Long time no chat! I started making this an email, but the pictures were kicking my butt so I thought this would be a good way to do it!
We did a 7 night cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas out of Galveston TX, and thankfully went the week before Hurricane Harvey came in. Cozumel Mexico, Georgetown Grand Cayman, and Falmouth Jamaica were our for locations with Jamaica being the favorite of all three. Mom and Dad went with us as well as Mom has been dying to go on a cruise for years 🙂
Day 1- We started the day out early but had a chance to eat breakfast with a couple of friends on our way to Galveston. Check in was actually fairly painless, far better than I’ve ever experienced at an airport. Still had to do security checks, baggage screening, etc, but all of the lines moved smoothly. I think the only time we actually had to stand still was when we got our Sea Pass cards (used for ID on the ship as well as used like a room key for a hotel and for making purchases on the ship) and that still only took about 10 minutes total. Dropped our bags off at our rooms and then it was off to the Windjammer for lunch! The Windjammer is an all you can eat buffet with something for everyone. After lunch we did some exploration of the ship, watched the view as we left port and took a quick nap. Then it was time for dinner in the Dining room complete with a wonderful 3 course meal.
Day 2- Sea day. Mom and I had mimosas at lunch and sat and gabbed for a while while the menfolk read and napped in their rooms. We checked out some of the shops and then entered a jewelry show! We were allowed to keep the jewelry on through dinner, which also happened to be the first formal night. I loved having a balcony room as a retreat to sit and relax during the day. It was quiet and peaceful. After dinner we went to our first entertainment show. It was similar to a Cirque de Soliel show.
Day 3- Cozumel, Mexico. We arrived in port early for a full day excursion to the Tulum Ruins. We ferried over to Playa del Carmen, then took a bus to the Ruins. Iguana’s are the local inhabitants now and were seen all over the place. Steven had one crawl up and sit on his knee while the rest of us were off exploring, but I had his phone, so no proof! A bus ride and ferry back to port just in time to board before casting off to our next location.
Day 4- Georgetown, Grand Cayman. We did a little snooping around the shops at the pier waiting for the days excursion. Turns out we could have done most of our shopping in advance, but kept getting different start times from various people. A short walk and a bus ride brought us to the harbor for our Catamaran ride out to Stingray City Sandbar where we got to SWIM WITH STINGRAYS! This was what I was most looking forward to and it did not disappoint! After our swim we retuned to the pier and finished up our shopping. We had dinner at one of the specialty restaurants, Chops Grille. I believe this was the evening the entertainment show was comedians who were very entertaining, but they may have been on day 3, I can’t remember now.
Day 5- Falmouth, Jamaica. Toodled our way through the shops at the pier and actually completed almost all of our planned shops before the excursion. That worked out well as we discovered shopkeepers were much more willing to bargain in the morning with their first customers than they were in the afternoon. We took a bus ride out through town on some crazy narrow roads and then did a Bamboo raft on the Martha Brae. i even got to captain our boat! We didn’t get very far while I was in charge, but I also didn’t have any accidents so I’d call it a win. All of the raft captains have items they sell as well and we came away with a beautifully carved gourd with special detail added just for us. Lunch was jerk chicken at a local eatery (this was Steven’s most anticipated event of the trip and it also did not disappoint). The evening’s entertainment was a night of Elvis tunes.
Day 6- Sea day. Just a relaxing hangout day with some pool time, reading, and napping. Formal night 2 included a lightening and thunder storm off in the distance and an ice skating show after dinner. This was our last evening in the dining room with our WONDERFUL dining room attendants. y’all I LOVED the service on the ship. Yes I know that’s how it should be, but so often these days customer service just isn’t very good. Every single staff person we dealt with went above and beyond. They learned our preferences, stayed and chatted with us as time allowed, and just gave us a personalized experience. I love that everyones name tag included what state or country they were from, which usually sparked it’s own conversation.
Day 7- Sea day. We made this a game day. After breakfast we played putt putt golf on the bow of the ship, dominos on the pool deck, and shuffleboard. Some last bit of reading and relaxation and another evening at Chops Grille. We rounded out the night with the headliner entertainment, Saturday Night Fever.
Day 8- Galveston. Debarring was also quite painless. Some people complained about others cutting line, even if those people had been directed to do so by ship staff, but again lines moved quickly and we were off and through customs in about 20 minutes. We stopped a Buc-ee’s (local gas station that doubles as good souvenir shopping) and then home to nap and unwind.
Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed the pictures! If you ever get a chance, I highly suggest a cruise, even if it’s just a 3 night. And splurge for the balcony!