We’re back from our short, but much needed, cruise.

The bags are unpacked. The laundry is in. And the goodwill between me and my husband is at an all-time high.

I took a lot of pictures because looking at them will keep me smiling. And remind me of the fun we had. For when we hit another rough spot. Because marriage is full of ups and downs. No avoiding that. It’s just better when there are more ups.

The weather was a little stormy as we left the port. But we didn’t care. We were on board and alone. Well, alone as you can be among 2,000 people. Our stateroom was at the end of the hall, so no noisy late-night revelers passing by. And our bathroom was stocked with these archaic, yet useful, sanitary napkin bags (bottom right hand corner). How did they know?

Cruise Day 1

We slept late, waking up to find that the ocean was very calm but the sky was very cloudy. After a quick breakfast, we boarded the tender that would take us over to Cococay, Royal Caribbean’s private island. We’ve been here before and decided that today would be all about taking a nice, long nature walk. And we saw some really beautiful foliage, lots of hermit crabs and then got rained on for 30 minutes as we made our way back to the ship. And, oh, yeah: after looking for my bathing suit in our 150 square foot cabin, I realized that I had left it and half my clothes at home. I had to buy a $10 souvenir t-shirt. I think I’m going to under-pack from now on. Less to unpack when you get home.

Cruise day2 b

Formal Night
I really enjoy getting dressed up. Probably because I don’t get to do it that often. Luckily, I did not forget my dress or my shoes. I even got to dance. Not with my husband but with some ladies from Virginia. And my new inflatable friend Mike. Gusti, our stateroom attendant, made this cute puppy/elephant while we were out sipping bourbon and listening to some music.

Cruise formal night

We’ve been to Nassau before and enjoy exploring the island, taking in the architecture, the shops and, of course, the food. The bus system makes it easy to get around. You just stand on the side of the road and flag them down. For $1.25 per person, you can use them to get pretty much everywhere you want to go on the island. We took a bus out of town to Cable Beach and stopped at the Daiquiri Shack. Papaya, mango and rum. Then crossed the road to the casino where I took them for $80 playing the Hangover slot machine. After that, we made our way to the Fish Fry at Arawak Cay and enjoyed some Kalik Gold, freshly made Conch Salad, some grilled conch with plaintains and a whole fried yellowtail snapper at Goldie’s, an old favorite.

Cruise nassau

After getting back on the ship, we took a long nap, showered up and ate dinner from the buffet. Something we never do. But I guess, as a testament to us getting older and perhaps becoming more responsible, we then went back to our room, watched a movie and went to bed. And when we got up at 6:30 this morning, to disembark, I felt well rested and ready to hit the ground running.

I’m happy to be home. Happy to see my kids. And happy to be married to my husband.

Last night’s sunset

Last night’s sunset