A few weeks ago our family set sail on our first family cruise aboard Carnival Magic. While planning for our trip I knew I wanted for our kids to be able to record their adventures on and off the ship and have a way to remember this family vacation for years to come. I created a free download for “My Cruise Journal”, a fun way to keep track of all their important memories and friends they made on the cruise.
With the help of my mom we deigned and created a printable 7-day journal with daily prompts to help the kids record their favorite things and make future plans for activities and events they wanted to do while on our cruise. We were surprising our kids with this trip, they thought we were going to the cruise port to say “Bon Voyage” to grandma and grandpa who were going on a 7-day cruise.
I made cruise ship gift bags with the Cricut Explore and inside it included My Cruise Journal, a new book to read and a new pair of flip flops for their surprise “We’re going on a Cruise!” gift, which we gave to them at the port.
Each page includes a “Today we are: At Sea/In Port” heading so we can remember where we were when we had all of the fun. They can also write the Location and Weather for each day. Below that was a section titled “Drawing of my Favorite Thing Today.” I wanted a simple way that my two youngest, who are still learning to write, could easily express themselves without frustration. They loved drawing a picture of their favorite thing and this also turned out to be a great way to keep them entertained at dinner each night.
The next page has different prompts for each day and also asks the question “Tomorrow I want to.” This was a great way to help us plan out our days and make sure that the kids got to do everything they want to while on our special family vacation. We would look at the Carnival FUNTIMES program that our room steward would leave each evening to help us decide which activities on board where a must do and see for our family.
Each night we took our cruise journals to dinner with us, which as I mentioned earlier was a lifesaver with keeping the kids entertained while waiting in the dining room. It was also a great way for us all to hear what each child liked best about the day. It seemed like our days were jammed packed with fun, but it’s really nice to slow down for just a bit and savor the simple pleasures of our vacation through our children’s eyes. Some of their answers are sweet, surprising and downright funny.
And the best part, after all the trinkets are lost and life returns to normal they will have a great treasure and reminder of their favorite memories from our cruise on Carnival Magic!
If you’re planning a cruise and want a fun and easy way to keep track of your kid’s favorite memories, download our free “My Cruise Journal.” Print the free printable on white cardstock and make sure you select two-sided in the print options to get the correct back and front page sequence for your journal.
Do you have a special way your family records memories while on family vacations?