Friday, January 21, 2011

Our Second Honeymoon

 Cruises are known for their food. Celebrity Solstice in particular. 5 star baby. We ate in their main buffet cafeteria for most breakfasts & lunches. Food from all over the world. Delish. I'm kinda wishing we would have weighed in before, but am now thankful our scale is still in storage.

 We sailed Sunday-Tuesday to arrive at our first port: San Juan, Puerto Rico. We took a little bus tour through Old & New San Juan, sight seeing and shopping. 

 Our second stop was St. Thomas. We went snorkeling on a sailboat for 3 hours were we saw a barracuda and some sea turtles near a shipwreck. Then we spent the rest of the day shopping.

 Our third stop was St. Maarten, where we went to Orient beach and did a lot of nothing. It was the most relaxing and beautiful thing we did all week. [Could have done without the nudity allowed...definitely saw women jumping waves topless and men laying out fully naked...that will teach us to get out of our lounge chairs and take a walk on the beach.]

See that giant ship next to our "little" ship? That's Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Sea...6,000 passengers! [I didn't take my real camera on the beach.]

Our second formal night...a bit of silly from Charles. We should have taken more pictures...I had some pretty cute dresses! Oh well, someone get married and I'll re-wear them!

 The cruise was lovely. Having our own balcony was worth-every-dollar. It helped with sea sickness and was nice and private for reading, eating and listening to the waves crash all night [since I couldn't pack my box fan!] It was nice to reacquaint myself with my husband and remember he isn't just my roommate and children's father. 

We enjoyed lots of the amenities the ship had to offer, made a few friends, saw some shows, played some games, but spent most of our time sleeping, relaxing, watching movies and of course...eating. We got to eat dinner at their nicest restaurant each night, Blu. The food was fancy, but eatable. I enjoyed all 22 meals with my husband over the course of the week. Well...maybe I should add in a few room services too.

There were so many incredible places around the ship to lounge, watch the ocean, or have a drink. I wish I would have photographed all their lounges...they were so unique. One morning at breakfast I joking told my waiter I'd pay extra to see a whale and right as I said it, a whale was unreal!

We tipped well after that!

Already missing my clothes being clean all the time and going to bed and waking up whenever I felt like it...but not as much as I missed my babies.


  1. As I kept up with your updates on Facebook, I had to pray about my envy issues. :) I'm so glad you had such a wonderful time with Charles! Lord knows you deserved it!

  2. I am with Monica, trying not to envy issues :)
    But seriously, I am super duper excited that you guys go to go on the cruise! I am so thankful that everything was "smooth sailing" (pun intended) especially after the crazy adventures you had going to and from TX.
    This ship looks amazing. I am already dreaming of my next cruise....

  3. Totally jealous of the cruise!

    What camera/lens did you use for these pics?

  4. oh my goodness. what an awesome trip! my favorite line? "it was nice to get reacquainted with my husband and remember he's not just a room mate and my children's father." amen and amen. love it.

  5. Thanks Y'all!

    Monica, I'll return the favor when you're in Hawaii later this year!

    I used all my can find the list in my Amazon tab above in "Camera Bag"

  6. I was just telling Jose that I wanted to go on a cruise for our 10th anniversary (which is 4 years from we have plenty of time to SAVE, SAVE, SAVE) :-) - CARA M.

  7. I love these pictures! So glad you guys had such a great time. I literally LOL about the box fan! I always wondered if it would be worth to pay extra for a balcony, now I know.

    p.s. Both of those pink dresses look so cute on you :)

  8. Love all your photos - they're awesome. And what a blast. I'd love to do something like that with my honey one day. So sweet.



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