On the third day of my family’s week at sea, our ship docked in Port Canaveral, Florida. We decided to stay on the ship this day because we felt comfortable staying by the pool rather than on the beach, which we would be doing the next two days. We sat on the top deck all day, I read my Anna Kendrick book, drank more Bahama Mamas, we watched the Men’s Sexy Legs contest (hilarious, by the way), and had a grand ole time soaking up the sun.
That night, we went to Le Bistro, which was a French cuisine restaurant on the main deck of the ship. I learned this night that I am not a fan of French food unless it is creme brûlée. Even still, it was nice to speak with our French waiter and listen to them yell “3,2,1, aye!” as they lifted the tops of our platters and revealed our meals. One thing about cruise ships is that they are never short of entertainment. By the time our meal was finishing it was 10pm and I could barely keep my eyes open. I know what you’re thinking, “Courtney you’re 21 shouldn’t you be clubbing at night or something?” I get it, I do, but I truly believe I am aging at twice the speed of a normal person and that my soul is at least 50 years old.
The next stop on this trip of a lifetime was in Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas. We got off the ship around 9am and took a ferry to the island. I am going to tell you now that the photos of the ocean in this post are not filtered. The water is the bluest I have ever seen and when I woke up that morning the Bahamas and saw the Caribbean ocean for the first time, my breath was taken away. The pictures on Google of this place do not lie. It is the most beautiful place I have ever laid my eyes on. When we got on the island, we walked through a mini straw market with souvenir stands at every turn. There was also a lunch buffet with outdoor seating and another bar.
Past all of this was the seating area where hundreds of rows of chairs lined up along the shore under the palm trees. The photos make the island seem crowded, but if you were one of the first ones off the ship like we were, finding a group of chairs was no problem and the day was incredibly peaceful.
Once my family and I found our chairs, the girls took a walk along the ocean and the boys went snorkeling. The water was almost the temperature of bathwater. It was just warm enough to where you could sit in it all day, but just cool enough for it to be refreshing in the 85 degree weather! Did I mention that there were maybe two clouds that covered the sun for five minutes out of the entire day? The weather is absolutely incredible in the Caribbean. My mom, sister, and I spent a majority of our day sun bathing in our chairs, and the other portion floating in the clear blue water. With the ship in the distance and the palm trees swaying in the breeze, I felt like I was sitting in a real life postcard.
Around 5pm we made our way back to our ship and watched the sunset as the ferry sailed away from Great Stirrup Cay. It would be less than 12 hours until the start of the literal best day of my life.
Here is a video of Great Stirrup Cay:
Thanks for reading! Tune in tomorrow night for the story of what I have declared the best day of my life!