We recently spent a week cruising through the Caribbean. Believe it or not it was my first time out of the country, besides a few trips to Mexico. I know, so sad! I’ve been almost everywhere in the US, but I definitely need to explore the world more. We flew into Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Saturday and stayed the night there. Could barely sleep we were so excited. Sunday morning we headed straight to the port to board Royal Caribbean’s Allure Of The Seas. It was massive compared to the ships surrounding it!
We spent the rest of Sunday exploring the ship, checking out the gym (which we never actually made it to), pretending we were considering spending money in the spa (failed to talk Blake into a couple’s massage), and perusing the various restaurants!
Our first stop was Nassau, Bahamas. We only spent a couple hours on shore because we couldn’t wait to check out the pool on deck. Found the perfect spot on the main deck, above the pool, right next to the bar lol. Then enjoyed a couple strawberry margaritas and laid out as we sailed away from Nassau.
Pretty much had breakfast in bed almost every morning, because… free room service! I wish I would have known that they made lattes, and other coffee drinks in the Park Cafe in Central Park. Didn’t realize that until the last day. Surprisingly, Johnny Rockets served some pretty bomb breakfast too and the lines were way shorter than any other spot.
Next stop was St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. I couldn’t believe how blue the water was. We spent the first half of the day at the beach, and the other half exploring the town. We will definitely be heading back here some day!
Our last stop was in St. Maarten, US Virgin Islands. I had seen videos of the airport where the planes fly so low beachgoers are blown across the beach by the tailwind of the plane and could not wait to check it out. We found the perfect spot at Sunset Beach Bar and sat there watching the planes fly in over some food and cocktails. If you ever head to St. Maarten I highly recommend checking this place out, it was our favorite spot of the whole trip.
We spent the next two days at sea! I learned how to play Black Jack and our family was the talk of the boat as the loudest, most rowdy table in the casino. Spent a lot of time enjoying cocktails, and soaking up all the sun we could. Ice Games and Blue Planet were both awesome shows, unfortunately due to weather we weren’t ever able to see Oceanaria in the Aqua Theater. My favorite show of the entire trip was The Quest, it was basically a giant interactive game in their auditorium. The whole crowd was split into teams and had to complete various challenges to win points. Not to toot my own horn or anything… but I single handedly won 3 rounds for our team so I was PISSED when we came in second. But, it was still so much fun!
Overall, it was the perfect way to visit the Caribbean for the first time. And I got to spend some quality, no cell phone service time, with people I love very much.