The boys!

My view from the lounge chair - Heaven!!

Kayla playing in the water fountain.  They had a kids water slide area.  That's where the boys spent most of their time playing.

Braden playing in the water
 
There was storm coming in, so we decided to go back to the ship and eat lunch while check on our friend's kid since he was seasick the night before.  Things were better so they were able to go back with us to the island. 
 


The kids with the Half Moon Cay sign.  I didn't take it before because a lot of people were trying to get pictures of it.

This is everybody about 20 yards out swimming


my friends little boy

Bobby and Caden swimming

Bobby, Caden and Seven


Hubby relaxing on the chair

That night we dropped the kids off at camp carnival and Braden came back with this!  Arrg Matey!


He loves camp carnival!  He was crying the 1st 2 times we dropped him off, but then after that he wanted to go with no tears!
 
The 3rd day we were in Nassau!  We were disappointed in this island, there wasn't much to do other than excursions.  We just walked around the town square and did a little shopping (what a rip off!) and went to this little cafĂ© to use their free wifi for a few minutes.  Then we just came back to the ship to eat lunch and relax till we had to leave port at 5.



Shot of the kids in Nassau near the ship


Braden being silly.

They did another face painting in camp carnival - a clown

Kayla with a view of Nassau

Caden with a view of Nassau


Braden with a view of Nassau

A shot of the Atlantis Side of Nassau.  There is a small bridge with just hotel rooms between 2 hotels, it goes for 10k a night!!  CRAZY!

shot of Nassau town square.

When we were there, there was 3 other cruise ships in port.  2 were Carnival and 1 was Royal Caribbean. 

leaving our port slip and a view of Fantasy ship


Leaving Nassau

This was face painting #3 from Tuesday night after we left Nassau - a Tiger


This was on our bed at night 3 - I have no idea what it was lol.
 
The 4th day was a day at sea.  We dropped the kids off that morning to go to camp carnival for a little bit.  We had to pick them up for lunch and here we are in the fancy dining room.  Kayla wasn't feeling good, the water was real rough that day.  Very rocky with storms all around us plus we were going full speed without stabilizers to get back home to Jacksonville.

 
Picked up the kids again from camp carnival after lunch to take them to the Hasbro Game show.  I tried to get Caden to participate but he wasn't having anything to do with it.  Kayla tried to get on the night before, but there was just too many people wanting a chance.  She still didn't feel good and was napping in the room.  Thank goodness for the medicine our friends gave her that worked on their seasick son.

Pirate Caden

Bunny Braden

This was our last night - we got a Gorilla. 
The kids loved seeing what kind of towel animal we were going to get.

This was on some random door as we were coming back to the room from a late night snack.  I had to get a picture of it lol

another random picture.... really!? they needed that many boxes of lucky charms??

A final shot, the kids were worn out!
 
We had a great time!!  Ate WAY too much and spent a little too much!  But we didn't go over our spending limit so that's good.  I wish the shows were interpreted so I could understand it better.  I had to keep asking Hubby to interpret.



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