Mitsugirlys graduation getaway cruise

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I've read this whole thread in on sitting.....love all the pictures!!!

One cruise my family were the ones running through the airport, we almost missed our flight but made it. The people hoping to get our seats were cussing us as we boarded. After that I've arrived at the airport way too early, just in case!
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Originally posted by mitsugirly
I haven't been on the Dawn.
Oops, now that I think of it, was it a Star cruise that you did around Christmas/New Year's Eve? I know I saw some holiday pictures and since the two are sister ships and I have now been on both, I thought it was the Dawn.

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My DD and I plan to do this same excursion, now I am waiting to hear what you did in the other two ports as we are not sure what to do. Thank you so much for the review, I have asked my DD to sign in and read it so she knows what to expect. She has only been on Carnival's Legend and on the Dawn so she has never experienced a "big" ship!

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Originally posted by soaringfalcon
I live in NE Ohio and I couldn't agree with you more. I joke that my only goal is to get the h#ll out of this state. Hate it!!
Move on down to sunny North Carolina! I teach at a major university here that offers both batchelors and masters programs in nursing AND NP AND CRNA! You could go to school for ever here!

We get a little snow every 3 or 4 years. Just enough to be fun!
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My SmugMug wouldn't let me download the fireworks video. I tried several times yesterday and it would time out. So I ended up downloading it on youtube. Enjoy.


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Thank you for posting a lot of St. Maarten pics. I definitely want to go there in the near future.

While viewing your family photos, I am smiling and imagining that I am having a good time with your family.

The pic of you and your husband is wonderful!
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Originally posted by mitsugirly

I seriously can't stand Columbus. I HATE the snow. I HATE cold weather. I despise the fact that my parents brought me here when I was young (I was born in Alabama). I would be the happiest girl alive if I never had to see a flake of snow again.
I was just in Columbus and loved it! Better weather than here! We paid a visit to the new American Girl and visited the Columbus Zoo! The hotel we stayed in was pretty nice...but it could be because it was relatively new.

Loved the fancy mall...especially Graeter's Ice Cream!! 🍨 I can't wait to go to the water park at the zoo!!!
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Originally posted by soaringfalcon
I live in NE Ohio and I couldn't agree with you more. I joke that my only goal is to get the h#ll out of this state. Hate it!!
I couldn't agree more. The weather here is crazy. Just when you think the bad weather and snow is gone, it comes back. I even seen pictures of friends posting on facebook the week I was gone how they had huge hail balls.

Originally posted by shelly11
I've read this whole thread in on sitting.....love all the pictures!!!

One cruise my family were the ones running through the airport, we almost missed our flight but made it. The people hoping to get our seats were cussing us as we boarded. After that I've arrived at the airport way too early, just in case!
You must be a speed reader or had a lot of time on your hands.

We were definitely the family sitting there while they made final calls of names were the people were late and we were holding our breath.
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BARBADOS: Boatyard
BELIZE: Cavetubing Cavetubing Bannister Island Shark Ray Alley Goffs
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Originally posted by snow bunny
Oops, now that I think of it, was it a Star cruise that you did around Christmas/New Year's Eve? I know I saw some holiday pictures and since the two are sister ships and I have now been on both, I thought it was the Dawn.

snow bunny
Yep, we did the Star the week before Christmas in 2012.

Originally posted by TracieABD
Move on down to sunny North Carolina! I teach at a major university here that offers both batchelors and masters programs in nursing AND NP AND CRNA! You could go to school for ever here!

We get a little snow every 3 or 4 years. Just enough to be fun!
That sounds like....a lot of schooling. I think I'm probably a little too old to finish all of those. I kept telling my husband "I swear by the time I graduate nursing, I'll be ready to retire."

A "little" snow every 3 or 4 years would work for me.
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EPIC studio SPIRIT PEARL STAR JEWEL GETAWAY SUN SKY DAWN BREAKAWAY JADE EPIC
CARNIVAL:
Dream Pride Breeze Fascination
BAHAMAS: Great Stirrup Cay Blue Lagoon Melia Junkanoo Freeport: Paradise Cove
BARBADOS: Boatyard
BELIZE: Cavetubing Cavetubing Bannister Island Shark Ray Alley Goffs
BERMUDA: Horseshoe Bay Snorkel Park Tobacco Bay St Catherines Beach Achilles Bay Jet Ski & boat rental Warwick-Horseshoe Long Bay-Clearwater Tobacco Bay Snorkel Park
COSTA MAYA:Almaplena Maya Chan Nohoch Blue Kay
COZUMEL: Chankanaab Dolphin Swim Chankanaab Nachi Playa Mia Sanchos Passion IslandPalancar
GRAND CAYMAN: Stingray Sandbar Stingrays, Rum Point
GRAND TURK: BOHIO Governors
HALF MOON CAY
JAMAICA: Sunset Hilton Rose
ROATAN: Little French Key LFK Maya Key West Bay ZiplineLFK
SAN JUAN:Pamelas
ST KITTS: Reggae Carambola
ST LUCIA: Jalousie
ST MAARTEN: Orient & Maho Mullet Maho Divi Pinel
ST THOMAS: Saphhire Coki Linquist Coki
TORTOLA: Baths
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Originally posted by Susie51
Thank you for posting a lot of St. Maarten pics. I definitely want to go there in the near future.

While viewing your family photos, I am smiling and imagining that I am having a good time with your family.

The pic of you and your husband is wonderful!
Thanks so much for the comments. I'm reliving them too as I post them and the more I see of the places we went, the more fond memories I have.

Originally posted by NayRN
I was just in Columbus and loved it! Better weather than here! We paid a visit to the new American Girl and visited the Columbus Zoo! The hotel we stayed in was pretty nice...but it could be because it was relatively new.

Loved the fancy mall...especially Graeter's Ice Cream!! 🍨 I can't wait to go to the water park at the zoo!!!
I love the Columbus Zoo. They have done a lot with it over the years. I just find it weird that several years ago they took away the zebras and giraffes. I'm not sure what the reason was, but I was thinking I read the other day that the giraffes were back?

I have only went to the water park once after they redid it (it used to be a small amusement park with only a few rides that involved water). When we went, everything wasn't done yet. I'll have to try it again, you know, some day when I lose all my cruise/nursing school weight. You should see the place at Christmas. They have a Wildlights Wonderland there and it has thousands and thousands of LED lights around the entire zoo. They always have something going on. Then of course there's Jungle Jack Hanna who is famous everywhere. I swear every time I turn around he's on some t.v. show.

Which mall did you go to? Was it Easton? Easton is the mall that's like an open air mall/little town type of thing. It's really nice.
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EPIC studio SPIRIT PEARL STAR JEWEL GETAWAY SUN SKY DAWN BREAKAWAY JADE EPIC
CARNIVAL:
Dream Pride Breeze Fascination
BAHAMAS: Great Stirrup Cay Blue Lagoon Melia Junkanoo Freeport: Paradise Cove
BARBADOS: Boatyard
BELIZE: Cavetubing Cavetubing Bannister Island Shark Ray Alley Goffs
BERMUDA: Horseshoe Bay Snorkel Park Tobacco Bay St Catherines Beach Achilles Bay Jet Ski & boat rental Warwick-Horseshoe Long Bay-Clearwater Tobacco Bay Snorkel Park
COSTA MAYA:Almaplena Maya Chan Nohoch Blue Kay
COZUMEL: Chankanaab Dolphin Swim Chankanaab Nachi Playa Mia Sanchos Passion IslandPalancar
GRAND CAYMAN: Stingray Sandbar Stingrays, Rum Point
GRAND TURK: BOHIO Governors
HALF MOON CAY
JAMAICA: Sunset Hilton Rose
ROATAN: Little French Key LFK Maya Key West Bay ZiplineLFK
SAN JUAN:Pamelas
ST KITTS: Reggae Carambola
ST LUCIA: Jalousie
ST MAARTEN: Orient & Maho Mullet Maho Divi Pinel
ST THOMAS: Saphhire Coki Linquist Coki
TORTOLA: Baths
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Originally posted by soaringfalcon
I live in NE Ohio and I couldn't agree with you more. I joke that my only goal is to get the h#ll out of this state. Hate it!!
And that is why the joke HERE in SC is that everyone is from OHIO, lol!
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Originally posted by mitsugirly
My SmugMug wouldn't let me download the fireworks video. I tried several times yesterday and it would time out. So I ended up downloading it on youtube. Enjoy.


It wouldn't open.
What would I search for directly on you tube?
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Day 5, St Thomas.




I had set my alarm for 6:45am and immediately opened the curtains to go out on the balcony. There were absolutely no waves and the ocean was as calm as ever.








We were pulling up. Beautiful St Thomas, oh how I've missed you. We were to arrive in St Thomas at 8am. We arrived at 7am and were cleared to go ashore by 7:30am.

We headed to the breakfast buffet. Of course I knew that Flamingo grill was not open. After trying to get a fast breakfast there yesterday, I had checked the dailies to see the hours of operation and found that they don't open until 8am (of course after docking and going ashore). So, this wouldn't work.

Since yesterdays fiasco of not being able to find the family and not having a "meeting" place. The night before we made plans of where to meet. Kendra, naturally running late, met us there and we didn't get off the ship until 8:30am. Of course I scolded her while telling her that we could have actually been off the ship 1 hour ago and we were wasting time in one of the most beautiful ports with awesome snorkeling.







The day I had been waiting for now for about 3 1/2 years. The last time we were here we went to Sapphire Beach and it was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. We had the best day there. The scenery was so beautiful and the snorkeling was excellent. We couldn't have ask for a better place to go. However, over the years, things at Sapphire has changed (with closing the snorkel shack & food and pretty much the condo association wanting to stop tourist traffic to the area IMO). So we decided even though you can still go to Sapphire, it wasn't worth the hassle. It was time to try somewhere else.

Coki beach comes highly recommended for an excellent place to snorkel and a pretty nice beach. It has had it's bad publicity over the years with drugs, shootings, and just a shady place to go. After the shooting in 2010 of a cruiser (by accident due to a gang related activity going on during a funeral), the efforts of St Thomas to clean the place up, make it more presentable and tourist friendly seems to have worked.

So we headed off the ship and toward the gates to catch a cab to Coki.

We were immediately put into a VERY nice van (again, another with huge rims....I'm seeing a pattern here lol). We had 3 others going to Coki and a couple that was going to the Marina. We dropped the couple off first and then on to Coki we went. Our driver was seriously driving like a mad man. There are some pretty scary turns on the roads and some very close calls. At one point there was a huge industrial truck working on the side of the road, which forced our side of the road to go around it onto the opposite side of the road. Our driver went ahead and crossed over WITH ONCOMING TRAFFIC and the car coming our way hit the side of the van. It wasn't a bad hit, but you felt it and you knew someone lost a mirror with that as well. Neither of them stopped, but I can guarantee our driver was furious (by the look on his face) because he seriously had a nice van. However, IMO it was his fault. Just a thought...maybe slow down a little and give right away???

We were passing the cemetery and I immediately knew that we must be close to Coki. We pulled up at 9am and got out to discuss with the driver what time he would be back to pick us up for the return drive back to the port.

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BARBADOS: Boatyard
BELIZE: Cavetubing Cavetubing Bannister Island Shark Ray Alley Goffs
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COSTA MAYA:Almaplena Maya Chan Nohoch Blue Kay
COZUMEL: Chankanaab Dolphin Swim Chankanaab Nachi Playa Mia Sanchos Passion IslandPalancar
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SAN JUAN:Pamelas
ST KITTS: Reggae Carambola
ST LUCIA: Jalousie
ST MAARTEN: Orient & Maho Mullet Maho Divi Pinel
ST THOMAS: Saphhire Coki Linquist Coki
TORTOLA: Baths
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Originally posted by Medtech2
It wouldn't open.
What would I search for directly on you tube?
I couldn't get it to open either and it's my video. LOL


Let's try again.


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EPIC studio SPIRIT PEARL STAR JEWEL GETAWAY SUN SKY DAWN BREAKAWAY JADE EPIC
CARNIVAL:
Dream Pride Breeze Fascination
BAHAMAS: Great Stirrup Cay Blue Lagoon Melia Junkanoo Freeport: Paradise Cove
BARBADOS: Boatyard
BELIZE: Cavetubing Cavetubing Bannister Island Shark Ray Alley Goffs
BERMUDA: Horseshoe Bay Snorkel Park Tobacco Bay St Catherines Beach Achilles Bay Jet Ski & boat rental Warwick-Horseshoe Long Bay-Clearwater Tobacco Bay Snorkel Park
COSTA MAYA:Almaplena Maya Chan Nohoch Blue Kay
COZUMEL: Chankanaab Dolphin Swim Chankanaab Nachi Playa Mia Sanchos Passion IslandPalancar
GRAND CAYMAN: Stingray Sandbar Stingrays, Rum Point
GRAND TURK: BOHIO Governors
HALF MOON CAY
JAMAICA: Sunset Hilton Rose
ROATAN: Little French Key LFK Maya Key West Bay ZiplineLFK
SAN JUAN:Pamelas
ST KITTS: Reggae Carambola
ST LUCIA: Jalousie
ST MAARTEN: Orient & Maho Mullet Maho Divi Pinel
ST THOMAS: Saphhire Coki Linquist Coki
TORTOLA: Baths
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Kim.....I dunno....I'm in Cincinnati. You have to admit, you'd benhard pressed to beat the way the last few weeks turned out.

BTW....my son works for Ohio State.
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Originally posted by graphicguy
Kim.....I dunno....I'm in Cincinnati. You have to admit, you'd benhard pressed to beat the way the last few weeks turned out.

BTW....my son works for Ohio State.

So true, but you just never know. It could snow tomorrow.

I had my OB clinicals at OSU and loved it. I would love working there (although it's more of a drive for me and more traffic, but the tuition reimbursement is amazing. Well, I don't know if it's considered reimbursement or they just simply pay for it.
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NCL:
EPIC studio SPIRIT PEARL STAR JEWEL GETAWAY SUN SKY DAWN BREAKAWAY JADE EPIC
CARNIVAL:
Dream Pride Breeze Fascination
BAHAMAS: Great Stirrup Cay Blue Lagoon Melia Junkanoo Freeport: Paradise Cove
BARBADOS: Boatyard
BELIZE: Cavetubing Cavetubing Bannister Island Shark Ray Alley Goffs
BERMUDA: Horseshoe Bay Snorkel Park Tobacco Bay St Catherines Beach Achilles Bay Jet Ski & boat rental Warwick-Horseshoe Long Bay-Clearwater Tobacco Bay Snorkel Park
COSTA MAYA:Almaplena Maya Chan Nohoch Blue Kay
COZUMEL: Chankanaab Dolphin Swim Chankanaab Nachi Playa Mia Sanchos Passion IslandPalancar
GRAND CAYMAN: Stingray Sandbar Stingrays, Rum Point
GRAND TURK: BOHIO Governors
HALF MOON CAY
JAMAICA: Sunset Hilton Rose
ROATAN: Little French Key LFK Maya Key West Bay ZiplineLFK
SAN JUAN:Pamelas
ST KITTS: Reggae Carambola
ST LUCIA: Jalousie
ST MAARTEN: Orient & Maho Mullet Maho Divi Pinel
ST THOMAS: Saphhire Coki Linquist Coki
TORTOLA: Baths
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Looking directly across the street from Coki, this is what you see:




We were introduced to a lady who gave the impression that she ran things (we found out later she was just one of the runners that got you food and drinks), but she quickly claimed our group. She started telling us about Coki and umbrellas/chairs and where things were. At this point, I completely zoned out because I was not interested in a slow walking tour and listening to what things were...I just wanted to head down to the beach and get in the beautiful water and sand. I like to explore on my own.

I have to admit, the "vision" I had in my head of what the entrance of Coki and Coral world was like with the steps walking down to Coki beach was completely different than what it was. But I was not disappointed.



We made it down the steps and to the beach. We were trying, once again, to figure out how many chairs and umbrellas we needed this time. There was plenty of room on the beach and we decided to just take the prime location at the front of the beach and close to the entrance and we ended up with 6 chairs and 2 umbrellas. The guys setting up the umbrellas were totally different than the servers and you paid them separate. There are not chairs and umbrellas lined up and down the beach to pick from. They set everything up as you rent them. The chairs were $5 each and the umbrellas were $10 each.

As they were getting things sat up (and our server was yelling at the umbrella guy "no, you take that crap back and get good stuff") I was standing at the beach taking it all in and taking pictures of this beautiful paradise.





Brayden was checking out the water too.






We quickly unpacked and headed for the crystal blue water. The hubby enjoying himself.




I ordered a soda ($2.00 each) and just needed something to quinch my thrist before getting started. Then we were off to play (notice I'm the smart one with a tee shirt on. I wasn't about to get burned anymore today)


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BARBADOS: Boatyard
BELIZE: Cavetubing Cavetubing Bannister Island Shark Ray Alley Goffs
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GRAND TURK: BOHIO Governors
HALF MOON CAY
JAMAICA: Sunset Hilton Rose
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SAN JUAN:Pamelas
ST KITTS: Reggae Carambola
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ST THOMAS: Saphhire Coki Linquist Coki
TORTOLA: Baths
OH
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What the heck? Where you seriously making funny faces while I was trying to get a picture? REDO!!





So time to put the snorkeling mask and snorkel on and see what all is under us. You could tell there were some friendly fish, but I had no idea just how many until I ducked my head underwater.













There were thousands of these little fishes everywhere you went. It was funny to see them all grouped together and there was like this invisible line that magically told them "stop here".







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NCL:
EPIC studio SPIRIT PEARL STAR JEWEL GETAWAY SUN SKY DAWN BREAKAWAY JADE EPIC
CARNIVAL:
Dream Pride Breeze Fascination
BAHAMAS: Great Stirrup Cay Blue Lagoon Melia Junkanoo Freeport: Paradise Cove
BARBADOS: Boatyard
BELIZE: Cavetubing Cavetubing Bannister Island Shark Ray Alley Goffs
BERMUDA: Horseshoe Bay Snorkel Park Tobacco Bay St Catherines Beach Achilles Bay Jet Ski & boat rental Warwick-Horseshoe Long Bay-Clearwater Tobacco Bay Snorkel Park
COSTA MAYA:Almaplena Maya Chan Nohoch Blue Kay
COZUMEL: Chankanaab Dolphin Swim Chankanaab Nachi Playa Mia Sanchos Passion IslandPalancar
GRAND CAYMAN: Stingray Sandbar Stingrays, Rum Point
GRAND TURK: BOHIO Governors
HALF MOON CAY
JAMAICA: Sunset Hilton Rose
ROATAN: Little French Key LFK Maya Key West Bay ZiplineLFK
SAN JUAN:Pamelas
ST KITTS: Reggae Carambola
ST LUCIA: Jalousie
ST MAARTEN: Orient & Maho Mullet Maho Divi Pinel
ST THOMAS: Saphhire Coki Linquist Coki
TORTOLA: Baths
Utah
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OK, just got through reading and caught up with you. Whew! Quite some experiences there!

So glad I will be sailing with you on your do-over cruise!

I'm excited about getting back on the Sun, and am sure you will like it, too. It is the first ship I sailed, and I've been wanting to get back on it. Someday hope to sail in one of those amazing aft penthouse suites.

Sure do hope they don't take away the Observation Lounge, as I loved it. It doesn't have the equivalent of the Star Bar, so that's where we often went for drinks.
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OH
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Kendra posing






Kolin swimming with the fish.





There were a lot of Ballyhoo fish here. They must just like St Thomas because the only other place that I recall ever seeing them is also in St Thomas at Sapphire Beach. They are silver and really long. They have a very long sword fish like nose.

I REALLY struggle with taking pictures straight forward in the water. I'm not sure if there's a certain technique to it or not, but if there is, I haven't found it yet. These Ballyhoo fish like to swim at the top of the water and they are quick. They usually won't let you get anywhere close to them. So, it makes it really hard to capture a picture of them.




Now that I'm home and going over my pictures, I know the Ballyhoo is the top fish, but there's another fish under it (which I didn't see when I took the picture). It might be a barracuda, but I'm not sure since I was so far away and couldn't tell in person.


By now, it's starting to get a little more action on the beach and more people are arriving.

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NCL:
EPIC studio SPIRIT PEARL STAR JEWEL GETAWAY SUN SKY DAWN BREAKAWAY JADE EPIC
CARNIVAL:
Dream Pride Breeze Fascination
BAHAMAS: Great Stirrup Cay Blue Lagoon Melia Junkanoo Freeport: Paradise Cove
BARBADOS: Boatyard
BELIZE: Cavetubing Cavetubing Bannister Island Shark Ray Alley Goffs
BERMUDA: Horseshoe Bay Snorkel Park Tobacco Bay St Catherines Beach Achilles Bay Jet Ski & boat rental Warwick-Horseshoe Long Bay-Clearwater Tobacco Bay Snorkel Park
COSTA MAYA:Almaplena Maya Chan Nohoch Blue Kay
COZUMEL: Chankanaab Dolphin Swim Chankanaab Nachi Playa Mia Sanchos Passion IslandPalancar
GRAND CAYMAN: Stingray Sandbar Stingrays, Rum Point
GRAND TURK: BOHIO Governors
HALF MOON CAY
JAMAICA: Sunset Hilton Rose
ROATAN: Little French Key LFK Maya Key West Bay ZiplineLFK
SAN JUAN:Pamelas
ST KITTS: Reggae Carambola
ST LUCIA: Jalousie
ST MAARTEN: Orient & Maho Mullet Maho Divi Pinel
ST THOMAS: Saphhire Coki Linquist Coki
TORTOLA: Baths