I finally got the pictures developed from the underwater disposable camera I took on our cruise. I am horribly disappointed with the quality of these pics, and it was pretty darn expensive once you pay for the camera and the developing!
Anyway, these pics show our Mazatlan ocean kayaking excursion and our Cabo San Lucas snorkel excursion. The kayaking was a blast. They basically took us out and around this little rocky island with a ton of birds. We were in a two person kayak, and the guides said that the person in back was the ‘captain’. Of course, JB stepped up to the task, and took it very seriously. I do have to say that we had a good groove going on with our kayak, especially as is counted out like drill seargent “left, right, left, right”. After the kayaking, which lasted about 45 minutes and was over way too soon, we had some time to burn, so we body surfed for at least an hour. JB, who went to college near the beach, is awesome at catching waves. I caught a couple, and one even took my swim suit top off! (Don’t worry, family, no one saw!) After our beach time in Mazatlan, we met my cousin and her family on board another Princess ship for lunch.
The next day we went to Cabo San Lucas for snorkeling in the Sea of Cortez. We were in a tour with a bunch of tentative swimmers, who were shocked when we asked if we could ditch the life jackets, and then jumped in and swam to a far off cove for some uninterrupted snorkeling. The rest of our tour group stayed about 10 feet from the boat. Our guide then caught up with us and had managed to catch a blowfish. He told me to go get my underwater camera, and then took some pictures of me holding the blowfish. This was way too cool, and one of the highlights of my trip. It was all slimy, and I could feel it trying to puff up bigger as I held it.
You’ll then see a picture of JB eating the infamous meal at Cabo Wabos that made both of us SICK, and landed me in quarantine in our room for about 14 hours. I swear almost one month later, our guts are just now recovering. As for how I was the ony one to get quarantined, I was the only one stupid enough to believe the postings I had seen saying that if you had stomach issues, you would get treated for free. What really happened is that as soon as I mentioned that I had stomach issues (a PC way of saying it), the on board doctor and two nurses announced that I was to be quarantined and could not leave my room. That is NOT what you want to hear when you’re paying a lot of money to be on a vacation! (Since Norovirus outbreaks on cruise ships, they take any reports of stomach ailments very seriously. And I didn’t even have Norovirus!!!)
I ended up back in our room crying as I was going to miss formal night with the lobster dinner. I sent JB to dinner without me, as I didn’t want him to pay for my stupidity. Anyhow, minutes after I returned to my room, a team of sanitizers dressed in white suits and masks. They wiped down the entire room, including the walls in the bedroom area, which I found pretty funny. I kept expecting them to put some crazy quarantine sign outside our door. And of course, the only thing playing on the cruise TV was 1980s movies, so I spent the night watching When Harry Met Sally and Pretty Woman feeling pretty sorry for myself.
The next morning I was feeling better, and I managed to convince the ship doctor to let me out of quarantine just in time for spin class. We took three spin classes on the ship, which were excellent, and kept us in good shape. In fact, I love traveling with my hubby, who is just as nutty as I am about working out. He didn’t bat an eye when I asked if he wanted to work out twice in one day on our at-sea days, and we’d work out after our excursions on the other days.
Anyway, to end my rambling, we both ended up losing weight on our cruise, thanks to the crazy gut issue and working out a lot. I guess I’ll wrap up my comments on the cruise with the only thing that really annoyed us, which was the Cruise Staff that seemed to show up at every bar/party we attended. We’d be dancing and having a great time, and then the Cruise Staff would show up and start at least an hour of cheesy line dancing songs, like the Marcarena, Electric Slide, Tush Push, etc. The first night, we humored it, but after six nights of this (the same line dance songs every night!), we were ready to empty our drinks on their heads!
Alright, enough rambling. Enjoy the rest of our vacation pics!