Leaving on a fun ship… (part 2)

Hello everyone!  I am back with the second part of my blog about the cruise.  So far I’ve written about our trip to Miami, our hotel stay, and our first day on the boat.  Now, I will write about our day at sea and our day in Grand Turk, which was the first island we visited.

Sailing the High Seas!

The first full day of our cruise (Tuesday) was a day at sea.  I actually really liked the day at sea because the boat had a lot of fun things going on for us to do.  Even on days when we were on the islands, the boat still had a few things going on, but on a much smaller scale.  Also, the fun day at sea is also the formal night, which makes a lot of sense, considering you’re not rushing back from a port to get all dressed up and stuff.

I remember on the first day we slept until almost 10:00 and I started freaking because I hate sleeping late on vacation because I figure I can sleep at home and I can sleep much better at home because the bed on the cruise ship was not all that.

This is our bed, with my boyfriend laying on it.  You also get a good view of the room.  The bed was hard.  The room was small but it was big enough for us.  Not like we were in it much.

This is our bed, with my boyfriend laying on it. You also get a good view of the room. The bed was hard. The room was small but it was big enough for us. Not like we were in it much.

Anyway, we got up and went to eat breakfast on the Lido Deck buffet.  The Lido Deck was where the pools were, and they also had a pizzeria, ice cream machine, grill station/area, and big buffet on that deck.   The buffet breakfast was okay, but we decided after that we’d eat meals in the dining room whenever we could because we liked being served rather than eating from a buffet (it feels like we’re eating from a trough or something, seriously!).  They have pancakes, sausage, eggs, bacon, cereals, fruits, etc.  They even had GRITS on the breakfast buffet.  It was so surprising!

That day, we went our separate ways for awhile, but we laid out in the sun a lot (I worked on my tan) and went down the waterslide a few times.  The ship had 3 pools, 4 or either 5 hot tubs, and one waterslide.   Of course, the waterslide was the best part :).

This was awesome.

I scraped a big chunk of skin out of my foot when I went down it, but that didn't stop me, as I went down it like 20 more times over the whole trip, lol.

All the water in the pools is fairly warm, but the hot tubs arent that warm because the water is basically sea water that goes through a system to get into the pools and hot tubs.

All the water in the pools is fairly warm, but the hot tubs aren't that warm because the water is basically sea water that goes through a system to get into the pools and hot tubs.

Out on the Lido Deck, lots of games also took place.  Clay was in the Battle of the Sexes game and he won a medal.  They had several games out there, such as Battle of the Sexes, Mixology Master (where the winner mixed a drink and that drink was later sold on the cruise ship- BTW the winning drink was quite yummy and very deserving), Synchronized swimming guys vs. girls, all kinds of random stuff.  Even if you didn’t want to participate in the games, it was fun to watch.  They walked around selling drinks and stuff as well so you could just chill out.

This is me with my Battle of the Sexes Champion!

This is me with my Battle of the Sexes Champion!

Formal Night

On Formal Night… well, it’s just what it sounds like.  People dress up.  Lots of people take fancy pictures and stuff too, but we didn’t really do much of that.  They take TONS of pictures of you on the cruise, and you’re under no obligation to buy, so we did take some, but they are rather expensive, and it’s easy to meet people on the ship who will just take pictures of you.  Still, if you want a nice formal photo it’s good, because there’s no sitting fees or anything.  We do have a few pics though, to prove that I have actually worn a dress (gasp) and that my boyfriend cleans up nicely.

Here we are on formal night.  I must insist that I wore a dress.  I actually bought two dresses for this trip, which brings the total number of dresses that I own up to like... 4... lol.

Here we are on formal night. I must insist that I wore a dress. I actually bought two dresses for this trip, which brings the total number of dresses that I own up to like... 4... lol.

They also played music in the dining room on formal night, and my boyfriend and I danced.  Here is proof that Clay will indeed dance (when we drug... I mean *drag* him) and that I *am* wearing a dress.

They also played music in the dining room on formal night, and my boyfriend and I danced. Here is proof that Clay will indeed dance (when we drug.. drag him) and that I *am* wearing a dress.

They also have a pre-formal night reception, where you get to meet your cruise director and entertainment staff.  Our cruise director was a guy named Brent and he is from Canada.  I thought he was an excellent cruise director, and Clay liked him too.

I assure you, Brent really does have a forehead.  Apparently the random cruise ship worker who took this picture wanted to embarass their CD on the internet.. lol...

I assure you, Brent really does have a forehead. Apparently the random cruise ship worker who took this picture wanted to embarass their CD on the internet.. lol...

During the Travel and Adventure Talk that Clay went to, Clay won a 25% off excursions coupon for being the first person to run down to the stage and show Brent his car keys (Guess my boyfriend apparently thought the keys to his Honda could magically drive the ship).  Brent took them and ‘unlocked’ the car… lol.

You can also meet the captain and the captian's crew. Our captain's name was Roberto and he is Italian. Most of his staff was also Italian, and the ship was built in Italy (I later found out that most cruise ships are built there).

My meal in the dining room was better on formal night.  I think it was actually eggplant parmesan, which is one of my favorite foods.  They also had lobster and I think Clay had that, he also had a steak one night.  But formal night definitely had the best food selection, in my opinion- so if you don’t eat in the dining room any other time, do go to formal night.

Grand Turk

On the second full day of our cruise (Wednesday), we stopped at an island called Grand Turk.  Grand Turk is very geered toward tourists and I liked that about it.  We got there that morning at 7, but Clay and I took our time and ate in the dining room before getting off the boat.  Breakfast in the dining room was better than the buffet, in our opinion.  We got french toast, eggs benedict, hash browns, and a really good selection of juices, chocolate milk, etc.

On the island, we got off and the first thing we did was go to some shops and Clay bought a snorkel.  The snorkel was pretty inexpensive and he managed to see a lot when he wasn’t swallowing salt water.  I just laid around in a deck chair on the beach at Grand Turk.

The beach wasn't like the beaches here in SC where we have lots of waves; however, it was very rocky instead of sandy on the bottom, so I didn't really care for being in the water all that much in Grand Turk.

When we got tired of the beach, we went to Margaritaville.  At Margaritaville, Clay bought an overpriced (but yummy) Margarita and I just laid out in a deck chair (see a pattern here?) and got in the water a bit.  Even if you’re not a drinker, if you go to Grand Turk, you gotta go to Margaritaville!   I had an awesome time at Margaritaville and I was completely sober :).  Clay and I bought some stuff in the shops there (Grand Turk had good shopping- nothing was shady there) and enjoyed just walking around and enjoying the island.

Margaritaville had dance offs, sing offs, a hairy chest contest, and other fun stuff.  I also liked just chilling out in the pool that they had there.

Margaritaville had pool games, dance offs, sing offs, a hairy chest contest, and other fun stuff. I also liked just chilling out in the pool that they had there.

Here we are in front of the goofy Margaritaville Bird

Here we are in front of the goofy Margaritaville Bird

After we got back on the boat from our day in Grand Turk, we chilled out for a bit.  We really didn’t have long in Grand Turk- had to be back onboard at 2:00 which is why we didn’t do a shore excursion.  That evening, Clay went to play poker in the casino, I went to the pool/hot tub, and we both enjoyed the sushi bar.  The sushi bar was open for like three hours each day and had 3 different types of sushi that they gave you, so if you like sushi, it’s a good time to try different kinds of sushi.  Like all good cruise ship food, it was also unlimited so you could go back.

Then of course that night, we went to dinner with our cool dinner people and found out what they did that day, and just rested up in the stateroom.  We had a reason to rest because the next day was our busy day in Half Moon Cay… which you can read about in the next blog.

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3 Responses to Leaving on a fun ship… (part 2)

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  2. Rebecca says:

    Hey Amy! First of all, I am really sorry that it’s taken me until now to get to your guys’ blogs. I hope you don’t think I was ignorning you. 😦
    Anyways….a cruise! Wow! I’ve never been on a cruise, but everytime I see pictures of one, I feel such an inspiration! Ha ha.
    It looks like you and Clay have been having fun so far. 🙂
    Oh, Amy, you look really good in a dress. 🙂 That dress totally suits you, your personality, and just you in general. 🙂 Out of all the yrs I spent reading your journal on kiwibox, I barely remember pictures of you in a dress.
    Oh, by the way, I got your note forever ago about the kiwibox people taking away kiwi prizes. Wow. Did they explain why? Not enough people interested? Do you think they’ll come back with new prizes, or do you think they’ll be gone for good? I haven’t been on kiwi since I left, but I did trade in my last bit of points for a couple small prizes. Did you get anything big with your points?
    Wow…the rooms on the cruise seem very nice!! Sorry to hear the bed wasn’t comfy though. Yeah, I guess they make the rooms small to encourage tourists to get out and get involved with the cruise activities. I think I’d go crazy being in a small room on a ship after awhile. At least there’s a window though. 🙂
    Well, sorry again for taking so long to get to blogs. Hopefully you don’t hate me. 😛
    Well, blessings to you!

  3. Darcy says:

    Sounds like you had a great time on you cruise ^__^

    I can’t believe the ship had a water slide on their deck!! I’ve never been on a cruise before. Sounds like you got a pretty posh ship.

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