I guess I have been so busy out living life! Our holidays were wonderful. Celebrating Thanks Giving here at home with an early Christmas celebration at my brother and sister in laws in Nashville. Then we made the final preparations for our first Cruise.
We started our trip out with our first ever train ride. 7 hour trip on a passenger train from Birmingham to New Orleans. The first few hours it was great. Then the Novelty started to wear off and we were anxious to get to just get there.
It was a lot of fun and a great experience, but whew! What a LOOOONG haul.
We finally made it to New Orleans!! We were all pretty tired, so a quick meal and then to bed in the hotel.
We wake up to see our boat....waiting for us!!! :)
We spend the morning enjoying New Orleans a bit. Breakfast with a live serenading band, amazing food and a lot to take in. It was so awesome to be with the girls as they experienced so many firsts. Their first taste of the French Quarter, their first taxi ride. Their first experience with street entertainment.
Then we get through customs, we check our bags and we get on the boat! It is every bit as mezmerizing as we had hoped and expected. And look, theres our hotel that were at just hours before. Now we are on the deck of the ship!
The clocks all had personalities and everything was seriously ON VACATION!
It was soooo pretty. Everything was spectacular to look at. There was not a detail that was not magnificant. The main Christmas tree was amazing. There was gingerbread houses all over, there was smiling faces at every turn. We felt like celeberties.
Each of the houses were rebuilt daily. New candies and cookies.
Our room when we first got there....and then our room when we had all the beds out. :) It was cozy....we had a blast though! It was a slumber party every night.
Even though I spent the first few days in a fog (had a serious head cold) it was absolutely impossible to be unhappy.
Did I mention this is all chocolate??
We met some amazing people on the ship. The crew was amazing.
Melanie took care of our room daily. She was soooo sweet and always smiling.
She made us animals every day.
She left us notes and little things that told us she was in our room.
This was our favorite! Walter...
And Walthair (hehehe with my hair on!)
We spent Christmas day with our toes in the sand in Costa Maya, Mexico. It was beautiful weather and absolutely WONDERFUL!! The water was gorgeous.
One of the most awesome experiences was getting to hold the baby lions. They were adorable!!! It was neat to feel their strength and see how much they are like domestic cats.
We were serenaded.
Our next stop was Roatan, Honduras. When we ported we were very excited! It looked quaint and adorable.
The artistry and ambiance was awestriking.
Hannah celebrated her Birthay onboard. The traditional cake for breakfast.
A cupcake from the crew.
A surprise party for all those having Birthdays.
Up in front of an audience!
She was also sang to at dinner. It was definitely the most announced Birthday shes ever had!
Heather in the market area, and then in front of the chocolate factory.
The street music was amazing.
A bronze statue caught my eye. One created by a local artist, who had to had all of his materials flown in special for this project.
Our final destination was Cozumel, Mexico. Everyone had told us that it was the best place to go. We were very disappointed. It was nothing more than an American tourist trap in our eyes. Though later after we boarded the ship again we learned that we should have gone across to the mainlain. Hmmm... NOW you tell us!
In Mexico the legal drinking age is 13. It was fun to go to the Tequilia factories.
This was a local market -- totally cracked me up!
Yes, the street workers were very much Americanized!
I dont know why, but I didnt get any photos of the beach. It was very pretty, but there was a lot of rock and choral. It was tough travels to get in the waters and the beach was wall to wall people. I did take a photo of the waters looking down off the ship. Yes, the ocean really IS that blue. I thought only swimming pools came in this color.
And that my friends is our trip in a nut shell. We had an amazing experience. It was a great bonding time for my family and memories we will never forget!