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!  πŸ˜‰

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!! πŸ˜€


  1. January 3, 2011 / 8:09 pm

    Oh my!! I hope you had an awesome time!! totally jealous! >.<

  2. January 3, 2011 / 8:14 pm

    ahhh, sunshine! that is what i miss most right now :]

    such great pics, sandy! yay — you went on a cruise!

  3. January 3, 2011 / 8:17 pm

    Great night shot! Can’t wait to see the rest of your photos, I’ve never been on a cruise before–it looks like so much fun!

  4. January 3, 2011 / 8:18 pm

    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!

  5. January 3, 2011 / 8:20 pm

    AH! I *love* St. Lucia! We went for a week 2 years ago to celebrate the hub’s graduation. SO much fun. Great pics!

  6. Mandy S
    January 3, 2011 / 8:28 pm

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


  7. January 3, 2011 / 8:31 pm

    That seriously looks awesome! I cannot wait to go on a cruise with my husband and son one day! The food looks fantastic as well!

  8. January 3, 2011 / 8:32 pm

    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!

  9. January 3, 2011 / 8:37 pm

    Looks so relaxing and fun~ X3
    The dinner looks soooo yum~ ahhhh~ I wanna go on a cruise too~~~~

  10. January 3, 2011 / 8:40 pm

    pueRRto Ricooo! haha i enjoy rolling the R’s..haha
    what a divine place!

  11. January 3, 2011 / 8:43 pm

    Beautiful pictures! Looks like you had a blast! πŸ™‚ can’t wait to see the rest!

  12. January 3, 2011 / 8:50 pm

    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.

  13. January 3, 2011 / 9:11 pm

    How fun! I’m so happy that you guys had a great time, but I am so jealous at the same time. πŸ˜‰

  14. January 3, 2011 / 9:15 pm

    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!!

  15. January 3, 2011 / 9:29 pm

    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!

  16. Chrissy
    January 3, 2011 / 9:44 pm

    Beautiful pictures! Looks like the dream trip!

  17. January 3, 2011 / 9:52 pm

    What beautiful pictures. Look like you had a great time!

  18. January 3, 2011 / 10:11 pm

    in LOVE with these pictures, girl!!!! looks as amazing as you had described it. πŸ™‚

  19. January 3, 2011 / 10:26 pm

    So fabulous! Oh my! A cruise all decked out for Christmas sounds so heavenly!!! All these pictures make me want to hop on one sometime soon.

  20. January 3, 2011 / 10:37 pm

    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.

  21. January 3, 2011 / 10:47 pm

    It looks like an amazing cruise. Gorgeous photos …


  22. January 3, 2011 / 10:59 pm

    This looks amazing!! Ah, so jealous! Can’t wait to see part 2!

  23. January 3, 2011 / 11:07 pm

    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! πŸ™‚

  24. January 3, 2011 / 11:35 pm

    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?!

  25. January 3, 2011 / 11:55 pm


  26. January 4, 2011 / 12:17 am

    sandy, your trip looks so relaxing and beautiful and yummy!

  27. January 4, 2011 / 12:24 am

    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!

  28. January 4, 2011 / 12:34 am

    Hello there… ^.^ Visiting you here. I hope we could be good friends. Do you mind if we follow each others blogs? Take care. πŸ˜‰

  29. January 4, 2011 / 1:35 am

    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!

  30. January 4, 2011 / 2:33 am

    Ahhh I should not have read this when I’m hungry!! That food looks too delicious. And your photos are so gorgeous!

  31. January 4, 2011 / 2:41 am

    wow looks like u have fab trip! and the food catched my tummy away.. xD

  32. January 4, 2011 / 6:02 am

    Happy New Year, darling..OMG those photos are magical:) I am craving sunshine so much today….Glad you had an amazing time,sweetie
    Happy Tuesday

  33. January 4, 2011 / 6:36 am

    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!

  34. January 4, 2011 / 6:51 am

    You’ve convinced me…. I need to go on a cruise!!! Lovely pictures πŸ˜‰

  35. January 4, 2011 / 6:57 am

    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!

  36. January 4, 2011 / 7:40 am

    ahh! your trip looks glorious and i am hungry now too:)

  37. January 4, 2011 / 7:59 am

    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!!!


  38. January 4, 2011 / 8:42 am

    food looks so yummy!! looks like you had an awesome time!! im a bit jealous, I can definitely use a vaca right now πŸ˜€

  39. January 4, 2011 / 8:58 am

    Your photos are beautiful! Looks like you had a wonderful time.

  40. January 4, 2011 / 10:26 am

    How wonderfully relaxing, looks like you had a great time!

  41. January 4, 2011 / 10:27 am

    what an amazing trip sandy! so glad that you two got away for a little romance <333

  42. January 4, 2011 / 10:27 am

    I have a found on a cruise to Puerto Rico right now…After seeing your gorgeous pics I’m even more jealous of her!

  43. January 4, 2011 / 10:53 am

    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 πŸ™‚

  44. January 4, 2011 / 11:05 am

    nice! que has been talking about a cruise almost ALL of 2010!! maybe this year we’ll actually do it!!

  45. January 4, 2011 / 11:26 am

    What a nice and relaxing vacation! Thanks for sharing pictures.

  46. January 4, 2011 / 11:35 am

    Sandy!! I adore your blog and am so happy you found me so I could find you πŸ™‚ 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

  47. January 4, 2011 / 12:09 pm

    Love all your pics, cruises are soooo fun! It’s making me want to go on one right now! πŸ˜‰ Happy 2011 friend! xo, danni

  48. January 4, 2011 / 12:12 pm

    Love this! My fiance & I used to go to the caribbean each summer while we lived in NY. I even got certified in scuba diving while vaca-ing in Curacao! My fav island was St. Maartin though! So happy you posted the pics!! Adorable!


  49. January 4, 2011 / 1:54 pm

    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!!!

  50. jennifer young
    January 4, 2011 / 2:49 pm

    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!!

  51. January 4, 2011 / 2:55 pm

    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

  52. January 4, 2011 / 2:57 pm

    Looked like so much fun in the sun! Glad you had a wonderful time πŸ™‚ Happy New Year!

  53. January 4, 2011 / 6:37 pm

    Oh, we spent our honeymoon in St. Lucia (five and a half years ago -eek!), and your pictures brought back so many memories! It looks like a fabulous time!

  54. January 4, 2011 / 7:40 pm

    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!

  55. January 4, 2011 / 8:18 pm

    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.

  56. January 4, 2011 / 8:47 pm

    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.

  57. January 4, 2011 / 10:20 pm

    It looks like you had a great time!

  58. ζ₯ζ₯Lai
    January 5, 2011 / 10:47 am

    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!

  59. January 6, 2011 / 9:23 pm

    amazing sandy! what a way to finish the year with your hubby. i really love that yellow dress!

  60. January 8, 2011 / 11:11 am

    I actually live in Puerto Rico. Hope you had the opportunity to see all the beautiful spots there.

  61. January 10, 2011 / 3:46 pm

    Mmm fruit flavoured beers sound so good!

  62. January 12, 2011 / 7:13 pm

    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!

  63. Del
    April 15, 2012 / 9:52 pm

    great pic of st lucian house, but is that really why we build on “stilts”

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