AIDAPerla : Mediterranean Adventures

Months ago, we were invited by AIDA, a German cruise line, to attend the maiden voyage of their brand new ship -- AIDAPerla.  This would be our very first cruise as a family.  It was fun over the last few months to try to explain to Dorothy the idea of a cruise.  "It's big, big boat.  And we sleep on it, eat on it, there's water slides, pools, and a kids club.." It's a pretty fantastic idea for a toddler.  Let's just say we were all very excited! 

We were very excited to revisit some old and new stops in the Mediterranean.  The boat started and ended in Mallorca, Spain and had stops in Rome, Florence and Barcelona.  Cruises are a great way to get a little taste of a city. And then you know where you want to spend more time or don't need to revisit.  

Check out our video for a full recap of our time aboard the AIDAPerla.

Our stop in Rome consisted of pizza making.   I think we each ate our own personal pizza!  

Our stop in Rome consisted of pizza making.   I think we each ate our own personal pizza!  

So there's an ice machine on the top level of the boat.  We'd like to appologize to all the other passengers for eating all. of. it. ;) 

So there's an ice machine on the top level of the boat.  We'd like to appologize to all the other passengers for eating all. of. it. ;) 

We checked Pisa off our bucket list this week.  Such a fascinating and cute little Italian town.

We checked Pisa off our bucket list this week.  Such a fascinating and cute little Italian town.

Our first time to Spain.  Mallorca is a beautiful city!  This building stands out above anything else so we had to make a stop there. 

Our first time to Spain.  Mallorca is a beautiful city!  This building stands out above anything else so we had to make a stop there. 

Dorothy and Manilla rode these slides about 100x each.  Watch our video to see how Manilla conquers his fears and becomes a pro swimmer this week.

Dorothy and Manilla rode these slides about 100x each.  Watch our video to see how Manilla conquers his fears and becomes a pro swimmer this week.

My favorite photo from the cruise.  Manilla was an absolute champ in the water this week and this infinity pool on the side of the ship was the perfect depth for him to practice. THANK YOU AIDA!  

My favorite photo from the cruise.  Manilla was an absolute champ in the water this week and this infinity pool on the side of the ship was the perfect depth for him to practice.

THANK YOU AIDA!