Cruise – Bahamas and Key West

In March of 2012, my sisters and I went on a Karen Kingsbury and Friends Cruise.  Karen Kingsbury is a Christian fiction writer and all of us really enjoy her books so we were excited to meet her on this cruise.  This was a short cruise on the smallest of the ships with Royal Caribbean; The Majesty of the Seas.

We left out of the port of Miami and our first stop was the Bahamas.  We enjoyed just taking a water taxi to check out the Atlantis which is a top resort on Paradise Island.  It was fun to walk around and see what we were allowed to see without being a guest.

We then went to the straw market.  The straw market is a traditional open-air market selling handwoven straw crafts, Bahamian souvenirs & tourist trinkets.  I don’t believe any of us bought anything, but it was fun to see all the colorful items that was being sold there.

Our next stop was going to be Royal Caribbean’s private island, Coco Cay, but the weather was not good for the ship to go there so we ended up spending the night in the Bahamas and an extra day there.  We did not get off the ship for the extra day as we just decided to explore the ship a bit and relax in the sun.

I don’t usually include pictures of the people I go on vacation with, but this is a picture of my sisters and Karen Kingsbury.  She was very accessible and posed for pictures with whoever wanted them.  As I said the cruise was the Karen Kingsbury and Friends Cruise and some of her friends were Matthew West, Mandisa, Tim Halperin, Britt Nicole and Anthem Lights as well as various family members.  It was fun to meet all these people and the performances were wonderful.

Our last stop was Key West.  Key West is Florida’s southernmost point, lying roughly 90 miles north of Cuba. Famed for its pastel-hued, conch-style houses and many, many bars.

Turtles that we saw on Key West.

We had a great time on this ship.  We decided one afternoon to go to Johnny Rockets.  You do have to pay for this, but for a minimal charge we got a shake, hamburger and fries and the waiters put on a show for us.

This was a great trip and we all enjoyed meeting Karen Kingsbury and her friends.  Cheers to another great trip!