Since I haven't been Blogging for quite some time, there have been some things that I have wanted to do for many years. This is one of them, that I finally got to do after waiting so long. Take a Cruise aboard one of the Cruise Lines to the Bahamas. The Wife and I decided upon going aboard the Carnival Pride that had Ports of call to Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk Island, and Freeport. It was not just us two that went. We had another couple go along that were real good friends of ours. My Brother was supposed to go along, but he canceled out. He decided to go to Vegas too see the Star Wars characters, since he is a big fan of Star Wars.
This was the first time in my Life that I have ever taken a Cruise. I have heard and read so much about them and where we were going to go that I could hardly wait the six months till we left. We had made the reservations back in Feburary of last year, but the ship didn't depart Baltimore Harbor until September. Ever make reservations for something that you wanted to go on and had to wait for a long time? Well, this is what was happening to me. I wanted to go on this so bad I could taste it! I always kept telling people that this is the first Cruise I can take without getting shot at!
A bus took us to Baltimore Harbor, about a 2 hr. drive from here. Finally, I got to see the ship we would board and stay on for 7 day's. It sure was a big one. All I wanted to do is get aboard and start having a ball! Customs is one of the things that are a big pain in the ass, but necessary. Having to stand in long lines, waiting for the Customs Agents to check your belongings and Passport is rather annoying. It took us more than a hour to go thru everything, until boarding the ship.
Our Cabin was a bit on the small side. Just enough room to do your thing. After all, your hardly ever there. All you need a Cabin for is to sleep and shower. It was well kept, and clean. You had your own personnel room aid. He made your beds and cleaned up everything, everyday. All we did was give him a tip. All of your activity is up on deck and roaming around the ship. There was always something going on. Lots of activity aboard while at sea. Swimming in one of the 4 swimming pools, sitting at the bar having a drink, and just general relaxation was a pure pleasure to do. We spent 2 day's at sea, which didn't bother me at all, and then hit our first Port of Call. While at sea you can eat something most all the time. There is always something there to eat. Food was plentiful. The Main Dining Room was on the Stern of the ship and very well decorated, with great food and as much as you wanted! All included in the price to Cruise.
Grand Turk Island was real nice. Tourquise warm water, nice sea breeze, and white sand were just outstanding to behold. The only problem was that the ship stayed in Port for just over 4 hours, and then departed for Half Moon Cay.
Half Moon Cay was one of the best islands that we went too. The sand was so white, and soft that I wanted to stay there for more than the 8 hrs. we were there. I even tried some snorkeling. Something I've never did before. It was great, but it's not quite as easy as you might think. Takes a bit of practice to do. Of course, there were plenty of shops to snoop around in for souvenirs. Prices were rather cheap at some shops, but others were a bit expensive. I was sorry to leave Half Moon. I just loved that place. However, when the ship say's that it is departing at a certain hour, you'd better be there or you'll be stranded!
Next stop was Freeport. Upon our arrival there were 2 other Carnival ships there. Lot's to see here and do, also. Strolling around, shopping and enjoying the island were just a pure pleasure. Again, the ship didn't stay here very long. Only about 5 hrs. and then departed for home Port. It took us 2 more day's at sea to get home. Again, there was always something to do aboard the ship. Always something going on. You never will get bored, that's for sure!
I enjoyed that Cruise so much. I loved it. I have never done anything in my Life that was so enjoyable. Waiters walking around the ships deck would get you just about anything you wanted. You are catered to hand and foot. People were so very friendly to talk to. People that you've never seen before talk to you as if they have known you for a long time. I was not used to that, but I learned real fast.
We liked it so much that we're going again this year in October aboard the Norwegian Cruise Line. Again, I can't wait!
Until next time . . . Thanks for reading and commenting