After leaving Georgia on the 29th, we headed south and drove to Florida. We got most of the way to our destination, stopped for the night in a hotel, and then got up the next morning and completed our drive.
Yes, we went on a cruise. Our first, in fact. Since we weren’t sure what to expect, we went on a short one to the Bahamas, just to get our feet wet, so to speak. Only four days, from December 30 to January 3.
On that first day, it was pretty chilly, so we had to bundle up when we were outside.
The girls were really looking forward to warmer weather because of this:
Luckily, when we docked in Freeport the next morning (the 31st), things were a bit warmer. We decided to head to the beach.
Stunning blue skies, turquoise water, and white sand beaches — what’s not to love? We spent a few hours just lazing about, occasionally dipping a toe into the water (brrrrrr…), and searching for shells.
After we got back to the ship, it was warm enough to hit that water park.
And drink some fruity beverages.
Lots and lots and LOTS of fruity, rummy, oh-so-tasty drinks.
That evening was New Year’s Eve, so we dressed up and rang in the new year.
On the 1st, we docked in Nassau. We hopped on a catamaran and sailed to a nearby reef for a bit of snorkeling. Having learned our lesson in the Great Barrier Reef last August, Grace and I decided to go along for the ride, but to skip the actual snorkeling in favor of lounging on the boat.
It was a great outing and I’m pleased to announce that our sunburns were minimal, no one got eaten by a toothy fish, and no one was seasick.
On the 2nd, the ship was headed back to Florida, so we had a day at sea. My peeps and I lounged by the water park on the ship for most of the day. This lounging included a variety of fruity beverages, as waiters kept offering them to Pete and me and we felt it would be rude to refuse. Our diligent research has proven that fruit + alcohol keep cold and flu germs at bay, so as a result, we are quite healthy.
And on the 3rd, we docked bright and early in Port Canaveral.
What did we think of our cruising experience? We liked it … for me, more than I thought I would. We met some very nice people and we had a really good time. I think we’ll go on another cruise again.
So that was the big part of our vacation. Once we got off the boat and reclaimed our car, we headed toward Orlando for our final adventure.