ok well after i posted the other one i went back and read the title of the post and messed up completely…i never touched on why i would have called it that. i will saw that seeing God’s creation that sunday was very touching and closer to God than i had been in a while. it was a wonderful place to see people happy and excited. it was amazing to see the animals…
ok so monday morning we woke up early and go back on the road for miami…thank God for GPS. driving to the port was a huge test to my nerves….i was so glad that we had the GPS or we would still be in miami. we went to the port to see where we should be and then we went to eat lunch.
miami riverside…i think
this was a shopping center type outdoor mall place…it was neat. we didn’t have much time to walk around but we did eat lunch there!
welcome to the port of miami!
i was so excited to see this sign…i was ready to jump out of the car!
another view of riverside
crossing over the bridge to the port.
boat in the port…not ours but a big boat
i couldn’t get a good pic of our boat. but this was next to ours…at least i don’t think it was ours.
following the signs to our boat and the best vacation EVER!
dropping off our luggage
the porter was so nice. he took our luggage and gave us an A+ for putting our tags on right. he pointed us to where we should park and told us to have a great trip!
before picture at the car!
we took a before the cruise picture! i guess we could have asked someone to take it for us but oh well!
i wanted to remember what level we parked on…so when we got back we didn’t have to walk around for hours!
point of no return.
andy didn’t want to take this picture but i wanted one of the banner before we went in. this was the point of no return. we had to go through security and them went upstairs and had to go through more check in. it was a long process but it didn’t take too long…just a lot of steps and stations to go through.
all checked in
last step before we got to get on the boat…
first view of the boat
this was the first good view of the boat.
walking over the cat walk
entering the boat…
the doors of the boat
taking it all in…
first picture as we walked into the boat
this was the first thing we saw when we walked in. andy stopped in the door way and i had to pick up jaw and close his mouth. it was so beautiful and i think he was shocked at how it looked. i remembered it looking something like that but it still made my heart skip a beat because i was on a cruise with my husband…a late honeymoon!
we had a room with a port hole. we went to our room and put our carry on bags in the room and took a few pictures. once we got done with that we went to the top deck.
2nd view of the room
our room wasn’t big, but it was enough room for the two of us!
andy testing out the bed
our luggage was being delivered to our room while we were taking the pictures and getting ready to go watch us leave the port and set sea…
down the hall
we were close to an exit so that made me feel a little safer…it was a long hall and when all the luggage was sitting there it was a little harder to get around. we met our stateroom attendant – imade he was wonderful all week! each time he saw us he would go ooo hi alison (said al-lee-son) he andrew…and would smile and wave to us. he would ask if we had a good day. what we planned to do and what we had been doing that day.
muster station 4
we had to have a muster drill. we went to our station and had to line up. they checked our key cards and we had to stand in line. it took forever. once we were done with it we were able to go to the top deck and watch pulling away from the port.
miami from top deck
it was a party on the top deck…everyone all ready drinking and having a good time.
it was hot in miami. i was so glad when we pulled away from the dock. andy was surprised that he couldn’t feel the boat moving all that much. we went back to our room and unpacked our bags and watched miami in our port hole. we had the late dinner at 9. part of the reason we went with the late dinner was so we could have some time when we got off the boat to look around and we didn’t have to hurry to get to early dinner. it was so much fun.
waiting at muster 4
they came and took all the chairs so we had to stand there…
andy and the port hole
looking out the window you could tell we were moving…but not just standing there.
end of the rock wall
as we were leaving we went past the rock wall…this was the end of it…people were walking up and down it almost all the way to the end. they were all waving to the boats leaving the port.
i zoomed out a little more but you can still see the city line and the tip of the rock wall.
before dinner we went to the top deck and walked around we took some pictures of the sky (it was so pretty). a drunk girl took our picture but it was really fuzzy. we did get our picture taken that night at dinner and we ended up buying it since it was sooo good of us. we met our waiter and waitress at dinner. ivica was the waiter i can’t remember our waitress’ name but she was from peru. talking to our waiter was a fun experience. he was really cool. we had a couple from miami at our table…they ended up only eating with us 2 times and a couple from OH who only ate with us that first night. we had dinner to ourselves one night. it was fun. when we went to bed we were a sea and when we woke up we were in nassau bahamas. our waiter suggested a few places to go so we went to the pirate museum. it was neat.
walking to customs
this was the custom house i think…we had to go through there to get to the streets. it seemed like it was a safe place where the tourist could gather their thoughts before getting overwhelmed by the locals. it was really neat to see this. when i was here with my parents years ago…this was the straw market…but that has been moved.
in front of the boat
a couple took our picture in front of our boat. (they were on the boat beside ours for their sons wedding – a few days away that was to be in key west). it took us a few minutes for the guy to learn how to take a picture but we got it!
ready to go walk around…
it was really neat…it was a lot of information! we bought some stickers from the gift shop.
we went through part of the straw market…i got overwhelmed by everyone wanting me to buy their stuff. we did buy some stuff but not from the market.
we took our picture with randy the pinata man (i am sure he doesn’t know we called him that…but he sort of looks like it). i was a little nervous to give my camera up to have this one taken…but i knew we could run her down if we had to.
we got the special of the day which was a bahama mama….and oh my it was strong. i guess it was the heat plus the alcohol and the gallon of rum but my head was spinning….i wrote an email under the influence of a bahama mama…we didn’t call anyone we just sent emails. but it was good.
we were in the port until 11 that night. we walked around the top deck before dinner again and got some neat pictures of the setting sun. senoir frogs is somewhere in this picture…
when we got back to our room after dinner we had this guy on our bed! he was so cute. we also had our papers for the next day at coco cay…
after dinner show
we went to the newly wed game show after dinner. it was super funny. we laughed for the rest of the cruise about it.
leaving the bahamas
a little blurry but andy looking out at the open sea….the other side was the disco.
dance around the pool! when we went to bed we were a drift again in the open sea and when we woke up we were docked outside of coco cay. at this point in our trip no one has been sick and we are still so amazed at the blue water!
part of the island
look at that blue water!
this was one of the two taxis that was taking people to the island….it sort of freaked me out because the waves were pretty rough coming over the front of the boat…
getting off the boat taxi…
view from the lounge chairs…years ago i was at this island and slept in the sun and woke up burned….really burned….so this time we got an umbrella so we could have some shade…a gust of wind blew our umbrella into these rocks…andy had to chase after it. but we got it back and it was fine!
the birds were everywhere looking for food. this was the shade above our table…but look at their cute little feet.
our set up
us with our stuff to the side and the boat in the back ground. it was such a perfect day….it was a great day to spend my birthday!
oh so blue
we have about a million pictures on the way back to the boat of the water….i still can’t believe how blue it was! that night was formal night. it was so fun…it was so windy that night but we did get a great picture inside and we bought it.
hello key west!!!!
welcome to key west
when we got up the next morning we were docked in key west. we had to do some custom stuff but then we got off the boat to explore. it was hot…and humid. this was the only day i was miserable because of the heat. the first thing we did was buy water. it came in handy.
we walked down duval street. we didn’t do a ton of shopping but we walked by a ton of stores.
this puppy was just sitting there in the heat…he was chewing on his book and toy every once in a while.
this was us at the southernmost point in the USA. it was pretty neat to be there and get our picture taken (granted we almost didn’t get it because someone didn’t know how to push a button but the people behind us were smart enough to get it done!).
e. hemingway house
our waitor said that this was a neat place and worth going. it was really neat to see this home.
we saw a ton of the cats. but there was a sign to not pick them up…but i still got to pet a few of them.
we saw this and had to take it for cj! the funny thing is on caroline street we saw….
ride the bull!!!! the street sign for cj and this pic is for erik!
looking down at key west
i loved this pic!
key west sunset
we had to be out of the port before sunset so andy took this one as we were leaving the port.
imade and i
we were getting everything packed up and imade came to make sure we were doing ok!
us in the dining hall
that was our table…and you can see my drink…it was the captains punch or something….but it was good.
close up of my drink…
after dinner we went back to the room and found this joker on the bed!!! he was awesome! we came back to the room to get our money for the casino…
we had a blast in the casino….we didn’t win or anything but it was still a blast. we had a great time on the cruise. when we went to bed we woke up in miami. we had to hang out on the boat until we were called. we didn’t have to wait long on our luggage. we grabbed it and ran to the car. we ended up driving all the way home that night….we don’t have pictures of the trip home because i was sad our trip was over!
anyways i know it was a long post and it was hard to go through almost 900 pictures and pick out my favorites but there it is…..hope you enjoyed our second honeymoon pics!