On December 4, 2011 Jason and I departed for our most recent adventure, a 4-night cruise to the Bahamas! We took an overnight flight to Miami, Florida (bad call, since neither of us slept!) and boarded our ship at 11:00am on December 5. We traveled on Royal Carribean’s “Majesty of the Seas.”
It didn’t take us long to get settled in, take a quick nap, eat the first of many meals, and hit up the pool deck for the bon voyage party.
We spent most of that first day exploring the ship with its rock climbing wall, basketball court, 5 restaurants, Grand Theater, 2 pools, 2 hot tubs, 9 bars/lounges, shopping, and more! After cruising over-night, we arrived in Nassau, Bahamas the next morning.
We bought some souvenirs in the market, then made our way to the public beach near the beautiful Atlantis Resort. The sand was perfect, the water was perfect, the weather was perfect… I was one happy lady! On the way back to the ship, we finally got a picture in front of the welcome sign.
We cruised over-night again to Coco Cay, Bahamas, a private island used for Royal Carribean cruises. Jason and I took the first tender over to the island, so we had the first pick of beach chairs and could go back to the ship when it got busy in the afternoon.
We enjoyed the BBQ on the beach for lunch, then headed back to the ship. We did some more exploring on the ship, relaxed by the pool, and even got to watch the Men’s Belly Flop Competition. And no, Jason did not compete.
After an evening filled with more food, entertainment in the Theater, more food, and live music in the lounges, we again cruised over-night to Key West, Florida.
We had to spend the morning going through Customs, since this was a first stop back in the U.S. After that was all taken care of, we walked through a little bit of Key West, then departed on our snorkel trip. The southern end of Florida has the 3rd largest coral reef, which was really cool to explore. Unfortunately the waves were quite rough, so choosing where we snorkeled wasn’t really an option. We mostly just let the waves push us around and watched as the fish beneath were being pushed around by the current too.
After heading back to the ship to clean up, and of course eat again, we had some time to waste before the comedian was scheduled in the Grand Theater. Since we were just pulling away from Key West, we decided to go for an evening stroll around the outer deck of the ship. Even though the sun had set, it was still warm enough to enjoy being outdoors.
Little did I know, we weren’t out for JUST a leisurely stroll. As we came around to the back of the ship and were watching Key West fade into the night, Jason said, “I have a question for you.” Nothing unusual, but by the way he said it, my adrenaline shot up and I had about 6,000 thoughts run through my head at once without time to consciously think any of them. I turned to face him and he got down on his knee, pulled a ring box out of his pocket, and said, “Will you marry me?” I said yes, and I’m not sure what happened for the next few minutes, I just know we were (and are) both incredibly happy.
That night we made our way back to Miami, Florida. I know we disembarked the next morning, made our way to the airport, and flew home, but we didn’t really care too much about that trip anymore. We were already looking forward to our next big adventure. 🙂
Needless to say, we had a wonderful time. We both enjoyed the cruise and would love to have the opportunity of going on another some day.
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