Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Cruise Details

When we arrived in Miami on Monday, the weather wasn't too bad. It was definitely warmer there than it was when we left Tulsa that morning. But when we departed the port, the wind kicked up and it was freezing!

But we had to stay out on the deck to see the sights of Miami!
This is for all of you Dexter fans...do you remember where Harry found Dexter in the cargo thing in the port? This is the exact port! I couldn't help but take a picture...dorky, I know...

Even though the temperature was in the 50's when we were leaving Miami, there were tons of people in the ocean surfing. All of those little black dots are crazy people!

It was extra windy so that meant big waves and that meant you could feel the ship moving big time. I was afraid we were both going to get sick because I didn't expect it to feel like that at all. But thanks to some special patches we got to put behind our ears (thanks Chelse!), we didn't even get a hint of motion sickness the whole trip. It was a different story for a bunch of people on board though.

After all of the sites were gone, we explored the ship a little bit and then went back to our room to get ready for dinner.

And after our round of $9 a piece drinks, we decided to call it a night. It had been a long day of traveling.

The second day, we arrived to a windy, cloudy, 55 degree Key West. It was miserable outside, but we felt like we needed to get out and see at least the most popular part of Key West. We bought a $5 sweatshirt and found a local bar to sit in all day.

We had to be back at the ship early that day, around 2:30, so we decided to take a nap and when we got up we got ready for dinner.

The next day, we had some time on the ship in the morning to sleep in, go eat breakfast, and lay around the pool until we arrived in Nassau around 1:00. It was still a little chilly at 65 degrees but the sun felt good and we were determined to go to the beach for the day. The boat ride to the island was a little miserable because of the cool wind.

But it was worth it to hang out here all day...

Some crazy people that came to the island from the ship too were snorkeling with stingrays! I just couldn't do it...1)because the water was colder than ice and 2)Didn't a stingray kill the Crocodile Hunter?!?!

We mainly just laid around all day and looked at this...

When we got back to the ship, we had planned on changing clothes and going back out to explore Nassau since we were going to be docked there until midnight, but it was so cold and windy and it was a pain in the rear to stand in line to get back to the port to go back to the ship. So we decided to go to an early dinner to stuff our faces at the fattest place possible on the ship.

After dinner we headed out to the pool deck for a party. Notice how we are wearing the same Key West sweatshirt and jacket?! We did not prepare with warm clothes at all so I pretty much wore the same thing every day!

The next day I woke up so excited because the sun was out, it was warm, and I didn't have to wear my sweatshirt!
We got up early for breakfast and headed down to try to board the first ferry over to CocoCay, an island just for the cruise ships.

Look how clear the water is...

Unfortunately, this is as far as I got in the water because it was FREEZING! I wanted to go snorkeling so bad because the water was so clear and it was so pretty. And there were tons of crazy people out there doing it and coming back and talking about all the cool stuff they saw. So I was get excited and try to run out to the water to try to get in again and then I just couldn't do it.

At the end of the day, we headed back to the ship and watched the sun set before the ship took off for home.

This was our first cruise, and even though it was really nice just to get away and see the different places and to reconnect with each other after everything we've been though lately, my opinion about the cruise is this...
If we decided to do it again we would 1)Look into bigger, nicer ships. Ours seemed a little outdated compared to the others in the ports we saw and I really didn't do much research about it before we booked it. 2)It might be a little more fun with a few more people. We enjoy each other's company, but we might have enjoyed the party atmosphere a little better with a few more people.
I also feel like for the cost of everything... the flight to the port, the cruise itself, having to pay for all of your drinks including your pop, all of the little extras like huge tips they are all expecting...we could have gone to an all inclusive resort for the week and not worried about a thing. I think that's more our style. I might just be a tight wad about it, but this was just a quick last minute trip we planned when we lost the babies and we really didn't save up money to go, so it might have been a little different if we had prepared. I just felt like we couldn't kick back and hang out each night because we were too worried about the sticker shock of our tab at the end of the trip. But we did enjoy the experience and spending time with each other. We really needed it.

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