Caribbean Christmas Cruise

"What are you doing for Christmas?" seems to be the popular question among our friends this time of the year. Our answer this year was very different than either of us would have expected. "We're going on a Caribbean Christmas Cruise."

Our plans for 2008 were very different than what we had experienced in 2007. We went from a White Snow Christmas in Colorado to a White Sand Christmas on the shores of Mexico. The only reason this was at all possible is because of the generosity of JT's grandparents, lovingly known as Bapa & Nama. They wanted to celebrate their 80th birthday's and also celebrate Christmas with the ones they love over a fabulous vacation!

They booked the cruise, handed us our itinerary, and said, "See you in December!" We were really excited to be blessed with such a wonderful gift. Thank you Bapa & Nama!
Our Ship, Independence of the Seas
Bon Voyage!
View from our dining table where we ate dinner each night.
Bapa & Nama dancing to live big band music in the Royal Promonade (the mall inside the ship).
Enjoying breakfast on our deck!
Playing miniature golf on the top deck before we head for a day by the pool. (I won by 3 strokes!)
Happy Birthday, Bapa & Nama!
Bapa & Nama were participants in the game show, Love and Marriage. They were chosen as the longest married couple, 56 years! This was one of the most fun nights on the ship. Lots of laughter & great stories to tell... just ask us.
We also rock climbed on the ship. Look at my stud husband. He rocks.
The view from our room each night... ah, so relaxing.
Wait a second... that's Jack on the beach with us! Yes! He came to surprise us on Christmas day at our last port, Cozumel. What a wonderful surprise & Christmas gift!
Merry Christmas 2008 from the shores of Cozumel, Mexico.
We were all so happy, especially Marcy, to have Purell go wherever we were on the ship. No germs and everything was so clean!
Our last night in the dining room with our wonderful waiters, Micko (from India) & Garth (from Jamaica).