Monday, April 27, 2009

Our Caribbean Cruise

Well here we go - pictures of the trip we just got back from. This was a trip from one of our blind suppliers (possibly the last one we'll earn for a long time at the rate things are going....) I was a little bit nervous about going on a cruise because our last time wasn't our favorite vacation (fun - but not our favorite). But then our friends Mindy & Jesse decided to come with us, and we had a great time!

The cruise left from Ft. Lauderdale, FL on Monday. After a lot of traveling (we left Sunday night from our local airport) we *finally* boarded the ship. We didn't leave until Monday evening, and the weather started out pretty crummy. We were nervous that it would be like the last cruise (which rained almost the whole time), but the weather did clear up later in the trip. Our cabin didn't have a balcony (like Jesse and Mindy's did) - but it was actually pretty big. Almost twice the size of our room on the last cruise! It didn't feel cramped at all, it was quite nice.

Tuesday we docked at Nassau, Bahamas. We took a tour on segways and it was a BLAST! It took a little time to get adjusted to the segways and how they worked, but by the end we were wishing that we had more time to play around on them. Then we came back to the port area. We went shopping and had lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe (where my food came back un-cooked - blech!). On the way back to the ship the weather fell apart and it started POURING rain, which was quite funny because after we came back to the ship and were SOAKED - but then it stopped raining almost as quickly as it started.

Wednesday we docked at a place called Half Moon Cay - Carnival Cruise Line's private island. We settled in on the beach (a gorgeous place!) and relaxed a bit. Then we headed over to another part of the island to swim with the Sting Rays. We had done something similar in Grand Cayman on our last cruise and I have to admit...I was a little bit disappointed in it this time.....we were in a caged in place, there were only 9 sting-rays, and they were kind of strict with how we interacted with them (we weren't supposed to stand up -we were just supposed to swim around). We fed them squid....but it was weird because we almost couldn't feel the food being sucked out of our hands...then afterwards we ate some lunch, swam a bit in the water and relaxed in the shade on the island.

Thursday we docked at the island of Grand Turk. We took a small tour around the island before heading to the place we were doing our Power Snorkel trip. This island had been hit by hurricane season last fall and it was still devastated. It was heartbreaking to look around and see all of the destruction and messes, not to mention the poverty. It was sad to see. We went to this little place on the beach to try Power Snorkel - otherwise known as "the lazy-man's snorkeling" or even referred to as "James Bond snorkeling". It was fun to do something new....but I love "normal" snorkeling so much that it was hard to do something different. This didn't seem as relaxing....but we did get to cover a lot more "ground" (or water) - because we were getting drug around with our motors. We saw some amazing stuff - TONZ of fish of all different sizes, sting-rays (which were cooler to see in the wild), and even several small groups of barracudas. It was so neat! We were swimming in an area that was 15-25 feet deep. Then there was a drop off (like on the movie Finding Nemo) that dropped off to 7,000 FEET! It was gorgeous. I didn't get as many pictures as I would have liked to....but it was pretty amazing. My snorkel was HORRIBLE, and towards the end I was getting really tired from having issues with it (not breathing right, getting water in it, etc) - but it was great.

Friday was our only full day at sea. We spent a lot of time laying around in the sun (covered in sun-block...well at least I was). We watched people, read, listened to our iPods, ate, etc. A lazy day, but it was wonderful - I could do with lots more "lazy days".

Saturday we got off the ship and spent a lot of time in airports before finally arriving home.

It was fantastic to be on a trip with my sweetheart and with good friends. We had fun, laughed, ate WAY too much, did some new things, and got "away". We have been so lucky/blessed to be able to go on these trips over the last few years. That has definitely been a wonderful perk of our window covering business. It has enabled us to see many places, do wonderful things, and explore parts of the world we wouldn't otherwise have gotten to see. I am so grateful for that!


Rachel Clare said...

OH.MY.GOSH. I'm SO ready for a cruise. It's been years since I've been. *sigh*
I need a THOUGHTLESS vacation, BAD. (you know, a vacation where there's no thinking or coordinating allowed)

Rhonda S. said...

Didn't you just love Half Moon Cay?? We went there on our cruise, November 2007 and it was beautiful. We also stopped at Grand Turk and I guess it hadn't been hit by the hurricane yet because it was beautiful also. I'm glad you had a good time on your cruise. I know things have been stressful for you guys, I bet it was nice to get away.

Pead Family said...

I am so jealous. Ash & I love Cruisin. It's the only way to travel. I'm glad you guys had such a great time. Looks like you had a blast :)

MaryRuth said...

Soooooo fun! I'm glad you guys had a great time!

The Little Rascals said...

It looks like you guys had a great time. It is nice to get away and not think about everyday life. It looks so pretty there. I have never been on a cruise and I want to go, at least to say that I have been on one, but you never know I might like cruises. Glad you guys had fun!!

Anonymous said...

Thankss for sharing your trip. Looks like great fun! Love grandma Marilyn

ChrissyW said...

oooooh you were on Grand Turk!!! I met my husband while living on Provo (which is in the same chain of islands as Grand Turk (TCI) - his dad lives in Grand Turk and was hit hard by the recent hurricane that you saw the after math of :( - great pics!! glad you had fun!!

Allison Rhien said...

Wow, I can't believe that you get to do this stuff. and more than once too. It's got to feel cool to go on those things. If Jed and I ever go on one, plus I'll insist that my water or juice be served in a goblet, and I'll stick my pinky finger out every time I take a sip. (: Thanks for the pictures, looks like you had a blast. I expecially like the under-water pictures.

Tarrah said...

What a beautiful place, wow! We've never been on a cruise but it looks like you guys are the cruise experts. Will have to pick your brain if we ever go on one. How fun and no kids, lucky!