Jeff and I just got back from a fantastic 7-night cruise that took us to the tropical locations of Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Jamaica, and Castaway Cay. Apparently we couldn’t have asked for a better week to go either, because the weather reports showed that it apparently snowed here in North Carolina, yet we were getting to experience some wonderful 80 degree and sunny weather.
Everything about our vacation wasn’t smooth sailing though (pun intended) and unfortunately Jeff and I had a rocky start to our trip. We were actually part of the 1% of people that happen to catch the Norovirus on cruise ships. It wasn’t too bad though, however we were quarantined for 24 hours. Luckily for us it hit during the night, and we only missed being able to leave our room on a sea day. I wouldn’t say we really missed it either, because we slept ALL day. I probably needed the rest anyway, and was able to use it to recover from my 1/2 marathon the day before. Once Tuesday morning rolled around though, we were perfectly fine. The only down side to being ill was that it messed up my workout routine, and because my stomach was kind of feeling funny all week, I ended up not working out at all for the entire trip. For me that’s a big deal, but I suppose everyone deserves a break.
Just because we didn’t run or go to the gym doesn’t mean we were lazy. We actually managed to get in a good amount of physical activity, especially during our port adventures. In Cozumel we walked around, explored the Mayan ruins, and stopped at the beach.
In Grand Cayman we kind of took it easy and walked the streets, went to some shops, and visited the beach.
Jamaica was also a lot of fun and I faced my fears by actually being brave and going down into some caves. Jeff and I haven’t been to Jamaica since our honeymoon 10 years ago, so it was exciting to be back!
When we were at Castaway Cay we chose to relax by the beach and when we got tired of that we decided to walk around the island and out to the observation tower, which was easily over 4 miles total. At least there were fun things to see along the way, and we tried not get get run over by the people who were riding bikes; especially the kids.
In addition to the physical activity that we got on our port adventures we also liked to take the stairs onboard the ship. (Except for the first few days because my muscles were still sore from the race and wouldn’t allow me to climb)
All in all Jeff and I had a great time sailing around the Caribbean and it was a wonderful way to celebrate week 20, (my halfway point) in my pregnancy. Another bonus to our vacation is that my sister Shannon, actually works onboard the cruise ship, so we got to spend quite a bit of time with her too.