Well, we’ve spent our first 24 hours on board our temporary Princess home at sea and what a 24 hours it has been. From the moment we left our hotel, thanks to our extraordinary cruise co-odinator Cathe Offet, we traveled in style in a hummer limo. Needless to say, the kids squealed for joy as the limo approached the hotel and they realized this was our ‘sweet ride’.

The ride was fun, we had our music pumping and one of our favorites and probably most lyrically appropriate song for the moment came on. It was ‘Dynamite’ by Taio Cruz. We sang at the top of our lungs, threw our hands in the air whilst singing:
Ayo, Gotta let go.
I wanna celebrate and live my life.
Saying Ayo,
Baby, let’s go.

Having lost our father/husband/grandfather only 1.5 years ago and being on this trip (all 16 of us) with our mother/grandmother. Singing about celebrating and living our lives seemed so very appropriate. As we sang I nonchalantly put my sunglasses on to hid the tear I was shedding. My tears were of loss and they were tears of joy. Sitting beside me was my mother. I leaned over and whispered, “Mum, if I don’t say it enough this week, I’m having a really good time and it’s only started.” She turned to me, smiled and with that we both threw our hands in the air again and sang “Ayo, Gotta let go. I wanna celebrate and live my life.’

The limo turned a corner and the singing quickly turned to gasps and ooooohs and aaaahhhhs. We all got a glimpse of our temporary home. She was magnificent. A knife, could have cut the excitement in the limo.

We were dropped off with our luggage and handed over to the porters who took care of us, and our luggage. Our first encounter with the ships staff was with these incredible porters who managed to get our belongings from land to sea with ease. I was pleasantly surprised at how beautifully they treated us. Their smiles told a story and it was a story that was good. Their job isn’t the most glamorous but they were so happy and so attentive to our every need. The attention to detail even at this point surprised me.

Our first few hours involved us getting acquainted with the ship and that means walking and as the kids say ‘exploring’. Within an hour of being onboard our kids (all the cousins) managed to formulate their own (teens, tweens and those under 10). They all hiked around and quickly found out as much as they could and came back to report their findings. Now, 24 hours later they are pros. They are getting around everywhere by themselves. The kids are wise; they are all well traveled so they know the dos and don’ts when it comes to the stuff we all worry about. They are having a ball.

Now I sit writing this update from the comfort of my private deck. My sweet Ella is having a quick nap following an extraordinary day on Princess Cayes Island. After hours of sun and surf our youngest cruiser in the group needs to recharge in order to be ready for tonight. On her list of ‘to do’s’ is the kids club (it looks like so much fun) and for our aspiring artist a trip through the art gallery. Gabriel (9) is enjoying his limitless shakes and smoothies, he and his cousin Tristan have also found the Pizza Bar (Tristan plans to write a note to the Pizza chef complimenting him on his Pizza skills). Sophia (12) is enjoying a break at one of the many pools onboard. She and her two cousins (Isabel and Emma) will no doubt be sitting poolside giggling and having the time of their lives. They’ve decided that tonight it’s movies under the stars for all of us. We can hardly wait.

So friends I have to report Princess For a Day has been pretty extraordinary. This is our first cruise and everyone from the youngest (6) to the eldest (72) loves it. I can’t wait to share more.

Pics are on the way….. Stay tuned!