Friday, April 25 was the first full day of our trip and it started bright and early for me. I woke up so early that I had the chance to take pictures of the sunrise like the one up above.
Pretty soon everyone else woke up and we headed to breakfast without Todd, who wanted to stay at the condo. After breakfast at the Peach Valley Cafe we went back to the condo and got dressed (we went to breakfast in our pajamas). Once we were all ready to go we got in the rental van and headed to St. Augustine to visit the outlets and get some lunch. I visited the Michael Kors store and the Kate Spade store but didn't find anything to buy. After shopping we headed back to Daytona for Marisa's birthday dinner at Bonefish Grill. Once we were done with dinner we went back to the condo and played Phase 10 until midnight.
I woke up at 6:30 on the morning of Saturday, April 26 and got showered and dressed before finishing my packing for the cruise. We left the condo at around 8:45, which was ahead of schedule. Even with a restroom break we got to the port earlier than expected, around 12:30.
It took a long time to get on the ship due to some delays, so we were hot and sweaty by the time we got onboard. After a little bit of exploring and then doing our muster drill, it was time for sail away. It was so much fun to be out on the balcony, drinking champagne and waving to everyone on shore and on the webcam!!
After we took off we stayed pretty busy. We got showered and went to dinner in the main dining room. I had requested a table for us by the window, so we had a good view of the ocean while eating. I thought the food was really good! A lot of people online say the food is just mediocre, but I liked it. After dinner we went to see a comedy show that was pretty funny.
Then Cynthia, Jeri, and I went and decorated Marisa's room with the birthday banner and balloons we brought. She was excited and happy when she saw the decorations and realized we had decorated for her!
Later that night we spent time in the cantilevered hot tubs, which are 120 feet over the water! It was a good way to relax and get ready for bed. I thought about going to the casino after that, but I really wanted to un-pack and get organized so I went back to my room at around 9:30.
Overall, the first day of the cruise was very tiring and overwhelming. It was so exciting to finally be on the ship, but at that point I was ready for a day at sea spent relaxing and hanging by the pool!
Tomorrow I will write about day 4 and our time in Belize!
My name is Beth and I live in Denver. I am a single lady in my 30's and wanted to start sharing my awesome and amazing life through a blog.