I had never been on a cruise until last week, and y’all – let me just tell you how much fun I had!! We went on a 5-night cruise to two ports in Mexico with my in-laws, and I am ready to book another!
In the spirit of transparency – I was a little afraid of this boat. I had never been on anything this gigantic – and I wasn’t sure what to expect! But it was honestly a great time. We boarded the boat around 1230, and our rooms weren’t ready until about 3. Luckily, we got seats in the lobby (next to the bar!!), and enjoyed our first drinks on the boat. I do highly recommend buying the drink package – it was expensive, no lie, but it allowed up to 15 drinks a day, and you will definitely get your money’s worth without drinking that amount. The only day we came close to that was the last day at sea.
Once our rooms were ready, we went to check them out! They were on the very back of the boat with a balcony. Gigi and Pawpaw had surprised Sheff with some stateroom decorations and cookies! After getting settled in, we headed up to the lido deck to get some food. They weren’t kidding about all the food on board – we started out with some delicious tacos and Sheff ate some fries. After that, we had to go to our muster stations for the safety briefing. We then checked out the area for Camp Carnival, got a few more beverages and took Sheff to the back of the boat for some pizza for dinner (he legit ate so much pizza on that boat – wonderful perks of having a picky eater). Camp opened at 7pm, so we let Sheff go and play, while we went to dinner in the dining room. We had an amazing server, Zoltan (from Romania), that gave the absolute best drink recommendations. We went and picked Sheff up at 10, and called it a night.
The next morning, I immediately woke up to check outside, and was immediately terrified. Just a bunch of water everywhere. It was beautiful and scary all at the same time. We took Sheff up to the buffet for some breakfast, and then headed back down to the lobby to do a craft. Was supposed to be an elf ornament – turned into a semi-elf thing. Oh! Another fun thing that happened – there were rubber ducks scattered all over the boat, and we found our very first one this morning! It was so fun looking for them the whole trip. We found a total of five! Anyway, Camp opened up at 10, so Sheff went up again – while we went to sea day brunch. It was so good. After brunch, we headed back down to the lobby for Christmas Movie trivia. And we won!! After some pool time, we went back to pick up Sheff and took him to get – what else – pizza!! for lunch. He was pretty cranky, so we decided S needed a nap. We headed back to the stateroom to relax.
When S woke up, we headed up to the lido deck again to go swimming in the big pool. It was still pretty cold, so Sheff and B went into the hot tub, while I wrapped myself in towels and played drink server to Bennett. After S ate dinner, we took him back up to Camp. We went to get dinner in the dining room, then tried to catch the comedy show, but it was completely packed! So we went to the piano bar and had a blast. It was after 10, and after 10, you can pay per hour to have your kid in camp. I was feeling the mom guilt, so I went to pick him up. On the way back to the room, they had Lion King (the live version) playing on the big screen by the pool, so we got a box of popcorn and sat to watch the rest of the movie. I’m so glad that I got that time with him – it was such a fun little moment.
The next day was a port day in Cozumel (which I’ll recap in another post), but when we got back on the boat, it was time for naps and then showers to get ready for the night. Sheffield got some more pizza, and then Santa joined us on the boat!! We sang some Christmas carols, then got to see Santa! S was amazed that Santa made it onto the cruise ship. After telling Santa what he wanted for Christmas, we took him back up to camp, and then went to the only thing that was bad on the ship – the “country” show.
The next day was also a port day (more on this one too!), and it was a bit of a longer one, so we didn’t get back onto the boat until around 4pm. The sunset was absolutely beautiful that night. We watched the marriage game show, had a few cocktails, and called it a night. The next day on our way back to NOLA, the Gulf was angry, and we were swaying pretty hard. I definitely was feeling it, and that boat was rocking. It was rainy and windy, so we were pretty much confined to the indoors – we visited some of the bars that we hadn’t yet, drank some more tropical drinks. After some rest in the room, we went upstairs to get Sheff some dinner, and watched the pool go nuts with the waves. We took him back to Camp for the last night, we went to dinner (with Zoltan, and I finally got a picture with him!), and then went down to the lobby for 90’s music trivia – WHICH WE WON!!! We finally got back into the Mississippi River where things smoothed out. We gathered our kid and went back to the room – watched a little TV for the rest of the night, and all slept soundly.
It was a great experience, and I’m so ready to get on another boat. The staff was so friendly – we didn’t really run into any completely rude people – our shore excursions were amazing, and it was just fun to be on a boat for five days, being completely unreachable and being able to be completely unplugged. I can’t wait for the next one!