Thursday, March 15, 2007
Friday, March 9, 2007
We made it back to our hotel every night for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich bar. (Who would have thought)
Our first stop on the boat was Jamaica, and our first order of business was marrying Kyle and Rory. We started out by catching a cab to a private beach where James (having previously gotten ordained via internet for only $50) performed the ceremony in surf. We took hundreds of pictures then went swimming in the ocean.
After leaving the private beach we went back to the ship to change out of our wet dresses. We then headed out on a snorkeling cruise that also dropped us off at Margaritaville. It's the best one we've been to yet because it had a two story water slide that dumped you into the ocean.
Our second stop was Grand Cayman. This is one of our favorite and probably safest places we've been to. We spent the day hiking around the city and laying in the sun on a local beach. We swam, played in the ocean and enjoyed so very expensive daiquiris.
The last stop was to Cozumel, Mexico. Early that morning we set out on a ferry to Playa Del Carmen where we would load up on a bus and head down to Tulum to see the Mayan ruins. This is another one of those adventures that sounded like a good idea while booking it. As it turned out the seas were so rough that morning that all of the water excursions were canceled. Lucky for us the ferry was still running. Now this might have not been such an isssue except for the fact that half of the ferry was hung over from the fat tuesday party on the ship the night before and the other half had just stuffed themselves at the all you can eat breakfest buffet. As it turned out we were just about the only people who didn't throw up their breakfest on the ferry. Fortunatley the ride back was calmer.
Our first stop was in Panama. This is the only stop we've ever been to where they warned us not to set out on our own and guess what it was one of the few places we've been where we have actually set out on our own. If you want to see how much your friends trust you this is a great way to do it. James and I arranged for a cab to take us to the visitors center for the Gutan locks in the pananma canal. The really nerve racking part is leaving the safe tourist area. You have to walk past all of the guards with automatic weapons who are looking at you like your crazy then search for your prearranged cab driver "Alajandro in the white t-shirt" in a crowd of a hundred yelling men in white t-shirts. When we found our cab driver he rushed us through the crowd to a beat up van before another cab driver snatched us. In the end it turned out great. Our cab driver was a super cool guy that was our age and actually educated in the U.S. His aunt lives in D.C. and he still visits her every summer. He also actually got us to the gutan locks before all of the tour groups arrived so we got front row seats and everyone else who paid alot more money for the actual "tour" had to sit behind us. He also hooked us up with all of the brochures and then gave us a tour of the city on our way back to port. The best part is we only paid $15 per person as opposed to $100+ with the tour group. One last note about Panama--I have to tell you that this was also the only time in my life that I can say that I have ever had a monkey thrown at me. (sort of weird)
Our next stop was Limon, Costa Rica. This time we did join a tour group and we took a boat tour down some canals where we saw sloths, monkeys, birds, lizzards, and crocodiles. On the way back to port we toured a banana plantation. Thus all of the banana trivia.
Our third and final stop was in Belize where we went on a tour of some of the local Mayan ruins. These were fun because in Belize your allowed to climb all over the ruins though since we've already seen some of them in Mexico we found that once you've seen some ruins you've pretty much seen them all. Torrie and I did take pictures of us laying on a sacraficing table on top of the largest temple.
They also told us that they don't have mesquitos this time of year but amazingly we all came back with bites. Let me tell you those jungle bugs are huge.
Overall it was another great vacation and alot of wonderful memories that we get to share with our friends.
Saturday, March 3, 2007
Our next stop was St. Maarten where we did a ship wreck snorkling tour. The life Jackets were particularly nice how they had strap that ran between your legs giving you a perma-wedgie.
The last stop on this cruise was St. Thomas. We set out early that morning and headed downtown to go shopping. Not finding any amazing bargins we went back to the ship to work on our tans taking advantage of that caribbean sunshine. Later in the afternoon we took the sky ride up to Paradise Point. (a sort of tourist lookout area.)