The main reason for this cruise was to get together and have a burial at sea for Ken's grandfather that passed away last year at 103. His wish was to have his ashes spread at sea. The cruise line really did a great job in orchestrating this, and we got a private tour of the off limit areas when we walked to the so called "mourning deck" where the ashes were let go off. Then all the blood relatives dropped a white rose in the ocean. It was a very nice ceremony and I think he would have been happy! :-)
We had a great time on our cruise. It will probably take some time to process all that we did and saw. The ship itself, Allure of the Seas, was a destination. The largest cruise ship in the World. SO much to do, so many great things to experience! The shows! Wow! The quality was outstanding, they even had a full Broadway production of Chicago!
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line has teamed up with Dreamworks to give the younger cruisers and the once young at heart, an interactive experience with characters from all their different movies such as Madagascar and Shrek. They also show 3D movies from their big playlist, such as The Hobbit and others.
The FOOD! Oh my goodness... How I managed to only gain 1 lb I have no idea, for it seemed we were eating something left and right. Ken and I had the chance to visit the fanciest dining venue onboard, 150 Central Park. This was an Amazing experience for sure! I Instagrammed the entire meal, so for anyone interested in seeing that amazing meal, check me out on Instagram under SWEFLO.
For our stops we had Haiti, Jamaica and Mexico. Haiti was very beautiful with its high mountains and tropical, lush atmosphere. From what I have heard, most of the island is however deforested and not as lush as to what we experienced. We spent the day mainly on the beach here, relaxing.
In Jamaica we took a taxi from the port in Falmouth to Montego Bay, about 20 minutes away. It was interesting to see a bit of the area outside of the city. Very poor and in bad shape, but at least all the droves of GOATS we saw running around loose looked happy!
We spent the day at an all-inclusive resort with a water park all day. It was heavenly and we had a very nice day.
Our last but also our favorite spot was however Cozumel, Mexico. We have been here before, so we kind of had already toured the island. This time we took a taxi to their famous Marine National Park, Chankanaab. The water around this island is so clear and it is considered one of the best places to dive. At Chankanaab there is no real beach, rather you climb down from the rocks directly into deep water ... and you are SURROUNDED by wildlife immediately! Wow! It was like being in an aquarium for sure. Sarah absolutely LOVED it! At some spots it was 20-30 feet (6-9 m) deep, but it was so clear it was not scary at all.
We did so much so I think I will just show the highlights in pictures and videos (you can click on the pictures to make them bigger):
Small clip from one of the Dreamworks parades, this one called the Move it! Move it! parade.
Ken and Sarah, we just arrived in Haiti
We were in a beautiful cove, surrounded by mountains
Sarah and I with the mountains in the background
Now we are in Jamaica. The waterpark at the resort had a swim up bar, which was great!
Ken and I with Pina Coladas in hand
The beach was not so nice in Jamaica, this was at the resort we were at, Hilton Rose Hall
Sarah and I at the very back of the ship, watching the wake.
Sarah and her aunt Karen waiting for the not so kid friendly The Quest to start, an adult scavenger hunt of sorts. It was fun!
Sarah diving at Chankanaab, Mexico
Our spot for the day at Chankanaab
I got an awesome drink at Chankanaab... Sarah liked the look of it!
Saw a nice Trunk fish bottom, left
There were lots of Sea fans, I especially liked the purple once.
Ken surrounded by fish
There were fish everywhere!
No wonder Chankanaab is so popular among snorkelers...
A lagoon behind the area where we were sitting
We found this huge iguana wandering around the lagoon
Waiting for a taxi to leave Chankanaab.
Sarah and I went to a GLOW party...
Sarah and her favorite, Puss in Boots!
Sarah and Po from Kung Fu Panda
They had the cutest vacuum cleaners named Henry on the ship!
In Central Park
In Central Park
Here we are at a Cirque du Soleil type of show called Blue Planet
What did we do our last night? We hung in the Jacuzzi!