Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Cruisin' Along

Steve and I had a glorious vacation.  It was our first experience with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, having been faithful to Disney for our past 3 cruises.  You'd think a cruise is a cruise is a cruise.  But, no.  We found Royal Caribbean to be completely different.  Not necessarily better or worse...just different. 

One of the differences was that of the crazy-full itinerary.  We visited 5 different islands, 5 days in a row.  The islands were:  Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, St. Maarten, and St. Croix.

We spent our day at the beach in Barbados.  Rented a jet-ski for 1/2 hour.  My first time on a jet-ski.  It was scary, but really fun.

We had no plans for the beautiful island of St. Lucia, the island I was most excited about - anybody watch The Bachelor?  Anybody want to admit it?

So when we got off the ship we went straight to the port information desk and asked what we should do.  We ended up taking a private driving tour of the island guided by a really awesome local guy named Ronald.  He educated us on all kinds of native vegetation, showed us where the rich people camp out, how most of the locals live, and took us to a few beautiful lookout points.

Baby bananas.

Chairs on a hot, tin roof.

Beautiful, scenic overlook.

Our guide, Ronald.

Antigua was probably our most memorable island.  We shared a 40 minute cab ride with another cruising couple who had plans to snorkel at Half Moon Bay.  The trek was certainly worth it.  We practically had the entire beach to ourselves. 

To the side of the half moon, the water was calm enough to snorkel and swim.  In the middle, however, the waves were strong enough to knock a person over, and big enough for some fun body surfing.  This was also the day Steve and I got the most sun...burned into our skin, that is.  My feet in particular were scorched.  They swelled up and turned a brilliant shade of red.  Not going to hurt.  And the ship didn't have aloe to purchase.  What's a cruise ship that doesn't have aloe?  And why didn't we think to pack it?  Sheesh.

The next stop was St. Maarten.  This is where we planned to shop.  Don't get me wrong, I like diamonds and all, but the jewelry stores were a bit overkill for me.  And it seemed every shop carried the same stuff, similar prices.  Steve gave me $100 to buy whatever I fancied, but crazy as it may seem, I boarded the ship from St. Maerten empty handed.  I blame my burned feet for putting me in an anti-shopping mood.

Notice the feet?  Burned to a crisp.  Ouchie.

Our last day we went to St. Croix.  It had a different feel than the other islands...definitely more American.  It was SO hot out that day.  We browsed the shops and walked around the town.  We chatted up a local couple who'd moved there from Arkansas.  Apparently island living isn't ALL it's cracked up to be.  I think Steve and I would give it a whirl if we ever had the opportunity though.  :)

We has such a lovely, relaxing time.  Spent hours reading and napping on the deck.  Played lots of Shuffleboard and actually started playing by the real rules...Steve won most of the games.  We met some really great people.  We ate and drank very well...hence my current caffine withdrawl.  For seven sweet days, life was pure bliss...and sunburn.

(Thank you, Stevie, for this wonderful vacation.  I wouldn't want to spend it with anyone else. Love you tons.)


Girly Muse said...

It sounds and looks wonderful (except for the sunburned feet! ouch!) glad you had a great time.

Welcome home! :)

Anonymous said...

Wow all these photos are breath-taking. So glad you guys had a wonderful time and I really enjoyed reading this post.


P.S. St. Lucia would have made me so excited too! I love the Bachelor!! hehe

Jane W. said...

What a wonderful trip! Love the baby bananas.

La Historiadora de Moda said...

It looks like such a wonderful getaway! I'm sorry you got burnt, though! Lots of water and aloe vera.

Jill said...

Looks amazing! I also love your outfit in the last two photos--the romper/tank top/headband combo made me even more anxious for summer time!!

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

aw that sounds like SO much fun!
and wait a minute, is that a romper???? JEALOUS!

LoveCharlesVintage said...

Looks like an amazing time!

Kimberly said...

Looks like a fantastic time! I sailed Royal Caribbean when I went to Alaska and enjoyed the cruise line. It is (was) a bit more formal than some.

You looked fantastic and hope your feetsies are feeling better!

Kate said...

Looks awesome. Glad you had such a great time!

Kelly said...

Looks like you had an awesome time!

Anonymous said...

What a fantastic adventure! So glad you had a wonderful time and I hope your feet are feeling all better.

Kyla said...

Oh ... I'm so jealous! It looks amazing! I really love your denim romper - adorable!

cheri said...

how amazing:) so happy for you both! the pictures are breathtaking. fun!!!

Out of Order said...

looks like a lovely trip, minus the burns yeowch!