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Bahamas Cruise – Part I

by Meghann on July 6, 2009

I’M BACK!!!!!

Did you miss me? I missed you guys!! I felt so disconnected on the ship with no phone, no e-mail and no blog! But, I’m back now and can not wait to play catch up!

My cruise was of course amazing and Derek and I made sure to live every minute of it to the fullest. I ended up taking 367 pictures over the past 3 days! I have so much to say and share! In order to keep all of you and myself sane, I will be dividing my cruise recap into three parts. With a post recapping each day.

I hope you enjoy reading about my little adventure as much I enjoyed living it! πŸ™‚

Day 1 –

Let’s see… where shall I begin??

We were able to board our cruise ship on Friday at 12:30. Luckily my parents live super close to the port, so not only did we save on parking, but we felt there was no rush to head out. We casually left the house around noon and on the way I snacked on a Strawberry Kashi Cereal Bar.

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Since we showed up on the earlier side of embarkation, getting on the boat took no time at all. The longest line we waited in was the one for security to get in the building. Besides that it was smooth sailing.

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Around 1:00pm we were officially aboard the Monarch of the Seas, our home for the next three days.

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First things first, we had to check out our teeny tiny room.

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We had an inside cabin on the second floor. We were going for cheap and were perfectly happy with the tiny quarters. It had a bed and bathroom, which is all we needed.

Next up we headed to the top to check out the first buffet of food waiting for us.

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I’ll admit its not the largest display of food I have ever seen, but there was still lots of great things to choose from.

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I loaded my plate up with a great big salad and a side of wheat bread.

We enjoyed a lovely view of the port while dining.

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Next was dessert!

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Dessert is my weakness and I just want to try everything! I had broke a couple of desserts in half and threw the other half away before I sat at the table so I would not be tempted to finish them off.

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I believe this was an apple turnover, coconut bar and peanut butter cookie. The dessert were a bit dry, but still worth the nibbles.

We headed straight to the pool after lunch.

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I learned a while ago to make sure you always pack a swimsuit in your carry on when you board a ship. That way you don’t miss a moment of poolside lounging! πŸ™‚

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Unfortunately the Muester Drill cut into our pool time.

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Not my favorite part of the cruise, but safety first!

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After we learned how to properly put on a life jacket and fight for our lives, it was time to set sail and get the party started!

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I was caught dancing in the aisle. πŸ™‚

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Right before I passed out on the chair and woke up to drool on my book, I munched on an apple.

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We opted for the late dinner option at 8:30, which I loved because it gave us plenty of time to relax and we never felt rushed to be ready for dinner. The first night we went to the pre-dinner welcome aboard show and I enjoyed a glass of Cabernet Sauvigon.

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I nursed my glass of wine and was still sipping on it at dinner.

I always love the whole experience of eating dinner on cruise ships. The staff is always so kind, helpful and make the whole experience worth it. Derek and I ended up being seated at a four top with another couple. They were interesting to say the least. He was an older gentlemen from Orlando and she was a younger thai woman straight from Thailand.

They were very sweet and always offered to take pictures of Derek and I.

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At every meal we were promptly presented with the bread basket. The first night I enjoyed a mini corn muffin and piece of poppyseed bread.

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A community bowl of ceasar salad was then placed on the table and I had a small serving.

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I ordered the Cream of Pumpkin Soup as my starter.

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I think this soup was one of my favorite things I ate while on the cruise. It was the perfect balance of sweet and savory and reminded me of Thanksgiving. I always forget how much I enjoy eating pumpkin.

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Derek ordered the Artichoke Spinach Dip as his starter and when our waiter saw me sampling Derek’s dish he brought out one for me as well.

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I was perfectly fine just having the single bite of Derek’s but once the new dish was placed in front of me I couldn’t help but have a couple of more chips as well.

For the main course I selected the Fillet of Atlantic Salmon.

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The dill sauce on top was very tasty and I was thankful for the plethora of veggies that came with the meal.

As with every meal my favorite part was of course the dessert.

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I ordered the Chocolate Brownie Sandwich.

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At first I was expecting two brownies with vanilla ice cream in the middle, so was pleasantly surprised to see a chocolate brownie stack placed in front of me. It was very good, but needed a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side. Luckily the waiter agreed with me and had a scoop delivered. I was right the vanilla ice cream made the dessert perfect.

After the meal Derek and I were stuffed!

We made a pact early on to take the stairs on the ship as much as possible. I think the whole cruise we used the elevator maybe 2 times

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Taking the stairs up and down from our room on the second floor to the pool on the eleventh was a great way to get extra activity into our routine and help the stuffed feeling disappear.

We also decided a nice midnight swim would help as well.

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We were actually kicked out of the pool before midnight, but it was still fun while it lasted.

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On the way back to our room we ran into the 70s disco party in the atrium where a half naked indian was cutting loose in the elevator.

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Good times!!!

Stay tuned for Part II and our adventure in Nassau!!

1 JohannaB July 6, 2009 at 1:35 pm

I love cruises. Looks like you had a grand old time. Looking forward to the next installment.

2 runeatrepeat July 6, 2009 at 1:39 pm

Glad you had a blast! Love it! Can’t wait for the rest of the recap πŸ™‚

http://www.runeatrepeat.com

3 Maddy July 6, 2009 at 1:44 pm

hey! i saw this in a FL restaurant & lodging magazine and thought you might be interested! It’s an Earth-friendly, organic pizza place in orlando =)

http://www.pizzafusion.com

and it looks like you had so much fun! i can’t wait to hear about the rest of your trip!

4 JB July 6, 2009 at 1:55 pm

i’m pretty sure i’ve left you comments before. i tend to do that on people’s blogs without introducing myself first. so hey there, i’m JB! i really like your blog! hah.

it looks like you had so much fun! i’ve only been on one cruise before. we had a dinky room too! but it doesn’t even matter because you spend the least amount of time in the cabin! and i remember that whole life jacket drill. what a fun killer. haha. all of your eats look great! (especially that brownie sandwich!)

have a great monday! can’t wait for part 2 of your trip! πŸ™‚

-JB
http://cardiovegsular.wordpress.com

5 biz319 July 6, 2009 at 1:56 pm

Sounds like you guys had a great first day!! Um, that brownie looks insulin worthy to me! πŸ˜€

Happy Monday!

6 Stacy ( Eating To Live Love Laugh Tri) July 6, 2009 at 1:57 pm

I love your bikini. That blue is such a pretty color. Glad you had a fun trip!

7 Amanda July 6, 2009 at 2:05 pm

Yes, I missed your updates!! I’m glad you and Derek had a great time on the cruise. His guest post was great, too. πŸ™‚

8 lowandbhold July 6, 2009 at 2:08 pm

Man, it looks like a blast! I’ve never been on a cruise, but now I totally want to! That pumkin soup sounds amazing!!

9 Kaolee July 6, 2009 at 2:12 pm

How fun!

10 brandi July 6, 2009 at 2:13 pm

ha- that Indian in the elevator is cracking me up! glad you guys had a good time and got back safely!

11 Courtney July 6, 2009 at 2:21 pm

dklfjhdlkf! THAT LOOKS LIKE SO MUCH FUN! Smart move with the dessert from the buffet – I’ll remember that! Throwing half away, it’s similar to asking the server to box up half the meal before it even comes out! LOVE IT!

LOVE HALF NAKED INDIAN MEN.

-Courtney

http://peacelovehealthiness.wordpress.com

12 Bec July 6, 2009 at 2:26 pm

looks like so much fun! I cant wait to hear about the rest of your cruise πŸ™‚

13 Mrs. Myers @ Eat Move Write July 6, 2009 at 2:30 pm

How fun! You look great in your bikini! Sounds like you had a really fantastic trip. We’ve been wanting to go on a cruise. I’m jealous!

14 Kristin July 6, 2009 at 2:32 pm

Ugh I LOVE cruises!!!! Can’t wait to hear about the rest of your vacay!!

15 homecookedem July 6, 2009 at 2:40 pm

We went on a similar cruise for our honeymoon. Sooo much fun! πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing your pictures!!

16 Ally July 6, 2009 at 2:45 pm

Welcome back!! LOVE your blue & white dress–love, love, love!!

17 RunToFinish July 6, 2009 at 2:50 pm

yeahh welcome back and what a fun time!! my biggest reason for not wanting to do a cruise is just sitting around and eating, so you are proof it can be done healthy!

18 naturallyfrugal July 6, 2009 at 2:52 pm

I’m so jealous of all you east-coasters who go to the Bahamas – it’s so far for a Seattlite like me!
Can’t wait to see more pictures – love the blud bathing suit!

19 Sarah July 6, 2009 at 3:04 pm

Love your blue bikini!!! Is it JCrew? I’m looking for a new suit.

20 VeggieGirl July 6, 2009 at 3:16 pm

Welcome back from utter paradise, girl! πŸ˜€

21 jessica July 6, 2009 at 3:18 pm

Wow looks like you had a great time!!

I have that same dress! But in pink!! AND I wore in on Friday! πŸ™‚

22 Vanessa (Last Night's Leftovers) July 6, 2009 at 3:18 pm

Looks like a fantastic time!!! I love your dessert strategy of throwing half away before you even start eating – genius.

23 Whit July 6, 2009 at 3:29 pm

Aw so fun! Pools+chocolate=good times!

24 Sara July 6, 2009 at 3:40 pm

Oh man, your cruise looks SO FUN! I’ve never been on one, but I want to. My hubby and I are considering it for a vacation next year. Can’t wait to hear about the rest of it.

25 Quinn July 6, 2009 at 3:42 pm

Sounds like you had a great time! And the couple sitting next to you that night at dinner sounds like it made for a very awesome and somewhat alarming story πŸ™‚

26 Hangry Pants July 6, 2009 at 4:10 pm

You have a level of bathing suit bravery that I am fairly certain I have not had since I was 10. You are awesome. πŸ˜€

27 Matt July 6, 2009 at 4:31 pm

Sounds awesome so far!

28 zoe July 6, 2009 at 4:40 pm

Hi! I think we were on a similar cruise as you guys were. We were also going to the bahamas on royal caribbean but on a different ship for 4 nights. It was funny to see some of the foods you had that we had on our menu too! Looks like you had a great time! We did too!

29 HelpMeghanRun July 6, 2009 at 5:43 pm

Man, between you and Kath y’all are making me want to go on a cruise! πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to see more of the recap.

HelpMeghanRun.com

30 Susan July 6, 2009 at 5:46 pm

I’ve never been on a cruise ship before, I love the pics where you can see it. It’s freakin’ huge!! Looks like you guys had a great start to the trip, can’t wait to hear about the rest! πŸ™‚

31 ksgoodeats July 6, 2009 at 5:53 pm

Oh wow! That looks like a blast!! I’ve never been on a cruise so I love hearing about it πŸ™‚

32 Sarah July 6, 2009 at 6:30 pm

Blue bikini is even better than green!!! I am so glad you guys had such a blast!

33 Sarah July 6, 2009 at 7:37 pm

What a blast! You were living in fun central! I agree with Ms. LovIN up there, cute suit πŸ™‚

34 Niki July 6, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Looks like a ton of fun!! Looking forward to the rest of the cruise recap!

35 Leslie July 6, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Yeah for the special ice cream request!

36 roseyrebecca July 6, 2009 at 11:14 pm

I want to go on a cruise! That chocolate mousse looks so good!

37 kirsten July 7, 2009 at 8:26 am

you and derek are such a cute couple πŸ™‚ I’m glad you had fun on the cruise!

38 jocelyneatsfresh July 7, 2009 at 6:22 pm

looks good! When I was on the norwegian line..we didn’t have any set times to eat..we could come and go as we please..which i liked, but I know my parents have done the casual times..and they enjoyed eating later as well. The pumpkin soup sounds yummy! πŸ™‚

39 Anna March 7, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Whoa, I know I’m about 2 years late, but that color blue looks maaarvelous on you! I’ve just been blog hopping & think you’re awesome and so inspiring.

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