Monday, December 11, 2017

50th Wedding Anniversary Mexican Cruise

Below is my son's CloserQ blog post of November 28, 2017

On July 1st, 1967 in Rutland, Vermont; Steve and Cathy Priest exchanged their vows.  50 Years later, Steve and Cathy; plus their two sons, Shaun and Tim; their daughter-in-law, Christine; and two grandchildren Madison and Carson; celebrated their 'Golden Anniversary' with a five day cruise on Royal Caribbean's ship the Independence of the Seas.  Below are pictures from our amazing trip.

Lets start at the beginning, with a picture of Steve and Cathy with their Wedding Party in 1967.

Steve and Cathy in their cruise stateroom and looking fantastic, a very short 50 Years later

The Seven of us on the Cruise

Days 1&2:  Cruising to Mexico and enjoying the amazing floating city.  Christine and I over looking the main mall. 
Steve, Shaun, and Tim enjoyed a beer tasting at Dog and Badger Pub, where we got meet other cruisers and our bartenders
The Seven of us enjoying time together in the main promenade:
Meals, we ate together every night and we ate like kings.  Below is us in the primary spot the Romeo and Juliet Dining Room, where are our waiter, Maurice, treated us like royalty:
 We booked the Chop Steak House for a our celebratory dinner
For day 3, we docked in Costa Maya.  Tim and Carson spend the day ATVing, while Steve, Cathy, Shaun, Christine, and Madison visited the Chacchoben Mayan Ruins.  
Carson and Tim get ready to go four-wheeling.
Our Pictures from the Chacchoben Mayan Ruins

While in the port of Costa Maya; Steve, Shaun, and Maddi got an unorthodox pedicure by the Garra Rufa, also known as the 'Doctor Fish' in the Fish Spa

Tim and Carson in the Port, before we re-boarded
On Day 4, we visited the Island of Cozumel. We enjoyed lunch at Margaritaville:

After Lunch we the seven of us went Snorkling. 

As we re-boarded

Day 5, we headed back to Fort Lauderdale.  On cruising day back, we did a fascinating behind the scenes tour of the cruise ship.  We visited kitchens, laundry, where the crew sleeps and lives, the engine room command center, and the bridge.  It was so behind the scenes there were certain areas, where we we could not take pictures.

Thank you for letting us share pictures from my parent's 'Golden Anniversary' Cruise. If you have any questions, please email Shaun Priest at


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