We were late adopters of the whole "web logging" thing, so I feel the need to go back and share some of memories we've been collecting in our (almost) three years of marriage. These posts will be titled "From The Archives" so you can easily identify and skip them. Enjoy!
As a graduation present from my incredibly generous parents, we got to go on a cruise! We had planned to go immediately after my graduation in April of 2009, but that whole swine flu scare (yeah, remember that?) messed things up. Carnival, instead of cancelling our cruise to Mexico, just told us one week before we were supposed to leave that it had been 'rerouted' to Canada.
Great! Instead of warm, beautiful Mexico, we can go spend a week on the freezing coast of CANADA! No offense to Canada (I'm kidding - definitely offense to Canada), it's not the tropical get away we had in mind. But, after several long hold-times and conversations with "vacationers service" (Carnival's adorable answer to "customer service"), we were able to reschedule for August and go to our original destinations: Porta Vallarta. Mazatlan, and Cabo. Yippee!
It was a very full week of eating, relaxing and playing. We tried to keep a balance of having fun and just doing nothing. (We even hit up the gym a couple times to keep energized. I have to say the ocean sunrise was a more inspiring view than I've ever seen on a gym television.)
|Of all the good food we had, this Molten Chocolate Cake|
was the item we had to order with every meal.
|A new cute towel animal in our cabin every day!|
We had a monkey, a parrot, a dog, a rabbit and this little humanoid.
|We were so dirty after the ziplining that we washed up public|
fountain. (Hey, other people were doing it too.)
|In Porto Vallarta, we saw a couple kissing parrots. Cute.|
|This is our cabin. Very cozy. We were just grateful to have our own bathroom.|
|Not sure if I've ever felt whiter than when we took this picture in Mazatlan.|
These next three pictures capture a lowlight of the trip:
|Ryan entering the water in Mazatlan. Note the glasses on his face, where they belong.|
|Returning from the water moments later, longingly|
looking back for any sign of his glasses.
|Resigned to having lost them, a picture of discouragement.|
With only an hour before the ship set sail, Ryan had to return to the ship mostly blind. We cancelled the scuba excursion we had planned for the next day since Ryan wouldn't have been able to see a single fish. He squinted for the last three days of the cruise, which I found pretty amusing.
|Free room service! A delicious pairing for whatever junkfood|
movie was on HBO that night. Something with Jennifer Aniston.
|Day 6, Cabo San Lucas|
|Back on the top deck of the ship, we played|
some mini golf. Ryan won by two strokes.
|Towel Monkey hanging from the ceiling of our cabin.|
(Note Ryan squinting to look at it without his glasses)
|Our last night on the ship was "Formal Night", and we|
were a little unprepared. Ryan didn't even have a coat!
Oh well, at least we weren't wearing sneakers like some folks.
|Enjoying some live lounge music and a virgin Miami Vice|
on our last day aboard the Carnival Splendor.