February 18, 2020
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Miami, Florida

Miami is an international city at Florida’s southeastern tip. Its Cuban influence is reflected in the cafes and cigar shops that line Calle Ocho in Little Havana. On barrier islands across the turquoise waters of Biscayne Bay is Miami Beach, home to South Beach. This glamorous neighborhood is famed for its colorful art deco buildings, white sand, surfside hotels and trendsetting nightclubs.

2019- Grand Turk

Monday, May 27 – Memorial Day We arrived in Grand Turk on time, and we sat on the balcony and watched us pull into port next to the Carnival Conquest. I had a friend sailing on the Conquest so I took some pictures of her ship for her. I never saw her in port though. We have been to Grand Turk a septillion times and usually rent a golf cart through Karib. They...

2019- Carnival Magic

To read Monday-Friday (Pre-cruise, click the link below) 2019- Ft. Lauderdale Saturday, May 25th It’s here!! Embarkation Day!! We booked this cruise on January 29, 2019 directly with Carnival (we won’t use travel agents) We woke up around 8am to get ready. It didn’t take too much to get ready since I had gotten everything together the night before...

2019- Curaçao

Thursday, May 30 We are due to arrive in beautiful Curaçao at 8am. We woke up and went to the main dining room in Southern Lights to eat a quick breakfast before debarking the ship. We sat on the balcony after breakfast and watched us dock in port. The gangway finally opened, and we were able to get off of the ship. We usually book something through the locals when...

2019- Aruba

Wednesday, May 29 We had a full day in Aruba today. We arrived and debarked at around 10am. I had not been to Aruba before, but it was an easy debarkation process. As soon as we got out of the terminal there were taxis waiting to take people where they needed to go. We really wanted to go to Flamingo Island, so I contacted Marriott to see how we needed to do this. We...

2019- Half Moon Cay (Little San Salvador Island)

Sunday, May 26 Despite the spelling, this island is pronounced Half Moon Key. This is our favorite island ever, and it’s not even in the Caribbean! The Bahamas are horrible but honestly Half Moon Cay is amazing. We had to be in the theater early that morning for our priority tendering to the island. At Half Moon Cay, you have to take a tender from the ship to...

2019- Ft. Lauderdale

To read the previous day, click the link below 2019- Raleigh Wednesday, May 22 We woke up at 4:15 this morning since we had to catch the 5am shuttle. I always take a morning shower, so I got up, showered and got dressed. We grabbed our luggage and headed downstairs to catch our shuttle. The shuttle driver was right on time, and we loaded up with 1 other couple and...

2019- Raleigh

Monday, May 20 It’s close to Memorial Day so that means it’s time for us to cruise! This was a long anticipated trip for us, since we hadn’t sailed in almost 9 months. It was killing us. We were leaving Tuesday morning so Monday night it was time to pack, and get ready to get the party started! Tuesday, May 21 We were going to pick up the boys from...

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Day 1 We slept in a little this morning since we were in no hurry. We woke up and loaded the car to head north. I didn’t want to go. I love Key West. The car was loaded and north we headed. We ended up stopping at an IHop in Marathon for breakfast. I hate Ihop but everyone was hungry. The service and food was okay, again, it’s Ihop. The weather was still nice and...

Key West, Florida

Day 1 We got on Florida Turnpike and south to the Keys we went! We stopped in Islamorada at Robbie’s so my kids could feed the tarpon and we could stretch our legs. It was about $20 for 3 buckets of fish so we could go out on the dock and feed the tarpon. This was fun, my youngest really enjoyed it. Be cautious when you go here because the pelicans are very...

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Again we had an excursion booked. This time it was the Old San Juan City & Fortress tour through Island Marketing. We went ahead and booked a private tour, which was nice because it was just us. There was a hiccup in the beginning because there were two people from Island Marketing contacting me, which was a bit confusing. Finally our driver arrived in a black...