"To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield"
- Alfred Lord Tennyson, 1833

"live deep and suck out all the marrow of life"
- Henry David Thoreau, 1845

"Some guys, they just give up living
And start dying little by little, piece by piece
Some guys come home from work and wash up,
And go racin' in the streets."
- Bruce Springsteen, 1977

"...to the heart, there's no time for you to waste.
You won't find your precious answers now
by staying in one place."
- Frank Turner, 2009

"The best things in life aren't things.
They're living and breathing."
- Michael Franti , 2011

"I owned every second that this world could give,
I saw so many places, the things that I did"
- Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, 2014

All written content and photos by Rob Fulfer unless otherwise indicated.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

seaBOURNE on the 4th of July

It was quick cruise for us over the 4th of July weekend with a couple of good friends and our first time out of the country on Independence Day.

Wednesday, July 2 - We drove south after work, picked up our friend, Mike, in Chattanooga, and got past Atlanta and spent the night in Macon, GA, about half-way to our final destination.  Thursday, July 3 - We boarded the Carnival Sensation cruise ship in Port Canaveral, Florida, around noon after meeting our friend, Wayne, who had flown down from Nashville to meet us.  We were also celebrating Wayne's recent birthday as well as the fact that this was his first cruise ever.
We departed at 4 PM from the Port Canaveral Port in good weather despite the presence of Tropical Storm Arthur that had blown through here earlier in the week.  Photo courtesy of Wayne's I-Phone.
Port Canaveral Beach was a pretty site on our way out to sea.

Friday, July 4 - Happy Independence Day! And hello Nassau!
Ashlee's been to Nassau a couple other times on some "girls-only cruises" but this was my first time here and our first time together.  It's quite beautiful  here, and the Atlantis Casino and Resort in the distance is massive in scale.
Ahoy, Nassau, Bahamas!.  It is us, the Americans!
Soon after docking, we made our way down the harbor, secured some beer and met Captain Danny and our private chartered boat for the four of us.  He whisked us away from the noise and crowds of the busy port and headed to a secluded island and private beach where we spent lots of time snorkeling, sunbathing and imbibing on a few delicious Kalik beers.

If you are going to spend the 4th of July out of the good ol' USA, it might as well be on a private beach!!
Goofing around in the ocean.  Photo courtesy of Wayne's amazing GoPro camera in it's waterproof case.
Small boat heading back to the big boats.  We had a great 4-hour excursion with Cpt. Danny that ended with us even taking turns tubing behind the boat. We sure wish we had more time to spend here. We finished our excursion day with a visit to Senor Frog's for a couple more libations and some browsing and shopping around the port.
Saturday, July 5 - It was a relaxing day at sea today as we headed back toward the Florida coast.
Big blue view aboard the Carnival Sensation.
The day aboard the ship was spent just lounging around soaking up some rays; sliding and splashing on the ships excellent water slides; sipping a few cocktails here and there; getting to some new friends we had made at dinner the two nights before and eating way, way too much (but the chicken fingers are sooooo good!)
Sunday, July 6 - We arrived back in port early this morning and began our long drive home without incident.  Another great little trip notched in our travel belts.

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