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Manic Monday – Back from Vacation!

It is actually sadface Monday because I’m not on vacation anymore. Booooo!  I am not now, nor have I ever been, a “glad to be home”, “back to reality” type person.  I’m also not a good unpacker.  My suitcase is still on the kitchen floor with only the essentials pulled out; actually that’s not even true! I couldn’t find my deodorant this morning so I had to wear my husband’s – hey, I’d rather smell like a man that smell like stink! Right?!

Anyway… I didn’t take many pictures but I’ll show you what I have and give you a quick run down on my very first ever fabulous cruise! And knowing me I’ll probably also throw in some tips for your own vacation/honeymoon/cruise – take what you want. 🙂

Hubster and I left out of the Port of Baltimore last Sunday on the Carnival ship Pride.  Not having to fly or deal with airports was the number one factor that won me over on cruising for this particular vacation.  It was wonderful! The Port of Baltimore has some work to do as far as organizing themselves but overall the check-in process wasn’t bad and definitely shorter than any airport.  It took about 45 minutes from the time we hopped out of my parents’ Jeep until we set foot (feet?) in the Atrium Lobby on board. 

Cloudy day on the Bay – view from our stateroom balcony.

We had to sail from 6pm on Sunday until 7am Wednesday before finally hitting land in Grand Turk! Thank goodness neither one of us got seasick, there was plenty of good food (understatement of the century), the comedians were funny, and we had the best cruise director ever.  Otherwise I might have gone stir crazy! 

Arriving in Grand Turk at sunrise.

I wish we were able to stay longer and could explore more than just the cruise port but it was still fun! The beach and water were beautiful, although the shore was a bit rocky.  We played in the water all day, checked out Margaritaville, and climbed back on board just in time for lunch! I felt like I should be making oinking noises all week.

Pulling away from Grand Turk – next up: Bahamas!

We woke up the next morning in Half Moon Cay, Bahamas.  In case you didn’t know, “cay” is pronounced “key”.  I didn’t know.  I sounded like a total cruise virgin (which I was) up until Thursday! Oops! This island is owned by Carnival and it was paradise.  The sand is like powder and the ocean was like a swimming pool – no rocks, shells, seaweed, fish, nothing!

Our ship in the background (obviously?)

It was beyond hot! We rented one of the clam shell covers (seen at the bottom of the photo) to provide shade for our lounge chairs – if we hadn’t done that I honestly fear I would be toast.  Carnival put on a huge barbecue for lunch and then we lazed around in inner tubes….. tough, right? I mean, I really tried to miss you guys but it was taking too much effort.  I exhausted myself right into a nap and followed it with a Bahama Mama served in a hollowed out coconut.  See what I go through for you? {Please don’t hate me}

The sunset as we sailed from Half Moon Cay up to Freeport:

I really don’t have anything to say about our stop in Freeport.  To be honest I didn’t even get off the boat.  From the dock it was eleven miles over to the shopping areas and beach, which was a $28 cab fare each way.  No thanks! We were only in port from 6:30 am until 1:00 pm so I slept in.  Naps are crucial to vacation!

We arrived back in Baltimore on Sunday, a little before noon. Debarkation went pretty well, thanks largely to the great staff and Carnival’s ability to distribute information. 

There’s soooooo much more info to give but I don’t want to ramble on!  The food was amazing, the casino was smoky and greedy, the drinks were strong, and the pool was crowded.  There was a good mix of guests, from families to honeymooners to older folks. I tried so hard to find someone getting married but we didn’t have any weddings on board – see, always working! Well, until about the 2nd day and then I didn’t even remember what the internet was – shocking!

Here’s what I have to offer you, as far as vacations go:

1.  Don’t leave the day after your wedding! Take a day to relax and get yourselves together. I know everybody’s different but I would have hated getting up early following a long, fun, party night!

2.  Bring – and wear – beach cover-ups.  No matter how fantastic you look it’s not appropriate to strut through the main dining area in just your bathing suit, or without a shirt (for the hubs). 

3. [Cruise specific]  Book a balcony. It is worth every single extra penny.

4. Invite me.  This one is entirely optional but I strongly encourage it. 

Are you a cruiser? Would you consider a cruise for your honeymoon? I think I’ll definitely consider it the next time I’m ready to book a vacation! (Which was 24 hours ago, for the record…)

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5 responses

  1. Jen

    Wow…that water is so clear! Gorgeous.

    September 20, 2010 at 2:33 PM

  2. ooooooooooooh wish i was there!

    September 20, 2010 at 11:24 PM

  3. LemonBride

    Oh jealous! How absolutely beautiful. Good luck getting back into normal routine after that paradise 😉

    September 20, 2010 at 11:55 PM

  4. Alicia

    Looks like SO much fun!! I can’t wait to honeymoon!

    September 21, 2010 at 12:26 AM

  5. We’re going on a Carnival cruise for our honeymoon (two weeks post-wedding) to Yucatan/Progreso; I’m so so stoked! Anything Carnival-cruise-specific you can pass on?

    September 21, 2010 at 10:59 AM

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