Saturday, September 12, 2009

Cruisin' the Caribbean...Day 1

So finally after 8 long months of waiting, we set sail on our cruise. There is so much to tell, I've had to break it down into several smaller posts. I have tons of pictures and some videos. The videos aren't the best they are kinda fun. Mostly we are just being silly, and most of the videos are of Heath...hope you enjoy.

Day 1: Tampa, Fl
Sept 7

We left on our cruise out of Tampa, Fl so we decided to drive down on the Sunday before. It takes approximately 6 hours to get from our house to Tampa. The drive seemed to take forever. Eventually we got there and grabbed some dinner at a great little local Italian place.

Monday morning we got up, headed to the mall for a quick stop and some lunch and then headed out to the port, armed with directions from Mapquest given to us by our hotel. Let me just say for the record I have never had directions from Mapquest that actually got me to the destination. They are ALWAYS wrong, I would also like to point out that I made this point before we began following these direction. As per usual we got lost! Thank you Mapquest, yet again! The ladies then took over and we eventually found our way there.

Check in was a breeze and we hoped right on the boat. We had amazing sunny Florida-ish weather for our send off. So, we headed straight for the pool and the bar of course!
Here is a little video of us heading out of port in Tampa!

We were all super excited for dinner. Let's just say that is one of our favorite things each day! Dinner of course was yummy, just as expected. After dinner was a welcome aboard show which was kind of cute, but cheesy. They also had a really funny comedian. After a little walking around I headed to bed and of course Heath had to stop by the casino. We were officially ready for our first day at sea.

Here are a few pics from our first night at sea!

For those of you who haven't cruised before, each evening while you are at dinner your room steward comes in to turn down the bed and makes a little animal out of your towels. It always fun to go and see what you I thought I would share this each day...

Towel Animal: Well guys, for those of you that were on our last cruise with us, wouldn't you know on our first night, you guessed it...the who-ha! Which I can only assume is perhaps a swan!?! Of course I didn't get a photo! So it still remains a mystery, like Big Foot, you have to see it to believe it!