October 20, 2014 by Sara McClure 4 Comments If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. While the paint was drying, Jonah was in charge of measuring lines with a ruler on a piece of cardstock and coloring the red stripes on the viking boat sail. Once the edges were reinforced, I used my scissors to poke a hole through the top and bottom in the center of the sail. To make the oars, I used a single hole punch to punch three holes in each side of the boat. Next, we threaded three barbeque skewers into the holes and used some brown craft foam hot glued to each end to form the paddle on the oar. To make the dragon head on the front of the viking boat, I folded a piece of brown craft foam in half and roughly cut a dragon profile. I just love the whole viking post and the viking ship is an awesome idea for kids, just love it! Ghost Ship Make Up Kit includes Green, White, Brown, Grey and Red Greasepaint, Black Crayon, Applicator and 2 Sponges.
You may have been on many vacations but a first cruise can feel like stepping into a new world where the rules have changed and people dress accordingly. It is important to remember that as homely as a cruise may feel, it is not home and you’re not the only one there.
Keep your alcohol consumption in-check (no-one likes a drunk), and your kids under control. Never save loungers, and, remember, a slammed cabin door at 2am can be heard for miles around. The brochure said three pools, two cinemas, an untold number of restaurants, bars and clubs, a golf course and casino and yet many first time cruisers are surprised by the ship’s size. First things first, don’t think you’re the only one who can’t find their room despite three attempts.
The quicker you get your bearings, the smoother you’ll move from pool to room to dinner to dance without enduring a 30 minute detour each time.
The main dining room tends to have a smart policy so no shorts, flip-flops, jeans or t-shirts. Extra payment usually applies for spa services, gambling, non-inclusive restaurants, official photographs, tours, internet and calls, and gratuities. Many cruises have sought to make this simple by adding a per day gratuity to on-board bills. Before a first cruise there can be a tendency to focus on the ship-based activities and almost forget the days in port. Some can be booked before you board, the rest are available on a first come basis so you’re advised to decide early. Cost conscious or independent travelers may prefer to go it alone but make sure you’re back on time, the ship won’t wait and you’ll have to get yourself to the next port or home. Even if you have your heart set on spending your days lazing around the pool the vast number of on-board activities can leave even the least active hopping from foot to foot like a child in a toy shop.
Ice-skating, piano playing, language learning, golf swinging, boogie-boarding…even zip-lining are available aboard today’s cruises. To make sure you don’t miss out, get a full list of the ships activities and determine what needs to be booked in advance then see the ship’s daily bulletin to find out what’s on where and when.
Vacation time often means indulging in a tipple or two but cruise rules can be complicated. Legal drinking ages vary depending where you set sail and on the company’s policy and things get even more complicated if the bar isn’t all-inclusive. Some cruises allow you to bring your own booze on board, or purchase it in port while others charge a corkage fee or forbid it entirely. If you liked this article, you might also like: Top 10 Most Extravagant Cruises in the World.

The little man in my life (aka as Asher my gorgeous four year old nephew) is seriously into them. He had been given a pirate ship model by Grandma and had glued it together and painted it and that was what he wanted for his cake. I tried not to make the front of the boat have too much of an angle inwards underneath as I know that can be a nightmare to cover with icing. Make sure you roll out plenty of fondant icing to cover the cake and tuck it in underneath. Gently lift the fondant over the cake then smooth lightly with your hands to get any air pockets out. Once the whole cake has been smoothed over with your hands, use a smoothing tool to get it absolutely perfect.
The round cake board was covered with a thick (5mm) layer of blue fondant which was rolled and covered in the usual way.
To make the deck a perfect fit I cut a slither off the ship’s paper pattern and used it as a template to cut out the yellow wooden decking. The cabin was covered in the yellow fondant icing and was positioned on the middle of the ship’s deck with a little Royal Icing. I cut the sails out of paper and did a drawing of the Jolly Rodger then added Ahser’s initials. Tim had to show me how to make a pirates hat as all my attempts made him look like a cowboy! I made the plank by cutting a thin cake board to size then covering it with fondant and creating a wooden effect. For the Pirate ship cake I cut out the basic cake shape then once I added buttercream and Jam to the middle I placed them together. Then fold it in half and draw the ship part of the cake so that you will get to use up as much of the cake as possible. I got the chocolate fondant from my local cake decorating shop but you can get it on Amazon too. I have used supermarkets own brands and they are a good back up but not quite as malleable as the renshaw.
I tend to mainly buy pre- coloured sugarpaste as they come in so many perfect colours, but I also buy big 5kg packs of white as it works out a lot cheaper. I used a skinny, but sturdy cardboard tube that was recycled from a package of glow sticks. For a safer, faster, more enjoyable user experience, please update your browser today or try a newer browser. Dress appropriately at all times with no pajamas outside your cabin and proper covering beyond the pool. Use earphones if you want to turn up the volume and bite your tongue when things inevitably go wrong, misery and anger are rarely welcome. The buffet restaurant usually accepts less formal attire and you can slob out to your hearts content in your cabin.
Add international guests with differing tipping attitudes and international staff with varying expectations and you’re in a tipping quagmire. Generally you can ask on board to increase or decrease the gratuity but in some cases it is not discretionary.
Fear not, all cruises have a travel desk designed to help you with your off-ship excursions. Before you go slipping a bottle of vodka in your bag, check, as it may not be necessary…or may end up in the Captain’s cupboard (to be returned at the end). So when I asked him what he wanted for his cake this year I had a pretty good idea of what the answer would be – as he brandished his tin foil hook! My plan was to get the larger top half of the boat out of the big cake with the base of the cake out of the smaller one.

I then used my fingers to create the waves, gently pushing into the icing to create a rippled effect. I left these to dry overnight as I wanted them to be firm enough to handle, but soft enough to be able to stick to the side of the ship neatly. I then made a red flag with a Jolly Rodger on the front (from fondant) and  placed it over one of my modelling tools so when it was dry and positioned in the cake it would look like it was blowing in the wind.
You can download my template for the sails here Pirate ship Sails template I used a hot glue gun to stick the sails to the mast. To do this glue the top part in place first and when it is really stuck fast you can stick the second on. Asher loves Captain Hook so I made one to stand on the cake complete with peg leg and shiny hook.
I adapted the shape so I could fit it all on one cake with a bit of sticking pieces together with buttercream.
Do you buy them ready-coloured or always buy white and then colour for all your lovely cakes.
When I colour the sugarpaste I use a small amount (added with a toothpick) until it’s the right colour.
You can try and add some Trex (vegetable fat) to the sugarpaste when you knead it – just a little. Using hot glue along the top and bottom edges, I reinforced the viking sail with barbeque skewers. Generally there’ll be at least one formal event that demands a dark suit and tie or tux for men and an evening dress for women.
As a general guide the price will include port charges, taxes, your cabin, all meals, room service, on-board shows and entertainment, clubs, recreational facilities like the pool, hot tub and gym and most activities. This is particularly so with bar tabs, so it’s best to find out if you don’t want to double tip.
Read up before you travel or download a few offline apps to help you decide what to explore on-shore.
I knew I was going to shape the cake inwards where the boat touches the sea, so it worked out perfectly.
Off cuts taste great, especially when you are decorating a cake late at night!) The cake here is upside down  to make the shaping easier. But the peg leg wasn’t happy about being made to stand up so he was resting on a barrel of whisky.
Use icing sugar to dust down your surface and try and colour the paste a day before you need it. I place it on my hands to melt it then knead and that makes the sugarpaste more malleable and less likely to crack once it’s been handled.
Thanks for visiting!While learning about Vikings during our Viking Unit Study, the kids wanted to make a Viking ship. I was actually planning to have him hanging off the ship but he was too long, but I think this works so much better.
Using some common household materials and some recycled materials, we came up with a Viking Ship Craft that has been played with over and over and extended their learning through small world play.
I wrapped the red flag around the top and back of the skewer and also made sure that the top was wet so it would really stick in place. Or can you from your other experiences suggest an alternative brand fondant with better workability please? I often find the kids, mainly Jonah, pretending Lego men are Erik the Red on a voyage or Leif Erickson on his way to North America.

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