Life on the Ship

I love this picture, if only the ocean smell could come with it. We really enjoyed the evenings on the deck.

Ahhh, a well deserved vacation. Time for us all to relax………well maybe a little hard with a baby but we will do our best to relax.

Life on the pool deck- lounging and relaxing- well as much as you can with a baby 🙂

Enjoying our meals together.

That’s a big plate of pasta for such a little girl. Every evening the floor was a complete disaster after little Miss mess-maker was done with her dinner.

And we always have one who falls asleep after only a few bites to eat.

A Galla Evening. All dressed up for the evening.


We were lucky and got a really great dinner table for our nightly dinners.

The beautiful sunset views were amazing.

Out on the deck. After dinner every evening the kids center had fun activities planned for the kids. So we’d drop of the kids and then put the baby in her stroller to sleep and go hang out in the lounges.

Awaiting the kid’s disco to start. The boys learned some fun dances. The main language on the boat was Italian. Some of the kid’s staff spoke English but not German, so our kids became the designated German translator for all of the German kids.

The Toscano (Purple) Lounge was our favorite. It was just 1 floor below our cabin and we’d hang out here regularly.

Nap Time for everyone—-I love this picture even though it is blurry. Jacob took it of us and obviously we are all totally out.

The afternoons on the deck were great to enjoy the sunshine together.

Ahoy Mattie – The last night the boys had a huge pirate party with all of their friends they had made. It lasted until mid-night……so fun for the kids.

The baby wasn’t old enough for the kid club so when the boys were out having fun, the 3 of us were hanging out together.

If the kids weren’t in the club they were in the pool or hot tub. The boys enjoying some time in the hot tub. I would say a cruise was the perfect family vacation. The kids enjoyed the ship so much they did not want to go to shore.


Santorini, Σαντορίνη

Santorini is like a magical city perched on the side of a volcano surrounded by a giant lagoon. We had to take smaller boats into the island . The waters were rough and it was quite an adventure. Once on land there were only 2 ways up to the village, a donkey or a cable car. We took the cable car up.
Most of the village was white with blue accents, beautiful. It was so fun to explore.
A snapshot in-front of a cool blue door
I loved all the blues. We hiked along the ridge of most of the city. It took about an hour.
Daddy and his little girl. Traveling with a baby can be very tiring…she does not seem to appreciate all the beautiful views.  HA. Nap time can be difficult to manage etc. We have found taking a backpack to carry her in has helped with the naps. Oh the joys.
It’s nice when the kids can help take pictures


The lone donkey.  The boys were really excited about taking the donkey down the hill. There had to be about 75 donkeys lined up and down the path.
Enjoying the ride down.
A little unsure at first, the donkey was a little freaked but they both settled into the ride.
I would recommend the ride up the hill and then you can enjoy the walk back down. It is nice to entertain the kids too and less complaining about walking up the hills.
You can see our ship in the background.

We set up our tri-pod and managed to get a family photo. It was a shame we only had a day on this beautiful island. We would love to go back and rent a home to stay longer and enjoy the views, culture, and food. Hopefully soon.


We fell in love with Bari. Maybe it was the weather, or the relaxed atmosphere, or the food, or the sea, or the people, or Italy, or just a mixture of it all but Bari was great.

Wandering the streets of Bari was fascinating. We’d heard you’d see people in their homes making pasta but didn’t really think we’d see almost everyone in their home making pasta. All the doorways had a little curtain on it and we could see the Italian woman at work.
Here the orchetti is drying outside the doorsteps of each home. One of my favorite dishes has always been an Orchetti dish Jason makes. I was so excited to try it in Bari.
We found a perfect little restaurant. The orchetti was amazing. But there was more……

We devoured these fried, salty, dough balls. Who would have thought? We loved them so much we tried to order them again but ended up with this…..

I guess fratelli and fratella sounds too similar. After a few hand jesters to our neighbors table the waiter figured it out and brought us some more. They were so delicious.
Josie loved the fried dough. If you look closely she is saving a piece for latter behind her ear 🙂
Eatting gelato with a baby strapped to you = A crazy baby
What a beautiful day.