Eating, relaxing, and cruising, oh my! (Part 1)

The week before Christmas, my husband and I took a week long cruise to the Southern Caribbean on the Caribbean Princess!  It was a MUCH needed trip since it was our only real vacation for just the two of us for the whole year of 2010, kinda crazy huh?!  Hoping that we don’t wait until December again this year~!  So I finally got around to uploading/editing the pictures (we took 800+, yes, I’m a fanatic picture taker) and am excited to share them with you all!  I’m going to split it up into TWO parts so I can relive my vacation as much as possible and so you’re not super overloaded!  ;)

Day 1&2 – Puerto Rico

We flew into San Juan, Puerto Rico the day before our cruise left.  We stayed the night in a Sheraton by the pier and it was fun to be able to see our boat from the balcony in our room!

Here’s a few shots of our balcony room and our cruise cards for the week!

Sweet Shot Day

Farewell Puerto Rico!  Linking up this one to Sweet Shot Tuesdays as night shots are always a challenge AND the cruise ship was moving so this one took quite some time to capture!

Day 3 – Day at Sea

We pretty spent the whole day exploring the boat and attending the vast array of activities onboard!

It was so fun to see the ship all decorated for Christmas!

And that was our sit down dinner number 1… we eat had an appetizer, entree and we split 3 desserts!!

Day 4 – Barbados

We didn’t attend an excursion on this day, but decided to keep it low key and explore on our own!

We ran into a cute little sea turtle!

Love these colorful buildings!  Forgot to bring my camera to dinner so no food pics for this day!

Day 5 – St. Lucia

This was the first view I saw outside our balcony on this morning, so pretty!

All houses in St. Lucia are built on stilts so they have a level base and in case of flooding.

A tourist trap, haha!

We tried a few new drinks we’ve never seen before, a lemon beer and pear soda!

Loving this shot, just shows a little bit of the culture out there.

And our day was concluded with another delicious meal!!

Come back next week for Part 2!! :D

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  1. Oh my gosh. Oh my gosh. Oh I want to go on another cruise!!! I am beyond jealous right now and now I know I must go to Puerto Rico, Barbados and St. Lucia. Gorgeous!

  2. ugh! i want to go on another cruise!!! they are so much fun!! :) i love the chocolate heart dessert!!! :) looks like you had so much fun! can’t wait to see more! :)


  3. great photos! I want to go on a cruise!! Sounds fun! and I love a Shandy! My british BFF introduced me to them years ago! It’s the best summer drink!

  4. Oh. Wow! Was the food amazing? Three desserts? What were they? Were they all chocolate?!?!

    So fun.

    Hubby and I were supposed to go on a cruise about oh . . . . nine years ago. Then, I got pregnant and the cruise was when I was 36 weeks along. We gave our tickets to a couple who really need to get away together due to marriage issues.

    I would love to try again. Someday.

  5. GIRL.. this makes me so jealous! I miss our cruise already.
    Everything is so beautiful!! And those dinners look fab. mmmm.
    Can’t wait to go on another!!

  6. Okay, your trip officially sounds amazing. You have no idea how jealous I am that you can enjoy a cruise–I went on my first one last year and I was seasick the second I got on to a week after I got back on dry land. Glad you had a great time!

  7. That looks like so much fun! Honestly, I’d love a bit of tropical weather right now — warm sunshine, cool breeze…that’d be just wonderful. All it’s been doing in San Diego lately is rain.

  8. Wah! I loved all the images, especially the food! I’ve been on a cruise once. It was either called something Princess or something Queen. All I remember was it took me somewhere to Mexico. I forgot since it was a few years back. This makes me want to go on a cruise again! :)

  9. okay, okay! I’m OBSESSED with your blog! You’re genious… and this trip looked fantastic. I’ve always wanted to go there.. ps: did you design your “sandy a la mode” graphic at the top?!

  10. Everything looks like it’s from a movie! haha. I’ve always wanted to go on a cruise so I’m so so so jealous! I can’t wait for more pictures!

  11. Dearest sweet sandy, this look like such an awesome vacation!! I really adore looking at all your gorgeous photos…such fun!! You look so beautiful as always! Wishing you LOVE and JOY this new year. Thank YOU so much for your love and blessing you have sent me in 2010 and i look forward to new adventures with you in 2011! Love to you!

  12. I’ve always wanted to go on a cruise!! I hear they’re a blast! Loving the pics, remind me of our stay at the all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana last year. Good times, except for literally gaining 10lbs upon my return!

  13. Oh me gee…I am sitting waiting on class to start right now and just got struck by the jealous bug for realz!!! Fabulousness…if only I could be chillin’ on a big boat right now! Thanks for the blog lovin’…you’re stinking adorable…and that yellow scarf??Yes please! Looks like an awesome time…will be daydreaming, maybe one day! Cheers!

  14. OK, I’m loving living through your vacation. Ahhh Barbados I have not been there in over 15 yrs and would LOVE to go back. Just as gorgeous as I remember!

    Looks like you are both having a great time!!!


  15. Wow – fab pics. Looks like you had a great time and those food pics looks divine! Thanks for the comment on my blog – i have become a follower :-)

  16. Sandy!! I adore your blog and am so happy you found me so I could find you :) We are so much alike hehe and on Sunday my hubby and I are setting sail on the exact same cruise you just got back on!! So I loved reading this post!! Enjoy the new year friend!! Chat soon xoxo

  17. Oh Sandy! what an amazing trip you had! Love the food pics, and I like you in that yellow dress! Thanks for sharing these photos and I can’t wait for part 2!!!

  18. ai yai yai! you are making me crave cruisin’!!!
    so much goodness–for such a good price right?!?!
    lovely lovely as always sandy!

    happy new year!!

  19. WOW!! What a trip! Looks like you had a fabulous time.

    The food looks delish, I love that little chocolate heart – what a great shot.

    The ‘cultural’ pic of the clothes on the line is really great, I have to agree.

    A.Co @ A.Co est. 1984

  20. Wow, it looks like you had so much fun!! I hope my hubbie and I can go on a trip like that soon–it’s been way too long since we’ve had a real vacation!

  21. Oh, this post brings back so many memories. Our first cruise was to the Southern Caribbean and we also docked at Barbados and St Lucia. Haha, we walked the exact same path in Barbados – didn’t take an excursion either. Can’t wait for your Part II.

  22. Thanks for sharing your photos. I have never been on a cruise, I am more about all-inclusive vacations. This June, my hubby and I will be celebrating our 5 year wedding anniversary and were looking into doing something different. A cruise would be a great idea but I am nervous that I will get seasick.

    The activities and food alone look amazing and it is nice to be able to visit different islands. I really enjoyed seeing first hand someone’s photos from their cruise. I look forward to part 2.

  23. Princess Cruise was so fun! I don’t know when I can get on another one. I’m glad you guys had fun! Can’t wait to see your part II!

  24. Absolutely GORGEOUS photos, Sandy! Take me with you next time, will ya? haha! I am absolutely STUFFED, but I think I could have a bite of that first dessert! Mmm!

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