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Postcard from the Barbie Cruise

Senior editor Tracy Chappell takes to the high seas with the most glamorous doll of them all.

By Tracy Chappell

Postcard from the Barbie Cruise

Postcard from the Barbie Cruise

The Allure of the Seas bobs in the background

When Royal Caribbean International invited us to try out the new Barbie Premium Experience on their Allure of the Seas ship, my family didn't have to think twice. "A Barbie cruise?" my seven-year-old Anna exclaims. She grabs four-year-old Avery and the two of them start packing. While the ship itself isn't Barbie themed, you can now get the Barbie experience on any Royal Caribbean cruise, which gives your child access to exclusive events for an additional $349 (US) per kid. A version of this article appeared in our August 2013 issue with the headline, "The Barbie cruise," p. 26.

Postcard from the Barbie CruisePhoto: Tracy Chappell

The best... VIP treatment

The girls got lanyards to identify them as Barbie special guests, and tote bags so their new dolls could accompany us everywhere.

Postcard from the Barbie CruisePhoto: Tony Lanz

The best... downtime

Barbie movies were available free of charge in our room, but of course we just had to buy the DVDs as soon as we got home.

Postcard from the Barbie CruisePhoto: Mattel, Inc.

The best... parent-free fun

Anna and Avery begged for more time at the award-winning kids' club, Adventure Ocean.

Postcard from the Barbie CruisePhoto: Royal Caribbean International

The best... tea party

Lemonade and pastries were served to us by my sweeties at a Tiaras and Teacups event.

Postcard from the Barbie CruisePhoto: Royal Caribbean International

Bonus points

The week of fun culminated in a show-stopping fashion extravaganza. All the Barbie girls strutted their stuff down a pink (natch) runway for a wall of paparazzi (that'd be us parents), before ending the show with their surprisingly polished Mermaid Dance routine. By the end of the trip, my girls were talking about Skyping their new little friends and when they would see each other again. Maybe on our next cruise?

Postcard from the Barbie CruisePhoto: Royal Caribbean International

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