A couple weeks ago we decided it would be fun to take the kids on a cruise during their holiday break. After talking about it some more we realized taking an 8 and 1/2 month old on a cruise would be a lot of work. Thankfully my mother-in-law said she would watch him.
So off we went on a 4 day 3 night cruise to Mexico on the Carnival Imagination.
Unfortunately, the day before we left on our vacation, I got the stomach bug. Later that night hubby got it too. Beyond exhausted we somehow made it on to the ship the next day hoping our 24 hour bug was behind us.
Day 1 -Long Beach, CA
We spent the day exploring the ship, hung out in our room and ate a late lunch. We hung out some more, did some activities and then made our way to dinner. Not even half way through dinner I felt ill and had to go to our room.
Day 2 – Ensenada, Mexico
After a 13 hour slumber I felt better and ready for day 2.
We started every morning with room service. Sarah loved having breakfast in bed!
We got dressed and played on the deck. After the rush in the morning to get off the boat we made our way to Mexico.We decided not to book an excursion should we feel ill and have to come back to the boat. Instead we bought some Mexican snacks at a local store and sat at a Starbucks so that we can check in with our families. We got back onto the boat and dropped Sarah off at camp. Hubby and I walked around for a bit and then played a round of miniature golf. We picked up Sarah and walked over to the children’s holiday show.Sarah was smitten with the dancers. Next up was the Let It Snow event. It was lame!
Sarah’s favorite part of the ship was the glass elevators and all the decorations. We got all dressed up for the formal night and headed to dinner.I didn’t last long and went to bed shortly after.
This little guy was waiting for us in our room.
Day 3 – Sea Day
The next morning we had plans to attend the towel making class but Sarah was not feeling well. We spent our day taking it easy. We watched a towel animal show, played bingo, and took a salsa dance lesson.
Miss Sarah really wasn’t feeling well. The boat was super rocky and most of the passengers were getting sick. She fell asleep on one of the couches. If you know Sarah you know she does not just fall asleep anywhere. My poor baby!We hung out in the room and watched some movies.
Turns out the movie I was watching, The Blind Side had the co star on our boat. After a nap we walked around Lido deck and got some drinks and watched the Dr. Suess parade.Sarah was feeling better and had been begging us to go swimming. Unfortunately we ran out of time and this was the only time left before we had to leave. She had a blast!
Hubby started to really feel sick so Sarah I went to dinner just us two.The staff on the boast was so sweet! Anytime they could they were making Sarah smile. This time they made her a swan with her dinner napkin.
After dinner we walked over to the final show of cruise.Sarah was once again really excited about the dancers. Even though we had the stomach bug and/or sea sick we manged to have a good time.
I think Sarah will remember this trip for a lifetime. After all when can you just take only one of your kids on a mommy daddy trip?
Fun Fact: Hubby and I took this same cruise before getting pregnant with Sarah.