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?
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?
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.
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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.
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?
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.
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.