So I’ve had this post written for quite a while but with work I’ve been too swamped to even think about blogging. Since starting this new job, I’ve learned that February-March is my busy, no eating lunch, work 10-hour days, kinda season. Welp! I’ll be ready for next year :)
Here is the rest of the wedding festivities post and, in light of recent Carnival issues, a post about our honeymoon cruise. Enjoy!
The Day after the Wedding
We woke up in our amazing hotel room at La Torretta and got ready to go to my parents house so we could say our goodbyes before the honeymoon. That morning went by so quickly, I wish we would’ve taken more pictures! I forgot to pack shoes for after the wedding so I wore my wedding shoes, athletic shorts and a t-shirt out of the hotel.
Lovely, I know. Lesson #4: Pack your wedding night bag thoroughly and make sure you have shoes for the next day!
At my parents house, I remember eating the remains of our wedding cake (except the top, which we saved for our 1 year!) and chit-chatting about all of the wedding fun and how excited we were for the cruise. Before we knew it, it was time to leave and kiss the doggies goodbye for a week (which completely broke my heart). I cried as we drove away….and Matt laughed at me!
We stopped by our house to get a few extra things for the cruise that we had forgotten to pack. I guess wedding planning causes memory loss.
Matt’s parents drove us to the cruise terminal. The boarding process wasn’t too bad since we got there pretty early. A tip: Keep your luggage with you! Our HUGE suitcases fit perfectly through the security scanners and we didn’t have to wait for our luggage to arrive outside our room. BONUS!
After unloading our bags and getting settled in, we took our own tour of the ship and all its splendor! With 14 stories and over 1000 feet long, it’s safe to say we had a lot of ground to cover.
When it was time to embark, we went to the top of the ship and got ourselves two extra spicy bloody Mary’s with extra olives. Matt’s parents parked in a nearby lot so that they could wave goodbye to us—such a significant moment! A loving mother waving goodbye to her baby boy as he sets sail with his new wife. Oh, were there tears from all parties involved!
We got dressed for dinner and enjoyed our first night on vacation.
Day 2–Fun Day at Sea
We took this day to really get to know the Carnival Magic. Breakfast was always my favorite part of the day on our cruise. Room service is free so we had coffee and bagels in bed every morning. We would talk about our plans for the day and look at the activities schedule. I only wished that we had a balcony so we could look out at the ocean while eating our breakfast. That would be HEAVEN!
The pool wasn’t all that spectacular. Kind of gross when you think about how many people are on the ship (~5000). I’ll pass and just sunbathe!
Bingo was a must. A chance to win $500 or your bar bill completely paid? We couldn’t get there fast enough!
Needless to say, we didn’t win crap.
Matt and I goofed off and played mini golf which was a lot of fun.
Ping pong was a bit of a disaster considering the wind.
Then it was time for our first formal dinner. Dinner was always enjoyable. Most of the couples in our section were honeymooners around our age, which made dining a lot of fun (I think Carnival does that on purpose)! We would get together and talk about what we did that day. The menu changes every night so you aren’t constantly eating the same foods–although everything was delicious!
We capped off the night with some cocktails and karaoke. Ready for Key West in the morning!
Day 3–Key West
Key West was a BLAST! I’ve been to Florida before and have always loved the beautiful beaches but this place has more personality to it with lots of quant shops and restaurants. We didn’t have any excursions planned and decided to just “wing it” at port, which from my experience can be cheaper than purchasing excursions on the ship.
It turned out to be a great plan because we found a parasailing tour that was $60 cheaper than what Carnival offered! I had parasailed before when I was about thirteen and remembered how breathtaking the view was. I just knew Matt and I would really enjoy it. Or so I thought…
The company that took us did a fantastic job of explaining everything. We had great music and a nice boat ride out into the ocean. However, I did not anticipate how much of a scaredy cat I am as an adult. I found myself shaking like a leaf putting my gear on. I really needed either medication or heavy liquor to sedate myself! Here I was 300 feet in the air attached to a parachute tied to a rope tied to a speed boat. What could possibly go wrong? My palms are sweating just writing about it! Despite my intense fears, Matt did a great job of pretending that he wasn’t scared and distracting me with kisses and conversation—what a great husband! Gold star for Groomy.
Um, how high do we go again?
The clear ocean was honestly breathtaking and it was a one of a kind view of Key West—but never again will I parasail! Both feet on the ground from now on.
We were so relieved after our parasailing terror. We stopped and grabbed a bite to eat and chatted with the locals. It’s so interesting to meet people when traveling and my husband could make friends with a bum under a bridge.
We stopped at Coyote Ugly and had a fun game of “flip cup” with the bartenders. I had never been to a Coyote Ugly bar before and really enjoyed the party atmosphere. This is definitely the kind of place for twenty-something crowd! We even had a booty shaking contest, which Matt said I won by a long shot. Winning!
After flip cup fun, we did some walking around/souvenir shopping/goofing off. Typical for us.
Such a gentleman!
We stopped at this little restaurant for some burgers in the afternoon. It was tough to pick a place because there were so many restaurants to choose from!
The Mad Rooster was a good choice—the burgers were awesome and the beer was cheap.
We had to stop at Margaritaville and get two delicious margaritas.
And we ended the day in Key West with a beautiful sunset. It’s definitely a place that we would come back to!
Getting back on the boat was an easy process—we even snuck on our own cheap liquor. Shhh!! Don’t tell!! We were pretty excited about it.
Stay tuned for what’s coming up:
-Special Guest Post
-Honeymoon Part 2