Our first stop after an exciting day on the ocean was Nassau, Bahamas. We spent some time going to jewelry shops haggling prices on diamonds. Turns out when people cruise they buy jewelry. The interesting thing about this phenomenon is that the prices are much higher than anywhere I have ever seen.
Our success story: We were able to haggle a .56 carat diamond with TERRIBLE quality and color down from $4,600 to about $1,600.
After we had some fun with the jewelers we decided to take a riverboat down stream a ways to visit the well known "Atlantis". We couldn't find the famous water park so we just wandered the gardens and the inside of the hotel. After awhile we stumbled upon an aquarium. And we noticed a HUGE sting ray inside ...
Here are a few pictures of the sting ray:
After wandering through the hotel we decided to head to the beach. Everything about the beach was amazing. The sand was so soft that as soon as we stepped onto it I had to take my shoes off to fully enjoy it. The water was perfect. Cool enough that it felt great after being in the humid hot sun but warm enough that I was never cold. If it hadn't been for our growling stomachs I think we could have stayed there forever.
Our favorite part of coming back to our room each night was the awesome towelnimals we had waiting for us on the bed. We even got to attend a quick presentation on how to make a few of them ... we tried it out when we got back and we just couldn't make our towels look like animals. (Ask Jay, he watched us try) So, if you ever happen to stay with us and you find a heap of a towel on your bed ... use your imagination because it's probably supposed to be a swan or an elephant or a sting ray or something else along those lines.
Our second day we stopped on a privately owned island called Coco Cay. It was REALLY fun. Even though it was raining that day we were still able to enjoy it because we were under water most of the time. Ben got to go snorkeling for the first time and he managed to get blisters on the outside of his feet from his flippers. He said it was worth it though and I agree. Ben is even looking into owning a private pool and putting coral reef in it in order to be able to snorkel every day.
Our last stop before heading back to port was Key West. We were warned to have an "open mind" about it. We never really figured out why. I think we just managed to avoid all the weird places. However, we did come across this awesome statue which made no sense to me but maybe it meant more once you'd gone through the museum it was in front of.
I don't have many pictures of our honeymoon because we left the charger to my camera battery home. Other than that though the honeymoon was perfect. Everything went just as planned and we were able to spend an amazing week relaxing after our few hectic months of planning.
My suggestion: If you ever need to take a break and relax ... a cruise is the way to go. It's cheap, you get fed an incredibly large amount of food (all you can eat, all the time), you get room service at any time of day for free, you never have to make your bed, you always have clean towels, you get some quality entertainment (not to mention not so quality entertainment), you get someone to "turn down your sheets" for you, and you get to better understand how much money you save if you don't drink alcohol.
Six thumbs up!