Apparently, during a vacation is one of the most popular ways to propose. I often find myself thinking, “I wonder if they’ll get engaged on their trip?” when I see Facebook posts about long-time couples leaving for vacation together. I always ‘like’ the picture of them or the ring that gets posted upon their return, and add a congratulating comment. Of my close friends who’ve gotten married or engaged recently, three quarters of them got engaged on vacation. Despite seeing this pattern, when asked before I left for my trip I said, “No, I don’t think he’ll propose on our vacation, we’ll come back just the same as we left (but with a nice tan).” Not to ruin the end of the story or anything, but I was wrong!
My boyfriend and I planned a romantic cruise for February.Since we started dating, Zac and I have taken some fun vacations together. We’ve been to Fort Myers, New Orleans, San Francisco, Minneapolis, and a few daytrips up to Boston for Red Sox games. So far, we’d never been out of the country together. Planning a trip for February meant we wanted to visit somewhere warm! We decided on a 5-day romantic cruise leaving from Miami that made stops in Ocho Rios, Jamaica and Grand Cayman of the Cayman Islands.
Our Jamaica vacation was so exciting, in more ways than one!The first stop was Ocho Rios, Jamaica. We booked an excursion that took us up the mountain to have lunch and ride the bobsled back down to the bottom. The view was spectacular! After the bobsled, we took a bus out to Dunn’s River Falls to hike up them. This is probably the main tourist attraction of Ocho Rios. The falls are actually in a James Bond movie, which solidified Zac’s desire to take a Jamaica vacation. You have to wear special water shoes and make the hike up in a group with a guide. Here we are about halfway up with me blissfully unaware he’s carrying an engagement ring in his pocket:
There’s a reason on vacation is one of the most popular ways to propose!After the falls, we took the bus back to the port. We still had some time before we needed to be back on the boat, so we decided to walk along the beach. As we got a little further, Zac started telling me how much he loved me and how happy he was being with me. As I turned towards him to tell him I felt the same, he knelt down and pulled a small black box out of his pocket and asked me to marry him. I was in shock! I knew we’d get engaged in the not too distant future, but I hadn’t expected a Jamaica vacation to be on his list of ways to propose! Instead of yes, the first words out of my mouth were, “Are you serious?” He replied, “yes,” and started to put the ring on my finger as I stared at it. Then I said, “Yes, of course!” and we kissed.
As we walked back to the boat, I wore the biggest smile ever and kept looking at my hand. I made a quick call to my parents and sister to tell them the news. A few days later, when we got back into US cell phone service, I called the rest of my family and friends to tell them as well. A romantic cruise in February is definitely one of the best ways to propose. It was so perfect to announce the news on Valentine’s Day, and I’m glad he was serious!