Somewhere in the middle of my vacation from blogging, Sean and I took an actual vacation, too!
We used to travel together a lot more but hadn’t in recent years, and since we never took our honeymoon, we were definitely due for a fun trip. We laid out all our options and settled on a Caribbean cruise. (If you heard of the nightmare cruise mishap on the Carnival Triumph in early February, that was not us. We were on the same cruise line but a different ship, itinerary, and a week earlier.)
We left on the tails of a bitter cold week so the prospect of sunshine and temperatures significantly higher than zero was exciting. I was a bit worried about the experience. Would I feel claustrophobic? Would I get sea sick? What if we got the flu or norovirus or some other plague while on board? I just didn’t really know what to expect.
But I couldn’t have been happier with how it turned out. The room, though small, was even a bit more spacious than I had expected. The food and service were great on board. And the ship felt so big that we never felt like we were stuck amongst herds of people and we were constantly discovering new nooks and crannies.
We started out with a couple of days at sea, where we spent most of our time lounging in the sun or checking out some of the daily activities (Bingo, live shows, the casino, a comedy club!). I mean, when you describe it like that it sounds perfect for senior citizens (and trust me, there were plenty) but it really is fun for all ages! Three consecutive port days followed - Honduras, Belize, and Cozumel (in that order) - and the trip ended with one final day at sea.
We spent most of our time in Honduras relaxing on the beach and exploring the island we were on. In Belize, we never even went into Belize City because we took a snorkeling tour and the boat picked us right up from the ship. After a couple hours of snorkeling in the world's second largest reef, we were taken to a private island for kayaking and lounging. The weather in Cozumel was less than ideal - cloudy and a bit drizzly - but since we had more than enough beach time we were content to walk around and shop a bit. Overall, it was a wonderful experience. It was the perfect balance of relaxation, fun, and quality time together as newlyweds.
Now enough of the boring stuff, how about some photos?