Monday, November 3, 2014

I’m Baaaaaack! And Yes, I Have Pictures

Cruise was great. Short, but great. I’ve decided five days just isn’t enough. Good thing our next cruise is EIGHT days long. Still, I managed to get lots of reading in (so be prepared for a LONG post on Wednesday!) and relaxed plenty. And the weather? PERFECT! Seas were basically calm (roughest was on the last day coming home) and it was warm (actually, HOT). I got sunburned and wasn’t even outside all that long.

Too bad that sunburn isn’t warming me up here at home. Woke up to snow on Saturday. SNOW!!! Yeah, I’m so not ready for that crap.

But back to the cruise. I actually saw a “school” of jelly fish. And to be able to see them at the top of the ship must have meant these jelly fish were HUGE! Unfortunately, I didn’t have my camera (figures). I wouldn’t have been able to capture them singly, but I could have probably filmed it. Well, maybe. They might have been too small to see! Anyway, this was a first for me. As were the dolphins wishing us a bon voyage at the beginning of our cruise. Several of them were swimming beside the boat before we left. I managed to get some pics of them, though.

The main purpose of this trip, for us, was the LeAnn Rimes concert. I’m not a fan of country music, but I enjoyed the concert. Didn’t mind seeing Eddie Cipriani, either (yep, he was there!). It was a nice, intimate concert. Just wish my pictures had turned out, but stupid me only took the iPhone and not my actual camera. I would have been able to adjust stuff on my camera.

So…here are some pictures I took (I notated those photos that were taken on my iPhone; otherwise, they came from my better camera).
dolphin in Charleston
Here's one of the dolphins swimming around
in Port Charleston (this was taken on
my iPhone).
Freeport, Bahamas
This is about as far as we ventured off the boat in Freeport,
Bahamas. We've seen just about everything we wanted before.
Oh, and that's our ship in the distance. Not a bad shot
from my iPhone.
Conch Fritter
Taken on my iPhone.
I was adventurous on this cruise. I actually
sampled a conch fritter from Fat Tuesday in
Freeport (last one in the basket is pictured here).
It resembled a hush puppy (in taste), but
had chewy bits. I ate two and figured that
was enough.

Nassau, Bahamas
Nassau, Bahamas
Have you ever seen such clear water? Beautiful!

Nassau, Bahamas
Nassau, Bahamas
Have no idea how warm the water was, but it sure
was pretty!

Nassau, Bahamas
Nassau, Bahamas
Our ship is on the far left. There were three
ships in port, making for lots of tourists!

Nassau, Bahamas
Nassau, Bahamas
One of the many food huts along the beach.
This is the backside of the hut.

Nassau, Bahamas
Nassau, Bahamas

Free Booze!
Taken on my iPhone, plus I'd been drinking, so not so
clear! This is only the beginning of our free booze.
You, platinum, and diamond members get a
party all to themselves and the drinks are on Carnival.
By the way, me and hubby are gold members.

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So…anything interesting happen to you while I was away?



JeffO said...

Man, those ships are big!

Glad you had such a great time, I'd love to go to the islands now, it's getting cold here, too. Welcome back!

Maria Zannini said...

It looks like you had a wonderful time. It all looks so inviting, especially that clear turquoise water.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Loved your photos. I've gotta get over there one day. It's just a ball toss from Tampa. I have no excuse.

B.E. Sanderson said...

Awesome pics, Stacy! Glad to have you back. =o)

Jennette Marie Powell said...

Gorgeous pics! Looks like an awesome trip. No wonder you can't wait to go back!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Jeff - They are huge ships, and we were on the smallest of Carnival's. We'll be on a much larger ship in December. Can't wait!

Maria - I love the beach, but don't always love going into the water! Haha! I'll have to be more adventurous next time.

Mac - I've been out of Tampa's port (our first cruise), so yeah, no excuse. Especially since you could probably book a last-minute cruise super cheap!

Beth - Thanks! Now, if it were only warmer HERE! :)

Jennette - I want to go back more than ever after seeing the snow on Saturday. Too cold!!!

The Happy Whisk said...

Such great photos. Really nice and wow, sounds like a killer good time.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Ivy - Glad you liked the pictures. I should really learn to take more. Guess I was just having too much of a good time! :)