Hello! Hello! It’s PART TWO of our big Alaskan cruise vacation. If you missed my post yesterday about Days 1 & 2 of my family’s vacation, then click HERE. To recap: I explained where we went, how many of us ended up going (18!), how much we loved Seattle and how we celebrated Ashby’s birthday. Catch it HERE first and then proceed below…with Days 3 & 4.
So…on Day 3, we boarded our ship!
But first, we ate breakfast together 🙂 .
I would like to call this iPhones 101. Ha! The minute some of my older family members (cough, cough Grandmother and my dad) get us cornered somewhere, they have an iPhone question or twelve. I was laughing taking this picture because poor Andrew spent about 15 minutes explaining “airplane mode”. 🙂
About to depart our hotel with my big girls! We were so excited! (And psssssst: THIS TOP was so comfy and cute! The sleeves are my favorite part. I wore it with my favorite cami underneath and my favorite tassel earrings too.)
Here we are in the cruise terminal waiting to board. Ashby had gotten a Hello Kitty flashlight for her birthday the day before 😉 .
Here we are waiting!
Woohoo! We’re on board! This was Catherine’s first cruise and by the end, she had declared herself a “cruise person”. Ha! I have a feeling the Lowe family has a lot of cruises in their future!
Speaking of the Lowe family…the three Lowe men were on board! Here they are in my parents’ cabin. We all had cabins pretty much in a row. My family was scooted down just a little bit because we needed two cabins with an adjoining door, but we were only like 8 cabins down. We were on Deck 9 which is my favorite place to be on a ship!
We went up to Deck 13 to watch us sail out of Seattle.
He’s a pretty cool brother. Most of the time. 😉
During the mandatory life boat safety drill, Ashby slept like this on the floor…
…and Madeley slept like this. Zzzzzzzzzz.
Those awkward elevator selfies where you don’t know exactly where to look. 🙂
We cleaned up a bit and were headed to our first dinner on board the Norwegian Jewel. My dress was one of my very favorite things I packed! I bought it in green but it also comes in 6 other colors. I also wore those pink earrings again that I love so much.
Before dinner every night, my little family of six would go and have drinks and appetizers together…and play cards. Here is my big and my little!
And then here we are at dinner! So, this was one of the best things that we did: we didn’t have dinner together every night. We decided on day one that we would eat dinner together four nights and then not eat together the other three nights. Annnnd…on the nights where we did eat together, we always ate with different people. This gave us time together but also time to do our own things. When you’re traveling with this many people, you want to be together but you also want room to do your own stuff too. So, on night one, we all ate together in the ship’s main dining room (at two tables, so them behind us here).
Clearly we had the best table 😉 .
After dinner, Aunt Catherine and Uncle Sean bought her this moose. #spoiledrotten #andlovingit
So, that wraps up day one on the ship. We went to sleep and then the next morning…
…we woke up to our first day at sea! Our ship was heading to Alaska which gave us this day at sea. We ate breakfast…
…we went to watch the ship’s captain and officers at work on the bridge. I loved this about the ship. You could look in on them at any time.
I found this pic on my phone but didn’t take it. It made me laugh because it looks like it’s from a security camera (or a child who is standing on the furniture). As you can see, Andrew is about to tell someone to get down and put down mommy’s phone and my dad is about to lose at dominoes 🙂 .
She’s just always so content.
I mean…the girls all went to the spa (me, Catherine, my mom, my grandmother, my Aunt Pam and my cousin Brooke), we read lots of books, we ate lunch, enjoyed coffee and played games…and yet, I have no pictures. Clearly, I was too busy enjoying the easy life on board to snap a pic. Here we are again at dinner. This was another one of our nights where we ate together. My date is a cutie!
This time, I sat by Brooke, her husband and their sweet baby Cole. (My dress is HERE.)
Kensington sat with Aunt Catherine at dinner and loved every minute of it!
After dinner, we went to the show.
It was a family-friendly comedian!
Oh hey there Madeley and Samuel! They enjoyed the show too.
That wraps up days 3 & 4. We see Alaska the next day…and spoiler alert…in my opinion, it is the prettiest of the 50 states 🙂 .