We’ve been back from our cruise for over a week, and I’m still in a haze. Does this happen every time one goes on a cruise to to a warm and sunny tropical location after suffering through snow and cold all winter? ‘Cuz sign me up for next year, I can’t wait to go again!
We started our trip in New Orleans on the weekend before Mardi Gras. What a nice bonus to our vacation! We traveled with my husband’s brother David and his wife Debbie. Best travel companions ever!
We were on the Royal Caribbean ship, Serenade of the Seas. Not one of the newest mega-ships, but plenty large for us. Leaving from New Orleans gets you an 8 hour trip down the Mississippi delta. Passing all the oil tankers and refineries was fascinating.
James brought his camping hammock and hung it on our balcony. One of those “must brings” if we ever go on a cruise again. You can’t get much more relaxed than a hammock while at sea.
I just happened to bring my facepaints on our trip (never leave home without them, you never know when you need an emergency facepainting) so I was well-prepared for the Mardi Gras evening dinner on board. My sister-in-law and I were looking pretty snazzy!
Our first port of call was Jamaica, where we took an excursion to float the Rio Bueno river with our own personal guide. We booked our shore excursions online, outside of the cruise ship and I’m so glad we did. While throngs of people were lining up to get on crowded buses, we had a personal driver and river guide for just the four of us. We wrapped up the float trip with a few hours on a private beach in a little cove with beach chairs, jerk chicken and rum punch.
Our second port of call was Grand Cayman. We boarded a 50 ft. catamaran and sailed to Sting Ray City, a shallow sandy area offshore where you can feed and interact with dozens of rays. They come flocking like pigeons when a ship anchors, it was a little unnerving having them flap right up to you, brushing by like a dog. A big, slimy, creepy dog. But after a few minutes I got used to it and really enjoyed the experience.
Our third and final stop was in Cozumel, Mexico. This is a small island so we decided to skip the professional excursions and rent a car for sightseeing. It was a blustery day but still beautifully sunny. We stopped at several places, enjoyed some delicious food and saw a lot of gorgeous views.
Now that I’m back and unpacked, I’ll be posting on my blog again, so expect more papercrafting goodness coming soon.