Friday, June 22, 2012

What Did You Do For Father's Day? -- We Went on a Cruise...




Did you do anything special for Father's Day?  I ended up taking my husband and father, along with the girls and my mom on the annual Father's Day Cruise from Spirit Cruises.  I can't tell you how much fun we had.  This was the first time my father had been on one of these cruises, and loved it.  To think that my parents grew up in Boston, and have lived outside of Boston for years, but have never done one of these cruises.  My husband and I have done a whale watch cruise years ago, but never did a brunch cruise.

At first, I was not sure if the girls would behave on the boat, as Savannah is starting to go through the terrible 2's stage, and likes to act out in public to get attention.  We have had to limit our dining out experiences, as she ends up crawling all around, or making a mess of her food.  But, I wanted to do something special for my husband and father, and thought this would be a great way to spend the day. Here are the girls getting ready for this first boat cruise.  Both wore dresses, while Arabella chose one with a sweater to keep her arms warm :-)

ArabellaFathersDayDress

SavannahFathersDayDress
Note: Savannah didn't wear the red socks with the dress -- It took awhile for her to switch though. :-)

I couldn't believe how many other families were taking advantage of this unique and fun way to celebrate Father's Day.  After checking in and getting our boarding tickets, we made our way to the line, to wait to board the boat.  Look how beautiful the boat looked.




As we boarded the boat, my daughter, Savannah couldn't stop pointing at everything.  The boat itself was spacious and inviting. 



After wandering the decks, we found a table to sit at, and prepared to feast on a delicious and bountiful brunch, including seafood, steak and chicken, along with pastas.  As a parent, I was happy to see that they had finger foods, including Savannah's favorites, mac and cheese and chicken fingers, for the children.  This was one of my concerns, as I was afraid they wouldn't have foods she would be able to eat.  My family and I ended up sampling a little bit of everything.  You should have seen the food, and tasted it.  There was so much to go around.  We watched as others filled their plates and sat down to enjoy their meals.  As I surveyed the main dining area, I couldn't see a table with unsatisfied diners.  Everyone seemed to be leaving empty plates. Oh my, I think I gained a few pounds during the trip with all the food I ate. :-)



We didn't just eat and take in the beautiful views of Boston.  Nope, there was also a DJ on board, playing family friendly music, as well as a balloon animal person, going around and making different animals, flowers, etc. for children (and some adults).  Savannah held on to her balloon dog, and wouldn't put it down -- that was until the music started.