Could we be the Royal Family?

Royal Caribbean - Johnny Rockets diner

Odd question you may ask as you know we don’t have any blue blood running through our veins but a while back the Royal Caribbean launched a competition to search for a family to become their Royal Family for 2014. This would mean participating in things like the launch of their brand new ship Quantum of the Seas and having to spend a week in February cruising the Caribbean islands – can you imagine anything harder?

independence of the seas

Views of the Royal Promenade – independence of the Seas

So I put us forward, all you had to do was send a family photo in and write 150 words as why you would be the perfect choice. As with most competitions I thought no more of it, it was obvious half the UK would be entering such a fabulous competition and then I got the phone call to say we had been shortlisted – out of over 400 entries.

We are family right to the core. Every decision we take as mum and dad is based on what’s best for us as a family. 

There are no ‘date nights’, we take our girls with us and enjoy our treats together on family nights. 

We love to explore and having fun is top of our agenda. Holidays for us are precious family moments where memories are made that will last a lifetime and carry us through the dullness when we’re back at work. 

Our time spent together on holiday is trying new food, visiting new places, swimming in the pool, discovering new skills and above all laughing and having fun, oh and mummy taking a shed load of photos to record it all! 

Nothing beats tucking up a tired child who falls asleep with a smile on their face dreaming of tomorrow’s adventures 

We’d LOVE to be your Royal Family.

Until that phone call came in the whole idea had been little more of an ‘Oh wouldn’t it be lovely?’ in my head. Post phone call the idea shot to the very top of my ‘I Want This’ list.

What did the shortlisted families have to do?

independence of the seas

We were invited to spend one day onboard the Independence of The Seas as it docked in Southampton getting ready to depart for a mini cruise. We arrived at 9am passports in hand and wondered how does one look Royal

Find lots more photos on my Instagram feed

I had been very careful not to mention too much about the competition to the girls as I didn’t want to stress them over it, if we didn’t win I didn’t want them getting upset but the day started with a big cheer for each competing family and my two latched on to the idea in an instant.

cupcake making Independence of the seas

Our first challenge was to prepare Puppy dog cupcakes with Daina from the onboard Cupcake Shop, she made it look so easy! The twins sat at the table and mummy helped them create whilst the film crew took some footage, shame they missed our Bess stick her frosting bag in her mouth to catch the drip of frosting oozing out. I laughed at the sight and she immediately thought she was doing something wrong – cue big tears … oh dear it was going to be a long day.

All I wanted was for them to be natural and enjoy the day – right?

Our day was to include some rock climbing but the weather conditions cancelled this – cue more big tears and ‘But Mummy I really, really wanted to do rock climbing.’ Why had I mentioned it to them?

mini golf independence of the seas

Instead we putted on the mini golf and once the girls had made it round the course I told them they had won which put smiles back on their faces.

We were taken to lunch in Johnny Rockets diner, think USA, juke boxes, fun staff and burgers like you’ve never seen before. Husband went for the Smoke House Double which is a beast of a burger but needless to say he smashed it effortlessly.

Johnny rockets Independence of the Seas

Then it was time for the second filming of the day “Tell us why you want to be the Royal Family.”

Why hadn’t I thought about this and prepared a winning speech? #Panic

The four of us were sat on a leather sofa and had three cameras pointing at us.

I felt nervous.

I had met the other families and they were lovely but only one of us could win.

As I spoke the twins were grinning at each other and started to slide off the sofas onto the floor. They thought it was hilarious. I did not.

‘Please sit still for two minutes.’ I begged in my Really Nice Voice accompanied with a begging smile. Most probably all caught on camera.

Even funnier, they slid off again and again and again.

I came away thinking I could have done better, I should have said …, I should have done …. I’ve messed it up!

Oh well, husband thinks he may have saved the day for us, we’ll have to wait and see.

Next step is films on the Royal Caribbean Facebook page – please note – I will be begging for your vote.

May the best man win and all that and may that man be us. 

Viking bar Lounge - independence of the seas

Wishing she could go and play in the H2O zone


  1. Lisa Polaine
    October 28, 2013 / 8:18 AM

    Fab Blog Everything Crossed For You xx

  2. October 28, 2013 / 11:40 AM

    You most certainly could and personally, I think you should be the next royal family ;) You are such a down to earth and fun family and so so lovely, so I think you’d be great representing the brand.

    I’ve got everything crossed for you and do hope that I can soon read more about your cruise adventures x

  3. October 28, 2013 / 11:42 AM

    I have everything crossed for you and voting will be easy for such a ‘Royal’ and wonderful family x

  4. October 28, 2013 / 11:49 AM

    Does this mean I may have to call you ma’am ? ;)

    Good luck Mari and poke me when it’s voting time! x

  5. October 28, 2013 / 12:27 PM

    I have everything crossed for you Ma’am Doth’s cap and bows as I exit.

  6. Cat (Yellow Days)
    October 28, 2013 / 12:38 PM

    I bet you came across brilliantly, a natural normal family. Who better to represent them. Good luck!

  7. Stacey Corrin
    October 28, 2013 / 1:19 PM

    Well you guys look the part and we all know that you’d make a great family of royals. Good luck to you! Will keep all manner of limbs crossed in the mean time!

  8. October 28, 2013 / 1:59 PM

    I had never really considered cruises as family holidays, looks like I was wrong- Hope you win so I can find out more about it, and see if it is something that would suit my motley crew,

  9. October 28, 2013 / 3:38 PM

    Good luck, give us a shout when it’s time to vote! :) xx

  10. October 28, 2013 / 3:54 PM

    I bet the girls giggling showed what a normal happy family you are! Perfect!

    I keep trying to convince my OH to go on a cruise but not having much success at the moment, I may leave your post on the laptop when he is around!

    Great pictures and don’t forget to let us know when the voting starts xx

  11. October 28, 2013 / 7:59 PM

    You need to practice a royal wave if you win.I have no idea who the other families are but I think you got a good chance of winning.

  12. becky
    October 29, 2013 / 12:03 AM

    OOh good luck hope you are picked!

  13. November 1, 2013 / 8:52 AM

    Oh do tell us when it’s time to vote. I think you’d be the PERFECT Royal family! And how much is there to do on that boat??? It’s like a whole mini town!

  14. November 2, 2013 / 5:18 PM

    oooh how exciting for you all, good luck with it!!!

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