Monday, September 21, 2009


For our honeymoon, Matt and I took a cruise! It was my first cruise and we had just the best time. I mean, give me free food 24 hours a day and I can pretty much make my own fun.

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 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.

Hemingway's House

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!

My honey!

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!

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!

Oh, and I bought this pashmina! See, I did things :)

Our 2nd stop was in the Caymen Islands. We did some jet skiing, sight seeing, and beach sitting. It was 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.

I may or may not have accidentally ordered not one but two $10 drinks. Oops! Who knew??

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.

Check out the crazy shoes we had to wear!

Part of where we climbed

We had such an amazing time on our honeymoon and I am bursting with excitement to take a week long trip with my hubby again. Oh a girl can dream! Maybe for our 50th??


Mrs EyeCanSee said...

Looks like you had an amazing time!! We did a cruise for our honeymoon too....glad to know we weren't the only ones who posed with and took pictures of our towel animals every night! Ha!

Lucy Marie said...

Just so you know, when I come to visit you, I fully expect to have a towel monkey hanging from somewhere in my room. Thank you very much.

Sonja said...

aw! glad you had fun!! you were 2 hours away from meeee! :)

Isn't having food 24/7 amazing?? LOL I think that was our favorite part when we went on our honeymoon!!

Kristen said...

ha ha, my husband and I went on a cruise this summer and we too took pics of our towel animals every night! lol We stopped at Grand Caymen and Key West too, lots of fun! My favorite stop was Belize though.... Glad you guys had an amazing honeymoon!

New England Girl said...

It looks like a fantastic honeymoon. :) You two are so cute!! It sounds like a wonderful variety of activities and relaxation on your cruise. Just perfect. I love all of the little towel animals. They are too adorable.

Cherry said...

I love that you wore a Purdue shirt on your honeymoon!! :)

Naturally Caffeinated Family said...

We keep talking about going on a cruise for an anniversary sometime! You know I would be all about the 24 hr food!! ha! Sounded and looked like so much fun!

lola said...

Ohhh, such fabulous cruise pictures! Matt and I are still needing to make up for a lack of honeymoon the first time around -- thanks Army! ;)

Seriously though, you guys look like you had so much fun!

Tasha said...

Great pics! Cruising is definitely the way to travel! I love those cute little towel animals!

Lindsey said...

Looks like a fabulous honeymoon!!!

Shaina said...

This looks fantastic! Aren't cruises amazing??! All the food and fun...I think of them as giant playgrounds for adults. :) Seriously. We almost went on a cruise for out honeymoon too...but then ultimately decided against it. But it's definitely on the list for the future!

Brittany Ann said...

"...give me free food 24 hours a day and I can pretty much make my own fun."


THat's exactly how I thought on my first cruise, and I loved it, too!

Krystyna Lizabeth. said...

both you two and the sights :)

a H.I.T. said...

I love looking back at pictures of our honeymoon too. It's not often we head to a beach and can sit there for two weeks straight!

Jorden and Kristin said...

just came across your blog! the cruise looks amazing! I went on one in egypt and we had those towel animals, they were great! I would be thrilled to be a guest at your house and see that! so fun!


emily said...

I just love cruises and my heart goes out to you guys walking to your ship...I live in Florida and know that must have been miserable!!

Kerree said...

I love those towels! Looks like you had heaps of fun. Can't wait to go on a cruise myself