Trip Facts:
What we did - Cruise in the Western Caribbean Sea
Name of the Boat - Voyager of the Seas
Number of meals David ate a day - 7
The number of meals David could have eaten - 15
Number of Newly weds on our trip - 83


Where We Went:



Travel Day:
We woke up at 4:30 am!!! We had a 7:25 am flight to Atlanta with a short lay over then we were off to Miami!! We grabbed our luggage and found our bus to the boat. (I might add, that I think the whole bus was full of newly weds.) We waited in line for almost 45 minutes, and then we were off to the boat. We were dead tired after the mustering drill where we practiced putting on our life preservers, but we went up to the deck to watch the boat leave the Port of Miami.

       
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Our First Day at Sea:
We got our sea legs quickly and enjoyed the sun all day. It was a great day after the busy rush of the big day before - the early wake up and the crazy flights. We explored the ship and played a round of mini golf - Emily got a hole in one (which David still refutes)!!! It was a day to rest and relax, and it was GREAT!!!


       
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Labadee, Haiti - Our day on the beach:
We landed early in the morning on a private beach. We took a boat from the ship to the beach. We were welcomed with steel drum music and beautiful white sand. We ventured over to the two market shops. We were grabbed on both sides and begged to come look at their practically free souvenirs. David learned to negotiate prices and I learned to say NO!! Back at the beach, we floated around on the clear blue water on mats for hours and swam around like little kids. We laid in the sun and walked around the beach area. A really relaxing day.


       
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Ocho Rios, Jamaica - A wild day: Lizards, Falls, and Taxi Drivers - oh my!
We were literally the first people off the boat. We were met with a horde of taxi drivers (some legitimate - some not) asking us if they could take us somewhere - for cheap they had to add. David and I then realized that we walked down the wrong side of the street and that we should have taken the side with less "helpful" natives. We went shopping for a few hours, and then we joined our tour group. Our first stop on the tour was the Enchanted Garden. It was a beautiful place filled with trees, vines, waterfalls, fish, flowers, and so much more. David's favorite part had to be the lizard that attacked me. Well attack is a strong word, but it was on me and it scared me. Anyway, we spent about 2 hours there looking around and learning about Jamaican rum and spices. After the gardens we went to our second and final stop of the day - the Dunn's River Falls. It was a true highlight of the trip. We climbed 600 feet cascading waterfall holding hands in a long chain made up of the 60+ people in our group. It was amazing! The water was cold(ish) and the rocks were slippery - but we had a great time.


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Georgetown, Grand Cayman - David's new Native American name "He who dances with stingrays":
I think our favorite day had to be our day of snorkeling. We went out on the "Amazon" with captain Mike and his lively crew of two. Our trip out to String Ray City took the Amazon about 20 minutes to make. Along the way we received our silly yellow blow up vest, as seen in the pictures, and our snorkel gear. We arrived in String Ray City with chopped up calamari ready to jump in the crystal blue water. David instantly fell in love with the huge string rays, I (Emily) was apprehensive to say the least. The sting rays were all over the water. They swam right up to you, between your legs, and even up your back. It was amazing to be so close to such "beautifully strange" animals. After our visit with the sting rays the Amazon took us about 10 minutes away to the corral reef we were to snorkel around. We suited up with our flippers and snorkels - then jumped in. I think both Dave and I were amazed at how deep the water was. We jumped in to 15~20 feet water that looked no more than 5 feet. It was so clear you could see the bottom so clearly that you would think you could touch the bottom with your hand. I will not say much about snorkeling except that we both would love to go back and do it again. It was our first real attempt at snorkeling - and it showed. We saw a lot of great things on the reef, the shark, fish (wild looking), rocks, sponges, and much more. But we did not keep up with the group as well as I think we could have. I have to admit I had a fear of getting tooooooooo far from the boat. For a late lunch we went to seven-mile beach where we had a cookout on the beach. Seven-mile beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on the earth - so says the professional beach raters. It was beautiful!!!




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Cozumel, Mexico - A date with the Myans:
We actually had an educational and cultural day. Our day started early - our ferry to Mexico main land left at 9:00. We boarded our SMALL ferry. I have to emphasis small because our ship was HUGE. I think this boat could have fit inside our room. About 15 minutes into our 50-minute trip over, I knew we were in trouble. David looked over at me and asked if I had seen that. I said no emphatically and demanded to know what I had missed. David then pointed out that the ferry's crew was handing out "barf bags" and he had seen two ladies - well use them. Luckily Dave and I did not have to use the bags and made it on to Mexican soil with our cruise breakfast still intact - you know Dave will not give up one of his seven meals for just a little boat rocking. We meet up with our guide - Caesar. We loved him! He was an awesome tour guide full of great information and very funny. We visited the Mayan Ruins of Tulum, Mexico. The ruins were beautiful and the fact that they were right on the rocky coast line made them even more beautiful. Our trip to the ruins took all day. We made one stop a long the way to a huge jewelry store - Dave would not get me any souvenirs there. We went back to the ferry's loading dock and waited outside of Senior Frogs watching the sun set and people watching. Luckily the ferry back over to Cozumel was not as "rough" as the trip over had been. Dave and I got back and got ready for our last formal night of the trip, and David's first taste of escargot.



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Last Day At Sea:
Our last day at sea was fairly simple. Sleeping late. Dave lying out by the pool. Emily going to the spa. Packing up our luggage.



Time to go home:
We waited on the boat till 11:00 - and barely made it to our flight. Between being told the wrong bus several times to catch our Delta flight backed to Charlotte. To a ticked off bus driver that told us if we miss our flight we can stay at her house, followed by several sentences of Spanish that luckily we did not understand. We got back to the new Dilworth home about 6:00 that evening to our precious Dacq.



The Food...
Everything we heard about the food was true. It was plentiful and gorgeous; from the breakfast to the midnight snacks.



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I think it's a monkey...
Every night when we got back to our cabin we were giddy with anticipation to see what new towel animal would be waiting for us. From string rays, swans, and monkeys we had a towel menagerie.

       
       
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