Eastern Caribbean Cruise Trip Recap

Last weekend, we returned from a week-long trip to Florida for a cruise to the Eastern Caribbean!

We had not been on a cruise since January 2020, and to be honest, we hadn’t been too interested over the years due to COVID.

However, as we like to do every year, we knew we wanted to go but weren’t quite sure where – we just knew it had to be somewhere warm! We had a trip booked to Tampa in December and ended up canceling that. For the first time in years, we started looking at cruises again and found a deal that was too good to pass up. We ended up booking this cruise 2 weeks before the trip began.

This was our first time cruising with Royal Caribbean. The ship we went on was the Odyssey of the Seas; we left Ft. Lauderdale and went to Coco Cay, Bahamas, Labadee, Haiti, and Falmouth, Jamaica. Overall, we had a great and wonderful trip with great weather. The only problem was it went by way too fast.

Below is our recap day by day and all the prior trips we have been on since 2013 linked as well.

Day 1 – Flew to Ft. Lauderdale

We left on a Saturday afternoon and flew Southwest from Love Field to Ft. Lauderdale, landing around 6 pm. We took an Uber to our hotel just 5 minutes from the airport. After checking in at our hotel, we walked around to find a dinner spot and called it a night.

Day 2 – Set Sail

We had a lazy and quiet morning on Sunday. After checking out of our hotel room, we took an Uber to the Cruise terminal, where we boarded our ship, Odyssey of the Seas. The onboarding process was quick and easy, taking less than 10 minutes from arrival to check-in. We were pleasantly surprised!

We immediately found food once we got on the ship. We had been looking and talking about everything we wanted to eat all week! After eating, we made our way up the top deck, where we spent the rest of the afternoon on a day bed. We enjoyed the views as we left Florida and stayed outside until the sun went down.

Day 3 – Coco Cay, Bahamas

Due to the wind, we docked a little late at Coco Cay, but I was just thankful we were able to dock! Colby and I walked straight to South Beach and found a set of chairs as far away as possible from the rest of the chairs, hoping it would be quieter. We had a relaxing day, reading, playing cards, people-watching, and hanging out.

The great thing about Coco Cay and Labadee, where we also went, is they are owned by Royal Caribbean, so the food, umbrella, and chairs were all included in our visit there. That was definitely a perk that we had never experienced on Carnival. Overall, it was a lovely island, and we absolutely loved our time in the Bahamas.

Day 4 – Day at Sea

I started the day with a quick trip to the gym followed by the rock-climbing wall. We then spent the rest of the day on the day bed, which is what we do every time we are at sea. We want to be outside, in the quietest area possible, as long as we can! Our day was filled with delicious food, good conversation, lots of reading, and cards.

Day 5 – Labadee, Haiti

Like Coco Cay, Labadee is a private area owned by Royal Caribbean. After getting off the ship, we took a 10-minute walk to Columbus Cove and found some chairs. The beach area we went to was smaller than at Coco Cay and felt a little crowded. Thankfully, we both had our headphones to drown out the noise. We had another wonderful day, reading, hanging out and just relaxing!

Day 6 – Falmouth, Jamaica

In Jamaica, we did an excurcion – Adventure Falls and River Tubing. While we had a wonderful day and a fun time, we would not recommend this excursion to those who are really looking for an adventure.

Things moved slowly due to the number of people on the excursion. For the tubing portion of the trip, we realized we were connected to other people instead of tubing on our own. In addition, we ran out of time and didn’t get to spend time at Adventure Falls.

Like I said, we still had the best day and loved Jamaica, but I probably wouldn’t have paid to do that again, so I want to be honest with our experience.

Day 7 – Day at Sea

On our last day at sea, we soaked up every second we could on the outside deck.

Day 8 – Ft. Lauderdale and Fly Home

We got off the ship around 8:30 am and used ResortPass.com to book a hotel for the day. This was super convenient because our flight was at 7 PM. The hotel we booked kept our luggage for us, and we could enjoy another full day at the pool and beach.

Our flight ended up getting delayed until 8 PM. We finally made it home around 11 PM, and it felt good to be back home!

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Our Prior Vacations:

I didn’t start sharing our traveling adventures on the blog until the end of 2013, but you can see some of our vacations below. You can also see our best tips for traveling on a budget here!

Pacific Northwest
Western Caribbean Cruise
Arizona
Hilton Head
South America: Argentina
South America: Torres Del Paine
South America: Lake Region
South America: Santiago + Coast
Colorado
Costa Rica: Manuel Antonio
Costa Rica: Santa Teresa
Costa Rica: La Fortuna
Michigan
Las Vegas
Caribbean Cruise – Grand Turk + Dominican Republic
Caribbean Cruise – Aruba + Curacao
Colorado Ski Date #2
North Carolina
Maui
Kauai
Oahu
Palm Springs
Colorado #3
Anniversary Staycation
Florida
Europe: The Netherlands
Europe: Montenegro + Greece
Europe: Croatia
Branson, Missouri
Cancun, Mexico
Colorado Ski Trip #4
Northern California + Lake Tahoe
Yosemite + Napa
Ft. Worth
Phoenix, Arizona
Eastern Caribbean Cruise: Grand Turk + San Juan
Eastern Caribbean Cruise: St. Kitts + St. Maarten
South Carolina
Colorado Skip Trip #5
Utah: Zion and Bryce National Parks
Utah: Arches National Park
Washington D.C
Florida Trip Recap
Western Caribbean Cruise
Colorado Trip #6
Florida Keys
Arizona Trip
US Virgin Island Trip

Indian Rocks Beach, Florida
Cabo Trip

Catalina Island, California
Colorado Springs + Steamboat Springs

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