The Tuesday after our wedding, Ben and I had left the frigid Midwest behind and were more than ready to board our cruise ship in Long Beach, California. Our itinerary was as follows: stop in Ensenada, Mexico on the way out, spend four nights at sea, have a day each in Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island, and then head back to California over the next five nights. The height of
overconsumption relaxation! The whole two weeks were glorious, but here’s a quick rundown of particularly notable moments.
ENSENADA: We did a wine tasting excursion in the morning (amazing and cheap), and hit up a local place known for their ceviche in the afternoon. So delicious.
Before we figured out how to turn off Ben’s weird face-tune filter
OAHU: We spent the morning fighting crowds at Pearl Harbor and then found an amazing brewpub called Waikiki Brewing Company. They make a jalapeno IPA that was maybe the best beer we have ever had…and my world was shattered when I learned we couldn’t bring any back with us as they don’t (currently) bottle. I will dream of it forever.
Crying. #imissyou #bae
MAUI: We drove part of the Road to Hana in a convertible. This was as awesome as it sounds.
KAUAI: We had booked a snorkeling expedition, and while recent rains had churned up the water and made for mediocre fish-gazing, the Zodiac ride was super eventful. We saw a huge, extremely playful pod of spinner dolphins, two sea turtles, and a couple of humpback whales. I’m intensely anti-zoo/animal park, so seeing them in the wild was just incredible.
Such happy creatures! | Video courtesy of Ben
As close as they let you get to the lava…worth it
SO. MUCH. FOOD: If you’ve ever been on a cruise, you know how much they feed you. We had a great time dining on the ship, whether at formal dinners or at the pizza place by the pool.
“Crab Shack” Night = great night, or greatest night?
HOLIDAYS AT SEA: We celebrated Christmas and New Year’s Eve at sea, which was actually very romantic. We also heard some excellent live classical music, did quite a bit of reading for pleasure (what a luxury), visited the spa for massages, drank lots of rose champagne and sugary cocktails, and stayed OFF our phones for the duration of the cruise. Perfection.
At times, we felt a little silly with how extravagant everything was (not to mention we were definitely the only couple honeymooning on the ship—and the youngest people by far not with their parents), but I would do it all the same again. A honeymoon is a trip of a lifetime by its very nature—go all out! Or at least that’s how I defended it to Ben while planning. 😉
#noregrets | GIF via GIPHY