On May 5, 2007, Susan graduated from college. To celebrate Susan’s accomplishment Susan and I went on a seven day cruise to the eastern Caribbean. On May 31, 2007, we left for Orlando, FL. We stayed one night at a hotel near Walt Disney World. While in Orlando, we were able to go to a Nelly Furtado concert at the Hard Rock Live.
On June 1st, Susan and I arrived in Miami, where our cruise departed from. My mom reserved a room at a condo in Surfside, which is near North Miami Beach. The condo directly on the ocean. Unfortunately the first day it rained.
On the second day we went to the Holocaust Memorial. We also headed to South Beach to dine and enjoy the nightlife. We went to Mango’s, a bar on Ocean Drive. On June 3rd, we checked out of the condo and stayed on the beach waiting for time to board our cruise.
On Sunday, June 3rd, we boarded our cruise ship, the Carnival Valor. We booked a seven day cruise that went to Nassau, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten. The Valor was quite larger than the last cruise ship (i.e. the Sensation) that we cruised on. On day two of our cruise we stopped in Nassau, Bahamas. We booked an excursion to tour the Atlantis Hotel. We took a boat from the port to Paradise Island. We had two tour guides that walked us through the hotel while telling us about the history of it. We got to see the underground aquarium and the public areas. After we were done touring the Atlantis Hotel, we went to the straw market to buy a few gifts.
On day four of our cruise, we arrived in St. Thomas, which is a U.S. Virgin Island. We booked a snorkeling expedition, but were able to go shopping before our excursion met. We went downtown to buy a few gifts and to take advantage of the duty free liquor allowance. We then boarded a van to go on our snorkeling excursion. We departed St. Thomas on a catamaran to go to a cove. We snorkeled for about an hour and half. We got to see an array of colorful fish, a sea turtle and a sting ray while we were snorkeling. The photograph below was taken on the catamaran after we snorkeled. We then went back to the pier to board our ship.
On day five, we arrived in St. Maarten, which is a unique island. The southern half of the island is owned by the Dutch and the northern section is owned by the French. We took a taxi to Orient Beach and just enjoyed a day in the sun. The beach was nice. There were numerous restaurants and bars along the beach.
On June 10th, Carnival rudely returned us to Miami. With no other option, we disembarked our cruise. We then headed for Cocoa Beach, FL. We stayed one night in a Holiday Inn on Cocoa Beach. We went to the Ron Jon Surf Shop and did a little shopping. After hanging out on the beach for awhile (we didn’t get any pictures) we retired for the night. The next day, we returned to Pensacola.
We can not wait for the next cruise!
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