Bud and I have been planning and talking about going on a cruise for our 25th anniversary for literally years. Because of that, we were both sad when we found out Bud would be in Korea for our 25th anniversary. After he returned from Korea, we decided this was the year. We decided on a 7 day cruise leaving from New Orleans and going to Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Montego Bay.
We left in late August right around the time Hurricane Isaac decided to come into the Gulf of Mexico. We left and the first full day was pretty rocky due to the Hurricane. Despite having the seasick patch on, I still got pretty sick the first day. Once I took some more medicine and we got around 400 miles away from the hurricane, it was much better. Also due to hurricane, our itinerary was flip-flopped and we started at Montego Bay.
We decided to do excursions at the ports since we were newbies. In Jamaica we went on a tour that took us through the beautiful countryside, holding a stingray, and then swimming with dolphins. It was amazing. The dolphins were so much fun and one took a special liking to me and gave me a BIG FAT KISS on the mouth! The people were wonderful and the food was great.
The next day was Grand Cayman which I fell in love with. It was the most beautiful place with the most beautiful blue water. We did a tour here too which included a ride to Hell where we got to send out mail from the Hell Post Office, then we went to the Tortuga Rum Company where we had double chocolate rum cake (YUMMO), then to the Turtle Farm where we got to hold some cute turtles, and then finally to meet a boat that took us 30 minutes out to the stingray reef where we swam with and held huge stingrays. They were so soft and lots of fun. When you hold them they just look up at you.
The next port was Cozumel. I want to go back to Cozumel again because we were at a different port than Carnival usually uses and we weren’t able to do a lot of what most people get to do at Cozumel. We walked around, shopped, and then went to Margaritaville. It was nice and relaxing for Bud and I.
The sea days were so much fun and I know it’s cliché but I did have the time of my life here.