What an amazing week! Matt and I have been married for almost 8 months, but with school, work and moving we finally got to go on our honeymoon. It was a beautiful gift from Matt's parents. As a tradition Matt's parents plan and send each of their married children off to celebrate their marriage and love. For us it was a cruise to the Bahamas. And it was wonderful! To start things off Matt and I spent 2 days at the Broadmoor Hotel. It was where we had gone to dinner to celebrate our engagement last February. So for us it has so much emotional value. Not to mention it is a 5 star 5 diamond resort (one of only a few in the world) so it was a great way to kick things off. We enjoyed an absolutely one of kind lake suite, signed welcome card from the president of the Broadmoor and a lavish couples massage. After our stay there we caught a plane to Miami, and then boarded our cruise to the Bahamas. Our flight was filled with excitement as the whole mid west and east were being pounded with storms and snow. So one by one flights were being cancelled and airports shutting down. So our trip was halted in Dallas where we missed our connection to Miami (by only 20 min). So we found a hotel close to the airport and hunkered down for the night. Our bags however had a wonderful fight all the way to Miami! So with free toothbrushes from the hotel and no clean clothes our adventure had begun. Matt was tickled to discover our "layover hotel" had fresh popcorn and soda! The next day we flew with no problem to Miami and boarded our cruise ship " The Destiny". Food, Food and more Food was the theme of the night. A fantastic welcome show and lots of exploring the boat. Our favorite quote of the whole cruise (which was repeated by Amanda every time we entered the Lido deck) " NO SPEEDO'S ON THE LIDO!!" The comedy show was funny and light hearted.
ISLAND ONE: NASSAU
Famous for its resort Atlantis, it was quite an adventure. A white knuckled taxi ride on the wrong side of the road, accents that were hard to understand and masses of drunk tourists! The resort Atlantis was beautiful and breathtaking. The aquarium was our favorite, up close and personal with fish you'd only want to meet between glass! The history was interesting and the water was cool and rough. After LOTS of walking we re boarded the ship for a peaceful evening of hot tubs and all you can eat ice cream.
ISLAND TWO: HALF MOON CAY
GORGEOUS, MAGNIFICENT, BREATHTAKING!!!!!!!
Our favorite island of our trip, this crescent moon shaped island met all Caribbean expectations! From the aqored position of the ship it was more than an eyeful to behold. Beautiful white powder sand beach with perfect aqua blue water, calm and clear. everything you could imagine about a tropical paradise. A small boat met the ship and in several trips brought passengers to the island. We immediately met up with our guide for our aqua trax adventure. 2 hours of jet skiing around the island. The feeling of adrenaline for 2 hours is exhausting! Out in the deep water away from the safety of shore Amanda was on the hunt for sharks and anything else with teeth! Matt enjoyed crazy speed while turning circles and jumping any waves. I was surprised at how rough the deep sea is on such a little jet ski! After our excursionn we had an outdoor bbq lunch and headed to the beach. The water in the protection of the half moon was calm and beautiful. We spent the rest of the day floating, sunbathing and just enjoying each other.
ISLAND THREE: TURKS AND CAICOS
This was a unique island made up of many little islands. They only one allowed to be toured is the main island called Grand Turk. Made Famous for Margaritaville and the landing of one of the us space pods. Unlike Half Moon Cay, this island is home to 5000 native residents and the only prison in the Bahamas. It was also devastated by a hurricane in 2008. There was lots of history there and lots of wild horses and donkeys. We took a very fun excursion around the island while driving dune buggies-on the wrong side of the road!!!!! It is under British government. It was quite the experience driving there! The beach was quite rocky and crowded ( an 8ft tiger shark had also been spotted) so we opted to go to margaritaville. It was a rockin place and the music and pools were great. Midway through we found ourselves in a massive down poor and raced to the boat drenched! We spent the rest of the night eating, hot tubbing and of course watching Auborn vs Oregon in the casino lounge. Whoo that was one hot game and the ship's guests were quite divided!
LAST DAY AT SEA:
One whole day and night to return to Miami. Matt and I took a health class in the gym, Matt entered the "hairy chest contest", we napped, hot tubbed and well....it was our honeymoon! We had tons of fun, made some friends, found a deeper love for each other and made memories that will last forever!
Matt and Amanda