Last Saturday Eammon, Maisie and I drove down to Florida to spend an evening at my parents house before heading down to Tampa Sunday morning to board the Carnival Legend for a seven day western Caribbean cruise.
As soon as we entered our stateroom Maisie wanted a picture of herself in the bathroom of all places and started posing for the camera. We had a lovely suite with huge and numerous closets, a dressing room and vanity area, a large bathroom with a whirlpool tub and double sinks and outside, an extra large balcony where we spent time watching the ocean and admiring our ports of call.
In my usual fashion, Maisie on the first night after dinner with her towel animal, a seal with shades.
This one is Arti.
Maisie was all about finding a pool so we headed up to the roof deck Margaritaville where she and Eammon had fun playing in the pool and going down the water slide while I headed off to do a quick bit of shopping.
Eammon and I decided to dine at the upscale onboard steakhouse so after returning from a day in Grand Cayman we enjoyed a wonderful meal while Maisie played and had dinner with the kids club. Eammon and I feasted on escargot, lobster bisque with cognac, a surf & turf of grilled filet mignon and seared lobster tail with sides of sautéed mushrooms, creamed spinach with garlic as well as wasabi mashed potatoes. All the portions were gigantic and though I barely made a dent in my meal and was stuffed, I couldn’t resist when our waiter recommended the chocolate sampler for dessert. It too was huge and I could only manage a small taste of each of the selections and unfortunately wasn’t able at that point to really enjoy it, just too full. Do you think next time they’d let me start with the dessert because it sure looked wonderful.
After our fancy dinner we picked Maisie up from the kids club and though she had fun she was thrilled to leave and return to our room to see what awaited. Maisie found a stingray with goggles and plenty of chocolate. Maisie hadn’t been happy as she didn’t get to dress as a Princess and didn’t get to eat dinner with us. Eating a few extra chocolates seemed to make up for all of that though and she went to bed a happy little girl.
Wednesday we visited Cozumel where Maisie and I just did a bit of shopping right in the port area and Eammon just hung out on the ship. While shopping Maisie picked out matching yellow t-shirts with frogs on them for all three of us as well as a cute t-shirt for herself with a shark on the front which can open its mouth to reveal its tongue and fish skeletons. She also picked out two fans, one a very lacy looking carved wood one that opens like a traditional fan and the second one, big, gaudy and bright and oh how she loves it! Another night of not being quite sure of what the towel animal was but Maisie loved it just the same.
Thursday we visited Roatan, Honduras. Maisie and I headed off to Mahogany Beach which was just perfect for the two of us. Beautiful smooth white sand beach, calm crystal clean water and plenty of beach loungers. Not a cultural or getting to know Honduras experience in any way but a perfect way to spend a gorgeous day in the sun and at the beach.
It was a beautiful day on the beach and it reminded me a lot of Disney’s Castaway Cay.
While Maisie and I spent the day at the beach, Eammon decided to try Snuba.
Carnival did a good job in matching us with dinner companions. Each night we enjoyed dinner with a couple from Massachusetts and their five year-old son Rowan. Maisie and Rowan really enjoyed being together so it made for enjoyable dinners.
Friday we tendered in Belize and because hurricane Matthew was just a couple of days behind us, some tours were cancelled and many of the others filled up so Eammon’s plans to do a tour got nixed so he and Maisie stayed on the ship while I headed to shore to do a little shopping. I had a great shopping day finding some wonderful bargains especially on silver so Maisie got a charm/ID bracelet, I got a tanzanite, Australian opal and white sapphire ring and Eammon got a sterling silver key chain with a Mayan deity on it. I wasn’t onshore long but by the time I returned Eammon was tuckered out so Maisie and I played, she took a bath and we had fun together.
Friday night at dinner Maisie and Rowan spent lots of time sitting together and playing Maisie’s DSi. Not the best thing to bring to dinner and not allowed at home but for tired children on a trip, to keep them happy, not a problem.
Then Maisie found her worry dolls neatly tucked in and snoozing on a dozen pillows of chocolate.
Saturday morning Maisie awoke and let us know that she wanted us all to ear our matching Cozumel t-shirts that she picked out and then asked what Rowan was doing as she wanted to play with him. Much to her delight he was having breakfast with his Dad when we went for breakfast in our matching t’s so just like dinner we shared a table and the children had fun together.
Saturday was our final full day and it was a sea day. The children were having so much fun together at breakfast and we had nothing planned for the day so Rowan and his Dad joined us in our stateroom where Maisie and Rowan watched videos, played together and had a blast in Maisie’s castle (the dressing room) while the adults enjoyed sitting and chatting on the balcony. Before we knew it, it was lunch time and on the menu was the chocolate buffet so Rowan’s Mom joined us and the six of us headed up for lunch and a chocolate fix.
All the sugar got to Maisie and she just melted down so I knew a nap was needed. Much to her chagrin I took her back to our room where though fighting it, quickly fell asleep holding one of her worry dolls. After an hour long nap Maisie was ready to go again so she and I headed up to the pool where we met up with Rowan and his parents. We spent the remainder of the afternoon playing in the pool and before we knew it, it was time to eat again!
Saturday night, our final dinner together. Maisie and Rowan were unfortunately more interested in playing Cooking Mama 3 (which my parents had given to Maisie the day we sailed) than eating their dinner but they did both eventually eat and their game playing allowed the adults time to chat.
Maisie with her final towel ghost??? It didn’t matter, Maisie loved it and she especially loved all the chocolate!! (Each night she was allowed 2 or 3 squares of chocolate and the rest were dolled out as treats during the day for things like doing her homework and other good behavior.)
Overall the cruise was good fun and though we chose not to do any tours and just take it easy in our ports, it was perfect for us. Maisie did a lot of school work and home work each day so she kept up with everything that her classmates were doing while she was away. Maisie went to the kids club only twice this voyage, on our first at-sea day so that she could participate in the t-shirt decorating activity and then the one evening that Eammon and I went to the steakhouse. Maisie and I did go to a show just one night and that was good fun but most nights after dinner Maisie was tired and wanted to go and stay in the room and most nights she and I were asleep by 9.
It’s good to be home but now it’s time to get back into the swing of real life and experience the shock of having to cook and clean for myself again and Maisie has to get used to not dressing for and being a Princess each night at dinner. Good fun and we can’t wait to plan our next cruise as we’re hooked.