Hello everyone! It has been a one month hiatus from blogging for me, but there’s good reason in that. I just got back from a cruise in the Bahamas and it was awesome! I didn’t really blog about it much before the cruise for safety reasons. I posted a ton of pictures about it on Facebook yesterday and ever since I’ve had tons of people ask me how my cruise was, my favorite part, what I did, what I ate, how much weight I gained, etc.
Anyway, this was my first cruise, but I highly recommend it. My boyfriend, Clay, and I sailed on the Carnival Destiny from Oct. 5-10. We left from Miami and made three stops- Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay (the cruise lines island), and Nassau, and we had one day at sea. So, here’s what went down:
Getting to Miami:
Clay and I decided to drive from South Carolina to Miami. The flights that I saw leaving Myrtle Beach mostly had long layovers in places such as NY (which makes no sense, I could understand Charlotte or ATL, but NY?) and were really expensive. Even though we saved a lot of money by driving, we wouldn’t do it again. At least not all the way to Miami. Florida is such a long state!
We left at about 2-3 AM, and I slept most of the way until about 6:30 when we stopped in Brunswick, Ga., for breakfast. Breakfast was Burger King, and we try not to eat at places that we have at home when we go on vacation, but it was just breakfast and we ate it in the car so we just sucked it up and did BK. There was only one worker in the burger king (it was inside a gas station), so the poor girl had to take orders and money, then go wash hands, put on gloves, etc, and make the biscuits/croissants/whatever. I felt kinda bad for her.
We also saw this sign in the Subway that was also in the gas station.
Then, we got back on the road and stopped again in Fla. for a few times, just at random rest stops. We ended up taking a bunch of toll roads because our GPS took us on them- so on the way back, we were sure to turn on the “Avoid Toll Roads” feature on the GPS.
We got to the Doubletree Biscayne Bay hotel, and it was the nicest hotel I’ve stayed at, with a really awesome view. It had restaurants, stores, everything inside. Seriously. Here’s some pics.
That night at the hotel, we ordered a room service pizza and ate that in the room while watching our usual Sunday night shows: Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad, and the Cleveland Show. We also slept a ton, because Clay was wiped out from driving and I was just wiped out because I’d had a bad sinus infection the week before that I was still getting over. The bed was totally awesome though. I would recommend this hotel because we got a rate that allowed us to park our car there for the duration of the cruise. Parking at the Miami port costs $20 per day, so even though we paid a lot for the hotel, we got an awesome hotel and saved $100 for parking.
Getting on the ship- The First Day:
We didn’t have any problems getting on the ship. It went fairly quickly. Our hotel rate also included a free shuttle to the port, so we took that at around 11:00 and we were on the ship for lunch. For lunch, only the buffet was open, so I had a veggie burger and Clay had a meat burger. Neither of us really like buffets that much, but the food was pretty good. We also took a little tour of the ship and walked around a lot. Clay went to the casino and played poker for awhile, and I laid out by the pool a lot and just explored the ship. We also took part in the sushi bar as well because our dinner was not until 8:15 that night.
When we got to dinner, we met our dinner table people. We ate dinner with 6 other people, and it was 3 other young 20something couples. We really liked this because we were scared that taking a cruise in October, there wouldn’t be a lot of young people on the ship, but surprisingly there were TONS of people our age who we met. Everyone we ate dinner with was totally awesome, and we all hung out some on the ship and islands and got along really well. Here’s our dinner people:
The dinners were really awesome. Most all of the dining room food was really good too. You didn’t get huge portions, but you could always ask for more… and some of us (the guys) did. Our server, Lilies, was also excellent and really made our dinners enjoyable. She got to know our names and also remembered that I was a vegetarian, so she recommended different foods for me each night.
Besides that, we went to the shows on our first night. They had a special show called the Welcome Aboard show, and it was really good. The boat had a comedian named Hank McAuley, and he was excellent. So hilarious. He joked about cruising and vacationing and other cool stuff, and he also did an Adults Only show that we went to, it was funny too. We wish we’d bought his CD to listen to on the ride back to SC. The show band was also excellent and the entertainment staff as well. Our cruise directors, Brent and Gayve, were from Canada and the other three entertainment people were all from England. It was really cool to meet them and everything, all of the ship’s staff was diverse but they all got along well and I liked that.
Anyway… that was our journey down, hotel stay, first day on the boat, and first dinner… so… you’re probably wondering about the rest, right? Well, you’ll have to come back and visit my next blog, which will be about our day at sea and our trip to Grand Turk :). It will be up later this week, either tomorrow or Thursday :). See you then!