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.
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 :).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.