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Several months before Christmas, our guys, (mainly Spencer) suggested that we not give presents for Christmas and spend our money on a Christmas family trip. I asked where they would like to go and the reply was "Hawaii." Well, we all smiled and laughed knowing that would not happen at this time.
Kynn and I talked about it and checked our Christmas savings account and came up with an amount of money that we could spend on a trip. Jamie and I made a trip to a travel agent to investigate and see if there were any cruises available for a family of 5 that was within our budget. Our agent looked at us and said, "let me check". She then presented us with our options and we began to smile. :)
We departed Columbia and Dec. 17th and spent the night in Tampa, Fl. We boarded our ship on the morning of the 18th and departed for the "blue water" at 4:30 PM. As soon as we stepped on the ship the eating began.
Our 5 day Western Caribbean Cruise
Sun. "Fun Day" at Sea
Mon. Grand Cayman
Wed. "Fun Day" at Sea
Our "Fun Day" at sea activities included, putt putt, eating, ping pong, eating, spa activities, eating, shows, eating, and a behind the scene tour of the ship. (3 hour tour) This tour was on our last day at sea and only 16 guest were allowed. It was very interesting to see the laundry, kitchen, freezers, control rooms, security, employee's lounges. At several points on the tour we had a security guard watching our every move. One very interesting fact is that on each Carnival Cruise, all new linens are used. (Sheets and towels) That, my friend, is A LOT of linens!
For our excursion at Grand Cayman, we booked a guide and headed to Sting Ray Island on Jet Skis. We headed out into the ocean for what seemed like a very long way to me. LOL Our guide was a young man, who had no reason to go slow. He said, "Let's go" and all I saw were a few small dots in front of me. It was great fun and beautiful. Seeing the sting rays was a "rush" to say the least. One should not swim with an animal that killed the Crocodile Hunter, if you know what I mean.
Cozumel was a day of 90 degree weather and four wheeling in the jungle. It was very dusty and bumpy. Oh my aching back. :) We had fun.
We are so thankful that we got to spend time with our guys. We really enjoy their company and always have a good time with them. It is amazing how much we missed them when the holidays were over and they had returned to school/work. 2010 gave us many family memories and for that we are thankful.