We have had my family visiting us this week which has been lovely. They have now walked up and down the blue stairs a million times going from the gangway to our cabin, eaten with us in the dining room, tried out the services of the crew nurse, Dr and pharmacist (thanks to all of them!), taken us shopping, to the park and beach.
The beach was a new experience as none of us had been to a beach with black sand. The boys were very sceptical about the idea and took some persuading to actually play with the sand toys we had taken (kindly given to us by a family who left). Tom then ventured out to those of us who were paddling only to encounter a wave that knocked him over and drenched him up to his shoulders. Fortunately he was grabbed and cuddled pretty quickly by uncle Sam and so does not seem too tramatised by the experience.