Opted to gift the kids memories this year for Christmas rather than stuff - and they absolutely loved the last cruise we went on so I booked another with stops in Grand Cayman and Ocho Rios, Jamaica right after Christmas and New Years.
I ordered a new underwater camera just so I could try it on this trip and below you'll see why. I opted for an Olympus tough series this time because of the great reviews and the RAW feature - this girl likes her RAW files. Probably should have played with it some more before hand but it did great.
In Grand Cayman we had booked a catamaran sail out to Stingray City and the kids got to swim among stingrays for an hour - probably the highlight of the entire cruise! Just wow - if you ever go, be sure to make Stingray city a stop!!! Got to give Luana credit for these amazing shots of my family - I brought my underwater camera but granted we would never have gotten the whole family in the shots. Well worth the money!
The above two images are Copyright of Luana with Happy Snaps Photography in Grand Cayman.
Taken with my new underwater Olympus of my oldest holding a stingray and we managed to catch a few of them swimming underwater, fast little buggers!
First image is Stingray City as we were leaving, and second is part of the harbor in Georgetown.
In Ocho Rios I opted for a combo tour up a skylift to Mystic Mountain for some great views and then they shuttled us to Dunn's River Falls to climb the waterfalls there.
Waiting area for Mystic Mountain, and views from the skylift.
Dunn's River Falls - the beginning. The other two are the family during the climb and after we finished. Another must do in if you're in Ocho Rios - we all had a blast!
And for my bucket list item....to watch and photograph both a sunrise and sunset in one day (sunrise usually haven't been a problem, my past sunsets have been cloudy though which obviously obscures the view).
Sunset as we were leaving Miami - ain't it spectacular?!
And of course, we've got to have a sunrise and sunset at sea!