Last Tuesday night, my friend Kristianna (here forth known as “K” because I’m too lazy to type out her full name) called me and asked me if I wanted to do “something spontaneous.” Spontaneous and K always equals some type of travel or something wacky like doing a zip line or mud wrestling small children. Or mud wrestling small children while doing a zip line.
Tuesday’s spontaneous was in form of a 3-day cruise to the Bahamas…leaving Friday.
K is an avid researcher of awesome travel deals. She found this cruise for $259 a person, so it was hard to pass up. Incidentally, that’s the same price we paid for our last 3-day cruise to the Bahamas on the Disney Wonder 2 years ago (another deal K found).
Now, I’ve only been on 2 cruises and they both went to the same place, so you’ll be getting a lot of comparison of the two ships. (Keep in mind, I have no kids and that weighs heavily in my opinion.)
Friday morning, I woke up early to do my long run for the week since I would be on the ship for my Saturday group run. I did 10 miles at an 11:11 pace and the run was sucky. It was more humid that usual, my chest and triceps were sore from a workout with Linda on Wednesday, and I had just done a good tempo run the night before so my legs were tired. Plus, to get that 10 miles in, I ran around Lake Underhill Park 8 times. Not the most exciting run.
After the run, I did one billion errands before we left for Port Canaveral at noon, which is about a 45 minute drive from my house in Orlando.
We got through security and boarded the ship with no problem. A little tip for cruisers, even if the ship says they have a particular boarding time, they almost always let you on early. I think our ship had been boarding for almost 2 hours and it wasn’t even the “official” boading time yet. Your room might not be ready but at least you can drop off your luggage and avoid some crowds.
Our room was ready, so we went there first to put down our carry-on items. It was the furthest room down the hallway, which is awesome when you forget something and have to go back.
The room was small but but we paid an extra $10 for an ocean view which was worth it. The room had a lot of storage, so I didn’t feel like I was stepping all over my crap just to walk around like I did on the Disney Wonder (and we had balcony rooms for that ship).
When we got there, the beds were pushed together and we had to ask the room attendent to seperate them. I shared a king size bed in a hotel once with K and that will be the last time I ever do that. The girl is a hard sleeper and no matter where you are in the bed, she wants to be in that area too.
After we put our stuff down, we decided to explore the ship a little. The main promenade area has all the shops, the casino, Barnie’s Coffee, Ben and Jerry’s, the restaurants, and the guest services area.
We went to the top deck to get a few pictures of Port Canaveral.
The top deck has the salt water pools, hot tubs, the main buffet restaurant, and the rock climbing area (which is behind the circular windowed area).
Even though we boarded early, the pool was already hoppin’.
We weren’t ready to hit the pool just yet, so we did what has now become a tradition since our Disney Cruise. First thing you do when you board a ship = find the soft-serve machine. It was all the way up on deck 12, so you better believe I climbed a ton of stairs all weekend just to get to that bad boy.
I don’t like strawberry much but the strawberry soft serve reminded me of the Florida Strawberry Festival, the only place I have ever had strawberry anything and loved it. It was delicious. We found out that they make it from scratch daily on the ship. The soft-serve machine is now my best friend. Sorry, Lisa. You are out.
K and I decided that since we would be at sea the whole night, we would get our pampering in at the spa on the ship. K booked a hot stone massage (which she said was the best massage she’s ever had) and I made a hair appointment. Because we booked spa appointments, we were able to enter our names in a raffle to win fee spa treatments.
Guess who won the first prize???
I won an Ionithermie treatment that was worth $159.00. Score! We weren’t even on the ship for 2 hours, hadn’t left port, and it was already turning out to be the best.cruise.ever.
I’ll tell you all about the treatment in one of my upcoming Bahamas posts. It was weird. Real weird. Plus, I figure if this girl can talk about her wedding for a month on her blog, I can talk about the Bahamas for a week. 🙂