To say we were excited about our family cruise was an understatement. We couldn't wait! We arrived in Galveston to some disappointing news, however. The cruise was delayed due to heavy fog in the area. I later learned that this type of weather is typical in the winter. We tried not to let it get us down and spent some time walking around the Galveston Strand area while we waited for an updated departure time.
|Enjoying some Galveston sights while noticing our Carnival ship docked nearby.|
|Even a vacation delay doesn't stop these two from getting their snuggles.|
When it was finally time to board the ship, we were so ready and excited. We were all smiles as we climbed aboard and immediately began to explore the ship. That was when we realized how thick the sea fog truly was. We ended up having to stay docked overnight to allow more time for the fog to lift, but when we woke up the next morning, it was just as bad.
|Here is the ship photo capturing our embarkation. Such excitement!|
|All smiles to board the Carnival Breeze.|
|The kids exploring the ship with the fog in the background.|
|Look at that -- we couldn't believe the thick fog!|
|No wonder the ship couldn't depart!|
|Thumbs up for the spacious cabin and the convenient connecting balcony to the boys' cabin next door.|
|The older boys enjoyed some drinks when they boarded the ship. Kevin went into the restricted area just like the sign said not to do, lol!|
|The lounge for the comedy club was very cool.|
|We were able to watch the Sunday night Cowboys football game from the main deck of the ship, so cool!|
|Collin and Kevin really enjoyed their first night on the cruise, ha!|
|Kaitlynn loved her cozy bed in the cabin.|
|The next morning, the fog was still around. It looks like a white wall on the other side of the ship banister, wow!|
We ended up staying in Galveston until around noon on the first full day. We were a little bummed because we had to drop one of our ports of call -- Belize, which was the location we had been most excited about. But that disappointment didn't keep us down. We shook it off and quickly began discovering the perks of the ship and all of the fun it had to offer. The waterslides were so much fun for the kids, and they were thrilled by the limitless supply of pizza and frozen yogurt! I let them eat whatever they wanted the entire week because I was OFF DUTY. It was heaven!!
|Kaitlynn in front of the waterslides -- still foggy in this picture.|
|Enjoying a post-swim cuddle while we were still docked in Galveston.|
|I took this selfie to document the crowds during the famous Hairy Chest Contest aboard the ship. We laughed SO hard!|
|After finally leaving Galveston, we enjoyed a beautiful sunset on the open water.|
|A photo from our cabin balcony. It was so beautiful!|
|I couldn't resist posting this pic of Jeff doing a silly dance in sight of the deck camera while we observed on the ship television channel from our cabin. We cracked up!|
My last cruise was over 15 years ago, so I had forgotten what a production the nightly dinners were. We had an awesome waiter who catered to our every desire each night. We missed seeing him on the nights we had dinner elsewhere. These dinners were some of my favorite moments of the cruise. Loved having the family together and experiencing such wonderful meals.
|The boys at dinner.|
|Connor tried filet on our first night at dinner, and he loved it so much that he ordered the same each night for the rest of the cruise. He has been an avid steak lover ever since!|
|Here's our group photo at dinner one night. It's such a treat to get a picture of all 6 of us together. We were all dressed up but the dining room was so chilly that the kids had to put on their jackets.|
Probably the most fun for the kids was the extended time aboard the ship. They loved every minute of the activities, and there was always something yummy to try from the many different restaurants and snack bars. We checked the daily schedule each morning to find out what was happening on the ship that day. The kids tried several of the events in the kids' club, but they usually ended up right back with us on the deck enjoying the waterslides, pools, ropes course, and sport court.
|We woke up to beautiful, sunny skies on our second full day at sea.|
|Kaitlynn became a regular at the pizza place. She ate them for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks in between!|
We were having the most amazing family vacation, and we hadn't even left the ship yet! Stay tuned for a recap and photos of the 2nd half of our cruise.