Wednesday, February 11, 2015

I'm on a Boat: Our Cruise

After looking at my 30 before 30 list, I realize that 1) I am getting closer to 30 with each day (where does the time go?) and 2) I need to update this blog on our adventures.

In September, Danny and I embarked on our first cruise together! I had been on a cruise a few years earlier with my mom, but Danny had always wanted to go on a cruise and I really wanted to take him on one since I had so much fun on my first one.

We had a lot of stories and some really great times, but its been months now and I won't be able to hash out every detail, so I wanted to share our fondest memories in a top 5 list of the most memorable things on our cruise.  Oh and we also went back to Jamaica! Long (and boring) story later, we both weren't feeling well the day we sailed into Jamaica and we barely left the room until later that night once we had started to feel better.  I still think Jamaica hates us since almost the exact thing happened to us on our honeymoon.  But regardless, I'm crossing it off my list!

Now onto our top five most memorable things:

5. Food/Drink

The food was nothing short of amazing on our cruise! I found a few places on the ship that were not veggie friendly, like AT ALL, but for the most part, especially in the dining room, there were a ton of options for me.  Not only was the food delicious, but the drinks were too! We decided to get the unlimited beer and wine alcohol package which means me and Mike (Mike's hard lemonade that is) hung out a lot on the boat.

We had breakfast delivered to our room every morning and we enjoyed it on our balcony!
Sushi night!
Milkshakes at Johnny Rockets
Giovanni's table, Italian cuisine
The Cupcake Cupboard for dessert
4. The Boat

We traveled on the Allure of the Seas which is the biggest cruise boat ever to be built and it is quite a sight.  I was glad to show Danny everything that I experienced on my previous cruise since the ship that I sailed on was the Allure's sister ship and they are almost exactly alike.  Even though I had been on a boat just like this one, Danny caught on better than I did when it came to navigating this crazy boat!

Allure of the seas, the biggest cruise ship currently sailing
Infinity Whirlpool
Vitality Spa at Sea
Diving pool
Auditorium at Sea
Ice Rink
Comedy club
3. Trivia Nights

Because we traveled on such a large ship, there were always things to do.  One of those things to do, that we took full advantage of were the trivia nights.  Danny loves trivia so no matter what kind of trivia it was, he wanted to do it and by the end of it, it turned out to be a lot of fun.  One of the more memorable trivia categories was famous romantic movie songs! Needless to say, not all of our attempts at trivia night were successful!  Even though it was challenging at times, it was a fun memory that we have of our trip.

During trivia night at one of our favorite bars
2. Snorkeling in Mexico

Out of the three days we were in port, we only went on one excursion primarily because we wanted to relax on the ship the other days.  Our one exception was our snorkeling and beach playground day in Mexico.  I have been snorkeling a number of times and I continue to enjoy it as a fun and relaxing time.  I love to look at the various fish and sea creatures and this time was no different!  In all, we saw a sea turtle, a sting ray, and a lot of other colorful fish.  After snorkeling, the boat took us to a private beach where there were inflatable slides and trampolines set up.  It was so much fun and a highlight of our cruise!

Attractive, I know!

1.  Entertainment on the Boat

The shows on the boat were world class acts.  From the Broadway show Chicago to the amazing acrobatics in the diving show, everything was so well put together and very entertaining.  Danny and I from the beginning had planned out our shows to make sure we had a show or something to do every night.  It was wonderful each night to get ready for dinner and then know we would have a show or entertainment to go to after.  I've highlighted some of the magnificent shows we saw below:

Chicago: The Musical

We were in the second row!
Oceanaria Aqua Show

Blue Planet Aerial Acrobatic Show

Ice Games

We had an amazing time on our cruise, so much fun in fact that during our vacation, we booked our next cruise in 2016!  Already counting down the days.

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