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St. John

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Lookout Point from Lind Point Trail

Though our cruise stopped at St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, we decided to go on an excursion to St. John since we had never been there before. It was about a 30 minute boat ride from St. Thomas to St. John. While that may sound like a long time for some, the boat ride was enjoyable in itself since you get to see the islands along the way.img_6984

Once we got to the island, we went on a guided hike on the Lind Point Trail with a small group of people. I really did not know what to expect from the hike and usually we just go to a beach or sightseeing, but we decided to try something different and go on a hike to the beach instead this time. One of the highlights was getting to see wild donkeys along the trail! The hike was about a mile long one way and I would say medium in difficulty since there were some hills and a few rocky areas.

 

The hike lead us right to Honeymoon Beach which was absolutely beautiful and not very crowed at all which is always a plus. We got to spend some time at the beach and swam in the crystal clear water.

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After, we took a short walk through a nearby resort where a taxi took us back to the boat to return us to our ship. The entire experience was great from the boat ride, the hike, and Honeymoon Beach, which I think may be on the top of my list of favorite beaches now. I would defiantly recommend doing something a little different if you get the chance while traveling, it might just end up being one of the highlights of your trip.

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8 Tips for Cruising

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During the past few years of cruising, I have slowly learned a few things that have helped me before and during a cruise. Here are the 8 tips I’ve come up with so far to get the most out of cruising: 

  1. Have important documents ready to go. It seems that no matter what, there is always one person who forgets to print out luggage tags. Make it a priority to print out luggage tags as well as any needed documents before you even pack. It’s a lot better to do it before hand then having to rush and do it at a hotel. 
  2. Don’t over pack. What I like to do is look at the itinerary for the week and make a list of the number of days labeling them as day at sea or port day. This way I can see what I need, instead of just throwing everything I own in my suitcase. I also like to list the number of nights so am sure to have enough dinner/evening outfits. I usually plan a outfit per night then take one or two extra. This prevents me from over packing, but still allows me to have a few extra choices once I’m there.
  3. Take advantage of packing cubes. Packing cubes really do help to organize and fit more into your suitcase. I also like them because it makes unpacking in your cabin a lot easier. The packing cubes I got from Amazon also came with a bag for dirty laundry. It’s good to have a bag like this to throw all your dirty clothes into so they can stay in one place and then you worry about it when you get home.
  4. Don’t forget essential items. Sunscreen is extremely important to take and though you don’t want to over pack, make sure to have enough. There isn’t a CVS or Target on the ship and most essential items like sunscreen, toothpaste, or Advil are always overpriced on the ship. In my opinion, it’s better to have an extra bottle of sunscreen than to run out halfway through your cruise.
  5. Pack an extension cord.  Ship cabins can be limited when it comes to outlets. Usually there is only one per room, so taking an extension cord will allow you to have more spaces to plug things into. This way you can make sure all of your cameras and phones are charged. This is especially helpful if you have more than two people per room.
  6. Keep all documents in one place.  When you are boarding your ship, it’s a good idea to have all your documents ready and in one place. This way you go through the boarding process as quick as possible. We usually keep ID’s, boarding passes and any other documents we need in an envelope so that it is all together and ready to go instead of having to search in your bag for them. 
  7. Get up early on port days.  I find that getting up early on port days has its benefits. It allows you to beat some of the crowd and gives you the most time while at the port. And even if you end up spending only a few hours off the ship and come back early, you get to come back to a mostly empty ship since most people will still be off exploring. I think port days are also a great time to use the ships pool or any areas that are usually packed with people on sea days.
  8. Learn quick hairstyles.  Ok, so this one may seem silly to some, but the first cruise I went on I spent way too much time messing with my hair and trying to get it to look good. And even when I got my hair looking perfect, I would go outside and the wind and humidity would ruin the masterpiece I just spent so long creating. Since then, I have taught myself to do different braids and up-dos. I save so much time and frustration by incorporating simple French braids and buns throughout the cruise. So if you have uncontrollable hair like me, then consider learning some fun new hairstyles that will keep you hair all in one place and also save you time getting ready. 
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ROAD TRIP

Flashback to the summer of 2015 when my mom and I were asked to go on a road trip with my aunt and cousin. My cousin was going to New Mexico to work for the summer and they had decided to make a trip out of it. In just a little over a week, we drove through and visited 10 states. Our plan was to drive to Las Vegas then circle back to New Mexico, while hitting other spots along the way. Though we made so many stops and I have a ton of pictures I could go through, here are just a few of the stops we made along the way.

We spent some time in Arches National Park in Utah. It was really cool and different from anything I have ever seen. Any of the National Parks we visited I could have spent a whole day at. One downfall was being on a time limit, since we had to be in New Mexico by a certain day and time. I would suggest checking and researching beforehand when parks close and planning out your time. We just sort of went for it and missed out on a few parks because of not planning ahead.

Then we had made it to Las Vegas. We spent the night there then woke up and just explored the area. We did play a few slot machines, but didn’t have much luck. After spending the first half of the day at Las Vegas, we made sure to get a picture with the famous Las Vegas sign then traveled to the Hoover Dam.

Once it started to get dark, we headed towards the Grand Canyon taking Route 66 and stopping at a few places along the way. The next morning after spending some time in the town we stayed at, we made our way to the Grand Canyon. This was probably my favorite stop during the entire trip. We got to spend most of the day their hiking and seeing different parts of the canyon.

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The Grand Canyon

Before dropping off my cousin we spent some time in Santa Fey, then we dropped him off and headed home. I got to see so much on this trip and I am so thankful I got to go. I also want to mention the few silly stops we made that turned into an obsession or maybe you can even call it a game for the entire trip. While driving through Illinois, we saw a sign not only for the World’s Largest Golf Tee, but also the World’s Largest Wind Chime! So we got off to see them as a joke, but ended up finding more and looking up other Worlds Largest. Here’s some of the “Worlds Largest” that we found…

 

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HALF MOON CAY IS BAE

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One of my favorite places that I have cruised to is Half Moon Cay. It’s located in the Bahamas and is perfect. What’s there? Pretty much nothing but sand and a crystal clear ocean. We cruise through Carnival and I know not many, if any, other cruise lines go to Half Moon Cay. Carnival offers a few excursions, but if you love laying on the beach and swimming in the ocean, then you don’t really need to book one in my opinion.

While at Half Moon Cay, I do recommend getting off the ship ASAP. Being the first ones on the island gives you a chance to see it before it’s crowded with the rest of the people from your ship. It also allows you to get the best seats, since beach chairs are already put out and ready to go.

Half Moon Cay has been my favorite port, even though it’s just basically a beach. So far, it has been the most beautiful place and beach that I have been to.