Here we are on our way on the Village Tour bus taking us to the Woodlands north of Houston.
John, Me, Korey, and Susie met up with my friend Lisa and her husband the night we arrived north of Houston in the Woodlands. Our bus tour and Village Tours Cruises included an overnight stay at a hotel in the Woodlands. Lisa and her husband just happened to be near there, so they were able to meet us at the Guadalajara restaurant that was walking distance from our hotel. We are still talking about how good the food and company were.
Our Liberty of the Seas ship, waiting for us in the harbor at Galveston.
Susie and me playing a little miniature golf waiting for our luggage to be delivered to our rooms.
I don’t even remember the last time I played miniature golf, but Susie and I had lots of fun playing and I do believe it’s the best I have ever played.
Our first moments on the ship. I kind of look like the Statue of Liberty with that palm tree sticking out of the top of my head. LOL
Here is a picture looking towards the door of our cabin, just behind the mirror was the tiny bathroom. The cabins reminded me of a camper.
Some of the people that I talked to about going on the cruise, said that they never see pictures of the cabins. So, I decided to take a few. Here was our bed, and I can say that I slept like a baby each night.
This was my first dinner in the formal dining room and I chose the salmon. I enjoyed it very much.
Here’s one of John’s meals of fish. He liked everything on this plate except the mussels.
This was my first breakfast on the ship. I loved that I got to watch the ocean while I dined.
John’s first breakfast in the formal dining room, consisted of fresh figs. I was very surprised that I kind of liked them. Of course when I think of figs, I think of those fig newton cookies that I don’t care for.
This was the beautiful Promenade, where they had all the shops. I loved the see through bridge and the beautiful winding staircases.
Our view from our first time on the 12th deck in the adult swimming area.
This is our first time to sit out on the sundeck of the adult swimming area. It was great. I even did a little crocheting while I sat there.
This was our view of the back of the boat while we ate our very first lunch on the ship.
I loved this picture that Susie took of me. I love how she captured me relaxing, since I don’t seem to do that as much as I should. 🙂
Our first time in the hot tub and remember I am scared of heights and this thing was sticking out over the side of the ship on the 12th deck.
One of my co-workers said that they wanted to see me sitting back enjoying one of those drinks with one of those little umbrellas in it. So I had to oblige. He said that I so-o-o-o deserved a break. 🙂
John enjoying one of the many dinners we had in the beautiful formal dining room.
This was one of my many dinners of fish. I was very impressed with the presentation of my meals.
This was one of John’s chooses for dinner.
This was an amazing chocolate dessert that Susie loved.
Strawberry cheesecake; it doesn’t get much better than this.
A scene of the theater where we watched 3 shows.
Darius our cabin master entertained us with his craftiness with towels and washcloths.
Here was one of the many areas on board the ship that were perfect photo opportunities. So John took advantage of it. 🙂
Side view of the ship looking up at those water slides.
This is our group that we strolled through the marketplace with in Jamaica. We met some of the nicest people on the tour and ship. Bob and Marie were one of the couples that we enjoyed hanging out with. I loved that we also got to dine with them every night.
Here is one of the ladies from the marketplace named Pam. I loved her passion for her craft and I loved that it showed in her face. Pam crochets hats, bags, and sews dresses. Oh by the way I purchased that dress that was hanging over her shoulder. I know you can’t believe it, right? NOT! HAHAHAHAHA
Here’s a fun view of the ship looking up at those fun looking water slides again. Susie and I had been talking about going on those slides ever since we knew that they were on the Liberty of the Seas ship.
John really loved this shirt but I’m sad to say that it didn’t fit him properly, so he didn’t get one of these colorful shirts like he wanted.
Of course, I never knew what John was going to do or say. I think this says it all.
This lady had the most unusual hair. It almost looked like she had yarn woven into the twists in her hair. And oh my gosh her cutting abilities with cutting the sugar cane with that machete were amazing too.
It was finally time to go down the water slides. After watching the Captain of the ship and one of the engineers who helped build the slides go down.
Susie and I were ready to climb the stairs and come down these slides.
Here was Susie and me as we were climbing the stairs to get onto the water slides. If you zoom in you will see us smashing our faces against the windows.
Another photo of us in the window of the staircase.
Here’s a picture of the slides as John and Korey awaited mine and Susie’s arrival out of the tubes.
As we were at the top of the stairs I chose to go down the orange slide. You might take notice that the orange slide is sticking way out over the edge of the ship. (you may remember that I am afraid of heights?)
Here’s Susie as she came out of her green water slide.
I left the chute at the same time as Susie did, but on my descent I laid down with my arms folded over my chest as the young lady told me to do. As I was laying there I closed my eyes and thought that I should be almost to the bottom by now. But…when I looked up I was lying perfectly still. Closest to the top of the tube and not the bottom. I tried pushing myself a little and laid back down. Only to realize that the water pressure was not strong enough to push me out. I started to hyperventilate and I felt panic setting in. All kinds of thoughts went through my head; like what will my children and my husband do without me? I wondered if the slide attendants would have to send someone down behind me to shove me out or if someone would come up from below to pull me out, or maybe they would have to disassemble the slide and what if I were over the ocean. Would I fall in. Oh my gosh I knew I had to push myself out of that tube. After an eternity or 15 minutes whichever one you want to believe, I saw some light at the end of the tunnel. I heard a young man say, you can do it.
I remember telling the young man that I don’t think I can push anymore. With his encouraging words I picked up the strength to push a little more.
My thoughts right here were; I think I can, I think I can.
I remembered thinking; I am almost there.
I told the guys here that I didn’t think I could make it one more inch.
I don’t remember what I was thinking here. Except I knew my arms and my legs were shaking.
These men were great coaches telling me that I could make it. I wasn’t real sure that I could.
I kept telling them that I couldn’t stand up and they kept encouraging me.
Finally I was able to stand up and walk out of that pool. As soon as I calmed down; I looked at John and said, “I hope to hell you got some good pictures of this, because I want to share this on my blog.”
This was after dinner on the same night as I got stuck in the slide. I remember thinking how tired I was and just wanted to go back to the cabin to lie down. When we got to the cabin and as I was taking off my shoes. I just started crying and told John how scared I actually was as I pushed myself out of that slide. Although it scared me I wouldn’t change a thing about it. At least I have a story and I will never have to say that I wished I would have tried to go down that slide. LOL
This was one of the views of the Grand Cayman Islands we saw on Thursday morning.
Another view of Grand Cayman Islands as we sailed right by.
This was the storm that would keep us from going onto the Grand Cayman Islands.
Poor John caught a cold on Wednesday and had such a hard time sleeping. Then when we would sit down he would doze.
Here are the guys coming out of a shop in Cozumel, where we ended up purchasing my hat and John 3 of his favorite types of shirts from Mexico.
I enjoyed all the many colors of Cozumel, and the little suns sure did catch my eye.
I couldn’t resist taking a photo of these colorful candy wrapper handbags from Cozumel.
I couldn’t resist a photo of John sitting in front of the Cozumel sign.
This was the perfect setting for John. He fit right in.
You can take the girl out of Kansas but you can’t take the cowgirl out of Cozumel. I can’t believe how silly I look in that hat, but oh my gosh look at the color of that water! I will never forget it.
I couldn’t believe how many ships were docked in the port of Cozumel all at once.
Our lunch in Cozumel. It was wonderful.
Susie and Korey really enjoyed the Mexican food in Cozumel.
Lovely view of the palm trees and the beach.
Here’s our view from our table in the restaurant in Cozumel.
Poor John taking his cold medication that he finally bought in Cozumel.
The sealion show was one of the things that was included in our shore excursion on Cozumel. At the end of the show you could go down and have the seal kiss your cheek.
This was such a great photo opportunity. We couldn’t resist the young man who owned the parrots.
That one parrot wanted to take John’s hat off of him.
John and the parrot. The colors of that bird were amazing and I couldn’t believe that their feet were blue.
Here’s one of the buildings in the area where John was tasting tequila. (Yuck! Not the building but I don’t like tequila)
Beautiful colorful flags hung in the area where our onshore excursion took us to learn how to make guacamole and tequila tasting.
Another building in the area of guacamole making and tequila tasting.
Here is Girlie our head waitress from the formal dining room. Girlie was very professional and really cared about her job. I was humbled by all the people who took such pride in their jobs and took such good care of me, they spoiled me rotten.
This was our wonderful assistant waiter in the formal dining room, Leowsing. He reminded us of our Joshua.
My last dinner in the formal dining room.
This is Darius who was our stateroom attendant. He made up our room two times a day and did a wonderful job of taking great care of us.
On the way home I taught a lovely lady named Esther to crochet. She told me that nobody was able to teach her since she was left handed and she said that she had always wanted to learn. Within 15 minutes I had her crocheting rows and rows of single crochets and doubles. She continued to practice all the way home until it got too dark of course.
My consolation prize was three private photos taken by the ships photographer. This was the one we chose of both of us. There were 27 others that were just as good. I can’t wait to make copies of these to give out. I know this was a long post, but I just had to get this all out there before I forget what happened. I want everyone to know how grateful I am to have been able to go on this wonderful trip with John and old and new friends. If you ever have a chance to go somewhere you have always wanted to go, grasp the opportunity by the horns so to speak and go for it, like I did. For as long as I live I will always remember this trip. I love each and every one of you and hope that your week is full of all good things.