Hi everyone, Mihai and I finally took a break and went on a little honeymoon trip. We decided on The Bahamas, my first time there and his second. We also visited Charleston and it was new for the both of us. The best 10 relaxing days we could have asked for. Here’s a bit of what happened:
-Aline’s Journal. We are on our third day in, out of nine. It is 6:14am and I am sitting on our big window in our little room at the Carnival Ship, heading to the Bahamas. Mr. Capitan announced that we will arrive at 8am, so we are almost there. This is my first ship cruise ever and I am in love!! On our first day we drove from home (Atlanta) to Charleston-SC where our cruise would depart. Such a fun little road trip! We listened to the radio, which was fun, hearing people joke in the morning is always entertaining. We arrived in Charleston early, around 11 and at 12 we were in line to hop on our ship. We decided to carry our luggage instead of dropping it off. Thanks to American Airlines that has lost two of our luggages in past trips we are now scared to death to have to spend another vacation without clothes. If you can carry it, do it! A few hours later at the cruise we were notified that two passengers ended up losing their bags and have been searching for it. What would be the odds that out of 2,600 passengers it would be us? Probably minimum but I still prefer to drag my heavy bags on my own. (Or ask my husband to do that. – Nicely) ☺
Before departure The crew showed us how to get to the safety room (muster station) and life boats in case we would need them. It was very efficient, having noted the amount of people they have to gather together. During our second day in the sea we woke up very early, hesitantly, to catch the sun rising and it was beautiful! We made our way to the top of the ship, it was cold, very windy and I felt miserable, until I actually saw it, and it was heavenly. The most beautiful sunrise I have ever seen. Thanks to my husband for making an effort to take me out of bed to see it. It was so worth it! The day went on, we slept a little more, relaxed by the pool and got ourselves a pedicure. It was Mihai’s first time and he loved it! The boat captain and part of the crew were introduced in the main saloon, I am glad we caught that! It was the first formal night on the ship, people were looking great. We dressed up and went off to dinner where we met a very funny couple that sat by our side. We shared some good laughs, had some good wine and our night was a huge success!
We got to Freeport! After spending two nights on a boat, even a very large one, it is very exciting to know you are about to leave it, walk on land and don’t feel slightly dizzy for a while. Our first stop in Freeport on our third day was very nice, the entire process ran very smoothly. We took a tour and visited the island with a local, heard stories about pirates and the first habitants in The Bahamas. We got to see the light house, took a short trail to a cave, during this trail we saw a spider eating a dragonfly and that was disgusting but awesome in a way (look at the pictures). We went to a small beach and took a swim about half a mile away from the shore to snorkel and observed the beautiful reefs. We got to see several species of fish and corals and had a wonderful time. The water by the beach was very cold. To our surprise, while snorkeling, the closer we got to the reefs the warmer it got. On our way back we walked around downtown, which is tiny but very animated. We got a few souvenirs and as soon as we hopped back on the ship the city calmed down and seemed like nobody was there anymore. That night, we had a nice dinner and chatted with our neighbors about being happy couples that can actually communicate to one another. They were sweet. Afterwards we took a few pictures and participated in a group game. I ended up being the captain of the group and sharing the responsibilities with my husband. We were 12 groups in total and we won a couple of points but lost the game overall. It was fun!!! Night went on, we went dancing, had a glass of wine and appreciated this awesome vacation of ours.
Fourth day in, we arrived in Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas! We spent the day at the Atlantis Resort, enjoyed the water park, aquariums and awesome slides. It was filled with fun laughs and great moments. We watched a couple of comedy shows and we learned during our vacation that the all inclusive food isn't too great after a while and you start craving a great salad. That comedy clubs are essential for our lives! We couldn't wait to sleep in a normal size bed that didn't move. But really we had a great time, experienced it all and would totally do it again. Maybe not the chocolate fountain.
Our pictures were all taken by me, Mihai and my tripod with a remote control. I finally learned to appreciate the fact a tripod can be ideal and great in some situations. Others, hum... not really. We had to deal with very strong wind and I was worried my camera would fall while on the ship. Thankfully it did not happen, but I did run back and forth dozens of times to fix it. Besides the fact we did look a little silly doing that. But my husband and I had so much fun and wanted to register all these awesome moments. Glad we can share it now with you! ;) Traveling is one of the best remedies to the soul! Stay Awesome and safe travels!!!