Monday, July 6, 2009

Bahamas Cruise: Part III

by Meghann on July 6, 2009

Day 3 – Coco Cay, Bahamas

Despite the mild wine hang over I woke up to on Sunday morning, I was more than ready to jump out of bed at 6:45 and head to the on board fitness center.

I happily ran 4 miles at the 7.0 setting while Derek ran on the treadmill beside me.

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There was no wait for a treadmill today. It was actually quite amusing the contrast of how many people were in the gym compared to the day before. I guess everybody already went ahead and gave up on staying fit on vacation. ๐Ÿ™‚

After my run I did a 10 minute core session and stretched. We then headed to the sit down breakfast option again where this time we were sat with a lovely family complete with grandparents, parents and 2 adorable little girls.

When the pastry basket came by I could not resist a cinnamon swirl one.

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This was beyond good. ๐Ÿ™‚

For breakfast I went with the build your own omlette selection.

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I asked for an egg white omlette with smoked salmon, herbs, mushrooms, tomato and onions. I was intriqued by the smoked salmon option on the menu and thought it would be fun to try. I was surprised with the lack of fishy taste in the omlette, but still thought it was good.

On the side I ordered a plate of fresh fruit.

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While we were running on the track, Derek and I watched the ship pull up to Coco Cay, so after breakfast we headed straight off the ship. We boarded a tender the took us to the tiny Island.

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Welcome to Coco Cay!

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We lucked out with a beautiful sunny sky, but as soon as we stepped off the ship I knew I needed a hat. I managed to pick up this nifty one a ridiculous price in the straw market.

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The hat came in handy when I settled into my chair with the Cullen family.

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I quickly discovered it was much too hot to spend too much time on the chairs. My time was much better spent in the water. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Coco Cay was absolutely gorgeous with white sandy beaches and crystal clear skies.

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We even made friends with a starfish.

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As the Island is privately owned by Royal Carribbean it was very convienent to have our lunch served on shore at noon by the ship’s staff.

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I have to say the atmosphere just screamed hamburgers, so I had one lovely burger with some fruit and assorted salads.

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They also had fresh melon which was perfect for dessert with a piece of bran cake.

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After lunch Derek and I took a siesta on a hammock we found.

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I would like to point out this is the third day in a row I have passed out in the sun. Vacations rock!

We had a nice relaxing hour nap until a very rude couple walked by and yelled that the ship was leaving. Not cool people, not cool.

To keep with the spirit of tropical vacationing I was really craving a frozen tropical drink. Derek and I each ordered the Coco Loco which was the drink of the day.

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I ordered mine sans alcohol as I really did not see the point to it with the hot afternoon sun beating down.

They tasted yummy, but about halfway through our drink Derek and I were each trying to pawn the rest off on the other one. What sounded like a good idea at the time was starting to give us a tummy ache. Next time we know to just share the ‘fun’ drinks. We ended up each chucking the last half, but at least I ended up with a nifty cup out of it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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After 6 hours of sun and almost depleting our supply of sunscreen, Derek and I were done with the beach. We boarded the tender and headed back to the ship.

Can you tell who was worst off?

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Let’s just say Derek got a wee bit red in the sun this trip. Poor boy reapplied the sunscreen twice as much as I did and still became a lobster.

Back on the ship I snacked on 1/2 of this box of mini wheats.

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The Monarch of the Seas is the first cruise ship I have been on that came complete with a Rock Clmbing wall on board. I had been dying to try it since day one, but when we tried to climb the day before the wall was wet and unclimbable. We lucked out with dry weather all day and attempt #2 that afternoon was a success.

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Rock climbing is a lot harder then it looks! I got stuck half way through but managed to finish strong!

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Talk about one hell of a strength workout!

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Derek kicked booty making his way to the top as well.

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After the climb we were both pretty hungry and managed to find his and her afternoon snacks.

I found an apple and plain yogurt.

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Which I mixed into this.

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Derek found pizza.

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I couldn’t resist a bite of pizza too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Getting ready for our last night on the ship Derek and I had a little modeling session in the bathroom mirror.

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And can I just point out that each night I was ready for the evening much before Derek was. What was up with that?!?! ๐Ÿ˜‰

We hit up the Vegas style show before dinner and I have to confess the shows on Carnival I’ve seen have been better (sorry RC!)

After the show they brought out the majority of the entertainment staff of the ship onto the tiny stage.

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Must me cool to work on a cruise ship.

Dinner for the evening was bittersweet. Everything was coming to an ending much too quickly!

To toast the end of vacation our tablemates ordered a bottle of Riesling to share. I had a small glass, but am honestly not a big fan of sweet wine.

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I was STARVING when we sat down so I happily gobbled up two pieces of the poppyseed bread before they even took our orders.

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I think the hunger was still in my head as I happily ordered two appetizers to start my meal with.

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The caprese salad was refreshing and light.

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The Anti Pasti platter was great as well. I loved the roasted garlic addition and ate the pieces whole. I’m sure I had lovely breath the rest of the evening. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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For the main course I was excited to see Indian on the menu and happily ordered the Kaju Paneer Dansak.

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Our waiter was actually being a little weird when I ordered it and tried to suggest something else. He didn’t think I would like it, but I stuck with my guns and ordered it anyways.

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I’m not sure why he didn’t think I would like, because I thought the dish was pretty good. It could have been a bit spicier, but besides that it was great. He was Indian, so maybe he just did not think it was good as the food from India. Oh well, I liked the watered down American adaptation of the dish.

When it came time for dessert I knew right away I wanted the Angel Pound Cake with Strawberries and Ice Cream.

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It was a make shift strawberry shortcake. Yummy!

For the first time the entire cruise Derek and I decided to hit up the casino after dinner. I’m not a big gambler, but I knew Derek was itching to burn some cash.

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We met up with the Charlotte couple and the boyfriend attempted to teach Derek how to logistically play Roulette.

Less then an hour and $60 later we discovered Roulette is NOT Derek’s game. Oh well. It was still fun to watch them play. ๐Ÿ™‚

After that we had to finish packing our luggage and set it out for our departure.

It was a great 3 night cruise and the perfect long weekend get away. I can’t believe it’s all over! We just had too much fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

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