Monday, October 25, 2010

Our Cruise

Where to begin? We had an amazing 7-day cruise to the Eastern Caribbean. It was great to leave the world behind and spend 7 straight days just with my hubbs! Getting on the ship was quite the ordeal. It seriously took 1.5 hours just to get us from checking in to getting us to our rooms. Then, from there it still took 5 hours to get out bags! So, a quick note to myself: pack all essentials in a carry-on. Essentials being, A SWIMSUIT! The first day was so nice and I would have loved to lounge by the pool, but our suits were in our luggage which wasn't delivered to our room till late. O well. Instead we just explored the ship...and boy O boy there is a TON to explore! The first place we went, of course, was to our room. I was so excited to see our 200-sq. foot room with no window! However, my sneaky, sneaky hubby had changed our reservation without me knowing! He upgraded us to a balcony, and seriously, it was SOOOO worth it! We spent HOURS every day on our balcony just reading and relaxing. I can't imagine being in a box for a week! It was so fun to be able to go stare at the ocean on a chair on our own private balcony. Thank you, thank you, thank you Cody, for knowing me so well!

The boat fit 4500 passengers and 1800 staff, it is one of the largest cruise ships on the ocean right now. I could not believe everything that was on the ship! Theaters, clubs, swimming pools, tons of bars with stages for shows, restaurant after restaurant, the spa, bigger-than-life televisions, pretty much Las Vegas on water. It was amazing!

We spent Saturday, Sunday, and Monday on the ship. I thought we would be bored, but there was definitely no room to be bored! We played Bingo, ate our hearts out, (mainly on desserts...we are major, MAJOR food snobs, so the food didn't quite impress us as much as we hoped) layed on our balcony, (attempted to lay on the pool deck, but there were literally 1000's of people just swarming the pools, not quite our style.) hung out at the spa in the awesome steam rooms, saunas, and massage pools, ate some more, went to the comedy club, and way more!

Tuesday was spent at St. Martin, U.S. Virgin Islands. Talk about beautiful! I could barely get Cody to leave the water...he sure loves the ocean. We body surfed on the waves and just relaxed! Then we headed to town to go shopping.

Cody found a Belgian Chocoate shop, and O MY GOSH! It was seriously so amazing, the best chocolate ever invented! We spent, well, way too much on chocolate. We brought some home so I can't wait to make some KILLER chocolate chip cookies!

We had to eat some food from the island-ers, so we ended up eating conch fritters, jerk wings, (Cody had to eat these, my lips were on FIRE after one nibble!) and coconut shrimp that was to DIE for. We even had to opt for a second order of those:)

Next, we were ready to head back to the ship and saw a yummmmmmy ice cream shop. We were so full from our meal but decided we would give it a shot. Best strawberry cone I have ever had! Ever! I am so glad that we chose to stuff ourselves even further! Ha.

St. Thomas was beautiful as well. Both St. Martin and St. Thomas were pretty ghetto, I was shocked! There were amazing beaches with views like I have never seen, but how the people lived was so, so sad. It really makes you grateful for everything that you are blessed with, that is for sure. We were able to go a calm beach for a few hours, and once more, Cody didn't leave the water! The ocean was so clear here, it was crazy. I could be in water up to my chin and still see my toes!

After swimming we went shopping and I got to barter for an adorable purse and wallet. It was great!

Every night on the ship we went to a different show. Cirque Dreams and Dinner was probably my favorite. There was 10 or so different acts with acrobats, etc. It was seriously amazing what those people could do! We also went to dueling pianos a couple of times. O Man I wish I had my video camera. These guys were out of control good at the piano. You could give them a request for ANY song you could think of and they could play AND sing all the words. They even played the best Lady GaGa rendition we have ever heard. AhH! I wish I could go see them again tonight! There was a improv comedy act that was pretty entertaining, as well as Bingo nights as I mentioned before. One of the really cool shows was Legends in Concert. They had impersonators of Britney Spears, (seriuosly? Is she really considered a legend?) Rod Stewart, and Michael Jackson. Michael was outstanding. Seriously, he looked the part, sang the part, and holy cow could he dance!!! There were seriously people in the theater that I swear thought it was actually him! (He is dead....just in case you are one of those people reading this that thinks we actually saw HIM.) They were screaming and had their hands out to touch him...it was pretty comical!
I am pretty sure that Cody's favorite show was this:

Blue Man Group! They rocked. Period. We loved every second of their show...especially when Cody got called up on stage! It was so fun to see him up there with the blue men! They rubbed blue paint on his face,  put him in a jumpsuit, and took him backstage. Then a backstage camera came on and showed us what they were doing to him...hanging him upside down and throwing blue and pink paint ALL over him! Shooting water balloons filled with paint right at him, and then they left him there, hanging upside down, all alone! I was dying! (Half laughing, half kind of worried...) A few minutes later the stage crew rolled out a big black box with a huge jello mold on top of it. The Blue Men ripped the jello apart, and who's head was in it?!?! CODY'S! He went through quite a lot...from my point of view anyway...
It turns out that they faked us out that it was him backstage getting painted on and hung upside down, but he really did put his head in JELLO! It was a blast. We even went back another time to enjoy it again.

The last day of our cruise we went to Nassau, Bahamas. It was pretty crazy to see the two different parts of the island. One is Nassau, where all of the islanders live. It was COVERED in flea markets, taxi drivers, and pretty shabby homes. There were a few areas that had some nice shopping, but they were still randomly placed in the middle of ghetto areas. Then there was Paradise Island. This is where the Atlantis resort is. (We went and saw it, it was pretty neat but I wouldn't ever want to actually vacation there. There were tons of tourists, like us, just swarming the place. If I paid the big bucks to stay there I would want it a little more private). Paradise Island also had some GINORMOUS homes. People like Oprah Winfrey, Tiger Woods and Ted Turner have homes on the coast and they were pretty stinking amazing.
We had the opportunity to go Scuba diving in the Bahamas. It was insane. It was awesome! We were trained for, O, about 20 minutes, then shoved underwater and told to breathe! (We had to pass a few tests, but it was pretty simple). It was so neat to be able to breathe underwater! We really enjoyed it and are thinking about getting certified.

Wow, if you made it through that post, you get a gold star. If not, no worries, this is really for us to remember all the fun details! Overall it rocked. I am so glad that my hubby has the insight to know that I really needed this break. I loved just chilling with my best friend for a whole week. It relaxes me just thinking about it!

12 comments:

Amanda Evans said...

Those beaches look AMAZING!! Glad you had such a fun time - I always get mixed reviews about cruises, but I think you've got me convinced that they're worth a shot! I finally picked up "Hunger Games" this week - the lady at the library also had rave reviews!

Barratt Family said...

wow that looked like the most amazing trip!!! Ive never been on a cruise and after reading your post i can't wait to go one day:) I am so glad you guys had fun!

Ashley Wray said...

So fun and love all the cute pictures of you two! And after reading I'm totally going to start saving my pennies for a cruise :)
Wish I could have seen Cody's head in some jello, and your face while all that was going on....haha!

Amy said...

What an absolute perfect vacation! I know it is a sin to covet but seriously, I am a bit jealous. There will be time to repent later! I am so glad you guys had a great time! Your pictures are amazing!

Dan and Katie said...

Sounds like you guys had a blast! i love the pictures!

AmandaS said...

Okay, don't tell Kevin you had such a great time, he'll be booking a cruise before you know it. Glad you guys had such a blast!

Mark, Stef, and Grace said...

What a fun vacation! I'm jealous. I'm glad you got to get away. You're such a cute couple too. -)

Luke and Lacee said...

Ok, so I'm sitting on the coach right now begging Luke to take me on a cruise! It sounds amazing! Awesome that Cody got to perform with BMG!

Emilee said...

I get a gold star! It looks like you had a great time and saw some beautiful places!

Allison said...

I bet it was hard to come home! What a wonderful trip. Great pictures! Glad you guys had so much fun!

Richard and Carlie said...

Amazing!! So glad you got to go. Rich served part of his mission in Tortola which is part of the US Virgin Islands, so we went there for our honeymoon and it's true..the beaches are beautiful but the rest of the islands are so poor, it's sad! Love all the pictures and you look amazing by the way!

Chelsea M said...

I loved reading this!! So glad you had such a great time. I especially love the last sentence you wrote - made me smile :)