(We didn’t take many pictures during the trip mostly because 1. in lots of occasions it was inconvenient to carry a camera; 2. there was no point walking around with an iPhone with absolutely no service. Besides, we wanted to just relax and enjoy the time, our first ever cruise trip.)
The ship, Liberty of the Seas, is actually more than twice the size of the Titanic.
more looks at the impressive vessel (the second largest cruise ship to date)
Two Carnival ships side by side basking in sunset
Imagine coming back to your hotel room at the end of the day only to find a crocodile in the bed staring at you… (hey that’s MY sunglasses!)
Gotta love the Royal Caribbean room attendants… and as we found out later, this is a Royal Caribbean tradition and they do this on every day of the trip, with a different animal each time. Stay tuned.
The turtle farm in Grand Cayman, seeing turtles big and small like you wouldn’t believe. We even got to hold a small turtle in our hands!
the sky in different locations and times
Stingray City, where people swim with stingrays and wrap them around their bodies, literally
Welcome to Hell. That is the name of a town in Grand Cayman. Our tour guide dressed up like the devil as soon as we arrived at this stop.
As far as I can tell you, there are iguanas in Hell.
No worries, No problems. That’s what they say in Jamaica.
Towel animal of the day: an elephant
The water at Tulum Mayan ruins, Mexico
Another Carnival ship
Tulum Mayan Ruins, Mexico.
More towel animals by our room attendant. By the 3rd day I pretty much was looking forward to going back to the room at the end of the day just to find out what animal we’d get for the day.
A few fun things that weren’t captured in pictures:
- I did parasail! For someone who doesn’t swim, that’s an achievement, even if it was a dry-flight parasail that took off from a boat and landed on the boat. :D
- Climbing the famous Dunn’s River Fall in Jamaica. 600 feet vertical against the current. In swimwear and water shoes, everyone got soaking wet in the end and, like the local tour guide said, felt 10 years younger.
- The trivia games that ran a few times a day on the ship. How many dimensions does a TV set have? The guy right next to us answered “2″.
- The Love and Marriage Game Show rocks. I don’t know if other cruise lines have it. It seems to be a popular mainstay on Royal Caribbean ships. The host (aka the cruise director) was seriously hilarious.
- Finish the Lyrics game show was pretty funny as well, in the way that most contestants were quite bad.
- The 70s disco night. Everyone was dancing in the streets. We were caught on camera, twice. Seeing ourselves on TV (that is, the Royal Caribbean channel on the ship) the next day was fun and odd at the same time.
- Food was awesome, as expected. I didn’t bring my iPhone to the dining table (it’d look ridiculous in a formal setting like that) so there’s no pictures to show for some of those beautifully presented dishes. I also discovered that, unlike in a restaurant, you can in fact ask for as many appetizers or entrees as you want from the menu, without, obviously, having to pay more. A lady told me her brother gained 10 pounds from a 7-day-cruise. I’m just glad I exercised my restraints and am never really the kind of ferocious eater (you know what it means if you’ve been to buffets) anyway.
- Had my first taste of the famous Johnny Rockets’ milk shake. I don’t disagree with the guy on the ship who said it’s 10 times better than McDonald’s’ milk shakes.