About a month ago I wrote a post about the first time I visited Bermuda. I was a naive, but very fun and spunky 19 year just looking for a good time. So, when my husband suggested we visit the island for a vacation I was ecstatic to get to see the island through a new set of (much more mature) eyes.
This time we set sail with the Royal Caribbean cruise line’s “Explorer of the Seas”. Our ship was set to depart from Cape Liberty (Bayonne, NJ) at 4pm but was delayed due to some bad weather. I was pretty annoyed by this but ya always gotta look for the silver lining, right? Well my friends…the delayed departure gave my husband and I the unique opportunity to view the New York City skyline, and the Statue of Liberty from the water at night! What an amazing and surreal experience!
Since we didn’t get settled in until about 10pm we were really only interested in ordering some room service and calling it a night. The room was cozy in size but the bed was AMAZING, so that made up for our lack of space! My husband and I laid in bed for a while talking about all of the awesome things we had planned for the duration of our trip! Swimming with dolphins, Horseshoe Bay, a round of golf….the list went on and on! The water was choppy from the storms in the area so needless to say it didn’t take long before we were rocked to sleep 😉
Guess what I woke up to the next morning?! Seriously, I can’t even make this up…..Strep throat and Bronchitis. Well technically at the time, all I knew was that I felt like death…I NEVER self diagnose (ha ha yea right). Anyhow, it came completely out of the blue…and all I had in my bag was some Ibuprofen. Ugh. Then I remembered that they have a doctor on board so I quickly made an (very expensive) appointment. I was stoked, I thought “I’ll get some antibiotics and this whole thing will have just been a minor inconvenience”. That was of course until the doctor on call decided that I simply had a “virus that needed to run its course”. Whatever Mr. Cruise ship Doctor on a power trip. So there I was bobbing around in the middle of the ocean feeling like death becomes her… with an arsenal of Ibuprofen. Woop-Dee-Doo!
While at sea I rarely left our room, so sadly I missed out on a lot of amenities the ship had to offer. I can say however, that they had superb room service…and the ice cream….OHHH the ice cream!! My husband found great joy in making fun of the massive amounts of ice cream I consumed throughout our trip…how rude!
After a couple of days at sea we finally docked at the Royal Navy Dockyard! While it was beautiful I didn’t think it was nearly as lovely as the port in St. George. We nosed around the Dockyard stopping in some shops and grabbing a bite to eat before heading to Horseshoe Bay on the Pink Death Traps 😉
Thankfully we made it safely to Horseshoe Bay, and it was just as breathtaking as it was the first time I laid my eyes on it. Unfortunately, I was too sick to swim…or stay long for that matter. We walked the beach for about 20 minutes before I gave up and asked my poor husband if we could go back to the ship so I could sleep 😦
So much for swimming with dolphins, and our golf outing. I spent the rest of our trip in bed binging on massive amounts of ice cream.
Oh, and ready for this?? As soon as we got back to The States I went to the nearest urgent care. AND it was no virus…I had Strep Throat and Bronchitis!! ….at least I finally got my antibiotics…
Any of you ever have your vacation completely ruined by getting sick?