Monday, December 18, 2017

Cruising the Caribbean Sea

I'm back from a week (well) spent sailing the ocean! While I could easily live on the ocean forever, I'm looking forward to the next couple weeks of relaxation. Aside from a few small day trips, I am officially home for the holidays. 

This cruise was extremely last-minute and exactly what I needed after what was the most stressful 18-credit hour semester. Before we headed for Orlando, it snowed eleven inches the night before. We weren't even sure we would be able to make it down there with the icy roads. Thank goodness most of the ice was north of us. After that last week, I was ready to pack my sunglasses and swimsuit and head south. 

The cruise itself was great! I am no stranger to cruising, but now being 21, it opened up a whole side of cruising to experience. The week was filled with mimosas, live music, and lobster dinners. The Champagne Bar was my favorite spot on the ship because Frank Sinatra was on repeat and all the little details were so luxe. My sister and I would go there before dinner every night and read or play cards while sipping on some bubbly. 

Traveling by boat usually means extremely small living quarters. While it was quite small, we did have a balcony which makes all the difference in my opinion. I could enjoy my croissant and coffee on the balcony in my pajamas without leaving the room. I mean, just look at that view!!

I only brought a few summer items home with me for Christmas break, so I was definitely limited on what I could pack. I had a carry-on for the entire week and spent most of my days in athletic clothes. (Yes, can you believe it?) I would dress up for dinners, though. I felt so much more relaxed with less to lug around. Traveling light is the way to go for this sort of vacation.

The cruise and staff were so wonderful and made for a fantastic week. I have been so 'on-the-go' honestly this entire year, so it's going to be strange to be in one place the rest of the year. Hopefully, it will force me to relax and reflect on such an exciting and packed 2017 and start planning for 2018! Looking ahead, I have a lot of fun content planned for the rest of the year so keep an eye out. I'm kind of behind on things, don't hate me. Next up, another Summer Travel Series guide to one my all-time favorite stops of the summer, a few outfit posts, a delicious recipe post, and a few posts from my trip to Kiawah Island over Thanksgiving!

The cruise essentials: