I know it has been well over a month since I posted about our Western Caribbean Cruise on Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas, but I finally have some time to post about Day 4. My husband said I shouldn't even bother since it has been like 2 months since the cruise, but I know you guys have just been sitting on the edge of your seat waiting for this (come on, humor me), so here it is...
We were headed back home on Day 4, so we decided to have as much fun as possible on board the ship and we started our day off with the DreamWorks Character Dining. Now, if you are going to be on one of the DreamWorks ships, you definitely don't want to miss this, so make your reservations early. I'm not sure if you can make them before you set sail, but if you can't, try to do it as soon as possible when you get on the ship. We almost did not get a reservation for this fun breakfast.
In fact, when they started seating people, they didn't even have our reservation. After Tiffany and I assured the staff that we did make a reservation, they were very accommodating and took us to a great table right in front of where the characters would be coming out. There was a special menu for that meal, but Rylie decided to have her "usual" from the buffet - eggs, bacon and sausage, and a big plate of fruit. She did order the "special" chocolate milk, though. Breakfast was her favorite meal on the ship!
Once we all had our food, the characters came out one by one. The emcee announced their arrival, they did a little dance, and then came around to each table for photos. Rylie loved getting her picture taken with Alex, Kung Fu Panda and Princess Fiona!
After our fun breakfast with the DreamWorks characters, we dropped the kids off at the Kids Club so we could spend a little time in the ship's casino. I had a great time throwing my money away, all while sipping the yummy drink of the day. You know, they really shouldn't let you get cash advances with your room key! My few minutes of gambling was fun while it lasted, and then it was back to the Kids Club to get the littles. They all came out with medals around their necks from the obstacle course. I could tell they had fun.
We had to kind of bribe Rylie to go play in the Kids Club, so we told her we would go to the arcade when we came to pick her up. As promised, we headed into what Rylie called "Chuck E Cheese" where she rode the simulated roller coaster a gazillion times. Need more money for the games? No problem...just charge it to your room! Ahhh, such conveniences.
Rylie had fun playing air hockey against both Payten and her dad. She got so excited when she scored...especially against Daddy!
After we left the arcade, I hopped on the ship's internet for a few minutes to check my email while the guys and the kids headed up to the pool. I have to tell you all about what Rylie found in the pool...
I have to preface this with the fact that Rylie has a life-threatening allergy to cashews and pistachios. So Brian and Rylie were in the "hot pool" and Rylie says "Look Daddy! A worm!" Brian looked over to find a friggin cashew floating in the jacuzzi! He quickly splashed it out and told Rylie what it was. I didn't know about this story until later, but it sent me into a panic as soon as I heard about it! Thank goodness she didn't try and touch it, because you know, she has no fear of touching bugs, worms, snakes, etc. I don't blame the ship or anything, but geez, people, keep your nuts out of the pool!
Tiffany and I enjoyed another Tutti Salad for lunch, and I splurged and had dessert too. When we got back to our rooms, Sean and Camryn were there and I set off to find the rest of the gang. When Payten saw Camryn in her pajamas, she wanted hers on, and of course Rylie had to follow suit. The girls thought it was so cool to walk around the ship in their PJs!
We headed down to the Promenade for Pets at Sea - where the kids can make their own stuffed animals. What a mess that ended up being! First off, they don't necessarily have the animals that they have on display, so it took forever for the girls to dig through the bins and figure out what they wanted. They changed their minds oh like 100 times each. Rylie finally picked out a dinosaur for her brother and a bunny for herself, and got to stuffing them.
Oh look! There's Alex! I need to give him just one more hug!
Back to Pets at Sea... Picking out the outfits was even more of a hassle than picking out the animals. The outfits were all in a bin behind the little counter, so the woman operating it had to pull out the ones she thought the kids would like. The girls saw some shoes on one of the display animals and they all wanted a pair, but there was only one. We were assured that we would be able to get two more that evening when we brought the kids to the Kids Club, so we paid for our pets and left the one lone pair of shoes there. We never did get the other two pair of shoes because it turns out that there were no more on the ship, so I took the one pair and gave them to Rylie AFTER we got back the next day. Rylie was happy with her bunny, though, with or without the shoes.
My advice: skip the Pets at Sea. It is a long process, and if there is a line, you are going to be waiting for a while. If your kid wants a souvenir, just take them to the gift shop.
There was an airbrush tattoo station right across from Pets at Sea, so when Rylie saw that, she just HAD to have a tattoo. She got a pretty purple pony on her foot, which meant that she had to wear her purple shoes for the rest of the cruise.
Rylie thought that Daddy also needed a tattoo, so he obliged (yeah, she had to really twist his arm) and got a scorpion on his arm. Tough guy!
I went to get a cup of coffee while Brian and Rylie headed back to our room, and when I made it back there, they were both napping. So I decided to take some "me" time and walk the ship and do a little shopping. I went back to the Inch of Gold stand to get a bracelet to match the one we got Rylie on the first day, but they were closed until that evening, so I just grabbed a couple of magnets from the gift shop. When I got back to our room an hour or so later, Brian and Rylie were still snoozing.
By the time everyone woke up, it was almost time for dinner. We had decided the night before that the kids would eat at the Windjammer Cafe (the ship's all day buffet) and then go to the Kids Club while the adults enjoyed our last evening on the ship. Once the kids were all checked in, we headed down to enjoy a nice, quiet dinner.
Dinner was awesome that night! We had some wine and nice conversation. The food was great too! I had the French Onion Soup for an appetizer, the ship's version of "Fish and Chips" for my main course, and a Pear Chocolate Crisp for dessert. Seriously awesome. I tried to get Brian and Sean to go to the Scavenger Hunt after dinner, because it is probably the best "show" on the ship, but everyone was just too tired. Instead, we let Rylie play in the arcade one last time, and then we packed up our luggage to set outside of our cabin and went to bed.
Monday was a very sad day when we had to leave the ship. They had to drag me off of it, kicking and screaming. OK, not really, but I almost felt like throwing a little tantrum. We finally got our luggage and got through customs, and then Rylie and I waited while Brian got the truck.
We weren't too far away from the port when I looked back and found Rylie sound asleep. Now THAT'S a sign of a great vacation!
We really did have a great time on this Royal Caribbean cruise. If you are looking to take your little ones on a cruise, I would say that THIS is the one to take. There was so much for the kids to do, and the DreamWorks characters and events made it even better.
I absolutely cannot wait to set sail with Royal Caribbean again! In fact, just writing this post has made me so excited about our next cruise with them in March. We'll be taking both kids and my mom that time, and I'm sure we'll all have a blast! I love cruising with Royal Caribbean!
Do you enjoy cruising? What cruise lines/ships have you been on?
Liberty of the Seas Western Caribbean Cruise - Day 1
Liberty of the Seas Western Caribbean Cruise - Day 2
Liberty of the Seas Western Caribbean Cruise - Day 3
Disclosure: Royal Caribbean did not sponsor these posts in any way. In fact, they don't even know I exist. This blog is about our adventures, though, and I wanted to share this one in detail...mainly for me so I can always look back, but for others who might be considering cruising with kids.
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