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Eat-Sleep-Cruise-Repeat

Eat-Sleep-Cruise-Repeat. That’s the motto on one of the T-shirts they sell in the gift shop on board and which a couple of people on board are wearing. And that’s pretty much what we are doing on any of the five days at sea we have on this cruise.

Our usual wake-up time for us is around 8am, which is pretty early by ship standards. – I actually managed a 7am once to go running around the promenade on deck 3, but that, I have to admit, was the exception rather than the rule. Another one for the “do better in 2017”-list.

A slow morning on deck (disregard the island for the moment...)
A slow morning on deck (disregard the island for the moment…)
Waking up in a cabin with a view of the sea. Nice.
Waking up in a cabin with a view of the sea. Nice.

Getting dressed and putting on thongs (which is Aussie for slippers) takes no time at all, as everything is “ship casual”, meaning shorts and T-shirts. Our cabin is on deck 8, front, meaning that to get to the breakfast buffet on deck 9, mid, is a very short walk, mostly across the open deck with the two pools. This early in the morning, only families with small children, sport nuts and smokers are to be seen.

Kai and Luka make full use of the opportunity to have pancakes every single day (although they assure me that the ones I make for them on the weekends are waaaaay better 🙂 ), while Willemijn and I have taken a liking to the Bircher Müsli on offer. Sometimes we get an omelet or some of the bacon, but after a few days of too much food, our bodies are telling us to take it a bit slower. Fair enough.

One of the two pools on deck of the Carnival Legend.
One of the two pools on deck of the Carnival Legend.

And then it’s big decision time: head out to the pool or go back to the cabin for a morning nap? Or is there something else happening on board? The kids have made fast friends with peers their own age and while Luka really likes the pool, Kai is in alternating his time between Kids Club, swimming and playing mini-golf and basketball on the sports deck. So Willemijn and I while away the day with doing not much of anything.

Coming back to the cabin, everything is already made up. Including the obligatory towel animal.
Coming back to the cabin, everything is already made up. Including the obligatory towel animal.

The program on offer on this cruise is not as extensive as on the last one we did to Greece. But then again, the weather is a lot nicer and warmer and spending a day on the sun deck is also a viable option. So we lounge, drink tea and coffee, steal the occasional chocolate chip cookie from the buffet and wave to the kids as the pass by from one activity to the next. Tough life.

There are worse ways to spend you day than sea-gazing.
There are worse ways to spend you day than sea-gazing.
The kids club is divided into age groups, so Kai and Luka easily found peers of similar age.
The kids club is divided into age groups, so Kai and Luka easily found peers of similar age.

The biggest meal of the day is usually dinner and we have a choice of either going to the buffet or the restaurant on deck 2, aft. Another one of those big decisions to be taken every day. What we do usually depends on whether there is some activity in the Kids Club that Kai and Luka want to go to and whether we make it on time if we eat at the restaurant (which usually takes a bit longer than the buffet).

Desert for the last dinner was a chocoholic buffet. Although, to be honest, it looked better than it tasted.
Desert for the last dinner was a chocoholic buffet. Although, to be honest, it looked better than it tasted.

Evenings are taken up by going to the daily shop in the theatre. Well, at least for some of us. Kai is not a big fan, preferring to spend his evenings at the Kids Club, while Luka cannot get enough of the shows. So it’s usually father and daughter sitting in the theatre, with mom joining us about half the time. Life is good. 🙂

Kai lounging in a window in the
Kai lounging in a window in the “enchanted forest”, a popular spot with the teenagers.

With the kids in bed at around 9pm, Willemijn and I sometimes take in one of the daily comedy shows, go dancing or just go for a stroll around the ship. And then it’s bed-time for us as well, so we are well rested for another day of doing nothing much at all.

Eat-Sleep-Cruise-Repeat.

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