I wanted to share pictures and the fun had on my first cruise! It was a Royal Caribbean Cruise to the Western Caribbean. We left out of Fort Lauderdale and went to Ocho Rios, Jamaica, Labadee Haiti, Grand Cayman and Costa Maya Mexico. I went on the cruise with some friends in January 2009. I know! So long ago! But, I did go on another one last year, Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas out of Baltimore, MD.
At the time of the cruise, Freedom of the Seas was the largest cruise ship. That didn’t last long of course! Royal Caribbean is always looking for ways to make sure their guests are happy!
The first thing we did when we got on the ship was, you got it! Got a drink. How can you not get a drink when you’re about to walk the ship and layout on the lounges? We had a perfect day in Fort Lauderdale before we got on the boat, so of course, it was made better when we got ON the boat!
The second thing we did was get in our bathing suits and went to get in the cantilevered hot tub. Just imagine if you can. Sitting in the hot tub and knowing that the only thing from you falling into the ocean was the bottom of the hot tub! Talk about unhindered views.
When we got to Labadee Haiti, our excursion for the day was zip lining. Oh my. The zip line is called Dragon’s Breath. They have you do a training on a smaller zip line closer to the beach area.
The views were absolutely amazing!
This zip line claims its fame as the longest zip line of 2,600 feet over the water. It also goes over trees and a sandy beach. Speeds can reach up to 50 mph. The ride was exhilarating. I screamed most of the way down. Felt bad for the guy who went down next to me! Now, I’m going to admit how much of a wuss I was. The whole time up on the launch pad, I kept telling my friends. I can’t do this! What was I thinking, allowing you to talk me into this??? I must be out of my everloving mind. They just laughed at me and continued watching everyone going down before us. Disrespectful…
I was SO glad I did it though! It was scary, but it really was SO worth it. After we did the zip line, we lazed around on the beach, went swimming and shopped at the local merchant shops.
Our next stop was Ocho Rios Jamaica. We took the party boat to our next excursion of climbing up Dunn’s River Falls. Ummm. Party boat at 9 am? And they are VERY free with the Rum. Climbing the falls when you are tipsy is quite the experience!
Most of the way up the falls you do have to hold hands with everyone. Although, the workers there? They must have known exactly where to step. They were climbing right up the middle in bare feet. There are spots along the way up that you can stop and get good pictures.
It’s really not a bad climb, though. It gets a little slippery of course, but for the most part, it’s not bad at all. If you’re going, make sure to wear water shoes. Those helped a lot! Now, about that party boat. This is what happens when you drink too much rum on a boat…
As the comedian on the last night pointed out… No white woman should EVER get her hair braided like this. I can only blame the rum…
After we got off the party boat back at port, we went exploring Jamaica. Jamaica truly is a beautiful island. The people are very friendly. Always have a smile. I mean come on. Living on an island? Who wouldn’t be happy?
Our next port of the Royal Caribbean cruise was Grand Cayman. and then Costa Maya Mexico. In Grand Cayman, we took a cab to the Seven Mile Beach. They didn’t charge us to get there. Our driver told us to pay her when she came back to get us. We swam and laid out for a few hours. It was our day of nothingness. And it felt great. We went back to town and shopped of course. We had lunch at what I thought was Sr. Frogs, but I’m thinking it was Breezes. Either way, the food was great!
In Mexico, we did the all you can eat and drink excursion package. We had chairs. Went jet skiing. However, I will admit, after a few moments of this, I had my friend bring me back to shore! Staying on land I took pictures of them lol. We also went kayaking and a friend climbed the inflatable rock climbing wall, and we all had fun on the huge trampoline in the water. Sorry for my lack of pictures for the last two ports!
The days that we were at sea, we took in the sun, played games, watched shows and explored everything they had on the ship. But, I will say one thing. If you have ADD or ADHD? Make sure you bring your medication so you can focus. During a Royal Caribbean cruise, there is so much to do on the ships, you will want to do it all. And you can’t! Well, you can if you go on the same ship again and don’t get off at the islands. We talked to a few couples who have done that.
Have you been on a Royal Caribbean cruise before? Or any cruise? What was your favorite thing? What didn’t you like?
Here are some other pictures from the cruise ship :).
Here is a brief list of what you should include in your suitcases for your cruise!
- Charger – This is a three outlet charger and two USB cords.
- Waterproof Case – Phones or anything else to keep dry.
- Beach Towel Clips – Keeps your towels from blowing away when you are on the deck lounger.
- Over the Door Pocket Organizer – This was a perfect fit right over the bathroom door. Kept your counters cleared. We all know how small those bathrooms are!
- Walkie Talkies – Especially great if you are traveling with multiple people, or your teens want to wander. Easy to keep in touch with.
If you’re new here, make sure to stop over and follow me on Facebook and Instagram! I’m hoping to have more travel pictures this year for you all! My plans are to go to:
- Pittsburgh, PA
- Nashville, TN
- Poconos, PA or
- Rhode Island
Stay tuned for more!