The big concern for the day was to get ice show tickets. Each ship organizes this differently. Some ships allow you to pre-book your shows, some ships organize ticket handout by stateroom locations. The Independence of the Seas did it the "old" way: come and get it at 8:30 and hope you get what you want and that when you get the next day's compass, there isn't something else you'd rather do at that time. Since Mum & Dad's room was near the ticket table, Dad went down to get tickets. Then Mum went down to exchange those tickets for a time that wasn't in the middle of our dinner :)
Usually, our family and mini-golf is not a good combination. We've never had a good experience with all five of us and mini golf. Maybe this time worked because the two older ones went ahead with Rob, and I ended up with Megan, a few holes back. Grandma and Granddad had Nya.
After mini-golf, there was still time, and the rock wall was open, so the kids opted to try it out.
After rocking climbing, it was time for the Family Life Raft Challenge in the Explorer Room!
We were a little early, but waited for more families to show up. No one else came! That was surprising, since so many people came to the door decorating activity.
The leader split us up into teams, since we couldn't agree on them ourselves. Two engineers, a few very smart women, and four kids...We were given some supplies: two paper plates, a piece of wax paper, some Popsicle sticks, some tape, a balloon, and some little paper condiment cups.
We had to design a lift raft that would hold wood Jenga blocks. The winner held the most before sinking. There was a little bit of spying, and a bit of complaining that Granddad was using his pocket knife, LOL.
My team was Lucy and Hugh and I. We didn't realize at first that we had two paper plates so we lost a bit of time with re-designing our boat.
Here are the team: Grandma, Meg and Rob; Me, Hugh and Lucy; Lou, Nya and Granddad. Am I really that short?! That dress is very comfy but not very flattering!
Rob and Meg strategize to fill their life boat, which had a canoe shape.
Grandma checks in. I don't remember how many they got, but maybe 9?
I don't remember the afternoon. LOL. I have no pictures, so we might have been in the pool. Or, relaxing.
After dinner, we went back up to the cabins to change. We'd been giving the kids a little of freedom, and Meg asked if she could go to the library and read her book (she was supposed to read everyday). It was one deck down, next to the elevator. Sure, we said, we'll come there and meet you when it's time to go to the show. When the time came (only about 20 minutes later), we went to the library. There was a girl in a strange outfit and blue wig, dusting the books. But no Megan. Blued haired girl hasn't seen anyone in the library. We looked out onto the Royal Promenade, and I just caught her carrying a Sorrento's plate and getting in to the elevator. As it got to our deck she turned to look towards the library...the shock on her face as we all waved to her was priceless. She had pushed for deck 8, and then came back down for deck 7. Busted!! LOL!!
Then, we went t o the Headliner Showtime, which was "The Vocal Manipulation of Michael Harrison". The kids really enjoyed it. There were a few moments of adultness, but I think it went over their heads.
One thing I noticed is that the shows were timed really well around dinner and each other. Previously, shows seemed to be a bit longer, and you either were late for dinner, or rushing to get to the theatre. I will say though, that having only two showings of a show, is NOT enough. The theatre was always packed. We started out going 15-20 minutes early and were lucky to get seats close together (really, we'd have to camp out before dinner to get 9 seats together). By the end of the week, 30 minutes was not enough time to get four seats together without a pole in the way.
The children's area is really pretty at night when it's closed and quiet LOL.
After the Headliner Showtime, I took Meg for a walk around outside, hoping to tire her out and get the other two settled and maybe asleep so Rob and I could leave them and go to the late night adult comedy.
The kids weren't asleep, but we headed out to the late night adult comedy of Phil Tag. Dad babysat Nya, so it was the rest of us adults (4). There was the usual "how small is my cabin" humour, and he was a fine enough show. Nothing outstanding, but I'm not a huge comedy fan anyway.
Another late night, but like they say on the ship, save sleeping for when you get home!