Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Mexican Riviera Carnival Cruise

We got home from our 8 day Mexican Riviera cruise on November 12th and yes I am just now getting to updating you all on it. We boarded the Spirit on November 4th in San Diego California. The ship set sail that afternoon about 4pm and we headed south to Acapulco, Mexico. The kids were excited to get checked into the Fun House,which is the kids program in the cruise, and meet their counselors. That evening we met our dinner servers, Iliham and Yoga both from Indonesia.   
On the second night of the cruise was the first of two formal nights. We had a fun getting dressed up and using our "fancy manners" at dinner. We got some great pictures and as soon as they could the kids changed into their jammies and headed off to the Fun House pajama party.

Madisen and Me on Formal Night

Here is Tanner in Acapulco waiting for the boat to be docked and cleared so we could get off and go exploring. We got a Taxi and went to the flee market where Madisen picked bongos and Tanner picked a puppet. We then went to the restaurant where we watched the cliff divers and ate rolled tacos, chips and salsa, guacamole, and Madisen had a hamburger with a pout. She really wanted the chips and salsa but once reminded that she would be sick she sucked it up and ate the hamburger. The cliff divers were awesome. We had such and great day just hanging out with the kids and teaching them first had about how fortunate we are.
This is Tanner in Acapulco.

Before embarking on our cruise we booked only one excursion in Ixtapa, Mexico. The kids had been waiting for months for this day. We got off the boat and had a hour to kill so we rented a jet ski for a half an hour. Justin loaded the kids on and off they went they circled around the cruise ship, jumped a few waves and came back to shore. Next we were off to Delphina where we went swimming with Chado the Dolphin!!! It was so cool. We were in the water for about 45 minutes with the dolphin. Chado was swimming around the group so the kids could pet him and then they got one on one interaction with him. It was the best day ever!   

We got home and started unpacking all the dirty clothes, wet swim suits and wonderful memories that will stay with us forever. We are already looking for our next vacation spot. We feel so grateful to have the opportunity to teach our children about different parts of the world and customs. But most of all we are so blessed to have each other and for the time we send together whether we are watching a movie at home, cheering each other on at the soccer field or vacationing somewhere fun. 


The Pea said...

Oh thank you for posting! I have been waiting. Now you need to email that picture of your family on the boat and I will put it up in my house.

The Cavalieri Family said...

That is sooo cool. I love it. Nothing better than a good family vacation!

The Pea said...

This is Cristen

I feel jipped. This was not enough pics. I need to come see the rest of them. I am so glad you had fun and that pic of you and Maddy is great.