It’s a long way down the holiday road- Cruise 2012 (Our trip to Tampa)

Hey guys- I hope everyone’s having a wonderful Thanksgiving. To celebrate, Clay and I are eating dinner with my aunt and uncle who live about 20-30 minutes away. It’s a lot closer than our parents’ houses and since they invited us, we took them up on the offer.

Since I’m off work this weekend and not writing training manuals for a living at my big-girl job, I’m going to recap our trip down to Florida. We sailed on the Carnival Legend which departs and arrives in Tampa, Florida, and sails to Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Grand Cayman.

First, meet Marcus. I’ve seen other people do this, so I’ll review through the eyes of my cute little beanie bear named after the injured University of South Carolina football player. Here he is in sunny Charleston South Carolina (I painted that picture).


We all left for Florida at 9 AM Saturday morning, since our cruise left that Sunday. The trip down was pretty uneventful, but we stopped in Georgia at a Subway for lunch (always tasty and reliable when on the road), got gas station coffee, and went to Kroger for sodas. It was my first time going to a Kroger store and it was huge, probably the largest grocery store I’ve ever been in. Then we headed to Florida and stopped at the welcome center for orange juice and a picture… and I promise the governor and I are not related.


We continued our journey down I-95 and some crazy backroads and speed traps. The signs for these tiny towns advertised them as speed traps too. We even found Waldo- a tiny town in Florida.


There was also a West Ashley in Tampa so I had to take a picture of it.


Pretty soon, we arrived at our hotel. We stayed at the Doubletree in Downtown Tampa because it offered a Park and Cruise special, so we got a night in the hotel, shuttle rides to and from the port, and parking all week for less than $200 (normally parking alone is about $15 a day at the port, so this was a steal). The hotel was very nice, and the bed was super comfy… here’s a token bed picture of my husband.


Of course this is the real reason I booked the Doubletree… best cookies ever! Beware- they put nutritional facts on the package now and it’s scary.


The room had a balcony that overlooked the street so I sat outside and read on the balcony that night- we had a balcony room on the ship as well, so it was balconies all week long for us. This balcony was better since people smoke on the balcony on the ship (eww).


On Saturday night, we ate takeout from the sports bar in the hotel (usual sports bar pub, Clay had a sandwich and I had a big salad) and watched college football. Alabama went down in a tough loss and we saw a few reports from the South Carolina/Arkansas game before heading to bed. Of course, Marcus was excited for the win.

More recaps about our first day on the cruise ship to come, so stay tuned Smile.

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8 Responses to It’s a long way down the holiday road- Cruise 2012 (Our trip to Tampa)

  1. pickyrunner says:

    Looks like a pretty nice way to start your trip 🙂 I always get so excited when hotels have welcome cookies… and then I notice that they have nuts in them and I don’t eat them. So sad 😦

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Yeah, the cookies at Doubletree do contain nuts. I eat them but it was a great cookie, gotta love a warm chocolate chip cookie :). I know the hotel we stayed at in Port Canaveral, it was called Country Inn and Suites, had nutless cookies though.

  2. Nutritional facts on the cookies – that is just mean.
    Looks like a great trip down.
    Cannot wait to see some cruise pictures.

  3. looks like a fun (but long) day! Cant wait to hear more!

  4. That looks like so much fun. I’m glad you had such a good time and I can’t wait to see more recaps. I absolutely love reading about cruises so I cold literally read 1000 recaps LOL.

  5. allieksmith says:

    I agree, Subway is totally reliable on the road. Very tasty! I can’t wait to read more recaps 🙂

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Yeah, we like to go to local restaurants when we can but sometimes you just have to hit Subway for something quick, especially right off the interstate where there may or may not be a good local place close by. Plus you really can’t beat Subway’s prices either, hooray for $5 footlongs!

  6. Patty says:

    ha! Waldo!! too cute! Glad you got off to a good start 🙂

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