After our fun day at the water park at Atlantis, we didn't schedule any excursions for our next day at Carnival's private beach - Princess Cay. We figured after a day filled with being busy, having a relaxing day at the beach would be nice.
The nice part about having kids that are early risers is that you're up and ready to go first thing in the morning! We got up, ate breakfast, and then grabbed one of the first tenders to the island.
The kids waiting to load up on our tender.
The downside of cruising with someone else is that we really didn't have any way to communicate if we weren't face to face. We loaded the tender, and luckily Laura and Gino loaded up on the same one!
The kids liked riding the tender to the island!
We looked back and saw this as our view - it is so stunning! It totally doesn't even look like a real picture (and for sure not something I just snapped on my iphone)
The great advantage of getting on the island so early was that we were able to get some great beach chairs close to the water, and the kids got to play for a while before it started getting crowded.
This trip is something that I'm just so so happy that we did. Our kids go several places every year, but being able to take them out of the country and seeing their world open up just a little bit more was so amazing.
They were over the pictures and just ready to go play!
This sums them up: LL loves to play in the sand and Cooper loves to throw it - haha.
My favorite activity? Having a great chair and watching my kids have a blast.
There were coral pieces and shells all over the beach, and LL was in Heaven. She loved finding as many pieces as she could!
I didn't swim, but I did go about knee deep for a little while just so I could say I did. ;)
Funny story: a few years ago, I connected with a girl on Instagram because we both have daughters named Lorelai. Long story short, but over the years, we've realized that we have quite a few more things in common. A few months ago, she posted about going on a cruise, and we figured out that we both had booked the same one! We met up on the beach day and both of the Lorelai's got to play together! It really was the neatest thing, and LL had so much fun.
I love how kids just skip any awkward part and just play and become fast friends with no issues. The girls spent a lot of time building a community for a hermit crab that Matt found.
A cool drink and a warm sun - life is good!
I will never know how he has the ability to get so covered in sand - haha. But this boy loves the beach!
The views of the beach, water, and the boat were just gorgeous!
We headed back to the boat around lunch time just because it was so crazy hot. We took a shower, got dressed for dinner early, and then went to a Build-A-Bear workshop that they had set up for the kids!
LL refused a picture, but here's Cooper waiting in line with his heart to go in his bear!
They both used their souvenir money to get an animal (LL got a cheetah and Cooper got a shark) and two accessories to go with them.
They also got to take their friends to dinner with them, which they were super excited about.
LL is our adventurous eater, and she has been talking for months about how she wanted to try escargot on the cruise. Well, tonight was the night! She ordered it for her appetizer and ate about half of them! I'm so proud of her willingness to try new things!
After dinner, we went to watch a game show themed show (at which this is the only picture I took - haha).
Matt and I looked over after both kids fell asleep to see Cooper sleeping so sweetly with his hands like this. It was precious! A long morning at the beach will wear you out!
Up next: our last day on the cruise and a full day at sea!