Hello, everyone! I've been back from vacation for a bit now, and I'm trying to get back into the swing of things. I must say, it felt very strange taking a vacation during the busiest time of the year, only a few weeks before Christmas. But I had one of the best weeks of my life! I'm making this post to share some photos from my cruise to the Caribbean and talk about my experience. I first wanted to say that I cut my hair before the trip! I didn't go as short as Amelie, but I did cut off 18 inches of hair! I had this whole before/after post planned out, but I still haven't gotten the before photos off my boyfriend's camera, so in these pictures you'll see the new haircut. Russ and I flew to Tampa, Florida to meet up with Russ' family the night before we departed for the cruise. In total, we had a party of 22 people!! Many were Russ' relatives that I was meeting for the first time, and ones that Russ hasn't seen in a long time. This photo is of us at the airport in Tampa, waiting for his parents to pick us up. Since half of our (almost) 4-year relationship has been a long distance relationship, we have flown over and over again to see each other. Finally, we had the chance to fly together for the first time.
DAY 1The next day, we took a shuttle from the hotel to the port so we could board the cruise ship. We were able to get on around noon and had a chance to explore the ship and eat our first big buffet meal before the ship set sail at 4:00pm.The boat was extravagant. The bedrooms were...quaint :) But I soon realized that spending time in the bedroom was not necessary, because all the excitement was out on the deck or in the entertainment theaters.
Russ and I began walking, trying to find our way to the beach. We came across beautiful flowers and terrain, lizards, wild chickens running about, cars driving on the wrong side of the road, and a slew of vacationing Americans occupying lounge chairs in front of private-beach condos.
We walked and walked and walked, trying to find a public beach. It was hot, and we walked at least 2 miles trying to find the rest of the cruise goers who smartly took the shuttle to the beach. We never found them, but finally decided that if we wanted to enjoy the beach, we just needed to get in the water.THE WATER. It was sooooooo beautiful. You know how you see all those pictures of dreamy beaches with crystal clear water and ultra fine sand, and then you go to the coasts of North America and don't really see that? I mean, the ocean's always nice but what about the water that you can be neck deep in, and look down and clearly see your toes at the sandy bottom? Right here. At the Cayman Islands. It was so wonderful. And it really was like 7 shades of blues. We only had about an hour to swim and I received one of the worst sunburns ever (that I'm still recovering from), but it was so so worth it! We took a taxi back to the port so we didn't have to walk again. Smart move. Because if you miss the boat... well, you miss the boat. And if you get left on the island...good luck. Really! They didn't even give an "All Aboard", whistle blow, head count, nothing. You really had to pay attention to the time because being late wasn't an option!