Cruise was A-Mazing — thanks again Ideal Shape and Voters!!!

Janet and I had an amazing time on the cruise.  Sorry it has taken me so long to post about our adventures.  First off, going on a cruise is something I NEVER would have attempted to do at my previous size. Yes I could have as I did see people bigger – but why would you want to when you really can’t participate in anything if you are so big – so I never would have.  But thanks to Ideal Shape – losing 193 pounds – I am living Life and loving it.  This is a prime time example of things I did that I NEVER would have been able to do.  (Kicker was the fact that I won the cruise via the Ideal Ship Shape Challenge – so that was so amazing and awesome all rolled into one.)

So here are the details… Freedom of the Seas – Royal Carribbean Cruise

Arrival Day (Day 1) :

We flew from Knoxville to Orlando (Delta) – then took the bus to Port Canaveral.

This was our first view of this massive ship

First Site of Cruise Ship - Copy Made it to Port Canaveral

So now we go through the check in process – relatively smooth.  As we are waiting for our room to be ready we see a Dolphin

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Before we set sail their was a mandatory SAFETY MEETING on deck 4 (I think it was deck 4).  I just had to take a quick picture even though they had just announced no electronics during the safety meeting (but my phone was already focusing on the shot so I took it – quick like)

Pre Cruise Safety Meeting

So now we are just trying to settle in – unpack and then EXPLORE this huge ship.  It was so pretty and very large…

Ideal Boost – CHECK !

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Oh I packed – Ideal Shape bars, Mocha Shake and Boost for my Cruise – I used the shakes and bars for a quick and healthy breakfast and the Boost throughout the day 🙂

Full Sail Day (Day 2):

In anticipation of not getting a lot of exercise in on a day we were going to lay out, I got up and got my jog in before Janet awoke (4.5 miles). And then had me a Mocha Ideal Shape Shake for breakfast.

Time for Breakfast

Since I figured we would be taking lots of pictures later in the cruise – I really didnt take any the first day.  We just layed out in the sun on the top deck (Deck 12) and enjoyed our drink package (lol).

Labadee, Haiti (Day 3): 

This is a private island (section of Haiti) that Royal Carribbean leases out – it was so pretty as you can see from the pictures below.  First we explored the island.  Then found a spot on the beach and just layed around.  Then we had the Cruise Buffet on island (salad and jerk chicken for me 🙂 ).  On this island our drink package worked – so we also enjoyed a few adult beverages – but the only frozen drink they had was called the Labadoozy – and it was GOOOOOODDDDDDD — (okay just letting everyone know  – usually I eat my calories and not drink them BUT this week was an exception)

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Returning to ship after a fun day in the sun :

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Such a beautiful place Labadee was…got back on ship – ate dinner – walked around promenade (pictures later) and then called it an evening – tomorrow will be a busy day..

Jamacia (Day 4):

This day was perfect.  Started a little rough because we had to be on land for excursion at 1030 am and we ported late (1015) and then I heard (as we were waiting in line to port) you must have passports or photo ID along with SeaPass – So I ran up 8 flights of stairs to get ours and raced back down.  I was a nervous wreck because of all excursions I had planned – this was the one we wanted the most.  All good – we arrived in plenty of time – whewwww.

First part of Excursion : Swim with Dolphins

First in Dolphin Cove we tasted Jamacian Booze – wow it was powerful – lol – then we walked through a bird aquarium (?) and then saw a Shark Show – funny…

         

Now we are about to SWIM WITH THE DOLHINS – This was so awesome – I can not really put in words so I will add the video we purchased and you will see why this was so amazing.

Dolphin KissDolphin Swim

That was really so much fun…hope you enjoyed watching the video.  This is a two part excursion – next up – Hiking up the Dunn’s River Falls

Second part of Excursion : Dunn’s River Falls

Okay this place is BEAUTIFUL.  At first we were told to hold hands (like a human chain) and well this did not work for me – or anyone else for that matter – people in front pulling – and people behind needing to be pulled – lol — so thankfully we were able to unchain — whew now it was enjoyable.  Very busy and crowded – Our guide was super nice and basically showed us the best way up the Falls.

Again a video of this adventure is attached below along with some pictures 🙂

Dunns River Falls Photo  Climbing the Falls - Dunns River

Janet haing fun on slide    Dunns River Water Slide lol

 

Dunns River Falls Photo   Dunns River Falls Personality Photo

Climbing the Falls - Dunns River

Video – I am having an issue with getting it onto YouTube – I will have to try to later…

After the Falls we took the bus back to the Port area…and we see goats on the side of the road…lol

Then we had about 30 minutes before we had to board and we did a little shopping – I bought a Hat and a shirt for David and Janet bought a hat and stuff for her daughter’s.

Now we board and well – it is time to go up to Deck 12 and visit the bartenders 🙂  😮

Boost in Jamaica - Yah Man - Copy

Jamacia was my FAVORITE port – would have loved to spend another day here….

Grand Cayman Island (Day 5):

First impression – besides the crystal blue water – this reminded me of a US beach resort – like Myrtle – very commercialized.

Okay this is a Port where the Big Freedom of the Seas has to anchor and boats (called Tender) were sent to ship and taken to land – not a big fan of this as it takes a lot of time.

Tender Boat - Cayman Islands    Tender to Cayman

Then we arrived on land and our excusion did not start for 3.5 hours – so we decided to go explore.  We took a taxi to a local resort beach and walked up and down the coast line – super pretty.

Janet - Cayman Island

Then we decided to walk back to port area – only about 2 miles – it was hot – but I enjoyed the walk.  Then we needed to get something quick to eat before the Swim with the Stingrays excursion – but I had a hard time finding something healthy – corn dogs and Fried Chicken sandwich pockets – ain’t gonna happen – BUT we saw a bar and I saw katchup and thought – maybe they have food – and yes they did.  We had only 15 minutes before we were suppose to be in line for the excursion…and I got a grilled chicken sandwhich with a salad as the side and Janet got a hot dog.  The Chicken sandwich and salad was amazing – but I had to eat it in a hurry (oh and I opted to only have a bite of the bun).  So now that we have scarfed down lunch we get in line for the next excursion…

Swiming with the Sting Rays Excursion in Cayman Islands:

The most sureal thing is being in the middle of the ocean and standing in waist deep water and the water is as blue as it could be.  I played with the sting rays and then hopped onto the boat so I could take a few pictures and a quick video –

Boat to Sting Rays

Boat to Sting Ray Island (as they called it)

Janet with Sting Ray - Copy Janet - with Sting Rays - Copy

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See the bright water - where some boats are - this is where we were - no land can be seen - so surreal to be standing waste deep in middle of Ocean

See the bright water – where some boats are – this is where we were – you can barely make out the land on the hoizon – so surreal to be standing waist deep in the middle of Ocean

Now we return to the port area and do a little more shopping – or that was the plan – but because of the Tender boats there were REALLY long lines – but luckily we ran into some friends we met on board the ship (they also went on the Dolphin adventure with us) and they let us cut in line – whew….so on board the ship we went – and yes I went to the 12th floor for my evening beverage or two – who’s counting – before diner 🙂

Oh my tomorrow will be the last port day – this has really gone by quick

Cozumel, Mexico (Day 6):

So the good news is we have an early excursion so that will leave the rest of the port time to SHOP in Cozumel – an adventure all of its own.

Three Reef Snorkle Excurion :

So we get on yet another boat and head out to go snorkeling – I will say the water is SOOO salty – you could feel it sticking to your body.  This was an amazing experience as well and yet another example of something I would not/could not have done before loosing the weight I lost.  The main reason – not because of the swimming, as to be honest most people float in this salt water anyway and I used to have a lots of floats (lol), but it the getting in and out of the boat – that would have not been possible – I promise – I couldnt use the ladder in my pool to pull myself out — anyway here are some pictures of the snorkeling excursion.

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After this excusion we went to the ship to shower (salt water) and eat luch then we headed back to Cozumel to go shopping.  Shopping was fun – we took a taxi to the end of the shopping area and walked back to port area.  We would go in a shop and they would want $75 for a blanket – but we would get it for $20 — You never paid what they wanted – if they didnt agree with your price – just walk out.  Example – at one place I saw a SeaHawks blanket (my Son loves the Sea Hawks) and they wanted $75 for it.  I said no I will pay $20 – they said $50 – I said no $20 – they said $30 best they could do – I walked out and the lady was hollering at me saying ok ok $20 I will take $$20 – Janet was still with her and she said the lady couldnt understand why I left and Janet said – “You made her mad” – the lady then said tell her I will take $15 – LOL — no I did not go back to get it – we found a better blanket at another shop and paid the $20 lol

I bought several items and did not spend much money – funny thing is so many of the stores were like – “Here have some Tequilla” I was like – no I drink on ship not in port – lol — I guess they figure if they got you drink you would spend more money???

Kelly Cozumel - Copy Janet - Cozumel - Copy

Anyway that was fun haggling in Mexico.  So now we board the ship and tomorrow (our last day) is a full sail day back to USA.

Full Sail Day (Day 7):

Another lazy day hanging out at the pool and enjoying the beverage package 🙂

Boost on Board - mixed nicely :)

Boost on Board – mixed nicely 🙂

Boost at Bar

Boost at Bar

Deck 12

Deck 12

Janet with my 2 Fav Bartenders

Janet with my 2 Fav Bartenders

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Stuff I did on Board :

Surfing  – too Cool – wish I had not waited to last day – but to be honest was worried I might hurt myself so waited to last day

Kelly on Surf Simulator on ship - Copy

Rock Climbing Wall – this was lots of fun – I did this on two different days.

Kelly Climbing Rock Wall

Kelly Climbing Rock Wall

Kelly Repelling Down

Kelly Repelling Down

Kelly Climbing Rock Wall Again

Kelly Climbing Rock Wall Again

Ice Show – pictures were really dark – sorry – amazing talent – ice skating show while ship is moving = talent

So Fun watching this Ice Show

So Fun watching this Ice Show

This lady was skating and jumping and everything with this hoop that hung from the top - wow

This lady was skating and jumping and everything with this hoop that hung from the top – wow

They changed often

They changed often

Inspiring

Inspiring

We also went to Carrieoke a couple of times and had big laughs.  Walked through Casino – but never gambled – huh surpised me — There were so many things to do – one could not possibly do it all.  I will leave with some parting photos.  Again I had a blast – Thanks again IDEAL SHAPE!!!!

 

Visitor in our Room

Visitor in our Room

Janet being Janet

Janet being Janet

Janet before Porting

Janet before Porting

Janet - Formal Diner Night

Janet – Formal Diner Night

Janet at Michael Klor - On Ship

Janet at Michael Klor – On Ship

Friends we made on board

Friends we made on board

Janet - Promenade

Janet – Promenade

Another Room Visitor

Another Room Visitor

Janet on ship

Janet on ship

Janet - Leaving Jamaican Port

Janet – Leaving Jamaican Port

Cozumel

Cozumel

Janet on ship

Janet on ship

Cows on ship

Cows on ship

Boost in Jamaica - Yah Man

Boost in Jamaica – Yah Man

Deck 11 - Movie screen and Pool

Deck 11 – Movie screen and Pool

On way to Snorkel

On way to Snorkel

Jamaica

Jamaica

Leaving Jamaica - Waiving to Bea

Leaving Jamaica – Waiving to Bea

First Day on Room Balcony

First Day on Room Balcony

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Pre Cuise Nails

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Helping me get balanced

Helping me get balanced

On my Own

On my Own

Deck 12

Deck 12

Kid's Pool Area

Kid’s Pool Area

Basketball Ball Court

Basketball Ball Court

One of many Hot tubs - and a view of Deck 12 above

One of many Hot tubs – and a view of Deck 12 above

Hot tub on Deck 11 - Live music on stage

Hot tub on Deck 11 – Live music on stage

Deck 11 - Deck 12

Deck 11 – Deck 12

Saw a Pirate ship in Cozumel

Saw a Pirate ship in Cozumel

Promenade

Promenade

Promenade

Promenade

On our way to Swim with Sting Rays

On our way to Swim with Sting Rays

Me acting goofy

Me acting goofy

Live Statue in Cozumel

Live Statue in Cozumel

Janet with my 2 Fav Bartenders

Janet with my 2 Fav Bartenders

Rock Wall Climbing

Rock Wall Climbing

Ideal Shape!!!!

Ideal Shape!!!!

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