Wednesday, July 20, 2011

More Fun at Sea

I've shared why my husband and I love cruising.  Here are some highlights of our most recent cruise.  It was a 7-night cruise on the Carnival Pride.  We departed from Baltimore and made stops in Cape Canaveral (Central Florida) as well as Nassau and Freeport in the Bahamas.  This wasn't our first visit to any of the ports and it was our second time on this cruise ship, so we took the opportunity to just relax and see the highlights.

One of the best things about cruising is the sunrises.  We normally get up at 5:15 a.m. for work (and I can't reset my internal clock for vacation), so naturally I had to step outside on the balcony during our first morning at sea to catch a glimpse of the sun on the horizon... 

We don't get unobstructed views like this at home.  It's really exceptional and sunrise on a cruise is such a quiet, special time.

On a cruise you have access to some type of food 24 hours a day.  While there is a huge breakfast buffet on the Lido Deck as well as breakfast served in the main dining room every day, we always order room service when we're at sea... because we can!

On Carnival ships room service breakfast = continental breakfast, but that's fine by us.  Especially considering that we enjoyed our coffee, fruit and muffins before heading up to the Lido Deck to eat a "real" meal.  Yes, way too many calories were consumed on this vacation.  If you cruise, I recommend that you take the stairs as much as possible while onboard!  You'll need the exercise.

We were at sea for two full days before we reached our first port in Florida.  The weather was perfect and we spent a whole lot of time doing absolutely nothing...

Doesn't he look happy and relaxed?

We'll admit that we're pretty laid back on cruises.  We spent our sea days reading, sleeping, sitting in the hot tub and drinking wine.  If you're more energetic there's plenty of other things to do.  But we're lazy on vacation.

We went to a wine tasting on our first day at sea ($15 per person upcharge).  Oh, and the photo has a red tint because the wine tasting took place in David's Steakhouse, which is located in the funnel of the ship.  The glass over the restaurant is tinted red to match the exterior of the funnel. 

The wine tasting included six wines and small bites of food to accompany each wine.  It was a nice way to chill out on a Monday afternoon and we met some cool people.  We're avid wine drinkers, so we didn't really learn anything, but it's always fun to taste wine and eat food with good company.

Sushi was available on most nights...

A sushi cart was set up in one of the lounges and they had a rotating menu of three rolls.  We hit up the sushi bar before dinner and enjoyed a few bites and a drink from the bar.  It was a nice pre-dinner pick me up.

One of the cutest (and silliest) parts of the cruise is the towel animal phenomenon...

Every night we'd return to our cabin to find a new creature.  It always makes me smile and it's one of those things that makes cruising different from a land-based vacation.

Speaking of returning to your cabin, they clean your room at least twice a day, sometimes more often!  You wake up, shower, go walk around the ship and when you come back your room is clean!  Then, you take an afternoon  nap, get dressed, go to the pool and your room is cleaned AGAIN!  After dinner you return to chocolates on your pillow and a cute towel animal. 

In Florida we rented a car and visited family.  In the Bahamas we spent both days on the beach.  No running around, not fancy excursions, just a nice, relaxing beach day... with blue water!

In Nassau we paid to access the private beach at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort (about 20 minutes from the port by public bus).  It's $25 per person for a day pass.  For this price you get beach chairs, umbrellas, towels and flotation devices to use in the ocean or the pool.  There are lifeguards, it wasn't crowded and there's also several restaurants on the property.  There's a swim up bar, at least two pools and a hot tub.  It was a great day and I'd do it again.

In Freeport we went to another private resort beach, but somehow we managed to get in for free.  I guess they liked us!

The surf was a bit rougher on the day we were in Freeport, so we didn't spend much time in the ocean.  Instead we layed under a palm tree and ended up getting sunburned - boo! 

E had to get a taste of Kalik, one of the Bahamian beers. We can buy it back home, but it's difficult to find.

As much as I love the sunrises on cruises, the sunsets are something special, too...

That's how we spend seven days doing (almost) nothing.  I know that not everyone likes cruises, but it really works for us.  I'll share some of our favorite meals (my favorite memory) from our cruise in my next post!


  1. You guys look great! I love the picture of you :) And aren't those animal towels the cutest?! Every time we visit the resorts in the Caribbean, we're always greeted with the towel animals! Cruising is definitely on my must-do list! I love to sight-see, but there's nothing more refreshing than some good R&R!

  2. Your pictures are gorgeous! What kind of camera do you have?

  3. Ahh, I live for sunsets like that. What I wouldn't do to go on a cruise and to lounge under a palm tree :-)

  4. You remind me...that I could really use a vacation. I bet you came back feeling like a brand new woman!

  5. I'll admit that I wary of cruises, but based on your experience I may have to give it a try. It would be nice to take a vacation and do nothing but relax for a change, lol


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