We set sail out of Ft. Lauderdale. Matt and I were unclear as to if we would be able to eat as soon as we got on the ship (answer=yes!) and we were starving so we had the taxi driver drop us off at a restaurant outside the port. He assured us we could easily walk to our ship from there...so he left us with all of our luggage for a week long cruise and off he went.
Well let me tell you, when Matt and I walked the many, many blocks on the busy, busy street to just get to the port...we knew we had a problem. We approached the man at the gate to the port and he said, "You're walking?" and looked at us like we were nuts. Well, in reality, we were. I have no idea how many miles we walked to get to our ship that day...but it was several. Can you picture us: two crazy in love honeymooners slowly dragging their luggage in the scorching Florida heat for what seemed like hours!?! Let's just say, I never thought I would be so happy to see this:
So for anyone considering take a cruise, always...always....always....take a cab.
So now we're standing in the enormously long line to check in. And then it happens. God shined upon us. I looked down at our tickets and noticed they said VIP. Then I saw a VIP line with no one in it. At first Matt didn't believe we were really VIP. I insisted on finding out and it turns out we were! Our sweaty, filthy, smelly grossness was able to skip literally hours of waiting in line and pass everyone. Thank you American Express Travel. I owe you my life.
Our first stop was Key West. I had been there in college so I was able to show Matt some of the sights.
Although Matt disagrees that this is actually the southernmost point in the continental United States (because technically Key West is an island) he got his picture anyway
We had some great times on the ship in between stops!
Matt came in first place in a trivia contest! There were a ton of people participating and it was so awesome! He also won first place in a putting contest. He was on a roll! What did I do, you ask?
Yeah. And I made these!
Yeah. And I made these!
Every night after dinner, these little guys were in our room! They were the cutest things and we just loved walking into our room to see what animal was next. We went to a class on the ship that taught you how to make them...and we even bought the how-to book. I dreamed about doing it for overnight guests in our home. Have I done that yet? Um, no. But I intend to!
Our 2nd stop was in the Caymen Islands. We did some jet skiing, sight seeing, and beach sitting. It was great...by far my favorite stop on the cruise.
I can't believe I posted this awful picture of myself...but just think of it as an action shot...ick.
Our last stop was Jamaica. The weather was a little dreary, but we spent the day walking up a waterfall and laying on our private beach.