This was our first cruise! It was also about six months after my husband (2nd time) and I (first time) retired. Our travel agent recommended a cruise because we had family members of various ages traveling – from 10 years to 79 years old! A cruise has something for all ages, besides all the variety of food!
The cruise ship left from Cape Liberty, NY which is driving distance from our home. The travel agent mentioned this as another benefit – no need to fly. Unfortunately, it was a 6 hour one-way bus ride drive with numerous stops. We are not doing the bus ride thing again. Flying is definitely the way to go!
We cruised on Royal Caribbean Quantum of the Seas (guest capacity at 4180). We had balcony staterooms which really adds to the cruise experience! It’s one of their newer ships (now traveling the Asian route) with the North Star, Seaplex (roller skating, bumper cars, basketball, table tennis), rock climbing, Flowrider, Dreamworks, and Ripcord (simulated ski diving). This particular ship set the standard for all of our future cruises. Entertainment (Momma Mia, night clubs, movies, etc.), food, cleanliness, etc – everything was of the highest quality! Our itinerary is listed below:
Day 1 – Depart Cape Liberty, NY
Day 2 – At Sea
Day 3 – At Sea
Day 4 – Port Canaveral, FL
Day 5 – Nassau, Bahamas
Day 6 – CocoCay, Bahamas (private island)
Day 7 – At Sea
Day 8 – At Sea
Day 9 – Arrive Cape Liberty, NY
Some photos from our trip are below. One thing I need to mention. The voyage was so smooth. You did not even realize the ship was moving. We didn’t realize how important this was until we did our cruise in May 2015 on the Carnival Pride. Regardless, we all had a fantastic time!