I still haven't gotten around to editing our pictures from Tennessee, but this time of year it seemed more important to get the cruise photos done.
Our first stop was in the Bahamas. It was at a private beach owned by the cruise line which was nice because on-shore lunch was included but it didn't offer the chance to see other parts of the Bahamas. So although this was a nice day at the beach I imagine there are better beaches with clearer water. It wasn't great for snorkeling (per our friends who snorkel often) and the water was kind of rocky if you tried to get in and swim. One side of the beach was crowded with lounge chairs and people, cabanas, etc. But the other side was less popular and prettier if you walked down past the immediate area where all the amenities were.
Thus far St. John is the place we would like to go back to, but some of the other islands we probably didn't get to see the best parts of, so it's not a totally fair comparison.
Our ship was very much like the one we took to Alaska so no surprises there, but we were pleased that it was never hard to find an open lounge chair, even during peak sun hours. Our friends have sailed Royal Caribbean a few times and they said getting a deck chair on their boats could be an ordeal. We had perfect weather every day except for a few short rain showers one day. We had in inside cabin this time, which is ok since we were hardly ever in it. But it was kind of depressing to wake up every day in total darkness. But, it motivates you to get up and get moving right away so you could see what the weather was like. And pretty much every day when we did get to an outside deck we were greeted with warm air and sunshine, a lot better than the cold and snow that was going on at home.
Here are few of our pictures from the ship. I was too lazy to scan them so these are photos of photos.
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