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Day 6: Back on shore…

What a night, Emily wasn’t able to sleep in her own crib and wanted to sleep in our bed, which meant she slept better as we did. But all in all it wasn’t that bad, and it was only the second time this has happened. 

With just our hand luggage we were expected at breakfast in Animators Pallete, at 6:45am. We were perfectly on time. 

We both had a full breakfast and Emily enjoyed some of our food. This was the last time we had seen our servers Lydar and Didit. We had a lot of fun with both of them and Emily loved them. 

After breakfast I just needed to grab the USB Stick with pictures from Shutters, the onboard photographers. That was done really quick and at 7:15 we left the ship and we started chapter 2 of this vacation. 

First thing to do was going through customs, this was easy and we asked someone to help with our suitcases after we had collected them. Within 5 minutes we were sitting in the shuttle towards the National rental car. 

Everything went smooth our car was ready and we picked a nice Ford Explorer. After I installed the car seat we found out that the battery of the car was dead… Everything needed to be moved to another car including the freshly installed car seat. And that’s not something you want to do with 30 degrees Celsius. 

But at 8:45am we left the facility with a Ford Explorer Extended edition, officially a premium SUV. Knowing that we only were charged for a medium this is a nice upgrade. On top we got to bring the car back empty without being charged for it. Emily slept in her seat a couple minutes after we left.

In about 1,5 hour we were close to the villa and decided to do some grocery shopping at the nearby Target. At the villa I had the wrong early arrival time in mind which meant we were to early and the door would not open. After a call to the management office we found out that we needed to wait untill after 12:00. 

Danielle also got sick during the drive to the villa and decided to go to bed, After unloading everything Emily had her lunch as if nothing was wrong with her, also her fever was much lower. And around 1:30pm she went to back for her usual afternoon nap. She slept until 5:00pm, she clearly must have been exhausted!

The evening Emily and I spend playing with her toys and outside while I was grilling some sausages on the BBQ. And she wanted to go in the pool, a huge difference between six months ago that’s why I let her splash around with her feet a little bit. 



After dinner we cleaned up everything and Emily went to bed without struggling this time. Let’s hope it stays that way for tonight and that Danielle feels fit tomorrow as well. 

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Day 5: Castaway Cay…

What a start of the day, we docked at Castaway Cay and I wanted to make a time lapse of the docking. Mission accomplished.

The construction making this possible was somewhat improvised!

Emily needed medical clearance to get into It’s a Small World the nursery again. We had a special appointment early in the morning (8:00am) because I was about to run the Castaway Cay 5K. The clearance was done easily they measured her temperature and as we measured ourselves the night before and right after her sleep 37.0 Celsius. Most likely because she’s teething. 

From there I went straight to Evolution, a night club at deck 4 to gather with the 5K runners at 8:15am. Danielle and Emily went to Enchanted Garden for breakfast. The runners were allowed to leave the ship before the other passengers at 9:00am we started. It was a very hard run, it took me about 32 minutes to complete the run just because of the heat and the humidity. 

After the run I walked back to the ship and took a photo with Minnie Mouse. 

Just before I was back at the ship Danielle texted that she was on her way out. We met up in line for a meet with Captain Jack Sparrow. Also Drew the cruise director was there and he recognized Emily from before, he remembered that she didn’t want to give her autograph book away. 

On our way to the Castaway Family beach we met Mickey Mouse and Pluto. Emily loved it. She gave them kisses, high fives and waved bye when we moved on. 

The first stop was shop to buy some buckets and shovels to play with at the beach, we didn’t had any as this was Emily’s very first time at a beach. After we found our spot at the beach I went back to change my running gear to swimming gear. When I came back both Danielle and Emily where in the sea. 

As soon as Emily changed into her bathing suit she pulled her mama to the sea. Unfortunately Danielle could not explain Emily how to get sunscreen on her back. The same happened with me as I was on my own when I went to the water. And yes we can feel the burn! But it’s not so terrible.


After the water fun we went back to the beach chairs to play with the sand, Emily instantly knew what to do and started scooping sand into the buckets. 

After a while she wanted back into the water and pulled me with her. We had so much fun, we were building sand castles… Ok, let’s be was building them Emily demolished them. We also went swimming a bit, we were a bit surprised while the last time didn’t went so well. After a while it was time to go back and get lunch at Cookie’s BBQ. 

At 1:00pm it was time to go back to our room, Emily was covered with sand and we wanted to get her a shower before she went to the nursery. At the nursery we checked in, Emily cried when we left but within just a couple minutes she was quite while they played Princess Sofia on the television. 

Danielle and I left the ship back to the island to enjoy some time together at Serenity Beach, an adults only section. We spend am our just laying in the shallow waters. That is what quality time is, after a cocktail we went back with the tram to do some shopping and to get back on the ship. 

On the ship we both showered and started packing our suitcases. These need to be ready at 10:30pm and we will see them back tomorrow after we leave the ship. While we were about to leave to pickup Emily from the nursery we got another call, she had another fever. This time we at least got real information and it was indeed a bit higher as usual but she was still a happy girl. Nothing to worry about, however she looked exhausted and we believe she didn’t get enough sleep either. 

Nevertheless it was time for dinner, Emily was a bit more annoyed by sitting in the chair for a long time as the other nights. But after dinner she was running around as if nothing was wrong. We took one more picture with Mickey Mouse and went back to our room for a diaper change. 

Back in our room there was another surprise waiting for us, Nicky from guest services had pixie dusted us again. We already planned to go say goodbye to both Sofia and Nicky for the surprises and nice chats we had during the cruise. 

But after saying thank you to them it was time to go back to the room and fill the suitcases and bags. Emily was reading us a book and went to bed a bit later as usual, we believe it’s going to be a hard night anyway. Also we felt the ship rocking significantly this evening. 

At 9:30 everything was done amd I left the room one more time to pick up the USB stick with digital photos and the printed photos, we pre-ordered these before the cruise. When that was done I put my clothes in the last suitcase and put it outside our room as well. 

Almost right after Emily woke up and didn’t want to go back to bed. That’s when we took her in our bed for the third time since she is born. It went better as expected because we all got some sleep, Emily siginificantly more as us.  On top,of that tomorrow it is going to be a really early morning while our breakfast starts at 6:45am and we disembark around 8:00am.

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Day 4: At sea…

Today was supposed to be the Castaway Cay day but due to elections in Bahamas this was switched around with the day at sea. 

Just after 7:00am I woke up and found my way to the balcony. Here I ordered 3 croissants, a sliced banana, strawberries and milk from room service. Soon after both Danielle and Emily woke up and the food was delivered. 

At 8:30am we joined the Disney junior wake up party but Emily wasn’t really in a party mood probably because she was not 100% awake yet. But with Woody from Toy Story she was more awake and had some more fun, while waiting in line Mickey Mouse came by to say hello, 

After the picture with Woody we decided to check out the toddler playtime in the outlook at level 14 in one of the chimneys. Not much was going on yet as the advertised time was wrong in the navigator. 

We left again and went towards Animator’s Palete where we had a meet and greet with Elsa and Anna from Frozen. 

From there we went on to meet three more princesses in the Atrium. Although we had tickets there was still some time before it was our turn and Emily and I decided to leave mama behind. We met with Nicky, a German guest service member amd chatted a bit in German. Mama was close to the end of the waiting line and first up was Cinderella, then Rapunzel and the last princess was Tiana. We explored the shops one more time and Emily bought a Minnie Mouse plush. 

We went back to the toddler playtime where we had a little bit of fun but Emily was too tired and we decided to go back to the room and put Emily to sleep. After Emily slept mama went out for lunch at Cabanas while I stayed behind to babysit our little tired Emily…

Emily woke up around 1:30pm and after getting ready for some water fun we met up with mama near Nemo’s reef. Emily enjoyed the water even more as the first time. We were both hungry and mama still wanted some dessert and so we decided to eat at Cabana’s. Emily ate a hotdog, 4 pieces of sushi, rice with beans and corn, steak frites, a chicken tender amd some fish nuggets. Unbelievable… 
Since Emily her sunglasses broke we decided to visit Whozits & Whatzits for a new pair. We found one with Sofia on it but she didn’t new that until she looked at herself in the mirror later. She pulled us both to the mirror to look at Szia (Sofia in Emily’s chatter). 

Emily played a bit at the verandah before she had another nap. We woke her up at 5:00pm to get ready for dinner. She got to wear her Princess Sofia dress with her Princess Crocs! Her most amazing combination and she wore it with pride! Everyone waved to Princess Emily the First, and she waved back shouting Hi!, Bye! or Dag!

In the Atrium we wanted to meet some characters and Minnie Mouse in her pirate clothes had a short waiting line. Mama an Emily waited in that line while I went to the balcony to wait for Mickey Mouse. Emily got to meet them both and she was really impressed. 

After the picture we rushed to the Royal Palace for a pirate meal. Tonight there was the pirates party and thus the whole entertainment was pirated related. 

After dinner we went back to the room to get Emily ready for the nursery. There was a monkey in the room, 3 golden coins from the pirates and a special surprise from Nicky from guest services, a nice card and 2 bags of popcorn. Totally unexpected and even more so a nice pixie dust surprise for us. 

We dropped Emily off and this time she cried, probably because she was tired. Just 20 minutes later we got a call to pick Emily up as she had a fever, no one could really tell how much but they believed it was something between maybe 100-104 Fahrenheit (38-40 Celsius) while she was sweating. That means that she was not allowed to stay and if she’s not feeling well that’s totally understandable for us and we took her with us to our room. 

Back in our state-room we measured her temperature ourselves and we only got to 37.0 Celsius. 0.1 Celsius higher as her normal (98.6 Fahrenheit), most likely because she is teething or because she just finished a bottle of warm milk. Besides her I’m tired cry Emily is still very active and runs around and points at every Mickey Mouse she sees. Based on this experience you can imagine that we are not really impressed with the nursery so far, especially since it comes at an additional fee. And on top of it all to try it again tomorrow we need to get official medical clearance even if her fever is gone. 

Back in the room we had a bit of fun with Emily while enjoying the sunset over the ocean. When we put Emily to bed, she didn’t even cry and fell a sleep almost right away.  

Mama prepared the stuff for tomorrow while I’m getting mentally ready for my first outdoor run of the year, the Castaway Cay 5k. At 8:15am I need to be at Evolution to leave the ship as one of the first. 

Just after 10:00pm I went to deck 12 to look at the fireworks while mama enjoyed this from the verandah. The show was nice, probably the best available on a cruise ship but if you are used to other Disney shows and fireworks it might be a bit less as usual. 

When I got back to the room there was a bag on our fish extender, what could that be? It was a magical moments certificate with pins, stickers and some nice things written on it, it came from Sofia, not the princess, but one of merchandise cast members we met every day of the trip. What a nice way to end the day! 

Now it’s almost midnight and time for to rest as tomorrow is going to be a nice day at Castaway Cay! 

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