Stacy talked to Mama who would be keeping our little people while we were away. She gave him dates of the best week for us to go. He then began shopping for cruises. Neither of us had ever been on one. He found One that was 5 nights and booked it. We left out of Charleston. Our boat left on a Tuesday. After talking to a lot of people we decided to leave the night before to make sure that we'd be able to get there safely and on time. We had more than enough time to wander the streets of Charleston. We enjoyed the market and shops. Stacy wanted to eat SO bad, (it was approaching lunch time) but I kept reminding him that we had unlimited food included as soon as we boarded the boat. I talked him into waiting, I mean we could see the boat! Little did I know that between parking the car, unloading luggage, going through customs, security, check in….. It would be over an hour. Stacy was STARVING! He is just like my Daddy and turns into a bear when he's hungry. I said more than once "You better leave the bear in Charleston, otherwise this trip is going to be miserable!" We Finally got onto the boat and I made sure that the first thing I did was find him some food. I opted for a sandwich because by now it was close to 1:00. He tried the pizza. Both of us enjoyed our meals that we ate while sitting on the deck looking at the beautiful views.
As soon as we finished lunch we decided to go check out our room. It was actually larger than I had envisioned. Our luggage hadn't arrived, but there was a schedule outlying the events of the afternoon/ evening. I discovered that there was a tour of the ship at 4:30. I Really wanted to do that. I was afraid that we'd either get lost, or miss out on something cool because we'd have no clue that it even existed. We obviously had some time to spare, and without our luggage we couldn't do very much more, so we decided to wander the ship.
We had to go to a safety meeting at 3:00 and Before we knew it, it was time for the guided tour. We enjoyed that and learned a lot. Glad we did that. Due to the fact that all of the luggage was still being delivered, the elevators were basically unusable, or SUPER slow. Our room was on the 5th floor and the majority of the entertainment floors were 9 and higher. We got a MAJOR leg workout on the first day! I workout regularly, but my calves were seriously sore on Wednesday! Instead of set dining times, we decided to go with the flex dinning. SO glad that we did, we could go whenever wanted which worked wonderfully for us. After checking the schedule and seeing that there would be a comedy show at 7:30, we decided to eat at 6:00.
Back to the night though. We LOVED the comedian! He ended up having 2 shows that night and we attended both. We laughed and laughed. I tried SO hard not to have a coughing attack, I was on medicine for "allergy induced bronchitis" which I forgot about. I had an awful cough that wouldn't get better. I ended up taking myself to the urgent care dr hoping for an answer. I had been coughing for a month. I paid $75 copay and $25 in prescriptions, only to not only continue coughing throughout the cruise, but for the next 3 weeks as well. I think I'm finally ok again.
After the second comedy show, I'm pretty sure we called it a night. Our second day was a full day at sea. There were all kinds of shows and entertainment during the day, and between them, eating ice cream, hanging at the pool, and reading, it was such a wonderful, relaxing day.
Although we had a nice relaxing time in Nassau, enjoyed the water and had a great day, the city was not at all what I had expected. I couldn't imagine spending a whole week there…. Unless we stayed at Atlantis ;) That evening we saw The Cowboy Comedian, he was by far Stacy's favorite. I don't know that I've ever heard him laugh so hard.
When we woke up the next morning we were almost to Little Stirrup Cay. (It's a private island owned by Carnival) Now That was my idea of an island. It was absolutely Beautiful! The water was as clear as the rent's pool. We spent at least an hour just walking among the fish. Stacy wore striped board shorts, and I laughed that the fish thought that he was one of them. He had a whole school of BIG fish keep circling around his legs. It was So cool. There were some really pretty fish. We walked almost to the end of the island just taking in the beautiful views. Loved that island! So sad that we couldn't have spent 2 days there!
Of course after a wonderful day on Little Stirrup Cay, we came back to the boat to a wonderful dinner and entertainment. We even ventured into the casino. Our favorite game, that we only played a few times was a claw machine where you tried to grab a stack of $100. How fun! Too bad we couldn't win. By this time, I was almost done with the cruise. I knew that the following day, Saturday, we would be on the water for the whole day. I quickly realized that I am not a Lover of cruises. Don't get me wrong, I had a Wonderful time! But I think that being on the water for 3 days and on an island for 2 was backward. I'd rather spend 5 days on an island. Either way, the last day flew by. We hung out at the pool, watched all kinds of contests (Hairy chest was by far the best!) and got to see a guy carve an ice sculpture. That was really neat! We stayed up late on Saturday night watching shows and going to the end of cruise party. Overall we had a wonderful child free celebration of 10 years, but I'm thinking 15 or 20 we'll go to an island :)
I am SO thankful for Mama, Martha, Laura, and Daphne for tag teaming with the boys. I am also so thankful the VBC fell during the week that we were away. Yes, I missed being able to hear about it every single day, I missed being able to hear the songs and stories, but I KNOW that it made it so much easier for all those involved.