MY GOSH. All I can say is….we need to schedule vacations more often ;)! Traveling with our friends Bret and Sarah was an absolute blast, and a cruise was a great pick for doing things together AND to have our own time together. With our wedding anniversary in December, it is so easy for it get lost in the middle of the Christmas season if we aren’t intentional in our planning to celebrate. Like I shared in my last post about what I packed, this was our first official time away since our honeymoon — where it was simply a set aside time to take a break from work/ministry, and for us to purposefully unplug from all communication/social media. So wonderful. So needed. Refreshing just might be the perfect way to describe it. And, we would do it all over again in a heartbeat LOLOL!
I plan on splitting up these posts into two parts, and in both I hope to do a few things: 1) share our experience, 2) share outfit details per usual, & 3) provide random, but helpful tips if you are eyeing going on a cruise for the first time! While this is our first and only experience – I think there are some pretty basic/standard information that will give you an idea on what to expect if you haven’t gone before!
Cruise line: Royal Caribbean | Ship: Freedom of the Seas | 6 Nights | Ports: (1) Fort Lauderdale, FL (2) Grand Caymen Island (3) Costa Maya, Mexico (4) Cozumel, Mexico
We ended up flying to get to and from Ft. Lauderdale where the ship sailed away from and finished. Thankfully we were able to do all our traveling all in one day and we landed just a couple of hours before we were able to board the ship. This picture above was from the little patio area outside of a Tropical Smoothie. Just picture four people and our six giant luggage bags + 3 stuffed backpacks sitting casually on the sidewalk next to us LOL.
We made it! Isn’t she beautiful? Our room was actually on front of the ship (right), and we later found out that our ship was almost at capacity with about 5,000+ people!
– FOOD –
As y’all know by now, I am NOT a morning person haha. So when I found out that room service was complimentary, I about jumped on the bed and squealed. Not really, but something like that. We ordered breakfast every morning and it was probably one of our favorite parts of our trip!
Our room service was maybbeeee 10-15 minutes late one morning (we didn’t even notice), and they sent us an apology on a note with these fresh beauties! I CAN’T EVEN!!
For lunch, we ended up eating a local restaurants at our different stops (SO YUM), and then at a the buffet on the two “at sea” days.
This is the dining area for our complimentary dinner each night. The menu had different options every day, and we didn’t chose one item that wasn’t delicious. In fact, I think I can confidently say it was the best food we’ve ever had. To top it off, the four of us sat at the same table in the evening and had the same waiter/assistant waiter for the entire week. They were super sweet and beyond accommodating!
This was one of the evening’s menus towards the end of the week. They had their classics of starters, entrees, and desserts that were offered each day, and then additional options of each that changed from night to night.
The famous rolls! Not really, but they might as well be. They made their way to our table several times throughout every evening and I secretly wish (actually it’s no secret) that they would mail me just one more!! SO DELISH.
Our amazing waiter and assistant waiter. Loved them to pieces!
Our first night on the ship:
The window/view from our room! Wearing: Victoria Secret’s thermal pj’s – see #1 from my latest post for the link!
– Grand Cayman Island –
For our little excursion in Grand Cayman, we took a little trolley tour of the island and learned a little history! If we were to fly to just one place to plan our own vacation, this would definitely be at the top of the list! Everyone was incredibly friendly and our tour guide mentioned the only reason you might need to lock your windows and doors were because of the iguanas haha!
I wore this romper as a bathing suit cover-up, and it was perfect for our all-day adventuring. Find it here.
We stopped for ice cream, obviously. Nathan was laughing at me because I thought this shop was unique to Grand Cayman….oops!!!
Even though there were countless choices to go and be a part of every night, most of our nights were spent in the hot tub after dinner, and then at the top of the ship looking out into the ocean and the stars (seriously…there’s nothing like it!!!). But one of the nights, we decided to go see the Drew Thomas (from America’s Got Talent) magic show.
They were are! XOXO!
– STAY TUNED FOR PART 2 COMING SOON –