Sunday, January 09, 2005

caribbean cruise  

posted by Michael Piwonka 8:59 PM
We had a wonderful time on our Norwegian Majesty cruise, which departed on January 1 from Charleston, SC, and stopped at Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Key West.

The kids had a great time, as the ship provides many activities for the kids. The kids were excited each day to go to "Kids Crew"; the parents were equally excited, as it afforded opportunities for adult time.

We ate entirely too much, particularly at the never-ending ice cream bar. Our task now will be to get back into shape, and back into the reality of preparing our own meals.

The first couple days we were at sea, and we spent the days either lounging on the deck, splashing in the jacuzzi/pool, and reading books. On Monday night we had a formal dinner with our friends from our Sunday School class (the class organized the entire trip).

Our first stop in Grand Cayman was interesting. We lounged on a beach, and did some snorkeling; Allie was especially excited since it was the first time she had ever been snorkeling. We did a little shopping afterwards.

Even though the kids picked up a few keepsakes, I think their favorite souvenir was the $1 Cayman bill I picked up for each of them (currently valued at US$1.25).

The next day we stopped in Cozumel, and we took a dune buggy ride around the island. I had fun driving the converted Volkswagen Bug (old-style with rear-mounted engine), and the kids argued about how fast we should be driving.

We stopped at a beach for lunch, and did a little more snorkeling.

The final stop was in Key West, where we watched a beautiful sunset and enjoyed a nice seafood dinner.

Key West after sunset reminds me of Bourbon Street (translation: it's not exactly kid-friendly, but can be decadent fun for adults).

We had lots of fun, and I'm sure we'll do it again sometime soon.


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