Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Cruising ~~~ What a Wonderful Vacation ~~~

Well, we are back from our Cruise!  Words cannot express how relaxing of a vacation it was for us both.  From having a VIP pass while boarding, we avoided a lot of lines and were on the boat in no time at all.   And a friend of George's from work gave him some money to have our first drink when boarding.  (not sure how the kids do this... taking pictures of themselves. My arms aren't long enough lol)  We just had to have one of those drinks with the umbrella in it :)!

Each evening when returning to our room, Henry (the one who kept our room in tip top shape) left us with one of these.  A different animal each night. Always cute to find out which animal it would be. This was just one of them. We also had a paper with all that was going on for the next day, along with some chocolates :).

Tuesday evening George and I had reservations at Davids Dining Room which was on the top floor.  We had a window seat, and it was so peaceful watching the ocean.  Our Filet Mignon was unbelievable, and in all honesty, the rest of the cruise food really couldn't compare.  It was good, just nothing like this. We brought along a bottle of champagne with us and George had them chill it hours before our reservation.  I wanted to get a shot of the chef's cooking, but didn't want to bother them.  So I just turned in my seat and snapped a quick one.  We giggled with their reaction.

Before they saw the flash......

And immediately after they saw they flash........  They wanted another one taken LOL

Our Champagne for our 25th Anniversary dinner.... Just a tad early :)

On Wednesday, we arrived at Grand Turk. 

As we were walking off the boat and towards the island.

Joanne, a shot of the turquoise water you were telling me about :)

Where we had lunch.   We basically laid on the beach and went in the water at Grand Turk. We didn't have any excursions planned.  Talk about relaxing! 

Back on the Ship, and just a few shots. This the Lido deck outside from where all the food is.  We never went in the pool.  Mostly filled all the time with families with young children. 

Looking up from the main lounge on deck 2.  We were on deck 6.

Second stop was Half Moon Cay. The water is too shallow to dock, so they transport you by a ferry which only took a few minutes.  That's our Ship in the distance.

We took time in the morning to lay on the beach and go in the water.  It was funny to see the photographer coming out into the water with this guy.  I love how they position you so our ship is in the background!

We had an excursion planned for this day. It was riding jet ski's.  Unfortunately, there was a problem.  One of the jet ski's broke down and there were only 5, but there were 6 of us.  Someone had to drop out.  I looked at everyone else, and it seemed no one was willing, so I did.  We were refunded my portion, and the gentleman who runs the excursion desk on board gave us even more of a discount towards our next excursion at the next island.  Sooo, while George was away, I did some more walking around, and took some pictures.  It all worked out fine, because George said the water was rough and I may not have enjoyed it.

Here is Captain Morgan's boat (bar inside).  I waited for George to come back, and we ate some lunch and then headed here for a pina colada!

Our final stop was  Freeport.  No beach laying here.  We had an excursion of taking a tour while riding a Harley Davidson around the island. 

Our tour guide was wonderful.  I wish I could remember his name.  He stopped at several spots to give us a little history of the island.  This bridge is the highest point of the island. You can tell it's not that high. I don't believe it was over 20 ft.  In the distance is where OJ Simpson lived at one point.

It was an absolutely  Beautiful day for a ride.  And it was very comfortable!

We only had one more day out in the ocean on Saturday and were back in Baltimore on Sunday morning. We took the day Saturday to relax, and saw a comdedian in the evening before retiring. Our bags were already packed :(.    It was so dreary on arrival.  Our son picked us up and brought us home.  Suitcases were quickly emptied, and a laundry pile was formed "just for me"! lol.  Talk about back to reality.  Monday I spent the day doing errands, we needed food in the house.  Nicole did a good job at taking care of the home for us. I think she was a little disappointed that she didn't have much time to spend here alone. She was busy finishing up some classes and training for the new job she has started.  She is now a paid EMT, and will continue in the Fall with some on line classes to become a Paramedic. At least that is the plan for now.

I would highly recommend a cruise to anyone who has even thought of doing it.  There is always something to do, something to see, or just to relax.. which was most of our week!  Besides George talking all the way home about getting a Harley lol, we were definitely talking about doing another cruise sometime.  Have to start saving now!  Hope you enjoyed the few pictures I shared. Hard to share them all ! 

I'm looking forward to the hook in tomorrow and getting some hooking done. I have an update coming up real fast, and need to get prepared for it!   

Enjoy your week ~~~


moosecraft said...

Ahhhhh... what a relaxing vacation! Love that turquoise water!

Debbie S. said...

So happy you both had a great vacation cruise. We leave in 14 days for our first cruise for our 30 year ann. I can't wait!

Carmen Sutton said...

Oh looks like you had a lovely time congratulations on 25 years

Julia said...

Your cruise sounds heavenly. I'm glad that you could relax and that the food and service was so good.
Thanks for sharing those gorgeous photos with us and welcome back to reality. Ah yes... the laundry and the grocery...

Hugs, JB

Rugs and Pugs said...

Kathy ~
Congrats on 25 years!!! And my you be blessed with 25 more. Your cruise looked heavenly. Thank you for sharing.
Pug hugs :)

Nettie said...

so glad you enjoyed the pics ,it was like being there ,sure LOL

TeresaM said...

WOW!!!! Looks so beautiful Kathy! It does look so relaxing..... you took some great pictures!

DJ's Farmette said...

I am so lovin the pictures! And excuse me...LOOK AT YOU IN A BIKINI!!! HOT MAMA!!!

Joanne said...

Is that a "thong" you are wearing? Love the pics - so happy that you guys had a great time! Maybe I should look into getting a job on a cruise ship! LOL