Here we go again with a Caribbean cruise, and just a week after returning from our Leaf Peeping in New England adventure! Yes, crazy. But this cruise should be a blast, with Jack (Dad), Jackie and first-time cruiser John (Jackie’s brother).
Of course the first objective is to board the ship quickly and early, get a drink (especially the colorful, fruity kind), then take and send a selfie to everyone back home. That was pretty easy actually, and we met John while getting checked in and headed for the Lido deck and got our drinks to celebrate!
I think the sail away on that first day is the most exhilarating, as the ship navigates the inlet and the shoreline slowly slips away with all your thoughts of things back home. And with it, cell service, so the phones start to disappear and you direct your attention to the open sea.
The cruise was another break for Dad, although his current independent living is a pretty sweet deal for him. But they don’t have a casino at home, so that is always a big attraction for him on cruise ships. And he has quite the luck – overall doing much better than I did at craps. I tried a new strategy that Jeff tried on our Alaska cruise, and I did hang in there for over 2 hours one night, but I think I paid for Dad’s winnings! Ah well, it was fun just the same.
This was our first cruise over Halloween and we really didn’t know what to expect. We thought we were clever packing some masks to wear to dinner, but soon saw that we were outdone by some pretty elaborate costumes. John looked snappy in his pirate outfit, but there were many more aboard with us. Kids (yes, there were school-aged kids aboard) were dressed up and even had a special onboard trick-or-treating night. Certainly was festive fun.
Two days at sea gave us a chance to relax on the pool deck, as the temperature was in the 80’s and sunny. Yes, I did the water slide again, although it was a bit chilly. One nice sunny day was spent at Princess Cay and we were snorkeling around, checking out the reef full of fish and coral. A decent sized barracuda was hanging around the spot, but once there were enough swimmers, he moved on.
At Nassau, a port we have visited several times, we all wandered ashore to the Straw Market and the Woodcarver’s Alley. Not exactly our style of shopping, but it was an experience nonetheless. Oddly, we were the only ship in port and for some reason we were at the farthest pier. It did give us a chance to work off some of the great food we have been eating. We found out later that Dad had met some nice ladies on-board who shared a nice group picture.
The only spot of bad weather was just an afternoon drizzle off the northern Florida coast, but the worst of it stayed off our bow.
All of us ended the cruise in good spirits, glad to have been in sunny, warm Caribbean waters for a week and totally ready for the coming colder, colorful fall back home. I know Jackie and I will be just fine spending a few weeks at home and not changing ports, cities, campgrounds and state locations every day. But no complaints at all … it has been an awesome adventure-filled fall for us.
I have no idea what the next adventure will be, but stay tuned as our retired life’s adventures continue. Time to get started with the planning …