Cruisin’ Around


When you travel with small children the number one thing I’ve learned is that you just gotta roll with the punches. It will always be fun and totally worth it, but there will most definitely be bumps along the way. When we were in Florida we decided last minute we would book a 3 day cruise to the Bahamas. We thought, why not right? Port Canaveral was so close to where we were staying, it seemed only right to book a small adventure. Little did we know that is was college spring break. How that slipped our minds I don’t know? but let’s just say we saw more than our fare share of drunk obnoxious dudes and pretty much naked (also extremely drunk) girls. It 1. made me feel super old and 2. made me so embarrassed for all of them. I wanted to be their mother’s and tell them they could make better choices and be more respectable than this. Seriously? When did I become so Mom like? Luckily the girls were pretty oblivious to what was going on. I think they just thought everyone was really happy. Everyone who worked on board was very nice and the cruise overall was super fun. We went on the Carnival Sensation, which had a great water park at the back of the boat and a miniature golf course the kids loved. Rowan also loved their kid’s camp. It was an adventure for sure… no naps, late nights, busy days, tight sleeping arrangements and an extreme amount of excitement for 2 little girls. It was exhausting to say the least. At the end of the day we were all glad we went (despite our unruly shipmates). Even through the difficulties of traveling with small kids I wouldn’t trade any of it.

Here are a few pictures we took and a little video we made. My favorite part of the video is when Rowan holds the GoPro down the water slide. Ooooh it’s so cute seeing her little feet going down that big slide!


















P.S. The sweet people over at Itzy Ritzy made Rowan’s life long dream of having her own suitcase (I’m serious! This girl has asked me about 1,000 times for her own suitcase) come true. She could’t wait to pack it all up and wheel it onto the cruise and through the airport on the way home. It was the perfect little travel accessory for her. Plus I loved that I didn’t have to carry all her stuff! Bonus! Make sure to check them out!

  1. Love the video Jen!!! What waterproof device was most of this filmed with? We are taking a trip this summer and I would LOVE to have a way to document things like this!

  2. That was the sweetest little video!!

  3. Ah, so jealous! We had a cruise booked our family right after my husband got back home from his last deployment to Afghanistan last summer, only to find out a week before leaving that there had been some random mess and we didn’t actually have reservations. By then the cruise was totally booked up. (We would have picked another one but it was the only one leaving out of NYC in the right time frame, didn’t want to have to fly to Florida.) Anyway, BUMMER. But I’m glad you guys got to go! Bet it was awesome (minus the spring break part, haha). And praise God that things are finally starting to get warmer in NY!
    ~Sarah |

  4. What a good attitude you have! I’m glad the spring breakers didn’t ruin your trip. Over the years I have taken a lot of inspiration from what an adventurous mom you are!

  5. Just found your blog – and I LOVE it.
    I live in Florida, only 20 minutes from the Cape! So cool to see your spontaneity for adventures with your family.
    I look forward to following along with you!

  6. Looks like so much fun! I’ve lived in Florida most of my life and have never been on a cruise. As soon as we pay off our debt its the first trip on our list!

  7. Lianne •

    You do the best vimeo clips!!!

  8. That video was adorable! The girls looked like they had a blast!

  9. Gina J •

    So fun! Makes me want to vacay!! Next time you HAVE to do the Disney Cruise! It’s a lot more money, but oh so worth it with kids!!

  10. Jo Ann •

    Was Finley allowed to swim in the pool? Or just play in the water area? We are going on a cruise with Carnival in July with our 2 and 4 yr old daughters, the 2 is not yet potty trained. Great photos by the way!

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