Checking one more thing off my 30 before 30 list – No. 17 Go on a Cruise.

For our annual get-away-from-the-cold/Russell’s birthday trip, we went on a Caribbean cruise, leaving from Puerto Rico and going to St. Croix, St. Kitts, Dominica, Grenada, and St. Thomas. We had a wonderful time – snorkeling, hiking, beach laying, shopping, and eating way too much.

Ship

St. Croix

On our first stop, we got off the boat bright and early to walk around the island a bit, take some yoga/handstand pictures on the beach, and then go on a snorkeling tour to Buck Island.

St. Croix

St. Croix

StCroix

St. Croix

St. Kitts

We barely saw the island at all – but what a fun day! I shopped for jewelry, then got a massage and facial, and ended the day with lobster for dinner. Talk about spoiled!

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Dominica

Russell and I have been wanting to go to Dominica for a while now – so we were most excited for this stop on our cruise. And, it ended up being our favorite island too.

The day started with some rain – which resulted in a beautiful double rainbow over the ocean. Then, we loaded up in a van to go to a zip line and ropes course in the jungle. And our day ended with tubing down a river.

Most of my pictures from this day are on an undeveloped underwater disposable camera. But, here are a few from my camera and Russell’s phone.

Dominica

Dominica

Dominica

Grenada

The spice island. And the spices are awesome. As are the waterfalls.

We hiked Seven Sisters Waterfalls – which was way more treacherous than we thought it would be. It had rained that morning, so the paths were all mud. And very steep. But the waterfall at the end was gorgeous. And the swim was refreshing.

When we got back, the pier was very close to town, so we walked in for lunch and some sightseeing.

Grenada

Grenada

Grenada

St. Thomas

After our ropes course and hike, we were pretty exhausted in St. Thomas – even with a day at sea in between. So, we just meandered around town and then headed to a nearby beach to get some afternoon sun and a quick nap.

Then we headed back to the ship to enjoy some time together on our balcony, the sunset, and some champagne.

StThomas

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StThomas

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Puerto Rico

Our trip began and ended in San Juan. We flew in a day early and then had a late afternoon flight – so we got to explore San Juan a bit. I hadn’t ever been interested in vacationing in Puerto Rico but would definitely go back (or, ya know, buy a vacation home someday!)

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

 Puerto Rico

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