Then we got onto the second largest cruise ship on the water: The Liberty of the Seas.
First we found our staterooms, and then we had to go find our muster stations. That's the place you go to board your lifeboat in case of an emergency. The last cruise we went on required you to go with your life jacket on, but this one didn't. We just had to know where our station was (and interestingly, it was a bar, so I never really knew how to get there again anyway) and listen to the spiel.
And then, naturally, the kids wanted to go swimming.
The boat had a really wonderful swimming/splash area for children, along with two other pool areas with more "grown-up" pools.
And yeah, nobody I know is in that shot. Just the cool play area.
The kids had a blast together with my brother Dave's two children, Tychon and Estee. My brother Jon came, but he couldn't bring his kids, so we really missed them. Tychon and Chloe were born exactly one week apart and they adore each other. It's really too bad they don't see each other more often, they were joined at the hip for the entire week.
Meanwhile, we were still docked in Miami.
And the sun started to set.
And Sophia got into water that was over her head and was not too happy.
So we went to eat dinner. That was quite the whirlwind getting dressed in time! The boat pulled away from the dock just as we left the pool area.
After dinner we went to sign the children up for the kids' clubs that are onboard. They are amazing on Royal Caribbean, and we were really impressed. We left the kids with them a lot more than I thought we would, and they begged to go back all the time. That first night we got to stay with them as they got comfy with the surroundings and they also got their faces painted.
Sophia was a kitty cat of some sort.
Chloe was a tigress.
And Bria was a tropical sunset.
And then, horrid mother that I am, I made them wash it off and go to bed at midnight.