Thursday, August 19, 2010

Living Our Love Song

Adam and I were very fortunate enough to have the honeymoon of our dreams; and that is in fact exactly how it ended up being. It was perfect in all ways. It was amazing to spend nine days straight with each other, getting to do anything that we wanted: with each other! It was amazing!

If anyone doesn't know our story about how we paid for half of our honeymoon, it was by recycling. We both avidly recycled for about a year and a half before our wedding to save for our honeymoon. It was a challenge, but was well-worth it, and paid off!!

We went on a 7 day Western Caribbean Cruise, which stopped in the Cayman Islands; Cozumel, Mexico; Costa Maya, Mexico, and Honduras. The cruise left out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. We stayed our first night of marriage in LA, right by the airport.The Saturday we left out of LA, to Ft. Lauderdale, and spent the day exploring the city, and especially our Hospitality Suite at the Westin, graciously given to us by Adam's Aunt & Uncle. It was amazing! The weather there was humid, and smoggy, but we didn't mind, with the view we had of the beach from our hotel windows!! :) On Sunday, our cruise left port in the late afternoon, and we were off on our adventure. The cruise line/ship we went on was Celebrity, Solstice. The ship itself was AMAZING! It was humongous, and there was so much to do; from putt-putt, to listening to music-entertainers, to seeing production shows, to great buffets & food, to basketball, swimming, and so much more!! We never were really bored, because there was always something to do, or something going on in the ship. Adam was definitely right at home on the ship, with his go, go, go attitude, which left me exhausted by the end of the trip ;) As far as excursions go, we went on two of them. Here is a list of what we did on every port-of-call:

Cayman Islands: Excursion #1: Swimming with the sting rays. So much fun & not scary! We spent the rest of the time exploring the shops on the port, which ended up not being very good; however I was able to find some cute earrings (on a side-note :)

Cozumel, Mexico: We walked along the coast, and looked at shops. There were great shops at this port!

Costa Maya, Mexico: Excursion #2 (given as a wedding-gift by my Aunt & Uncle, which we were so grateful for!!): We toured the Mayan Ruins of Chaccoban. We loved this excursion. It was very interesting and beautiful. It was as if we were in a different environment. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, and spoke English very well. Following the excursion, we took a taxi ride into the city and walked along the coast. There was an incredibly beautiful view of Belize from the city!

Honduras: We took a taxi ride around the west-end of the island, stopping at shops along the way, and to walk along the coast. We also stopped at the well-known Tabbiana Beach in West Bay. It was beautiful! We were so disappointed that we didn't bring our bathing suits on this day, since we decided to do it very spontaneously.

Each of our favorite port was Costa Maya, Mexico. This is a MUST SEE if you ever get the chance to stop there!!

When the cruise ended on the Sunday, we stayed the night in Ft. Lauderdale one more night, and continued our journey of exploring the city. We left back home on the Monday, to return to reality, and to start our new-life together as a family (which is going well by the way! :)

Here are a few pics; as you will see, the weather is very smoggy in most of the pictures. So smoggy in fact, that the humidity would blur the camera lens. Everyday it would rain for a minimum of 15 min-to at maximum 2 hours on two occasions.

~Just half of our room at the Westin!! ~

~A view of our ship~

~Swimming with the Sting Rays~

~In downtown Cozumel, Mexico~

~The Chaccoban ruins in Costa Maya, Mexico~

~Tabbiana Beach in Roatan, Honduras~

We are so blessed to have each other, and to have been able to have spent such a great time together!!

As Jason Michael Carroll would say, "It feels good to prove 'em wrong, living our love song." :)

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