Our 3rd Love Like you Mean It Cruise!!! (And our first time bringing friends!!) We arrived in Ft. Laderdale and were picked up at the airport by Kirk and Deena in their rental convertible. Off to a fun start!!!
After going out to a Cuban restaurant for dinner and then talking until late at night, I felt like my vacation could end right there and I would have been happy… but it hadn’t even begun yet!
The next day we boarded the ship… (after we almost boarded the wrong ship thanks to the uber driver, but that’s a long story!) As usual, we headed straight for the food where I had to eat a burger in honor of Malachi.
Our room and deck were fabulous! Hanging out with my amazing friends and my sweetheart was such a treat! After a relaxing lunch together, Daniel and I headed out to explore the ship…
Jordan Feliz in concert!
The next day we were suppose to stop at their private island, but since we got a late start leaving and the winds were so great, we just spent a day at sea. Ping pong, running the track, running into old friends, (Hi, Nick and Margie!!), trying the zip line, and napping made the day wonderful!
Arrival in Puerto Rico! (I’m so glad someone made us take this picture; our whole gang!)
Lovely hair nets for the horseback ride. It was such a beautiful ride! Blue skies, fun horse guides, gorgeous scenery. After some deliberation, we opted for the one hour ride, which was such a blessing. No sooner did we get back then it started to downpour like only a rainforest can! Had we chosen th two hour ride, we would have been drenched and super uncomfortable as our van driver gave us the long ride back, sharing all details about the city he proudly lived in.
For our Puerto Rican dinner we had to try the Mofongo. It was so delicious! And despite the fact that it was 2 days early, Daniel told the waiters it was my birthday… had to get the free dessert!
Day 4: St. Thomas We spent the day on the beach, almost lost our shoes, spent much time in the gorgeous clear water, and watched planes soar over the beach…
Mac Powell!!! Front row seats. Boom.
Valentine’s Day was a day at sea. Deena did my hair and make up and Daniel treated us all to the sushi restaurant for dinner. What a special night!
Above: Each couple sent in a wedding picture and they made them into stickers that we got to put on a giant collage…so creative!
Below: The marriage pictures also flashed on the big screen. Daniel was able to capture ours. He also captured our anniversary on the top row of the scrolling screen. Each night, as always, there were gifts waiting for us in our room. The custom “Love like you mean it” connect 4 was my favorite!
One again, our time at sea did not disappoint. We laughed together, prayed together, cried together, and yes… we even fought together! I think the exhaustion of getting ready to go took a toll on us, and we ironically got into one of those crazy fights that you don’t soon forget. (embarrassing, but true!) Thankfully, it was just one bad night and God is so good to restore, renew, refresh, and all the other “r’s” that I can’t think if right now, but which we celebrated each day on the cruise.