It’s crazy to think back to my wedding. how it all came together. all the planning that went into it and how amazing it truly was. Thinking back I remember us having a conversation about what we wanted to do for our honeymoon. we talked about going on a cruise together and knew that we could get a really good deal with carnival cruise lines last minute.
two weeks before we looked for and booked our cruise to Mexico from Miami. We found the perfect cruise that was two days after our wedding was over and to a location where we both wanted to go.
somehow, my parents were invited to come along our trip. Normally this would have been super weird however, we stayed in separate rooms and only spent time together that we wanted to. It was nice to have them along, as its always great to chat with others and share the experience with my parents.
To be fair this was not our first cruise, it was our third. we would be considered seasoned vets by now. haha. we knew where all the best food was, and how to prepare properly for the trip.
Our way down was smooth and seamless, we arrived at the Detroit airport and caught a flight down to Miami, from Miami we had arranged a taxi from the airport to the cruise loading area. the port was huge and we passed by some sweet places including the Miami heat basketball arena. from the pier, we could see several cruise ships docked and were excited to get on.
we checked in, our bags were accepted for loading and we stood in line and waited until we were able to get on board. we were right on time. as soon as the gates were open, we had to climb a steep ramp that zig-zagged up into the ship. as everyone was loading my father made a cow sound as if we were like herding cows loading into a ship to be sent to slaughter, a truly frightening and funny way to think about the whole situation.
On the ship, my wife and I separated from my parents. we knew exactly where we wanted to go. we headed to the main deck where people could tan and go for a dip in the pool and headed to the back of the boat. At the back of the boat they had a sandwich station. They had this interesting sandwich called an arugula sandwich. when we first tried it we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into, however, the taste smashed our mouths with a wonderful surprise we will never forget. the arugula was the perfect bitter nutty flavor over the swiss cheese with some sauce that was unknown to me, served on a focaccia bun.
after enjoying our first taste on the cruise we headed to the upper deck where we could hang over the side to watch the ship depart from the port. a special moment because you know you no longer have the safety of land but have to rely on the ship to service you. but all was well, we’ve done this before, and we had each other.
down below near the front of the boat was our room. we took the elevator down and located where we needed to be. once in the room we unwound a bit, taking off our shoes and dropping our belongings. on the bed was a towel swan. always cool to see them when you arrive. when I think about how to recreate it with another towel, I can never figure it out. its origami in towel form. it made us feel special.
our first night was great and the ships hum made sleeping easy. we awoke and found my parents for the day of tanning. the goal was to get our first burn to set the first layer of tan for the rest of the trip. we found my parents on the main deck and got to work. I mean. got to doing nothing, it felt great.
we had arranged to do things while on our cruise before we went. we had decided to do a tour of Florida Keys downtown area, and head to the believe it or not museum. I don’t think we’ve ever loved a city as much as we loved the atmosphere of the keys. beautiful historic buildings. trees, gorgeous houses. it all was magical. downtown was easy shopping with outdoor bars serving beer. the museum was amazing, so many great things to look at. I thought I would take a picture of everything in typical tourist style.
back at the cruise we met my parents for dinner and enjoyed what was a well planned out dinner. people dressed up and it was a formal affair. the servers were amazing and were off their feet working hard. each dinner had a few options to pick from and were all wonderful choices. I was thankful for such a dining experience as it was a great time to connect and settle down for the evening.
Thought the ships travel there was always things going on from art galleries to shows put on in the front theatre. there were many things to do and keep occupied.
One of the stops that I enjoyed was when we stopped in Mexico. as a group, we decided to go snorkeling out in the ocean. this is something I had never done before. the boat ride out was fantastic and seemed like we were riding for 30 minutes or more. once we arrived, we got our snorkeling gear and jumped into the water. the water was warm and clear, below you could see the coral reef, beautiful schools of fish. my favorite part was when we encountered a baby sea turtle that looked the size of an adult snapping turtle, truly incredible. when we got back it was getting dark, we spent time in the shops looking at random things and bought ourselves a Mexican sombrero.
at one point during our trip back the wind had picked up, so much in fact that the top deck was closed off. no one was allowed to go up there for safety reasons. the last night of the ship was a celebration night. our favorite food was on display. mexican food, spicy food and anything else you could think of to remind you of where you’ve come from and where you’re going.
Personally, I would recommend carnival cruise line as I had an amazing time. the service was great and the prices were even better. I could have expanded more about each and every detail, but I thought I would just stop there. I hope you’ve enjoyed this read. if you have had a cruise, what was your experience like? comment below with your opinions and don’t’ forget to subscribe in the sidebar for more!