This time next week, the Jones family will be embarking on the
hellish fun adventure of a 17-hour drive to Miami to board the ship for our second family cruise. We’re doing Eastern Caribbean this time, with stops in the Bahamas, St.Thomas, Puerto Rico, and Grand Turk.
Did I mention that we haven’t done anything yet? Well, not exactly nothing. I’ve made sure that the entire family has bathing suits, and we’ve thought about what we’re going to eat, but that’s about it. But, that’s part of the fun of cruising, right? You don’t really have to think about it.
Seriously though, it’s this drive time that’s giving me the most blues. I’m not looking forward to all of these hours in the car with small children, but airfare to Miami for 3 of us (Zoe isn’t two yet) would be $1,000 dollars, so yeah, pass.
Anyway, we’ll be stopping in Tallahassee to spend the night, and regroup, and then on to Miami, to spend the night and regroup again before we board the ship. Our hotel rooms are already booked, but I would appreciate restaurant recommendations and a (very small) something to do in those cities if you know of anything!
Anyway, I’ll of course let you guys know how a 17 hour drive with a not quite 5 year old and a not quite 2 year old went, as well as cruising with this pair. When we went last time, Izzy was two, so she could go to the onsite kid’s facility, Camp Carnival if we wanted her to. No such luck with Zoe this time, but we found an EXCELLENT deal on this cruise, so we’re taking advantage of it, and the kids will just be tagging along this time.
I will also most certainly voice my displeasure if this ends up being another one of Carnival’s “poop cruises” lmbo. I swear, if that happens, I will never stop talking about that shi– Okay, that’s a bad pun, but you get it.
I’m hoping to get in some rest and relaxation, have some fun, see some sights, and if I’m lucky, maybe even get some writing in. With the mistakes we made the first time around, we’re hoping for an even better experience than last time. One thing I’m definitely doing differently this time is the packing. For me, all dress everything. And minimal shoes. Nobody has time to be lugging around unnecessary luggage, so I’m taking 7 dresses (the ship has laundry service, which we used last time with no trouble), a pair of jeans for just in case, and I’m gonna make myself choose from only TWO pairs of sandals, and a pair of flats for exploring the ports. Dassit. We’ll see how THAT goes as well.
Hair-wise, I have twists right now that were supposed to last me through this trip, but I’m feeling pretty ‘meh’ about them. I think I want a curly weave instead, but not sure how it will hold up to getting wet in the ocean. I’m pretty sure I’m gonna be practical and just stick with the twists though. For the kids, Izzy has twists right now too, that I’ll redo today probably, and Zoe… that child destroys any hairstyle I attempt, so I think she’s getting some prison-style cornrows and a prayer for the best.
Wish us luck!