This last week we were cruising on the Caribbean. We left on our anniversary, last Sunday and spent the night in Miami (our "e" trip) and then the next day, boarded the Carnival Fascination. We booked a short 4 day cruise just to get our feet wet and to see how well she would do which was amazingly well.
Our first day, we settled in and made our way around the ship and did the obligatory safety drill. We walked along the decks and met some people and then set sail.
Our second day we docked at Key West. I had been wanting to go here for quite some time, mostly to visit the furthermost southern point in the US, but it just wasn't meant to be this time. A few years ago, my Dad and I drove to Alaska. Yes, I said drove, pulling his camper behind. It took us two months and 10,000 miles round trip. Anyhow, while we were up there, we bought plane tickets and flew to Barrow, Alaska which is the furthermost northern point in the US. Since I have a picture of my Dad and me at the most northern point, I wanted a picture of my daughter (I love saying that.) and me at the most southern point. But, it rained. So, we stayed on board and enjoyed the ship.
Our next day, we docked in Calica, Mexico. Calica is a rock quarry where the ships dock. It was dusty and not much there unless you took an excursion or a taxi. We signed up for the Xcarat trip. I had read about it before we left and really wanted to go here, and we did. We waited awhile on the bus and then finally left for a ten minute ride. Xcarat is a beautiful place. They had a few animals, beautiful macaws, a great beach, Mayan ruins, an aquarium, dolphin swims, etc, etc. We opted for the beach as our purpose of the trip was to get Chani into the ocean. Matt and I both love scuba diving and can't wait until we can teach her and get her certified. She LOVED the water. I received the little ladybug float from one of my swaps while we were waiting. It was perfect. We spent quite a bit of time here before heading back to the ship.
Our fourth day was an at sea day. We spent the day on the decks and playing trivia whenever they had it and we were available. I won one time and have a "ship on a stick." Matt won three times so now we have four of them. Woohoo!
Our last day, back in Miami, we ate our last breakfast and moved off the ship and took a taxi to the Marriott. We were there at 9am but they let us check in anyway. We spent the day relaxing in the pool and strolling along the streets there. She did very well in the pool also. I think we'll be spending a lot of time at the neighborhood pool this summer. Someday we'll build our own pool out in our backyard. But, until then, we'll make the trip to the clubhouse.
We flew home to find that Atlanta had been having huge storms. Once we got home, we had to hunker down in the basement for about 30 minutes but it passed right over us and we went to our Atlanta area potluck. Pictures to follow.
A few notes about the trip.
We sailed on the Carnival Fascination. This was an older ship and not a very flashy or pretty ship. I had read some reviews before booking and it didn't get very good ones but it was still a nice trip and I would take this one again.
Traveling with a one year old who still takes two naps a day and sleeps for 12 hours at night was very limiting in our adventure. We tried to keep her on schedule as much as possible but that also meant that we missed a lot of things. - Would I do it again? - I doubt if I would until she was at least walking and/or could go swimming on the ship. (She needed to be out of a diaper before they would let her in the pool.) I was told by my personal vacation planner to go ahead and put a swim suit over a swim diaper and go ahead but we didn't feel right about it so we just didn't. BUT, we still had a good time.
It was tiring but not too terribly bad. We're talking about a one day Disney trip in September while we're down there in our time share. She'll be 19 months then. Too early??
Now, we are back home and getting settled back into our regular routine. I'm glad that we went and had a great time but it's always great to get back home too.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
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