story about cruising with kids popped into my memory bank.
We were on the Carnival Destiny a couple of years ago doing back to backs. Beginning of the second week, we were sitting at a table outside on the lido deck watching our new cruisemates arriving.
A young couple with two twin boys 3 years old, and cute as buttons, sat at the table next to us. The dad went off to get some food and drinks, mom turned her head for a minute and the boys took all the table top condiments (salt, ketchup packs, sugar, etc) and "moved" them off the table.
As mom went to her knees to pick up the various items, I replaced ALL the condiments from our table onto theirs to keep the boys entertained.
When mom had finished picking those up as well, she gave me a very appreciative look for helping out..
Of course, after that we had lots to talk about, and they were a delightful couple, and the boys always provided a good laugh when we saw them during the rest of the cruise.