We are back from our weekend away and are digging out from under so much laundry... it's insane, why did I bring so much stuff!? Anyways, I finally got a spare minute to look at the few pictures we took and thought I would share them today. I forgot to get any pictures AT ALL of us dressed up for dinner, which of course was the only time I'd say we looked somewhat presentable.. Oh well, guess we'll just have to book another trip to get those pictures! :-)
We got into Miami on Friday morning and used the Royal Caribbean Shuttle to take us from the airport to the ship. We were able to get checked in pretty quickly and even though our room wasn't ready, we changed into our swim suits we brought in our carry-on and were ready for the sun! Here are some pictures of our boat, Majesty of the Seas on Royal Caribbean cruise-line.
Our first destination was Coco Cay, a small, private owned island in the Bahamas. The dock here cannot accommodate the large cruise ships, so they used smaller boats, called Tenders, to take passengers from the boat to the island. As soon as we got there, we headed over to Barefoot Beach which was a more secluded part of the island. However secluded, it wasn't too far from the bar & restroom - priorities, people!
So pretty, the beach was amazingly soft and warm water! We had a perfect day and would go back here for sure.
Our next stop was to the Port of Nassau, Bahamas. I had researched what to do here on CruiseCritic.com and decided instead of doing mega Atlantis, sight seeing, or trying out the man-made public beach, we would check into a resort with a day pass. We choose the Breezes Resort and it worked out great- food & open bar included as well as access to their clean, private beach with chairs & beach towels.
The upper left picture is what you see when walking off the boat at the port. Very colorful and lots of people around trying to give you taxi or horse/buggy rides. We peeked into the famous Straw Market but didn't really see anything besides t-shirts and tchotchkes so we quickly passed by.
The other three photos are from the Breezes resort in Nassau. We ate lunch at the Poolside Grill and tried the local Conch Fritters. Pretty good food and it was nice to try
a lot some fruity drinks (Dirty Monkey-yum!) without the pricey cruiseship price. Also, the resort has three pools and they were not salt water which was nice.
The next day was Monday already and we were headed back to Miami. We got off the ship around 9am and rented a car so we could explore Miami until our flight later that evening.
First, we drove to South Beach. It was a Monday morning so it was pretty quiet but I could definitely see how fun/crazy during Springbreak it could be. We went to the beach and it was very, very hot.. think insta-sweat, ick. We debating spending another day in the sun but decided to do some sightseeing around Miami since we had the (air conditioned) rental car and all.
After leaving SoBe, we stopped at a brewery close to University of Miami's campus called Titanic. Oh the irony of that name. The beer & food was really good, I had a Pumpkin beer that was ah-mazing. We drove a bit around the campus, had to stop for a picture with the "U" and check out their baseball field.. since they left the gate open for us.
At this point, we still had a few more hours before we needed to be back at MIA for our flight so we hopped in the car and headed to the Everglades National Park. We weren't exactly dressed for hiking so once inside the park, we just walked along their boardwalk and paved trail. We only saw a few tiny, striped alligators and a couple of vultures. I didn't realize this "park" was so huge! The park has tram rides and there are also boat rides so you can get up close and personal with the wildlife. We didn't really have time for that but I'm glad we stopped to check it out. I would go back if we had more time and would remember to dress appropriately!
We got really lucky with weather the entire trip, hot & sunny. The only time it rained was on the way back to the airport to turn in the rental. I'm so glad that we went, it was a nice weekend away, just the hubs & I, to celebrate our love for each other.. doesn't get much better than that!
hmm.. where to go next??
Hope you all have a nice weekend!