Mom and I had a wonderful time on our cruise to the Eastern Caribbean on the Carnival Dream this past week. We met so many wonderful people on our trip and really we’re able to just enjoy ourselves without having to worry about things back home. Here are some highlights from the trip.
Day 1 – Embarkation Day
I woke up early and looked out our hotel balcony to see the ship in port. Imagine my surprise when I saw a rainbow right next to the ship! A good sign we would have a great trip. We grabbed breakfast and headed over to the ship to board. Since we had early boarding, we were able to go right to our room and then grab lunch early up on the lido deck. From there we explored a little of the ship and the went back to our room to unpack. Then off to the muster drill for the safety briefing. Back up to the lido deck to say hi to our Whoop! Whoop! group for an informal meet and greet. We went up one more deck to wave goodbye to people as we pulled out of Port Canaveral. We stayed up on deck and talked with some other cruisers until dinner. We were in the Scarlet Dining Room during our trip and had a wonderful wait staff. We sat at a four top booth with another couple from Fayetteville who wanted to be with their family. We had a great dinner (Prime Rib!) and a wonderful evening just exploring the ship a little.
Leaving Port Canaveral – That is the Disney Fantasy in the background.
Day 2 – Nassau, The Bahamas
Day 2 of our trip brought bright sunshine and a beautiful view of Nassau, The Bahamas. We had breakfast in our room, and prepared to head off the ship for a little bit. We took our time to let most of the people get off the ship, and then went into the shopping area just past the port city. After exploring for a couple hours, we headed back to the ship for lunch and some rest before our first formal dinner on the ship. After my little nap we went to the dining room again to find out that we have been moved! Our new table was right at the back of the ship next to the window. I was esthetic at this change and loved every meal we had in the dining room. The sunset’s were absolutely amazing. After dinner, I changed and went back upstairs to the Ocean Plaza and met some new people from Atlanta who were on their honeymoon. We went to the comedy club and then it was bed time for me.
Leaving Nassau… see the rain in the distance? We avoided it!
Day 3 – Fun Day At Sea
Day 3 was our first full day at sea. Knowing that if I wanted a good spot on the Serenity Deck I needed to get up there early. I had breakfast and made sure Mom had hers delivered to the room, and then found my favorite spot on the deck. I read my book for a couple of hours then went and got in the hot tub. Pure bliss! Back down for lunch and then our meet and mingle for the Facebook group. I played some trivia and won another trophy for being the top person at general knowledge trivia. Day 3 is when we also found out from the captain that we had to turn around during the night and go back to Nassau to disembark a passenger who had a medical emergency on-board the ship. Because of this, we would be arriving late into Puerto Rico. For dinner that night, I had booked us into the Steakhouse. It was wonderful, and I am proud to say that I have now had Steak Tar-Tar due to the compliments of the chef. Mom and I ate so much, we couldn’t even eat our dessert, so we took that back to the room.
This was a good thing to wake up to! A Rainbow that expanded across the back of the ship!
Day 4 – San Juan, Puerto Rico
I spent most of the day hanging out in the Ocean Plaza working on my knitting project I brought along with me and participating in the trivia’s that were scheduled for that day. Won another medal for winning the Top 40 music challenge, and had a blast just catching up with some of the people we met from the Cruise Critic/Facebook group. Went we arrived in San Juan, Mom and I took a carriage ride through Old San Juan first. The carriage ride was really fun, and our driver was awesome. After the carriage ride, we decided to shop around a little to see what we could find. Mom found a nice sun dress that looks really good on her! Back to the ship for a late dinner, and then I played for a little bit before heading back to the room to watch us leave port. We re-fueled then, so the fuel barge was on our side of the ship. It was neat to watch the guys work and they were friendly and waved and chatted a little bit. Once they pulled away, we were on our way to St. Thomas.
Day 5 – St. Thomas, US VI
St. Thomas was were we hit the shopping goldmine! I wanted a new knock-off Louis Vitton wallet and bag, and some new sunglasses, so we hopped on the taxi bus to the downtown shopping area hand found the vendors who were selling them. I found exactly what I wanted and Mom found a Michael Kors bag she liked as well. I was able to get all that for $120 and felt pretty good about my bargaining skills. Knowing that if we stayed we would want to spend more money, we went back to the ship for lunch and then some exploration before dinner that night.
Yachts in Nassau
Pulling into Nassau
The Downtown Market!
I made Mom smile…
On our cruise!
Day 6 – Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos
Best day of the cruise! We decided that it would be a true shame if we did not get in the water while we were on this vacation, so we headed down to the Carnival beach and enjoyed the day there. I quickly found two chairs, and rented a cover for us, then immediately hit the water. Parched, I figured it was time for a tasty beverage so me and Mom had a couple of Margaritas and some lunch. Then back in the water until it was time for us to leave to get ready for dinner. Check out the view of the ship we had from our little spot at the beach!
Our view from the beach… don’t those ships look pretty next to each other?
Day 7 – Fun Day At Sea
The last day of our trip was nothing but pure laziness. I got up and finished the scarf I was knitting, and then just meandered around the ship. We hung out in Ocean Plaza (trivia spot) and on the Lanai and chatted with some new friends we have made. We looked at our on-board credits and picked up a few things for my sister, nieces and nephews. I also took the time to see what pictures the Carnival photographers had snapped of us, and purchased two of our photos when we were getting off the ship in port. We had our final dinner where we said goodbye to our wonderful waitstaff and they sang a very special goodbye to us. Back to the room to back and put our suitcases out for arrival back home the next morning.
Our sunset that said goodbye from the ship…
I simply can not express how much this trip meant to me and Mom. To those who have supported us over the past two years, THANK YOU!
More pictures will be posted soon.