Southern Caribbean Cruise – Part 1

Colby and I got back this past Sunday night from an 8 day cruise on the Carnival Breeze to the Southern Caribbean. This was my 4th cruise and Colby’s 3rd. Initially we were searching for an all inclusive trip to Mexico, but goodness, once we pulled up the cruise prices we decided it’s a deal that can’t be beat.

Two years ago we were on the Magic out of Galveston, and the Breeze was basically the same with some minor differences. Today I am sharing the first half of our trip!

Day 1 – 2 – Fly to Florida. Stay the night in Miami and set sail!

After flying to Ft. Lauderdale, we stayed the night in Miami and boarded the ship around noon the next day. We immediately ate (duh) and then hit the pools and watched the ship leave from the port. Leaving from Miami was much prettier than leaving from Galveston. That night we ended up on stage in the main theater for a competition. Well we won, and were gifted lots of fun freebies throughout the week! Such a gift from God!

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Day 3 – Day at Sea

The sea days we basically do the same things… hit the gym, play dodgeball, wander around, and hang out by the adults only pool. That night we enjoyed our VIP seats that we had won the night before!

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Day 4 – Grand Turk – Beach Day

We were off the boat by 7 am. In Grand Turk, you get off the boat and are at a beach which makes it very convenient. There are lounge chairs to use (for free) as well as two restaurants: Margaritaville which has a pool and if you walk a little further down you will arrive at Jack’s Shacks. If you do plan on staying at the beach, I recommend using the chairs in front of Jack Shacks because not only is the water less crowded, but your view won’t be overshadowed by the large ship. The water was absolutely gorgeous – so blue and crystal clear! We got to do some swimming and see some beautiful fish!

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Did you even know underwater cameras still existed? The pictures don’t turn out great, but it was still fun to use!

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Day 5 – Dominican Republic – Seavis Tour

This was my second time to the DR. This time around we did an excursion through Seavis called the VIP Sanoa tour. I highly recommend this tour if you are ever in the Dominican. You will need to take a taxi from the cruise port and then you will arrive at the boat dock. We then took speed boats over to a beach where they fed us and gave us unlimited drinks. Colby and I swam out to the dock to look at the fish and left shortly after to an area that they call the natural pools. Basically, we got to swim around and look at starfish. They passed out more food and drinks and we got to enjoy the beautiful water. This was probably my favorite part of the tour. After that we headed back to the dock where the taxis were waiting to bring us back to port.

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More fuzzy underwater pictures from the tour including a selfie! That takes talent

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Dinner that night

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I will be recapping Aruba, Curacao, the rest of the trip, and sharing our tips for cruising in my next post!

Have you ever been on a cruise? If so, what are some of your favorite stops?


I didn’t start sharing our traveling adventures on the blog until the end of 2013, but you can see some of our vacations below as well as how to travel on a budget here.

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27 Comments
  • Rebecca
    Posted at 06:51h, 27 January Reply

    Looks like SO much fun and now I want to go to a WARM sunny beach! 😉 Thanks for sharing!!! LOVE these pictures! Looks like it was a blast!
    Blessings, Rebecca 🙂

  • elleseesyou
    Posted at 06:53h, 27 January Reply

    y’all look like you had SO much fun!! i’m totally impressed with the jumping pic, too! loved the recap of part 1!!! can’t wait for more 🙂

  • Lavonne @ *Our Wish*
    Posted at 07:03h, 27 January Reply

    Ohh that looks like such a nice vacation. I have been dying to go on another cruise since ours a few years ago. Some of my family is going in a couple weeks and I SO wish we were going but my job is super busy right now. Looks like you had a great time. And I loved your outfits. So adorable! 🙂

  • Jessi Wallace | LifeAbundant-Blog.com
    Posted at 08:11h, 27 January Reply

    Love love LOVE this! I can’t wait to read about the rest of the trip!

  • Amie
    Posted at 08:12h, 27 January Reply

    We are really close to Galveston and I can vouch for it not being great sites at all from where the cruise ships leave. We like to go eat at the restaurants along the water though and watch them leave. They are huge in that little area they board them in. These pictures are beautiful and that water is to die for!!

  • Allison
    Posted at 09:11h, 27 January Reply

    Beautiful ship! We were on its first sailing in Europe. I’m glad you had a great time!

  • Lily Ayala (Beauty With Lily)
    Posted at 09:40h, 27 January Reply

    Looks like you guys had such a fun, relaxing trip! I can’t wait to hear more!
    xo, Lily
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  • Rebecca Jo
    Posted at 09:56h, 27 January Reply

    You two have so much fun! Love it!
    So… you never said – what did you do to win in the main stage theater?!!?!? I need more info 🙂

  • Erika B.
    Posted at 10:35h, 27 January Reply

    Oh man, so fun!!! We haven’t been on a cruise in a few years, but you remind me how fun it can be!! (Minus the nonstop seasickness hahaha) Also…I need to make a point to go on a warm vacation during the winter. Your bathing suit and the sun look EXTRA exciting this time of year!!

  • Carissa Maul
    Posted at 10:36h, 27 January Reply

    YAYYYYY I got to go in pictures! We have never done a cruise before but I would LOVE to see the Caribbean. You two look like you had such an AWESOME TRIP I cannot wait for the rest! I MUST GO TO COSTA RICA so I can see those crocodiles!!!

  • Heather
    Posted at 11:47h, 27 January Reply

    This looks amazing!!! Sounds like yall had a great trip!

  • tiffanyatouchofgrace
    Posted at 15:35h, 27 January Reply

    That’s the next cruise I want to take! The hubs has never been on a cruise but I love them. I’m sure, though, our next cruise will be a Disney cruise, haha! I love all the pics Caroline!

  • lifeofaministermom
    Posted at 03:31h, 28 January Reply

    What fun! Kevin and I have never been on a cruise but it’s on our list!

  • Kelly @ Southern Komfort Blog
    Posted at 08:25h, 28 January Reply

    Love it! It looks like so much fun. I’ve been getting an itch to go on another cruise lol!

  • alannaandcompany
    Posted at 09:08h, 28 January Reply

    You got some great photos. I really want to go on a cruise soon.

  • Crystal
    Posted at 09:18h, 28 January Reply

    Love all of the pictures! The underwater photos are fun. We are about to start planning our first ever cruise! Any tips for first timers? We are just looking at a 4-5 day cruise since its’ our first and we’re taking Mason. And will probably go out of Galveston.

  • Sheryl
    Posted at 11:49h, 28 January Reply

    Love your photographs! We always take Royal Caribbean and have never taken a Carnival cruise. It’s always nice to hear about other’s experiences.

  • Jennifer
    Posted at 12:48h, 28 January Reply

    What a grand adventure! Part of me is super jealous, but we had our adventures in Jamaica and Cancun too. And look forward to enjoying some again soon now that the little one is big enough to enjoy the trips with us. Although, we get super seasick, like turning our heads too fast seasick, so we tend to stay land based. You guys look like it was just what you needed to recharge!

  • Angie Scheie
    Posted at 23:07h, 28 January Reply

    You guys are so adorable together! What a great trip to just get away and enjoy each other. I hope you feel refreshed and rejuvenated!

  • Jed Jurchenko
    Posted at 06:56h, 29 January Reply

    What a fun trip. I’ve never been on a cruise, but it makes me want to go. Hopefully someday in the not to distant future 🙂 Fun pictures too!

  • Susannah
    Posted at 10:30h, 29 January Reply

    Oh my goodness, girl! Looks like you two had SO much fun! I’ve never gone on a cruise but it’s definitely something I want to do someday!

  • Danielle DeVane Wells
    Posted at 12:14h, 29 January Reply

    I’M SO JEALOUS!!!!!! I want to go on a cruise so badly! But it just seems like life hasn’t worked it out yet – a little one, and now another on the way, and my body isn’t what I would like it to be were we to go on a cruise – yada yada yada. Anyway, Hubby and I have talked Disney cruise one day for our anniversary (I live in central FL) so that’s a goal for maybe our 5th or 10th anniversary…not sure. Loved this post! So much fun!

  • Amanda
    Posted at 13:27h, 29 January Reply

    I loooove the colors of the water! So beautiful. Looks like you guys had fun. Love the underwater shots!

  • andthewindscreamsmary
    Posted at 15:03h, 30 January Reply

    Great pictures, looks like you two had a blast! Thanks for sharing.

  • theskyandback
    Posted at 08:33h, 01 February Reply

    Great pictures! I love your travel posts. I’ve actually never been on a cruise if you can believe it. They look so relaxing. Someday…

  • Maria from Collecting Moments
    Posted at 18:56h, 01 February Reply

    What a beautiful way to spend time with your husband. I’ve never been to a cruise, but a few of my friends have gone and they rave about it! And from the looks of your experience, cruising can’t be beat. Thanks so much for sharing this with us on #SHINEbloghop, Caroline! Can’t wait for part two!

  • Caroline
    Posted at 16:57h, 02 February Reply

    Great name 😉 I love all the picks from trip. While I was reading through your story and some other blog posts that have come after this I was wondering if you all have ever considered sharing the gospel outside the US. Maybe as missionaries. God knows all and he has called our to a time such as this. Just curious. Glad to have found your blog and another faith blogger like myself

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