Wednesday, July 9, 2008


June 21st - 26th, 2008
Our cruise to Bermuda!

Our ship left from Norfolk, which was so convenient. We were able to get dropped off right at the ship and walk right to the boarding area. We were through security and on the ship within 30 minutes. I highly recommend cruising from this terminal.

Here are some pictures of us leaving port.

I celebrated my birthday on the cruise. One of the nights, our waiters sang "Happy Birthday" to myself and one of our table-mates, who was also celebrating a birthday. It was really yummy!

Here we are getting off the ship in Bermuda. It was so simple to get off and on the ship throughout the two days we were there. It was like having your hotel right there.

Our first stop was the capital city of Hamilton. It was a bustling city. We did a little shopping here. One of the things that surprised us the most was the business attire of the men. They would wear short sleeve dress shirts, ties, shorts and...KNEE SOCKS! It was so funny looking!

I loved this little alley. There were shops all along the way up. The whole island is rocky and hilly. It really surprised us.
A beautiful church in Hamilton.

A scenic spot!

A pretty little park in Hamilton.

One of my favorite things was how people with houses on the top of these rock cliffs would carve stairs out of the rocks to get down to the water.

After touring Hamilton, we went on a snorkeling trip. We snorkeled around this little island and the coastline. We saw some amazing fish and the most vibrant purple coral. The trip also included a scenic hour long trip around the island. One of the crew told us all about the island. We got to see sea turtles and the world's smallest drawbridge. It was so much fun!

On the last day in Bermuda, we struck out on our own and headed for this lighthouse. We climbed to the very top. You could see the entire island from the top. Unfortunately, the window were foggy because it was so hot, so none of the pictures turned out. But it was beautiful!

After the lighthouse, we cooled off with a trip to Horseshoe Bay. It was gorgeous! The sand here is pink due to a type of coral in the water. When the coral dies, it breaks into pieces and washes up on this beach. The water here is also the third saltiest in the world. The pictures below are if you walk a little farther north of the main beach. Over there, these rock jut straight out of the beach. Were we able to climb to the top of a couple of them and get some amazing pictures.

One of the last nights on the ship. This was our first real vacation with just the two of us. We had such a great time and can't wait to go back again. Maybe next time you all can come with us! There was so much more to see and do there!


TheHudsonFamily said...

LOVE your cruise pictures!! You look "glowing" and beautiful in all of the pictures. You both look so happy!
Love ya,

momof5boys said...

What gorgeous pictures! I second April, you look simply glowing and beautiful! How nice to get a way just the two of you and reconnect! Just dont wait 15 years like Eric and I did next time! Take the time for the two of you!
Love you!

Katy said...

It looks like an AMAZING trip - we have always wanted to do a cruise too! The water looks amazing - and I'm so glad you were able to go just the two of you! I'm a BIG fan of those vacations now! :) I totally LOVE the picture of the two of you lovebirds at the bottom of the post!!!!

Jen said...

We're with you for the next one! Glad you guys got to go on an unbelievable trip together and on your birthday at that! It does look like a very beautiful place!

Natalie said...

What fun!!!! We love Bermuda and the boys can't wait to go back...maybe next time we will opt for the cruise for two route!!!

Jennifer said...

Beautiful pictures!!!! I guess that's one thing we miss being so far from the ocean...sounds like an easy way to take a quick little trip!!! Puts me in the mood for a vacation!


Hey Jess - so you DID get to do something fun for your birthday (not SBW this year)! Yay. Hope you got my e-mail to your work account. Glad you got to escape with your man. Much needed once you enter the world of parenthood. :) Miss ya.

Heather J said...

So glad to see pictures - it looks like y'all had an amazing time together and hopefully 'recharged' for a bit!!!

Jonathan and Missy Wetherington said...

Hey Jess! I have just started a blog, so I'm still getting the hang of everything. Anyway, your Bermuda pictures are awesome! It looks so beautiful there!
I enjoyed catching up with you at the softball games last weekend..hope you have a good week!! :)

Jenny Rowan said...

Hey girl!! Wow-what an amazing trip :) I can't wait till Mark and I can do a cruise from Norfolk--how special.

anthonyandbeth said...

look like an amazing trip! maybe we can do one with you guys sometime! i know it would be so much fun! :) we'll just have to settle for FL right now! :)

Sarah said...

You guys look wonderful!!! - I have a habit of going from blog to blog trying to find familiar faces and I'm so glad I found yours! It feels like forever since VA Beach! Hope you guys are doing wonderful and tell the Hubs, or the Mrs. (depending on who gets this!) Hello from Japan!
-Guy, Sarah, and Ryan Snodgrass :)


We got pictures done today. This is my favorite!