When we moved down in June, we knew we wouldn’t take a real vacation this summer. I took a vacation day to move, and so did he, but starting a new job, he had to wait to take any days off- almost 6 months to get a week off. We moved on a Friday, went to Florence to clean our old apartment on Saturday, unpacked Sunday, and both worked Monday morning.
Fortunately, we moved to Charleston, SC, where I can run on the beach, eat tasty food, and enjoy scenic views when I want. Plus, the weather is pretty much always great. Five months later, it still feels like I’m on vacation. Minus the traffic, having to cook and clean for myself, and this little thing called a “big girl job” (technical writer) that I do 40 hours a week.
I assure you I do work… and eat ice cream! During my days in the home office at ACS, we always made it a fun place to work.
Despite the laid-back atmosphere of the Lowcountry, we knew we wanted and deserved a vacation this year. After looking at the calendar and planning around half marathons, two vacation schedules, holidays, and football season, we booked a 7-day cruise on the Carnival Legend leaving from Tampa, Fla.
On the cruise, we will be visiting Cozumel, Belize, Grand Cayman, and Roatan, and we even splurged for the balcony room since it was only a little more. Clay and I are really looking forward to eating room service and having coffee (well, I’ll drink the coffee) on the balcony, along with walking around in the ports and meeting other people in the dining room.
Late seating on the Freedom of the Seas
The cruise will be a nice way to celebrate surviving a college graduation, job change, and move. Right now, we’re trying to plan what to do on the ship and in the ports, but I’ll keep ya posted.
And of course, we all need pictures, so here’s a few from our other travels:
Carnival Destiny- October 2009. I turned 24 on this cruise- what an awesome way to celebrate a birthday. This was our first cruise that I reluctantly went on at Clay’s suggestion, and I fell in love with cruising. Great first vacation as a couple.
Carnival Fantasy- May 2010. I was diagnosed with severe anemia about a week before the cruise, but we still had a great time (I took a few extra naps).
Now, I see this very ship every week when I drive over the bridge to Mt. Pleasant to coach or run over the bridge. Somehow, I always crave pancakes when I see it on my way back, hehe. Love cruise ship breakfasts.
Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas- May 2011. This was the most beautiful ship I’ve ever seen, and it was truly a special cruise because it was our honeymoon (we went two months after getting married). I also wrote lengthy reviews on this blog.
The view from the Doubletree Inn and Suites in Miami where we stayed before our Carnival Destiny Cruise (October 2009).
Me participating in some goofy contest on the Carnival Destiny.
Someone was ready to eat, haha! We liked our table mates on this cruise.
I’m not used to this view of the Cooper River Bridge (the ship *does not* pass under the bridge). This was before we ever knew we’d move here.
In a Key West bar. We love to hit local places for lunch in port.
Sore bingo losers on the Carnival Fantasy. This was the only time I’ve played bingo on a cruise.
We loved the rock climbing wall on the Freedom of the Seas! Once I figured it out, it was pretty much my favorite activity on the ship.
FlowRider on the Freedom of the Seas
Serious… nah, not us!
Gotta love the towel animals!
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