Heading Out On a Cruise!

On Thursday, I woke up ungodly early (considering it was my first day of leave) and spent the day finishing up some packing for our upcoming trip.  We’re driving to Miami (via Kissimmee to visit some family) to board the brand new Carnival Vista for our National Conference.  We’re going to be visiting Turks & Caicos, the Dominican Republic, Aruba, and Curacao.  I’m excited – because I have never been to any of these ports before.

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Downtown Walterboro, SC

After my wife got home from work/doctor’s appointment – we packed up the car and started heading south.  Because we didn’t get going as early as hoped, we didn’t arrive to our destination until 1:30 in the morning.  We were staying in Walterboro, SC – which is a small town off I-95 that my wife used to live in.  We woke up the next morning (late morning, definitely not early) and took a quick tour of Walterboro before we headed out.  We stopped at an antique store in downtown and found a butcher blog island that is going to fit perfectly in our kitchen.

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CEO of Carnival Corporation speaking to us.

After that, it was off to Kissimmee (with some horrible traffic enroute) to have dinner with my cousins.  Somehow, we got to chatting and it was 1 AM before we got to bed.  Ouch – we had to be on the road by 6 AM!  The good news is that we did make it out of bed and down to Miami in time to link up with our ship.  After a few hiccups, we were on board and seated for our general session.  One of the speakers was Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation.  He spoke at National Conference two years ago, so I knew that he was a very good speaker – and looked forward to him this year.  After the general session, we were on our own to explore.  They have a full-on candy store selling in bulk on board.  Kryptonite.  Found.  We also watched the Carnival Glory sail away, and a genuine horn battle between the two.  It was pretty cool.

 

For dinner, we decided to try Cucina Di Capitano.  I have to say, it was very good.  And I mean very good.  I started with a caprese salad, and my wife had the fried risotto balls.  For that main course, I had short ribs with a red wine sauce and my wife had spaghetti carbonara.  We both had tiramasu for desert.  It was well worth the $15/pp cover charge (it was one of their specialty restaurants).  I headed down to a comedy show, and then we headed to bed.  Tomorrow, a general session followed by the age-old question…  “Who has the better pizza?  Princess or Carnival?”

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