We made it over the hill and are headed down to the weekend on this Thursday morning. This week is flying by, I am still in awe that it’s June and we are starting the 7th day of it already!! I am a little behind on my vacation posts, so I thought today was as good a day as any!
Be sure to check out the first installment of our cruise before continuing on.
We woke up the next morning still sailing towards Key West. We had Palo brunch, so we didn’t eat breakfast. If you have never had the opportunity to do Palo brunch, you are missing out. It is an amazing buffet and plated adults only meal. So relaxing, and so good! It’s Bobby’s favorite part of the cruise. Please note that it is required for a guy to wear long pants for this brunch. No jeans or shorts allowed.
We arrived early and were seated immediately. We were introduced to our server who was very nice and did an excellent job.
Our waiter then brought us to the buffet and showed us all the different tables, and explained how to order the plated food, and then we were let loose.
I didn’t take photos of all the buffet food this time but you can check out my Palo post from the Dream to see lots of buffet table photos! We also ordered several plated items. I got the buttermilk pancakes
Bobby ordered FOUR eggs benedict. He says they are the best he’s ever had!
My favorite, dessert! Cheesecake in a glass, tiramisu, chocolate covered strawberry
Bobby’s birthday was on the reservation as a celebration for the cruise and they brought him this plate out
This is our second cruise where we ate Palo brunch on Key west day, and we love it because you get to watch the ship pull in and dock while you eat.
We went back to our room (more like waddled!) and changed so we could head out and explore. One of the nice things about this trip was that we had no plans. No port adventures, nothing we “had” to do. We have been to Key West before and done all the touristy things, so we just planned to walk around for a bit and then hit up the hopefully deserted pool.
Key West from our room balcony:
The nice thing about docking in Key West is you can turn your cell phone back on! I was able to call my parents and check on my dogs, text and upload some photos, and check work email.
These guys are everywhere!
So, funny story. We walked to the pier and saw this guy fishing. This pelican was standing about eight feet away watching. All of the sudden, the guy gets a tug on his line and the bird starts moving in closer and closer and finally jumps in the water. The guy shoos it away enough to get the fish out of the water, but then decides for whatever reason to give it to the pelican anyway, who promptly put the whole thing in it’s mouth and then had to fight off another pelican trying to steal his fish. It was really comical!
You can see the fish in his mouth! It was huge but he was determined not to drop it. I kept thinking of Finding Nemo when he tells the fish to get in his mouth and he would save them haha
After walking in a few shops, we had our fill and decided to go back and try to get a spot at the adult pool. We lucked up, it was deserted! (The below photo is not where we sat, but still a nice view of Key West!)
Later we went back to the room to try to get some shots of the famous Key West sunset
I think I managed to get a couple good shots. I shall leave you with that. My next installment will have plenty more photos!
I hope everyone got out and ran yesterday! It wasn’t a run day for me, but I couldn’t help it, I jumped on the treadmill to do a mile after my yoga class!
QOTD: Did you run for National running day? Have you ever been to Key West?
annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd cue jealousy 😉
As badly as I wanted to run even just a mile yesterday, my ankles are screaming at me so I decided it would be best to give them a little rest. My pup did some running though 🙂 We went to Key West in 2010 on a cruise and enjoyed ourselves. Looking forward to your next vacation post!
thats ok! great you listened to your body
Everything looks sooooo amazing! I wanna be there too! 😉
Tara Burner says
Kristyn @ Life In Running Shoes says
I only got in a half mile yesterday because I got tied up talking with a neighbor and blew my allotted running time before dinner!
I am looking forward to our stop in Key West on our cruise in the spring (which I will be getting you to book soon-waiting on a babysitter commitment!). I would love to hear your recommendations of places to go eat or things to do “off the beaten path”.
And–where did you get that FABULOUS hat?? I need one!
I got it at TARGET!!
Jessica Fuller says
It all looks so beautiful. I have not been on a cruise in so long, we are planning to go this spring! I don’t know how I would handle loose chickens though – secret truth – I am terrified of them!!! 🙂
Ohh how I love cruise/vaca photos. Thanks for sharing! Obsessed w/your hat.
Ahh I just booked Palo brunch for our Sept cruise earlier this week. Cannot wait! LOVE your hat and the sunset pics!
Looks like an awesome time! I am trying hard to get my husband to take me on a crusie when I lose all 30lbs to my goal (20lbs down so far!)
Never been to Key West, but if I do, I want to wear THAT EXACT SAME YELLOW HAT.
and now I want an eggs benedict.
Not sure if you will debark in Miami but I am just minutes from the port if you have free time, would be great to meet another hls blogger!
aw thanks for the offer but I took this cruise back at the beginning of May!
This all looks gorgeous- the food, the water and sunshine, and I love your hat! Happy belated bday to your hubby, too!
It all looks so fabulous! And the food looks great! 🙂
Karen :0) says
Yummm….Halo…I mean Palo brunch!!
Great sunset shots! :0)
I absolutely love Key West!I went for the first time as a stop on the Carnival Magic, and would love to go back
I have never seen photos before of the famous Palo brunch, and your report is getting me plenty excited to try it!
Beautiful sunset photos. That 2nd last one is spectacular! That would be great to have framed!
you will love it!