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 .