Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Ports of Call

Things I Recommend Doing or Seeing in the Ports:

Antigua: Nelson's Dockyard

Aruba: Alto Vista Chapel. Lighthouse, Rock Formations, and the Natural Bridges.

Barbados: Sunbury Plantation, Gun Hill, The Rocks at Bathsheba, and St. John's Church.

Belize: Altun-Ha Mayan Ruins

Calica: Shopping in Cancun.

Cabo San Lucas: Whale Watching during the winter months.

Costa Maya: Shopping

Cozumel: El Cedral, Punta Sur, Shopping, and Tulum.

Curacao: Seaquarium with Dolphin Show.

Grand Cayman: Amphibious Bus, Hell, Stingray City, and Turtle Farm.

Grand Turk: Her Majesty's Prison, Lighthouse

Key West: Duval Street

Martinique: Shopping

Maui: Lahaina, Haleakala Crater

Nassau: Atlantis, Flea Market.

Oahu: Ala Moana Shopping Center, Aloha Tower, Disney’s Aulani Resort, Dole Plantation, Pali Lookout, Paradise Cove Luau, Pearl Harbor, Polynesian Cultural Center, Waikiki Beach.

Ocho Rios: Enchanted Gardens, Dunn's River Falls.

Puerta Vallarta: Shopping.

Progreso: Shopping in Merida.

Roatan: Gumbolinda Park to see Monkeys, Jolly Roger Catamaran, West End

San Juan: Old Town, Walkway of US Presidents, Fort, Rainforest.

St. Kitts: Sugar Train.

St. Lucia: Catamaran to Pitons, Marigot Bay, Roseau Valley Banana Plantation.

St. Maarten: Shopping.

St. Thomas: Coral World, Trunk Bay.

Tortola: Bomba shack, Cane Garden Bay, Capoon's Bay, Carrot Bay, Smuggler's Cove

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Thanksgiving

My nephew, Coen loves our Thanksgiving porch greeters and call them his babies.





















On Thanksgiving, we made cinnamon apples, cheese and walnut jello, Turkey, Italian rice stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, chip dip, rolls, and veggie dip.

On Friday, we went to the City Creek Center:


























My Niece and Nephew got to sit on Santa's lap and tell him what they wanted for Christmas.








































We ate dinner at a restaurant at Gallivan Center and watched the ice skaters:




















It was opening night for The Lights at Temple Square:







































My niece, Neve got to go up the temple stairs and knock on the door.






















My nephew, Coen and my mom:






Coen took some selfies with my phone:

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Carnival Vista

On Saturday, we flew to Ft. Lauderdale with a layover in Denver.  We stayed at the Comfort Inn and Suites in Ft. Lauderdale.   It was pouring rain from Tropical Storm Phillippe.  We went and ate at Miami Subs.



On Sunday, we boarded the Carnival Vista in Miami.  Our Cruise Director was Steven Schwartz.  Our cabin is on deck 8.  We went to High Seas Karaoke, Gender Showdown, and the Welcome Aboard show.  We listened to the band play Golden Oldies.

















































I made this decoration for our cabin door, out of jewelry organizer.



On Monday, we had a day at sea.  We went and watched the disco dance class and the shopping talk.  I played Friends Trivia.  We ate lunch at Guy's BBQ and Seafood Shack.   It was a our first formal night. The waiters danced to Celebration from Kool and the Gang.  The show was Studio VIP, which featured Disco music.  We listened to the band play Motown songs.































On Tuesday, we docked in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.  We went shopping.  It was also Halloween.  My Costume was Hermione from Harry Potter.  We went and saw the comedian, Scotty K.  We listened to the band play Acoustic Jams.  The show was Love and Marriage and there was a surprise engagement.









































































On Wednesday, we sailed to Grand Cayman.  We took the Amphibious Bus tour, which a bus that goes on land and sea.  We got to feed the fish and had a nice stop at Seven Mile Beach.   It was our second formal night.  We listened to the string quartet in the atrium.  The waiters danced to I Gotta Feeling by the Black Eyed Peas.  The show was Flick, which was movie songs with magical special effects.  Dad and I went and watched the movie, Arrival, on the big screen.












































































On Thursday, we docked in Cozumel. We went shopping.  The show was America Rocks!  Dad and I learned the Thriller dance.  We got free neon bracelets as our prizes.  The Deck party was 80's Rock and Glow.































































On Friday, we had a day at sea.  We ate breakfast in the dining room.  We went to the Q & Awesome with the cruise director.  We went to the shops one last time.  We watched the Hairy Chest competition.  We went to the VIFP party.  We went and saw the comedian, Scotty K again.  At dinner, our waiters surprised me with a birthday cake and sang to me.  The show was Lip Sync Battle.  We went and watched 80's Trivia with Schwartz.


















































On Saturday, we disembarked the ship in Miami.  We stayed at the Doral Inn and Suites in Doral, close to Miami Airport.  We went to the Sawgrass Mills Mall.  We ate dinner at Chevy's Fresh Mex.  We drove to South Beach and saw the Vista was still in port at 9 pm.
















On Sunday,  We drove down to Key Largo and went to Shell World.  We ate dinner at Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza.  We drove past Carnival Headquarters.































On Monday,  it was my birthday.  It was also the 25th  anniversary of my Grandpa Blaine's death.  We stayed at the Super 8 in Dania.  We went to Miami International Mall and drove past South Beach.  The Carnival Victory and Sensation were in port.  We ate dinner at Kelly's Landing in Ft. Lauderdale.































 On Tuesday, we flew home with a layover in Denver.