Wheels down, let the vacation begin! We landed in Ft. Lauderdale on a breezy Friday morning where we would meet the rest of our “Cruise Peeps” to embark on our latest adventure. Who knew ‘breezy’ would turn into ‘WINDY’ and plague us for the better part of our trip?
Saturday morning was the traditional breakfast at the hotel followed by the bustle of dragging luggage on and off transports until handing it over to the porter at the Cruise port.
After checking in and a SHORT wait we were able to board the “Freedom of the Seas” . This is the ship that we would call home for the next week.
As we pulled out of port the captain made his embarkation announcement and advised that we were going to have ‘moderate to heavy seas’ that evening (3-8 foot swells) and ‘heavy seas’ (8-12 feet) overnight and the next day. I didn’t think much of it because as large as these ships are you really don’t feel the rocking of the ocean.
Later that evening Christine and I were walking down the hallway on deck ten and couldn’t stop laughing because we kept crashing into the walls on either side. Okay, so you can feel the rocking a little bit.
The following day was a Sea day which we typically spend on deck by the pool. Unfortunately it was very windy out with some light rain. We were also still in heavy seas which had the water slopping out of the pools. Instead we found our entertainment indoors. We took in a movie in the theater and Dana, Bill and I worked on getting Christine’s necklaces untangled.
Bill finally managed to free those little buggers! Then it was time for lunch so off to JOHNNY ROCKETS!
Have you been to Johnny Rockets? It is fun, the wait staff lines up and sings and dances.
The next day we were due in Labadee, Haiti and had some big plans. Sadly we had to bypass the port. The captain announced that due to the now ‘rough seas’ (12 – 18 foot swells) the pier was mostly under water and the waves would make for an unsafe docking. So we had another sea day that we spent mostly indoors. We were starting to feel a little down. We are troopers though so we made the best of it. The evening shows alone are worth the trip! Imagine ice skating on a moving ship in rough seas! Now put yourself in a hamster wheel on that ice and roll all over the rink!
Or maybe you could perform a cirque de soleil style act instead, really, these guys were phenomenal!
On our third day we were finally able to dock. We were in Old San Juan for the day. We had a tour of the forte planned for later in the afternoon but we all decided to wander around a little bit before lunch as well.
As we were heading back to the ship for lunch it started to rain a little. I had not packed any rain gear and even forgot my hat! What the heck kind of sailor am I to not pack any rain gear?!?! (Hangs head in shame)
We left to meet our tour group and immediately encountered a steady rain. I decided that I was not going to enjoy a hike up the hill in this weather and bailed. I have already added rain gear to my packing list for next year!
The following day was St Maarten where I had already planned to stay onboard. I always take one of our port days to myself and stay onboard. It is very relaxing to have the pool and hot tub to myself for a few hours.
This was the turning point in the weather. We finally started to see some sun and the winds lessened a bit. Looking forward to St. Kitts tomorrow!! I will write more about St. Kitts in another post, it was such fun and deserves it own post.
Yes, we did get caught in that raincloud but honestly didn’t care!
We finished off our trip with two more sea days where we were finally able to relax by the pool together. Dana and I went to the Mexican restaurant onboard called Sabor where we watched a demonstration of how to make guacamole and also margaritas.
They served all of the above (including three different margaritas) with our lunch.
Later that day was the DreamWorks parade in the Royal Promenade. I love this parade! It starts out with just one stilt walker and ends up with EVERYONE on their feet moving to the music!
I high fived the Lion, I’m cool like that, no big deal.
Our seventh cruise together was not one of our best but at the end of the day we simply enjoy being together. The weather made it a little bit difficult and like all close families there was some bickering. That said, we are a tight unit who truly enjoy these annual trips. We have already booked next year and cannot wait to spend another week exploring the Caribbean together!
- Any raingear recommendations?
- Do you cruise? What is your favorite port?