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Our Honeymoon: Bermuda

August 21, 2011

On our 9-day honeymoon cruise we stopped in 3 ports — Bermuda, St. Thomas, and Grand Turk.  We were also supposed to stop in San Juan, Puerto Rico, but due to a cyclone in the forecast, we had to skip that port.  I was pretty bummed since we were supposed to go zip lining there, but obviously I didn’t want to be stuck on a boat in the middle of a cyclone.

Our first stop was in Bermuda, where we had to meet on the dock at 7:45am to  go snorkeling.  Now, for the two of us who are used to waking up around 9:30 or 10:00am every morning, that was pretty darn early, but we were excited, so we managed to arrive on time…..early actually!

The boat just looks massive when you’re sitting on the dock right next to it.  You don’t realize just how far off the water you’re actually sitting.  Our room was on that top balcony, but when you look outside from your balcony, you feel like you’re only about 20 feet up from the water.

Our group took a 30 minute boat ride to another part of the island to go snorkeling.  It was less than thrilling since we only saw about 3 fish and a ton of sea grass.  But it was fun nonetheless.

They first drove us (can you use the word “drove” when referring to a boat?) past an old shipwreck.  It was actually sunk on purpose by some people (I can’t remember who….British, Spaniards…..someone) who wanted other ships, who were trying to take over the island, to crash into it and then sink themselves.  However, this plan failed when the boat stopped sinking a few feet above the surface of the water.  So of course, other boats avoided that spot like the plague.  I’m not sure what exactly happened, but I think Bermuda is owned by the British, so ultimately, I think they won.

They anchored the boat near this deserted resort.  Apparently each of these bungalows on the water rented for about $500 or more per night, but with the recession, the resort went out of business.  There are some more bungalows nearby that the resort allowed the staff to live in after they went under until they could get back on their feet.

Here’s Steve and I in our bathing suits ready to snorkel!  (My bathing suit is from Victoria’s Secret, in case you were wondering.  Steve’s is from Pac Sun, and his undies are by Hanes….as if that wasn’t obvious enough.)

We found this pretty little cove after exploring a little bit.

Of course Steve never passes up an opportunity to take a picture of his e-cig in cool places.  And of course, it has our website name on there, Puresmoker, so I’m doing a little free advertising.  If you haven’t checked it out, and you smoke, or know someone who does, head on over there and pick yourself up an electronic cigarette!  You’ll be glad you did!

Here’s Steve’s cool tattoo.  It’s Jesus, but instead of being on the cross, he’s being held by the hands of God.

The view from the boat looking at the beach.  That dark stuff in the water is sea grass.  It was everywhere!

Such pretty water!  And we even saw a few turtles on our way back.

The Dawn Princess joined us at the dock.  It was at the tail end of a World Cruise.  Those can be up to 3 months long!  I can’t imagine being on a cruise for that long.  Maybe one day when I’m retired and my kids (which I have yet to have) are out of the house.

It was some sort of holiday on Bermuda, so a parade of cars drove up and down the dock, escorted by police, with flags and tons of people packed in each car.  It was fun to watch, and I thought the water looked so cool in this picture.

It was a really fun day, a little disappointing in the fish department, but we had a great time overall.  Yay Bermuda!

Fun Fact:  Did you know that Bermuda is actually off the coast of the Carolinas?  I didn’t know that.  I always thought it was down in the Caribbean.  Learn something new every day!

 

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Pam Pentland permalink
    August 21, 2011 11:39 pm

    Beautiful place for a honeymoon! I didn’t know that about Bermuda either! Great pictures, Joanna!

  2. August 22, 2011 7:38 am

    Wow the water looks amazing! I didn’t know exactly where the Bermudas were either – thanks for the geography lesson. 😉 p.s. I have always been disappointed with cruise snorkeling excursions, too. Both times I’ve been in Mexico and the Bahamas, it has felt like mostly a waste of money.

  3. August 22, 2011 12:56 pm

    The water is just stunning. The pictures are beautiful!

  4. August 27, 2011 7:45 am

    What Cruiseline did you take for this trip? I really want to take this cruise next year!!

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