Once the ship starts to sail they gather all of the kids to the middle of the ship and put on a little show/skit to tell the rules and to introduce the awesome cast. Then they started passing out water-guns to the kids. They thought it was fun and hilarious to shoot the parents until the cast handed out water-guns to the parents as well! I had to hide my camera because some of those kids were relentless with those water-guns!
After the water-gun fight they dismissed the girls to the galley for face painting while the boys stayed back to swab the deck! You should have seen their faces when they started handing out mops! It really was so cute and so clever too.
Don't let his face fool you! He was having a blast, just hot and tired from running around like a maniac squirting people! Once the girls finished their face painting it was time to switch and let the boys get theirs done. They also gave them at pirate hat at this point. Mason came back with a beard and a mustache and was pretty proud.
Next it was time for some good ol' sword fighting. They let the kids choose if they wanted to use the ship's swords or the ones they purchased. Mason chose to use the ships sword so that he didn't break his!
Next was Cannon time! One of the pirates shot the cannon a couple of times at some nearby boats. The kids got a kick out of that! Then they let the kids shoot a nerf-ball cannon. The boys shot while the girls gathered the balls and then they switched. Mason took it very seriously as you can see in the photos below. As each kid took a turn on the cannon the cast gave them each a pirate bracelet.
Next they took all of the kids down to the galley to study the treasure map! There was a treasure box hidden out in the ocean and they had to help the captain find it. Once they bring the treasure box in they let each kid pick out a handful of treasures.
After each kid got their treasure they had them line up for tattoos. There were 3 or 4 designs they could choose from. Let me tell you, those were some good tattoos. The very last of Mason's just came off almost 4 weeks later. And that's even with him swimming in the ocean, in lakes and in rivers and countless baths. I've never seen a temp tattoo last that long!
On the way back to shore everyone just hung out and enjoyed the ride or joined in the dance party going on! It was such a fun trip and something we'd do again in a heartbeat. I know Mason made memories on that ship that he will remember for a long time. And I will always remember how cute my little pirate was!
We asked one of the Pirates for a good place to eat and he told us about a place called J Michaels. It ended up being my favorite meal of the entire trip! He said it was the local's best kept secret, but tourists are slowly learning and raving about it. I can see why! It was delicious. Nathan even tried an oyster there and has been craving them since! They were covered in butter, cheese and jalepenos and he said they didn't have the typical oyster texture! I took his word for it instead of trying them. ha.
That evening we visited St Andrews State Park and fell in love with it! It was such a beautiful part of the beach. And everywhere that you looked there were photoshoots going on!
Have you ever been to Panama or done anything like the Pirate Cruise?