Friday, June 19, 2009

Bermuda



On Saturday, Jeremy and I celebrated out 10 year anniversary (not really until August) by going on a cruise to Bermuda! Neither one of us has ever been on a cruise so it was a new adventure for both of us. My mom and Jeff were AMAZING and took off work to watch all three crazy boys- even after the puking incident with Gavin the day before. We left early in the morning to make the trip to the port in Norfolk, and got on the boat just in time for the rain. It rained the rest of the day and most of the next, but there was planty to do on the Grandeur of the Seas. I am more of a lay back and relax kind of person on vacation and Jeremy wanted to do everything, so as any good couple should do, we compromised and did a little of both. The ship had really fantastic shows- comedians, a magician, this gaucho show, and surprisingly great singers and dancers. We watched karaoke, participated in some trivia games, and hung out in the pools and hot tubs. The food was always there, and neither one of us even had the chance to feel hungry the entire trip. The workers on the boat were super friendly, and Jeremy was very outgoing and had made friends with half of the people on the boat by the end of the trip. Seriously, everybody gets along with Jeremy.

After a day and a half on the water we made it to beautiful Bermuda. The water is really turquoise people! It was so gorgeous! That first morning Jeremy and I did something called snuba- kind of a mix between snorkeling and scuba, you dive about 15 feet below the surface with a respirator that is hooked to a tank that floats on the water. I had a hard time adjusting to the breathing part and I didn't think I'd be able to do it, but after I relaxed it wasn't too hard and we saw hundreds of beautiful, colorful fish, coral, and anemones. After that we got to go kayaking and then headed off on a bus to see more beaches. We went to Horseshoe Beach, the most popular and since the day we were there it was a holiday, it was kind of crowded, but still breathtaking. The sand did have pink in it and we saw people diving off of the rocks into the ocean. After that, we did some shopping near the pier and then headed to the boat for the night. The next day we only had part of the day to be in Bermuda, so we went to the city of Hamilton on one of the famous pink buses. We got up close and personal with the natives and for an hour we drove during rush hour to the little town. We did some window shopping and then caught the ferry back which took about 1/4 the time. We spent the rest of our rime in Bermuda at a small beach near the boat and tried to catch some sun even though it was pretty cloudy. That afternoon we set sail for home.

What an amazing vacation. It was so great to not have to plan anything, we could pick and choose what we would do each day and it was all included. We gained some weight with all of the food available and met some great people. It was my kind of vacation. We definitely want to do it again, but 5 nights was just enough. We were ready to get back home to the kids and our regular life. It was the perfect anniversary get away. Love you Jeremy!

9 comments:

Kerri said...

Congrats on 10 years! The beaches look beautiful. Glad that your trip was fun.

Brooke said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed your first cruise. I can't wait to hear more about it.

Mike said...

This is Mandi, by the way, I think I am signed in as Mike and I am too lazy to fix that...anyway...

Yea! I am glad you had a good time and glad that you are back safe and sound. I love that it is such a stress-free vacation where there is very little planning involved.

The "formal night" picture of you guys is great! And by the way, isn't gaining weight what a cruise is all about?

Robyn/Lauren said...

I thought about you guys all week and I'm so glad you had a wonderful time together! (I especially thought about you when Ryan got a hight fever on Saturday night and I hoped we hadn't spread a horrible illness to all the preschool kids!) Welcome Back!

Gina said...

Oh it looks like you had an amazing time! Glad you could get away. Happy 10!

Jones Family said...

It was fun to see your pictures and read about your trip. You are soooooo lucky to get to go on a vacation without the kids-your mom and Jeff are pretty awesome. Congrats on 10 years!

Heather said...

Some day my ship will come in and take Garth and I a sailing...So glad you had such a great time!

Kristen said...

So glad that you had a great time, though I don't know how you couldn't. I would love to hear more. Happy Anniversary, a little early. What a great present.

just jen said...

awesome, i think that a cruise sounds like a perfect vacation.

lots of food and lots of relaxing, what else do you need?