5.29.2006

Cruise Adventure

Well, it's been a week since we stepped off our Carnival Cruise from the Bahamas, and I'm STILL wishing my sister Michelle and I were on vacation.

We had a fantastic time, despite some trepidation about our very first cruise aboard the Carnival Sensation!

Photos and highlights from the trip (warning: photo heavy)...

After leaving the Big C for Indy (and encountering some traffic and storm cloud along the way), we hop a flight to Orlando to begin our three day adventure!

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We safely touch down in Orlando, and our luggage arrives with no problem. We await our chariot (well, coach) to Port Canaveral to board our cruise!

Our first glimpse of our ship (with the big tail), and walking across the gangplank!

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We head to our interior cabin, and it's perfect for us! Just enough room for sleeping and storage our luggage - goodness knows, we didn't spend much time in our room!

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We head out to explore the ship, grab some lunch, learn about our flotation devices, and watch the ship push away from the dock and head for the open sea!

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The rest of the day is spent exploring, getting "tattoos", grabbing an alcoholic beverage or two, and enjoying the open sea...

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It's rather windy topside. ;-)

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After walking around, we hit the casino, get ready for dinner, and have a pre-dinner drink (which, as it turns out, we REALLY needed):

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We have dinner with our companions for the cruise, two very nice ladies, and two, well, INTERESTING men. Three sheets to the wind and stuck on themselves. By the end of the cruise, we were okay with them, but man, that first night was TOUGH GOING...

After dinner, we head to the discotheque to dance the night away. At midnight, I was on the dance floor, gettin' my groove on when I turned 30. :-)

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The next morning, we order some room service then head out to see Nassau, our port of call. We hung out topside for a bit, then went on shore to find our excursion group.

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We chose to go to a "private island" (Blackbeard's Cay) to hit the beach, swim, eat and...swim with stingrays.

Our private island as we approach by "catamaran"...

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Now, it should be said that I have fish fear. I know it's irrational and silly, but I do. (Damn muskies) So, for my 30th birthday, I pushed my fears aside and snorkeled with stingrays. They are huge and weird looking, and feel kinda slimy. But I feed them, I touched them, and I SURVIVED! Go me!

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After our stingray adventure, we grabbed some grub, grabbed some drinks, and took in the sunshine on the beach...and went in for a dip, of course...ahhhh...

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The colour of the water was just amazing. In too short a time, we had to reboard our boat and take the 30 minute cruise back to the Sensation. Sitting on the front, the wind blowing around us and Bob Marley playing...well, it doesn't get much better than that. *sigh*

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After docking, we went to the Straw Market, then wandered back to the ship to shower, change and get ready for our "formal dinner"...

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We eat dinner, go gambling, go dancing, and general wend away the night. The next day we decreed was going to be our "limin'" day...we nabbed a spot on the sundeck, loaded with magazine, SPF 30, sunglasses, and a very attentive waitress. We didn't take any photos of our "limin", so just picture two deck chairs with us on them. :-) We moved around throughout the day (seeking shade) before finally going inside to get ready for dinner. My sis did a great job of making my hair pretty. :-)

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Our favorite "Carnival Towel Animal" - a monkey!

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After a nice dinner, it was time for one last gamble, one last dance, one last walk around....we were leaving early the next morning...

Before we knew it, it was time to go through customs, disembark, catch a coach and go back to the airport. We got our flight, and wearily made our way back to the Big C to catch our breath, look at pictures, and go to bed early.

It was an AMAZING three days, and we had such a good time. What a memorable birthday, and what a way to ring in a new decade! A million thanks to my big sis for putting up with me, going along with me, and helping me have such a blast (even if she did get more tan than me)! *hugs*

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(The ENTIRE photo set is here - I couldn't fit them all on the blog!)

2 comments:

Denise said...

OOH! YAY! It looks like you had an absolutely wonderful time... =)

And you ladies had to be the cutest ones there - you look fabulous!

Carrie said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Girls & scenery! I'm glad you and Mich had a good time! :-)