My 10 most favorite things to do on a cruise. #SeasTheDay #RoyalCaribbean


A few short weeks ago I went on a 4 night cruise to Cozumel from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on the Liberty of the Seas. I joined 39 other bloggers to experience the bliss of a Royal Caribbean cruise through the Gulf of Mexico to the island of Cozumel. The trip was amazing and the camaraderie rejuvenating. It was the perfect winter escape to raise my spirits!

There were SO many things to do on and off the cruise and I tried to sample it all. Obviously there are only 24 hours in a day and only so many days on the ship, so here are my top 10 favorites, in no particular order.

1. Watch an Ice Skating Show. On a cruise ship in the tropics. It just sounds far fetched, but it is true and fun. Even better, find out when they have open ice skating and go do it. Here is a clip from the show I watched. I couldn’t do this on dry land, much less on ice on a cruise ship in the middle of the Gulf.

 

2. Eat. This is a given, it is a cruise ship after all. The expectation is that you will eat and in abundance. The food on the Liberty of the Seas was utterly delightful – healthful, fresh and flavorful. (Yes there are decadent, unhealthful options. I did my best not to choose them. Until dessert came around….)  One night I was torn between trying a cold soup as an appetizer or a salad, so I tried them both. They were both good and I’m glad I didn’t miss out. (In truth, I hit the stairs so much that I didn’t gain a pound on the ship!)2 appscheese souffle

3. Decorate Your Door. I know this sounds a little silly, but think about it. You are utterly exhausted from swimming, surfing, shopping, and rock climbing. Not to mention the 2 million flights of stairs you took because really, who has time for an elevator? Having a little something extra on your door helps you find it soooooo much faster. door decorating

4. Go Surfing. Or Bodyboarding. The surfrider on the Liberty of the Seas was awesome and great to watch as well. The wipe outs from young and old were well… hilarious. But fun. Oh so fun. surfrider

5. Learn to Decorate Cupcakes. The cupcake decorating class on the ship was so much fun. I don’t know that I would have tried it out on my own, but after learning more than I thought I could know about how to transfer 2 cupcakes into a dog I am hooked. Seriously, who can resist this face?dog cupcake

6. Order Room Service. Some mornings you just don’t want to go upstairs and eat breakfast in a room full of people. Room service is the answer. My roomie and I ordered eggs, toast, bacon and hash browns one morning and it was everything I had hoped it would be and more. room service

I even ended breakfast with a cup of coffee on the balcony. Pure bliss! coffee on balcony

6. Donate a Book to the Ship Library. After you finish your book that you read on the balcony with your cup of java, donate it! Most cruise ships have a library. They can always use more books.library

7.  Go Rock Climbing. This was my absolute favorite part of the ship. I went three times and would have gone back more if time had allowed. I love rock climbing and haven’t had much opportunity since having my boys. Since my family was home for this trip, I went often. I learned that I need to climb more if I want to get back to where I was many moons ago. rock climbingthe wal

8. Get a Massage. Or Facial. Or Both. During our port day I decided to forgo the typical excursions and instead do a bit of shopping and head back to the ship for a little R&R. Most cruise ships have specials for port days since the majority of passengers are off the vessel for other adventures. I got the Traveler’s Special which consisted of a facial, scalp massage, neck, shoulder & back massage and a foot rub. It was heavenly. I haven’t had a massage in at least a year and it was everything I had hoped it would be. I didn’t get a photo of the spa room but here I am with my wonderful spa tech. massage

9. Catch a Musical. The last night on the ship, they had a performance of Saturday Night Fever. The costumes, the set, the actors were all wonderful. They did an amazing job of recreating the feeling from the original 1970’s film and brought it to life on the stage. sat night fever

10. Stay Up Late and See The Quest. This is an audience participation in-room scavenger hunt. The room is divided up into 6 sections and a male and female are selected to be the leaders for each section. Summer was selected from our group and she was PERFECT. Summer in Quest Summer guided us through obtaining lipstick, a photo of the white house, putting men in women’s shoes and ultimately – dressing one dude as a lady. quest guys This photo shows the outcome of each section’s offering for the final challenge. The game was irreverent, engaging and hilarious. Our announcer Jerome was super witty and made the game the event of the cruise.

 

Even though this is only 10 things – the real number of opportunities on the ship is easily in the triple digits. There is so much to do. Mini golf, arcades, swimming, hot tubs, fitness center, yoga, boxing, spinning, spa, acupuncture, etc. What are YOUR favorite things to do on a cruise ship?

 

 Cruise provided by Royal Caribbean and Brandfluential. All opinions are my own. (Always.)

Seas The Day with Royal Caribbean


I am so excited!! In a few short weeks, I will join 39 other bloggers on a trip of a lifetime – a 4 day trip to Cozumel on the Liberty of the Seas.
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Royal Caribbean is sponsoring our group on a wonderful adventure. The Liberty of the Seas is a freedom class ship with tons of activities on board including a rock climbing wall, ice skating rink and even a full size basketball court and boxing ring! While I’m not entirely sure I will make it into the boxing ring, I can’t wait to scale the rock wall a few times.

This will be my second cruise. I went on my first cruise back in November to the Bahamas from Port Canaveral. We sailed to Freeport and Nassau. We had a blast at Atlantis and the kids still talk about going back on the boat. I know that this voyage with Royal Caribbean will be my best trip yet and I am so excited to go!

The next thing I need to plan – my shore excursion. What do you think I should try?

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My Stay at Global Resort Homes


2691 Manesty Lane

This summer I entered a blog giveaway posted by Toni at Just Stop Screaming and I won. (Thank you Toni!)

My prize was sponsored by Global Resort Homes, Boggy Creek Airboat Rides, and Kissimmee Guest Services. It included a one week stay in a Global Resort Home, airboat rides for 4 and SeaWorld passes for 4. We went this past fall and had an absolute blast.

We stayed in a 6 bedroom 4 bath home on Manesty Lane in Windsor Hills. The home had a full kitchen, laundry room, game room, pool and hot tub. I brought my crockpot with the intention of cooking dinner most evenings to save on dining out. I needn’t have worried – there was a crockpot already there!

Big Kitchen

The first half of the week we had my parents and Cameron’s parents stay with us. I had invited my brother and sister’s families too, but prior commitments kept them busy. Had they decided to join us, there was room. There was room for EVERYONE, and no one was cramped. We each had space to retreat to and plenty of living spaces to hang out as a family. My in-laws loved the pool and spa and swam every night.

Swimming

The second half of the week my friend Amber came with her two kids. We swam, hit the parks, swam more, ate in, shopped and eventually fell over. It was great.

GavinGavin at the top of the stairs.

IMG_2582Large laundry room.

IMG_2581One of two living areas!

IMG_2580Dining Room

IMG_2584Second living area and dining room.

IMG_2583Recreation room in garage.

IMG_2585Eat-in breakfast nook in kitchen

IMG_2590Master suite

IMG_2591Master Bath – garden tub, separate shower and double vanity!

IMG_2598Pool with hot tub

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Additional living area. This turned out to be the kids’ favorite spot.

The next time we are in Orlando for a family vacation, we will definitely look into staying with Global Resort Homes again. Its worth the cost for the space and amenities! We were 10 minutes from the Disney park, 15 minutes from SeaWorld and super close to all Kissimmee and Orlando have to offer!

Check out my video review!

Have you ever stayed in a rental home instead of a hotel?