It might be a little cliché, but one of my favorite vacations has to be when my husband and I went on our first vacation together as a married couple, our honeymoon. Right after the wedding ceremony and reception, Devon and I drove the approximate four and a half hours to Galveston. That night we stayed at a quaint bed and breakfast that was called the Mermaid and the Dolphin. The Mermaid and the Dolphin was once the Texas Governor’s Summer Mansion.
It is located ten blocks from Galveston’s beach, and built around 1866. Our room was so big and lovely with wooden floors, an old fireplace, a huge bed and an old-fashioned bath. We even had a Jacuzzi on our back balcony! I wouldn’t have minded staying there the whole honeymoon because it was so nice! The only problem with that was there is hardly anything to do in Galveston itself, so it was a good thing we had other plans! We only stayed in the bed and breakfast one night, and woke up mid-morning for the complimentary breakfast. It was just a five-minute drive to where we left our car while we were on the Carnival Magic cruise to Florida and the Bahamas. This was my first cruise ever and I hope not the last.
I don’t think I’ve ever been so spoiled in my entire life. We had free, endless food all day every day for starters. Every meal was buffet style with so much variety. When it wasn’t officially a meal time, there were still a handful of food stations open almost 24-7 for snacking all throughout the day. I remember some nights Devon and I would grab some pizza from the pizza station, take it back to our room and watch movies late into the night on our big comfortable bed.
Besides eating, something that we really enjoyed doing was going to the comedy shows that they put on every night on deck. Just like the food, this entertainment was always free. We tried going to every comedy show that was available, except for the ‘adult’ shows. Devon and I tried to go to one of the adult shows once, and left five minutes into it because the profanity and vulgarity was so horrible. The kid friendly shows were hilarious!
Our first stop on the cruise was in Key West, Florida. We went on a guided Hemingway House tour around the city. Our tour guide reminded me of Tom Hanks for whatever reason! It was a fascinating tour, especially because of the fact that I majored in English. Key West was a beautiful town, filled with old-fashioned buildings and palm trees. It was so interesting to be in Hemingway’s home too. Devon would tell you his favorite part was all of the six-toed cats.
Our second stop was in Freeport, Bahamas. We didn’t go on a tour or anything on this stop. Instead we slept in, took our time with breakfast and went ashore later in the afternoon. All we did was looked around all the little “tourist-y” shops before going back on the ship.
Our third stop was Nassau, Bahamas where we went snorkeling with a group of other people from the cruise. It was a little bit of a disappointment because we didn’t see that many fish and the coral reefs weren’t very colorful or alive. It was fun to get in the clear, blue water. The boat ride out was enjoyable too, and it was nice to get off the ship for a couple of hours.
Our honeymoon cruise was one of my favorite vacations for several reasons. First, it was my first cruise ever and I loved it! I was spoiled and now I have cruise fever. Second, it was my first vacation with my husband. It will be the first of many vacations together. It was special to be able to spend so much time focusing on just being together without any responsibilities. Our time away together was so sweet, and I will never forget it if I live to be 100.