Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Finally!!! Our cruise photos!

Sorry for the delay in my posting of photos family and friends!
Talk about a whirlwind couple of weeks…

I've had bachelorette parties, weddings, and an encounter with Jane Goodall (YAY!) during my absence, but I’m back and hope to have lots of fun things to post in the coming weeks! J


As for the cruise…on this cruise, much like the last one, we relaxed a bit and enjoyed a few interesting ports along the way.

Once again, we sailed out of Galveston , only this time we were on the Carnival Ecstasy. 
The Ecstasy was a smaller ship than the one we had sailed on for New Years (The Carnival Conquest), and a bit older, but the staff was fantastic!

We left February 14th for a romantic Valentines Day vacation.
I thought there would be lots of others that might have the idea to take a Valentines cruise but I guess due to the time of year that we were sailing the ship wasn’t very full and we had lots of space to roam around the ship and enjoy all of its 90s d├ęcor.

 The ship was indeed a blast from the past, boasting things like a “Neon Lounge”, and a lobby that looked like a tribute to Tron, but we still enjoyed it,.. and for the price we paid to cruise around for a 5 day cruise that later became 7 we really can’t complain.J

Our first stop was in Puerto Maya where after we disembarked the ship we took a bus ride to the Ancient Mayan City of Chichen Itza.

Chichen Itza which means “at the mouth of the well of Itza “, is currently the 2nd most visited archeological site in Mexico . 
Inside of this famed destination is the Kukulkan Pyramid, which is also known as “El Castillo” (the castle). 

El Castillo is one of the new seven wonders of the world elected in 07.07.2007. 
Right before the election of the new seven wonders occurred, the public had a chance to vote on which sites would be elected as a “wonder”. 

Like most excursions, we had to travel through a market full of tourist goods to get there, which I have to admit can be fun but makes the drive and then the walk to the site much longer, but once we finally arrived at the site, it was really neat to visit a place that so many find so special and mysterious.

After this stop we had a full day at sea, but don’t worry we kept ourselves occupied…

Our final stop of the trip was in Cozumel. When we were in Cozumel for our last cruise we did the ruins of Tulum, this time we decided to take to opportunity to explore the water and went clear water kayaking and snorkeling.

When we finished our underwater tour of the deep and swam back to shore, we changed back into dry clothes so we could explore the rest of the park.

We had barely made it down the dock when a man walked up to me and said, 
"Hey... you ever been kissed by a manatee before?"

I was thinking to myself, "What is he talking about!" when he motioned for me to follow.

We walked down the dock a little further to a big area where trainers were feeding a small group of manatees lettuce. 
"For $30 dollars," the man said, "I'll let you go in there and help feed the manatees and take photos."

I looooooove manatees, so in an instant I was back in my swimsuit and in the water.

When we arrived back on the ship we were a little bummed to have to finish our exploration of the port so soon, but we still had another excursion left...

On what was supposed to be our final day of the cruise, we took a behind the scenes tour of the ship!

Due to top secret security this-and-that we were unable to take photos of the tour, but we did get this nifty photo of our group with the captain of the ship at the end of the tour! 

As for what was our actually final day of cruising, when we were floating around in the fog...  Those photos are still on the SD card, but I should have them up here by Thursday or Friday.

So peeps, thats it for now! 
I hope you all have been having and exciting month too!!!