Monday, November 15, 2010

Cruise Part #1

We had the best time on our cruise. We decided to go with a nine night Eastern Caribbean Cruise out of Baltimore because it meant NO airline travel.

We were weary about going for nine nights (John has never cruised and I've only done short cruises years ago) but it ended up being perfect. We probably could have lasted another week on the ship for sure.

We spent two days cruising down the Atlantic before we arrived at our first stop, which was in San Juan, Puerto Rico. San Juan is a gorgeous city and we had a great time walking around, shopping, sampling the local beer, having the customary yard at Senor Frogs and sampling some really great food. San Juan also had a CVS and a Marshalls which was great because we forgot quite a few things at home. Oops.


The second stop was St. Thomas and I was most looking forward to visiting this island. We took a taxi around the island, took some pictures and ended up at Magens Bay. It's voted in the top 5 or 10 for the most beautiful beaches in the world so I was eager to check it out. It was a gorgeous place! Seriously, how perfect is this picture?


Our next stop was in Samana, Dominican Republic and it was my favorite stop by far. We ended up taking a boat ride to a small secluded island called Caye Levantado. It was the most beautiful day and we enjoyed hours on the beach. The water was crystal clear and there was shopping and a barbecue available on the island. I'm most looking forward to visiting Dominican Republic again sometime in the future because it was breathtakingly beautiful



This is just a random shot of John and I at one of the many shows on the boat (John bought his shirt for ten bucks in St. Thomas). The boat was so much fun! It was actually a pretty small ship but we never ran out of things to do. We enjoyed the shows every single night. They had comedians, magicians, broadway style dancing and singing productions, the newlywed game, and tribute productions for Elton John and the Temptations. When we weren't at the shows, we played trivia, scene it, if you know it dance it and numerous other games throughout the night. Royal Caribbean does a great job at keeping people entertained. They even broadcast the Steelers on Monday night Football direct to the big screen.


We were also blessed to be sat with some pretty wonderful people at dinner. There were a lot of old people on our ship. I'm talking the over 80 crowd (we're guessing that most 20 somethings aren't going on 9 day cruises two weeks before thanksgiving) but we lucked out and were sat at the young-ish, fun table. We never stopped laughing...


I'll be back soon with part two and more pictures!

9 comments:

Melissa said...

Cruises are so much fun! I tend to get seasick the first day, but then I'm fine! I've been on the RC line and I thought it was great! I'm glad you guys had fun and I look forward to more of your cruise recap! :)

jv726 said...

That looks fantastic! I am jealous!!

Debbie said...

looks awesome!! the longest cruise i've ever done was 5 days. glad to hear you didn't get bored and you could have stayed longer. it sounds like you got to see some really awesome places!!!! :)

The Wife In Her New Life said...

sounds like you had a fabulous time! we went to Meagan's Bay while on our honeymoon cruise =)

Dancy said...

that beach looks fantastic.

University of Iowa Meg said...

Isn't San Juan and St. Thomas so fun?? I love those ports of call...I'm a big fan of Samana too! What cruiseline did you take??

ACH said...

So fun!

Ashley said...

Meg-- we took Royal Caribbean!

Courtney said...

Ok, this post just got me seriously excited for our cruise! Those pictures are great, thanks for directing me here!