Friday, March 31, 2017

BC10: Part 3


After Amber Cove, we stopped at St. Thomas, USVI. We were supposed to dock at 11 A.M., but rain and wind from the previous night delayed us to 12:15. After getting off the ship, we took a Skyride to Paradise Point.



Later, we took a taxi to Magen's Bay where we relaxed and read on the beach or cooled off in the water. That evening, Madison and I went to Hasbro, The Game Show, an interactive game show with audience contestants, which was lots of fun.



The following morning, we woke up in San Juan, Puerto Rico. We didn't have an excursion planned, but after walking off the dock a guy offered a $10 bus tour and we took him up on his offer. The first place we stopped was a beautiful beach; then, we drove past the beautiful capital building that faces the ocean and a statue that appears to be flipping the bird. Finally, we stopped at one of the forts and the oldest cemetery in the new world before heading back to Old San Juan.




In Old San Juan, we did lots of shopping, got pictures with tropical birds, and ate lunch at the Parrot Club. After lunch, we did more shopping, then headed back to the ship for reading and card games.

BC10: Part 1/ Part 2
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Friday, March 24, 2017

BC10: Part 2


The first full day on the ship was a Fun Day at Sea, meaning that we weren't stopping at a port. My room slept in a bit and opted to go to the breakfast buffet around 10:30am. Shortly after, we headed to Dave's Slot Pull in the casino. I blogged about the slot pull before, but essentially, everyone puts in $20 and the group plays on one machine (everyone plays three times) splitting the final earnings. This time, the very last person who went won lots of money and everyone ended up getting $38 back. Near the end of the slot pull, my mom took my sister to Camp Ocean and met Madison and me in the library afterwards where we played a few card games.



Around one p.m., Madison and I picked my sister up from camp and took her to the arcade to play a few claw games and air hockey. My parents and grandma met us there and we went to lunch on the Lido deck. After lunch, my grandma, Madison, and I went to see Clue: the Murder Mystery (pictures above). This was very cool and the actors did amazing! At this show they introduced the characters from the classic game of clue and their motive for murdering Mr. Boddy. During events throughout the cruise they would give clues to eliminate characters, weapons, and places and at the end of the cruise if you guessed the person, weapon, and place correctly you could win a prize. We actually sat in the front row, so we could see all the characters really well and Mr. Boddy was right in front of us. Following Clue: the Murder Mystery was a game of Bingo and the first clue reveal.

After Bingo, we went back to our room and played cards and read until it was time to get ready for dinner; then, we read and played cards again after dinner.



The following morning we arrived in Amber Cove, Dominican Republic! We met our excursion group in the lobby at 8 A.M. and got off the ship about thirty minutes later. The dock is kinda long, so my dad and grandma took a ride instead (see right). We walked to the tour bus and met our main guide, Felipe. Then, we drove through a few towns and alongside a beautiful waterfront before going to the hotel district. We deboarded the bus at one hotel and walked down an alley to the beach. Then, we took a mini boat out to meet the boat for the excursion.




Once on the boat, we drove across the ocean for about two hours (it went by so quick) and Felipe got us drinks before we stopped at a several snorkeling sites. The snorkeling equipment was provided on the excursion and we got to see so many cool fish in the water. After snorkeling, we stopped at a beach and had lunch and did a little shopping, then, took a bus back to port. Before going back to the ship, we stopped and got pictures by this cool Amber Cove sign (below). When we got back to our room they were delivering chocolate covered strawberries to all the blogger's rooms (YUM!). That night was also the first of two formal nights on the cruise. Overall, the excursion was so cool and Amber Cove was one of my favorite stops this cruise!


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Friday, March 17, 2017

BC10: Part 1


Looks like it that time of year again! Last year, I introduced Bloggers Cruise 9 (BC9) and have been posting about it for about a year now (I'm a busy person & kept forgetting to finish it, sorry!). You can check out the first post for more information on what a Bloggers Cruise is and without further ado we're gonna jump right into Blogger's Cruise 10 (BC10). 

BC9 was exciting for me because it was my first time being a blogger and I was so excited to share all my experiences here on the blog, even if it took me literally forever. On the other hand, BC10 was ten times more exciting because we were visiting Amber Cove, Dominican Republic, a place I've never been before and because my best friend, Madison, and my grandma, who we nicknamed Trish, were joining my family on this trip!



Our trip started on February 3, 2017, in Michigan. My grandma spent the night and Madison got dropped off in the morning and then we were on our way to the Detroit Metropolitan Airport to catch our early morning flight. We had a brief layover at the Baltimore-Washington Internation Airport before flying to Fort Lauderdale. After arriving in Ft. Lauderdale, we got a rental car and drove to my cousin's house for a quick visit followed by a drive to our hotel in Miami. We dropped our bags in our room, then drove to the local Olive Garden where our Blogger's group was having a group dinner. 




The following morning, we got ready and headed to the embarkation terminal. My parents reached Platinum level on this cruise, meaning we could enjoy the perks of boarding early (we boarded around 11:30) and having our rooms ready for us upon boarding, among other things. After boarding, we immediately went to our rooms and dropped off our carry-on bags and checked out the view from our balcony. Madison, my Grandma, and I were all in one room and my parents and sister were in the room next to us. We didn't have a connecting door in our rooms, but our balconies opened to create a longer balcony that we could share and gave us access to each other's rooms.

Port of Miami
View from balcony

Next, we headed to the Lido deck for Guy's Burgers followed by some ice cream. After lunch, we headed back to our rooms and everyone's luggage had arrived at the door except mine, so they began to unpack. Later, Trish; Madison; my sister, Bella; and I all went to play mini golf by the whale tail and I got a hole-in-one twice! Since we were unfamiliar with the ship, we decided to go down to Deck 5 and walk through it and familiarize ourselves with our new surroundings. From Deck 5, we walked down to Deck 4 and visited the library. Bella really wanted to play Candyland, so Madison and I played one quick game, which Bella won. Then, we were joined by a family friend, Anna, and the four of us played Sorry! together until it was time for the Muster drill.


Once we were released from the Muster drill, we went back to our room and my luggage had finally arrived! We spent time unpacking the rest of our luggage, then we got ready for dinner and John Heald's Welcome Aboard party. After the party we headed straight to dinner since we had early dinning (6 p.m.) and met the people we'd be eating with for the duration of our cruise. Later that night, we got a deck of cards from the concierge desk and taught my grandma how to play the card game BS. We also played Go Fish, but after debating on the rules several times, we banned playing that game for the rest of the trip.

Muster Station H
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Thursday, March 2, 2017

BC9: Part 7



25-26 February 2016
Days 6-7
Cozumel, Mexico & Return Home

The last port on BC 9 was Cozumel, Mexico! We had planned to go the Passion Island, but it was extremely windy that day so all excursions with boats had to be cancelled. As a back up, we planned to go to a nearby beach that we've visited before, but after getting off the ship and walking around we thought it was too cold to go in the water anyways. We briefly shopped at the stores that are right off the ship's dock. After we decided that it was too cold to go swimming we headed back to the ship to change out of our bathing suits. For a while, the ships gangway (what's used to get off the ship) had to be closed because another ship was docking, but when it reopened my parents and sister got off the ship to do more shopping in the market area and I elected to stay on the ship and read.



After finishing my book, I realized that I had left my sail & sign card in my room and had no way of getting into my room to get another book to read, so I wandered around the ship until I found a game of trivia in the lobby that I participated in, followed by a game of charades. Eventually, I went back to the room and knocked on the door, hoping that my family was back and they would open and they were.


That night, we packed all of our belongs and the following morning we got on a plane to take us first to Nashville, TN, then, back to Detroit, MI. 



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