Anniversary Caribbean Cruise // North & Central Florida Wedding Videographers

Hey there, friends! πŸ’• I just wanted to share with you all an awesome adventure my sweet husband and I went on recently. From August 13th to the 20th {2016}, Jacob and I went on a super fun Eastern Caribbean cruise to Grand Turk, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, and Dominican Republic. We sailed on the Carnival Conquest ship and boy was it uh-mazingggg! β˜€οΈπŸš’ Let me start off by praising this ship real fast. So, my husband and I have been on a few different cruise lines and ships for varying amounts of time. You may have heard that Carnival is the "party ship", but I'm gonna tell you that that is not the case (at least not anymore if it ever was). The entertainment was on point and the food was sooo dang good! Side note: I'm a vegetarian (hubby eats meat though // #nohardfeelings) and it's typically pretty hard for me to find super yummy food out. Unless of course it's delicious Thai food which is my favorite. I digress... Anyway, this ship had delicious DELICIOUS food. The staff was super friendly and what can I say, we had a blast! My husband and I agree that this was by far the best cruise we've ever been on and it definitely makes it on the list my favorite trips all together. {Now that the mini-review of the ship is done haha, I'll get on with the destinations and such.}

Our first stop on our cruise was the Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands. The water here is absolutley gorgeous! I have been to Grand Turk before on a previous cruise to snorkel with my mama and sisters. We stayed on the main beach area my first time there, but when Jacob and I went this go around, we walked about 15 minutes down the road from the main beach/port area and arrived at Governor's Beach. The walk is so worth it, because this beach had maybe 10 people at it in comparison to like the whole ship at the main area. It was so gorgeous and we felt like we had the beach to ourselves! We snorkeled in crystal clear blue-green water and saw several tropical fish. I will warn you and say, please please put tons of sunblock on (in general when cruising, but also) when snorkeling. We got tons of sun...yeah we got sunburnt. Boo. Regardless though, the water and beach itself were amazing! #beachlife #snorkellife {why am I hashtagging a blog post...it doesn't work like that...#ohwell #itsfun}. β˜€οΈ

Our next port was St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. There's actually not a whole lot to do by the cruise port unless you want to shop, and we didn't want to do that. So, Jacob and I took a taxi to the beautifully picturesque, Sapphire Beach. This was the most beautiful beach I have ever laid eyes on! (Side note: I've only been to the USA, Central America and the Caribbean...so there are other really beautiful beaches out there I'm sure.) But I am so serious when I say that this beach is gorgeous! The shore has nice trees to relax under and the water is pretty and overlooks a mountain range and other small islands. Talk about a lovely photo-op! We snorkeled here, too and here's a little story about that haha. So, Jacob went a little further out than I did. I like to stay closer to shore...because I know my place...because I'm from the land, not from the sea...the ocean is for marine life haha. If you can't tell, I'm kinda scared of the ocean...I mean there's so much in there! Ha, anyway, I was on my own snorkelin' around and I was perfectly content lookin' at these pretty yellow and blue tropical fish and I was even (sorta) ok with the creepy needle nose fish. But then all of a sudden, a giant, dark figure slowly approaches me in the water. I freaked out, but tried to stay calm. I froze and was like "Oh Lord, it's a shark. Oh, Lord, take me on home! Imma die!" (I didn't die btw haha). So, I found out in just a few seconds that it was a huge stingray, and I just skedaddled on out of there (in a frantic rush...I swam so fast out of the water). It had a huge stinger and I wanted no part of it haha (again I'm kinda {really} scared of the ocean animals). Jacob laughed so much at me because he said he saw me just floating along, and then out of nowhere, he saw me just dart out of the water haha. I did eventually go back in the water at Sapphire Beach, but I ditched the snorkel gear and just wadded near shore. 

The next day was a sea day. We had two total days at sea (not back to back though). The sea days were super relaxing and Jacob and really loved that we could just relax and literally not have anything on our agenda to do. We just ate, napped, ate again, chilled in our room and watched TV (Animal Planet! Ayyy!), and ate dinner, and watched the cruise entertainment haha (we went to all the shows and they were actually pretty cool). Carnival gave Jacob and I each a $50 gift card to use in the spa since it was also our birthday month. {We celebrated Jacob's birthday on the 2nd day of the cruise--the 14th!) So on the last day at sea, we used our spa gift cards and treated ourselves! Definition of relaxation haha. πŸ’• 

San Juan, Puerto Rico was our third cruise port. πŸ‡΅πŸ‡· Β‘Β‘Vive Puerto Rico!! πŸ‡΅πŸ‡· I'm half Puerto Rican, so I was pretty happy to return to Puerto Rico. I've actually only been there once before the cruise, but we stayed in PR for about 10 days I think when I first went. Anywho, Jacob and I walked around Old San Juan and visited Castillo San CristΓ³bal. We enjoyed looking at the historic fort and visiting a few nice shops, food stops and sites. Our first place we went to after the fort was The Butterfly People. Jacob loves butterfly art pieces, so of course we had to go and get another to add to our little collection. The Butterfly People are such artists and we really loved our time looking at all the different pieces. If ya click here, you can take a look at the butterflies we added to our home dΓ©cor. We ate lunch at Casa CortΓ©s ChocoBar where they put chocolate in all your food and drinks. Super yummy and I'm a choco-holic, so this was right up my alley. For dessert (as if a chocolate based entre wasn't enough for my craving lol), we went to SeΓ±or Paleta for a paleta de coco (coconut popsicle). I've been craving a yummy paleta for a while, so this was a nice treat for us! Afterwards, we headed back to the cruise to finish out our trip. 

Our last stop of the vacation was Amber Cove (Carnival's own little port) in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. Amber Cove is nice, but we wanted to explore and do something really fun. Jacob surprised me with an absolutely incredible excursion that he booked for us through Iguana Mama. This was the best adventure I have ever been on. Ever. Hands down. It was so incredible! We went on the 27 Falls of Damajagua excursion where we basically just slid down, jumped off and swam through natural cavern-like waterfalls and pools/streams. It was the coolest thing I've ever experienced. Jacob actually poked fun at me a bit because he said I looked like a little kid playing around since I had a smile on my face literally the entire time! πŸ˜„ Words cannot really describe how awesome this waterfall excursion was. But I urge you to try it if you go to the Dominican Republic!

So, that's our trip! Jacob and I had so so much fun on our birthday/anniversary combo cruise! Thanks for reading. πŸŽ‰ 

Take a look at some of our photos from the trip below!
{All photos are taken on my iPhone and edited with VSCO}


Kemari and Jacob of Kemari Lyn Films are wedding videographers based in Tallahassee, Florida. We serve North and Central Florida as well as South Georgia such as Tallahassee, Orlando, Jacksonville, Gainesville, Pensacola, Destin, St. Augustine, and Tampa. We also love traveling and will film weddings in any destination worldwide. 

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