My last travel re-cap! It’s taken me almost two weeks to get them all out- practically the length of my vacation- and in the meantime, I’ve already began looking at other cruises leaving next year *cough cough*.
I left off in Grand Cayman! Full day in the city, stingray sandbar, too much food at the steakhouse and then we were BACK IN MIAMI!
I’ll admit, by the time I woke up on that final day that we had docked in Miami, I was pretty ready to get off that ship. In fact, my alarm that morning was called “someone throw me overboard PLZ”. In all honesty, my week on the boat felt quite long. It was very restful and nice and I had an amazing time, but I was feeling stressed about a million things at home, and I’d kind of run out of things to do on the ship. I love the sunshine and reading, but I was in need of feeling some real ground under my feet.
We woke up around 8:30am with plans to disembark, according to our zone number, around 9:45am. Unfortunately, as things go, this did not happen according to plan. At 9:45am, they were only at zone 7 of disembarkation. We were zone 31. And so began the next two hours of my life sitting in the dining room with VERY little to distract me other than the view of Miami 9 decks below.
When we were finally released from the confines of the ship around 11:30, we spent another hour going through customs to get out of the port, and finally we hopped in a cab and made our way to our hostel!
Our hostel was VERY cute. Arriving in our room and just lying on a bunk bed for a few minutes was pure bliss. We visited the outside area which was also super cute, and I know I just breathed a huge sigh of relief. It was good to be back in the hostel life, if only for a day. We didn’t check in until much later in the afternoon, though. When we got there around 1-1:30, we dropped off our bags and headed straight into the sweltering Florida sun for an afternoon of exploring. We walked all the way down Indian Creek Drive (which is where our hostel was located, it’s beautiful) and we did some much needed shopping on Lincoln Road (I think?) before making our way back to the hostel around 5:30.
It was so good to be back in the city and see it through my travel BFF’s eyes as she was visiting for the first time! I had a lot of fun with my family, so it was nice to be back. I know I’ll be back again very soon anyway (well, in my mind I will be) and the fact that I was so thrilled about another day there just cemented in my mind how much I loved the city. I ended up buying a watch while I was there, which I’m still in love with. I wanted a sports watch (my brother talked me into that a couple weeks earlier) but I shopped around for a while before finding the perfect colored one for me!
After making our way back to the hostel, we collapsed on our bunks and made some new friends with the other girls in our room! After chatting for a while with them, we decided it was time to make plans for the evening. One of our new friends joined us for dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Miami in the Bayside Market, which all on it’s own ended up being a huge adventure! We got stuck in the strangest public transit situation ever. People in Miami are terrifying, and the traffic might just be worse.
Luckily, it made for a really great story when we got home. We survived Miami! It was fun!
And after all that? We got to sit next to a piece of Elvis Presley. My favorite part of the Hard Rock is the amazing music stuff I’ve seen around the world
Unfortunately, that’s all we had time for while we were in Miami. When we woke up the next morning we packed our bags and hopped our plane home in time for dinner!
I was very happy to be home, but I have to say my vacation lasted the perfect amount of time. Now that I’ve been home for two weeks, I’m ready to leave again! Ideally I would travel again next year, but we’ll have to see how my debt goes and my money saving too, of course.
Another summer gone, another vacation over, another neat experience ticked off the list of things to do! I definitely enjoyed cruising, and now that I have a better knowledge of how cruises work, I can’t wait to plan another one!