Hapa Lab went on a short break.
Zozie's grandparents are celebrating their 60th & 70th birthdays.
This called for a family cruise aboard the Norwegian DAWN.
|Zo: "Our Smiling Ship"|
Dawn took us on a 5 day tour in Western Caribbean.
Cruise ships nowadays boast around 300 - 400 kids aboard each trip.
This was our first cruise with Zo.
He's currently two & a half.
Kid & family friendly?
|Happy to land in Miami|
|Grandma & grandpa....REALLY happy to land in Miami.|
|at the terminal with his cousin.|
|the Original Foursome.|
|off & RUNNING...|
|long corridors are great toddler-energy-burners...|
|or for practicing cat walks?|
|alas...our home on the sea.|
|first things first...|
|found the dining/living area...|
|and the gifts for the birthday boy & girl...|
|found the bath tub.|
|and the shampoo...|
|don't mind if we DO!!!|
*Note the glass barrier with narrow seams...perfectly safe for little ones*
|then food started...|
|and kept going....|
|"chocoholic buffet"... their words, not mine.|
A different "towel creation" greeted us each evening for bedtime.
(kids, what animal we are getting tonight? they loved it.)
|the kid's nest.|
"Kids Crew", an on-board camp with counselors,
provided plenty of fun family activities.
The youngest group is ages 2 - 5, led by "Ms. Kiwi".
Zo called it his "Boat School".
Check em' in.
Take the pager.
Come back when ready.
*Also, the "Dino Pool" was the best*
Followed by "Family Legos" in the Lounge...
|i heart LEGOS.|
|make & eat their own masterpiece.|
|"Papa Nash", our AWESOME server.|
|"Das", our AWESOME butler.|
|Room service for 8? Too much???|
|Never! The "inner Caterer" kicks in.|
So back to the crazy skyline...
(this was non-stop)
Our final sunrise...
It was wonderful to see the ship & ocean through Zo's eyes.
Such vastness and endlessness.
Far from his usual home school, a 6x10 feet space.
This was simply amazing.
Before booking the Cruise:
1) Will my kid fall over the edge?
2) Are there any kid/family activities?
3) Is there anything the kids can eat?
4) Will they remember it?
After the Cruise:
1) Tall glass everywhere, really no way to grab and flip.
(the look of the waves alone will scare them enough to stay away.)
2) Non-stop action.
3) Are you kidding me?
4) He still talks about it.
Look for "Part 2" of the Dawn post: Ports of Call
Grand Cayman & Cozumel