A couple of weeks ago, Corey and I headed off on our last vacation as people without children.
Pretty weird, right?
We originally hadn’t planned on taking a cruise this year – we were going to do something different, but when we found out that I was pregnant we knew we didn’t want to miss out on the chance to take one last pre-baby cruise. We went with my sister and her family, as we have done several times in the past, and it was fabulous.
We went to Galveston two days early so we could get some relaxing in before we actually left. We’ve found that’s a great way to do it because we don’t have to stress about making it to the pier on the day of (how much would it suck to get a flat tire on the way to your cruise ship?) and it extends the vacation a bit. We’d prefer to only go up one day in advance, but the hotel we usually stay in requires a two-night stay so we decided to make the most of it.
Friday evening we just walked around and explored the little town a bit, and grabbed dinner at a local diner. It was a very relaxing night, and it definitely helped me get in vacation mode!
On Saturday we went to the Galveston aquarium for a bit, which is always one of Corey’s favorite activities. He adores aquariums.
That afternoon, my sister and her family joined us (they decided to only use one of their nights). We all hung out, grabbed dinner, and eagerly anticipated the arrival of our ship in the morning.
The cruise itself was magnificent, as usual. I was worried about possibly getting seasick because, even though I never have before, strange things have been bothering me since I got pregnant. I’ve had to drive anytime Corey and I go anywhere because I now get carsick (and I’m usually the type who can read in the car with no issues), so I was definitely concerned. Thankfully, there was no seasickness at all, and there was just one day that I felt bad, and it was just because I failed to follow my strict small-meals-only diet that I’ve had to adopt to avoid nausea.
One of the best things about consistently taking cruises for vacation is that we’ve gotten really good at them, and I feel like we learn a little something new every year. This year we landed on the perfect schedule – pool in the morning before it gets too full, and then enjoying other activities later in the day while everyone is at the pool. Sometimes, we’d head back to the pool in the evenings after dinner as well. We rarely had to deal with more than 4-5 other people in the pool at the same time as us, and we always secretly laughed at the people who were jammed in there like sardines later in the afternoon.
The first port we went to was Roatan – and we were actually doing the same excursion that Corey and I had planned on doing on our honeymoon, but we never got to because of bad weather. Corey and I were excited to get to see one of the ports we had originally missed out on, and we were really excited to try out the excursion we never got to do.
We took a chair lift over to the small beach and checked in to get our private cabana (that sounds so fancy, right?). It was so cute, and the area we were in was separated from the main beach so it was much quieter and less crowded. The weather wasn’t awesome, so most of us didn’t actually get in the water, but I had a fabulous time reading, laying out, and doing absolutely nothing.
Oh, and we had a waiter who would get us food, and their menu was very pregnant-lady-friendly.
Yeah. I was happy.
The next day was Belize and we had a more scenic excursion this time. We took an hour-long van ride to some ancient Mayan ruins (which doesn’t sound nearly as awesome as it was – I always love taking the long car rides and seeing what the country actually looks like), and then we had some time to explore and walk around.
It was gorgeous and so interesting to learn about. I always love trying to take at least one excursion like this where you really get to see a part of the country that you can’t see anywhere else. I also feel like it’s a great way to learn things about the country and culture that I’d never learn any other way.
After the ruins, we had some lunch and then went on a boat ride down a beautiful river. We saw some crocodiles, tons of lizards, and even a few manatees. This was definitely my favorite part of the day – it was so breathtakingly beautiful and so fun to see a little more of the country.
The next day was Cozumel, and we’ve been there many times and aren’t huge fans, so we spent the day on the ship, like we usually do. It’s always one of our favorite days – the ship is mostly deserted so we have the pools and water slides to ourselves, and we always spend a ton of time making the most of it.
After that was another day at sea, which was a super low-key day for us because we were all exhausted, and then the trip was over. It was a fabulous vacation and we loved every second of it. We tried to soak it up as much as possible because we know we probably won’t be going on another cruise for at least a couple of years, and I think this was a pretty perfect way to spend our last baby-less vacation.
Anyone else go on a great vacation this summer?