Bahamas & Key West Cruise

Royal Caribbean - Majesty of the Seas
December 5-9, 2005

(I surprised Jim with a cruise to the Bahamas for his 40th birthday present.
My sister Mary and her husband Ron joined us.)

Jim and I flew into Miami Sunday early evening, checked into our hotel and headed over to the marina for dinner and drinks. Mary and Ron flew in a few hours later... however their luggage didn't make the flight. Not knowing if their luggage would arrive in time for the cruise, we went out for a few more drinks and some shopping at the marina... (Mary found some great bargains-lol).

The Stockwell's luggage finally arrived just in time to leave the hotel to board the ship.

Mary Checking out of the Marriott...

In the taxi on the way to the ship.

The Orange Bowl

The beloved luggage! lol

Boarding the ship...

Our Room... 9544


Calling the boys...


Ron & Mary


Jim and the rock climbing wall

Basketball court...

Views of Miami from the ship...

The Arena where the Miami Heat Play

Getting ready for the sail away party...

...and the drinking begins! lol

Sailing away at sunset...

Lifeboat Drill

Jim just getting back from working out...

Dinner the first night.

We docked in Nassau at 8am. Jim went on an early morning excursion to snorkel with the sting rays. Mary, Ron and I hung out and shopped around Nassau a little before the 4 of us went on our afternoon excursion to the Breezes resort for a day of relaxing on the beach.

Jim snorkeling with the sting rays...

View of Nassau from the ship

The Atlantis Resort

Mary, Ron and Cathy getting off the ship in Nassau

Mary & Ron off the ship going to shop in Nassau...

Jim at Breezes Resort...

Mary "shopping" - lol


Jim - lol


beach with all of the seagulls...

Shopping in town

Dinner Tuesday night was formal.

The ship was scheduled to spend the day at Royal Caribbean's private island of CoCo Cay. We were excited to snorkle, kayake and really enjoy the tropical beauty of the island... Unfortunately, there were large swells and the weather was a little stormy. They announced early in the morning that we wouldn't be able to ancor and use the tender boats to get to shore in the swells. We had an unexpected sea day instead.

I tried laying out at the pool but it was drizzling off and on... so we decided to explore the ship, take some pictures and hang out.

on deck

The 2 pools

The atrium was decorated for Christmas, as was most of the ship... it was hard to think about Christmas when the weather was 85 degrees! lol.

Internet Cafe where we stayed in touch with the boys.

The Casino - it was the largest I had ever seen on any ship.

Winjammer Cafe - buffet restaurant...

Before dinner we took pictures by the big Christmas tree.

Dinner time!

We got a towel animal every night - lol... the cruise compass and chocolates on our pillows.

Key West! We spent Thursday in Key West and it was warm and beautiful. We did some shopping, site seeing and then went on the "Crazy Boat". (Which took you out in a small boat that did 360s and was like a roller coaster in the water.) It was so much fun, but a little cold! After the crazy boat we spent the day in town where Key West was having it's version of Mardi Gras (that was postponed due to the hurricanes in October and November).

View of Key West from the ship.

Getting of the ship in Key West


Audubon House

Truman House, Presidential Home

Hwy 1 - 0 Mile... lol

The Southern most point of the US.

House directly across from Southern Most Point... lots of hurricane damage to all of the homes in the area.

Around town

Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville

Having drinks at the Hard Rock Cafe, watching all of the crazy people walk by! lol

Back to the ship...

Our room steward Richard

Our awesome waiters

Dinner time again...

Time to go home! We were off the ship in the morning and boarding our flight back to LAX by 1:30...