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  1. Day 2: Woke up at 7am to go workout. Yes, I love working out on a cruise, I don’t have access to a real gym (other than a treadmill and some free weights) and so I like being able to get a good sweat in early in the day. Ironically, I apparently went a little too hard and was sore until the second to last day, so I only got one workout in. After the gym, I grabbed coffee and went to catch up with the BF. We went to the Windjammer and spent 20 minutes trying to find just a seat to get food. A lot of people were just sitting at tables, reading books or on their phones with no food OR beverage near them. There were even making announcements made that if people were done eating please clear the tables so other people could have a place to eat. Oy vey, we learned we go early to the Windjammer on sea days or we go elsewhere. After breakfast we wandered around the ship, got some drinks, made our way back to the Champagne Bar, took a nap, just took it easy, we ended up managing to not have lunch since we ate at like 10am. Soon enough it was time for the first Formal Night. We had a lovely dinner and then promptly got some champagne and went to get our photo with the captain. None of my previous four cruises had I met or had a photo with the captain so I was pleased to finally check this off my list of things to do. We ended up purchasing the digital version of the photo (yet to receive the link yet). So we can print it and put it in the photo book I’m currently building. We went to bed relatively early after consuming a few beverages at the Champagne Bar since we had an early morning zipline booked for Labadee the next day.
  2. I’ve been trying to write this recap/review for the past two hours and have been pulled away with laundry, dishes and all the other things returning home brings. But honestly, putting this trip into words is probably the most difficult part. When I booked this trip back in April 2018, I had no idea if my BF even liked cruising, I booked this trip as a hopeful vacation for us. I booked it because I had never been to any of the four ports and had never cruised longer than 4 days. I planned and planned and planned and honestly, nothing could have prepared me for how incredible of a trip this was. The people, the places, the memories, very few things I would change (more on that later). Let’s start from the beginning since that’s where all great stories begin… Day 1: As I mentioned before, I worked until 3:30am the morning we left. I got off on time, thankfully. Rushed home, showered and off we were to the Orlando Airport. Easy peasy check-in, through security (I have TSA Pre-Check and it was 5 mins for me, 12 through normal security.) Our plane was at the gate from the night before so we started boarding on time and left on time. I was not able to sleep on the flight other than just keeping my eyes closed, but also because the flight was only about 40 minutes long. There was no beverage service, we went up and came right back down. I found out on our return flight that the trip only takes 35 minutes, but Southwest Airlines budgets 1 hour and 9 minutes for the flight which I found interesting. We landed and were off the plane to get our luggage by 8:15am. We realized it was WAY to early to go to the terminal so we found a place near the terminal called Joes Café to have breakfast. Not that the food was bad, but we probably would skip that in the future. I hadn’t eaten in about 12 hours by the time we got there so I was ravenous but that meant when we boarded I wasn’t hungry. Joes was right next to La Bamba in Fort Lauderdale and was about a 5 minute ride to the port. A lot of people at Joes had just left their ships and were killing time before going to the airport. We left Joes and went straight to Terminal 29 at Port Everglades. Honestly, I felt like I had been transported to the early 2000s when my mom cruised for the first time. I know it is a cargo port but I feel like they really could modernize it and make it nice. On top of it being essentially a warehouse, the boarding process wasn’t great. We came in and were told to go through the switchbacks, as we went through them the women directing people through security, opened up a shortcut and let all 30 people behind us through and then was laughing and joking about it without apologizing, we were pissed to put it lightly. The whole check in process was fine but for some reason, when we got to the area where we would get on, they weren’t boarding yet and this was 11am. They finally started boarding (or so we thought) and were finally called before we were directed to another holding corral. This just seemed very inefficient and also seemed that no one knew what was actually going on. We finally got on board at 11:45-12pm. Once we were on board all our troubles went away. We went to Café Promenade to utilize our drink packages with COFFEE. It was much needed and I ended up getting specialty coffee every single day, sometimes multiple times a day. We walked around and tried to get food at the Windjammer… It was packed and at that point realized that we weren’t hungry yet. At that point we video chatted with the BF’s nieces who had never seen the ocean before as they are landlocked in Missouri. They were awestruck by the concept of a cruise ship and the ocean it was adorable. Then off to a bar, a lot of the bars were packed since it was sail away but we found a the Champagne Bar on Deck 5 and stopped there for the drink of the day (DOD) a Margarita Azul. The two bartenders Jeinrick and Nino were amazing and honestly this became our bar. We were there every single day, multiple times a day and by the end of the trip we had such a bond with these bartenders and bar patrons that it was so hard to leave. We have now named it Cheers, since it’s where everyone knows your name. After 2 drinks our rooms were ready… Thank heavens, I was DEAD. We got in, unpacked our carry on, took some photos, our luggage arrived, we unpacked and napped until a hour before Muster. I needed that nap so much, it’s the only thing that kept me going until the end of the day. After muster, we went straight to our 5:30pm dinner (last year we had early dining and it was at 6pm, this time 5:30pm, I’m curious as to why the half hour change). We had tablemates this time. They weren’t bad tablemates but the BF and I rarely have time to dine together on our own so it wasn’t ideal setup. After that straight to the bar, where we met people and basically hung out there until the 10:15 Adult Comedy show… I’m not even sure the name of the comedian, but uh, it wasn’t adult. He literally made fun of the fact that he changed a word from Poop to Shit and there was the “adult”. After the show off to bed. I'm going to break this into sections since as we can tell, I'm a chatty Cathy, I plan on doing a review at the end since I'm still gathering my thoughts on a conclusion.
  3. We are back! Unfortunately... Headed to an Everglades Airboat excursion and then the airport. Will probably do my full written recap tomorrow...
  4. So far this ship is VERY similar to the Mariner (yes, same class I know). BF is within 2 drinks of paying for the first day of the DX. This will def be doable... sustainable...who knows? Since this is a 8-night sailing it seems that they have dropped the discounted price to $65 for the first.
  5. Food at Joe's Cafe was pretty good and ironically directly next to La Bamba 🤣 Now in the terminal waiting for them to give us the all clear to board... Terminal 29 is quite different than the new RC terminal we sailed out of last year. Oh well...
  6. Food at Joe's Cafe was pretty good and ironically directly next to La Bamba 🤣 Now in the terminal waiting for them to give us the all clear to board... Terminal 29 is quite different than the new RC terminal we sailed out of last year. Oh well...
  7. We have made it to Fort Lauderdale! This mornings flight was painless except for the fact that my feet were trying to bust out of my shoes the entire flight (note to self: get compression socks). Also minimal if any sleep on the flight... Off for some breakfast at Joe's Cafe, we will see how it is... We had a pretty epic sunrise while leaving Orlando...
  8. I am on break at work only 3 and a half hours left. I got some solid sleep before work and finished the majority of my packing! Just add toothbrush! I got my early bird check in A25. The bf checked in normal A33... lmao I'm so ready for vacay
  9. Travel alert done! Apartment so locked box for mail no light timers bc apartment! Fresh perspective ✔ Happy go lucky attitude: Confirmed!
  10. 2 days to go until we board... I.e. one "full" night sleep lol We are nearly completely packed, just finished charging the electronics and some last minute meds and toiletries (I didn't cruise with my electric toothbrush last time and man did I miss it). Here is the waiting game... I purchased Southwest Earlybird Check-in for myself (so i can get on and hold a seat for the BF) so I should get that assignment in the next few hours. I tried to see my chiropractor today but he is out of the office all today which is very odd, so hopefully he will be in tomorrow... I did put in a last minute RoyalUp bid for an oceanview balcony, but realized after that our cruise was pulled from most websites, so I'm assuming we are fully booked. I'm not too concerned was thinking I might get some last minute magic. We realized we forgot to pack pants for this sailing... for ice skating... hopefully they have the BFs skate size....if not, I guess I'll be going solo. I was talking to some local Puerto Ricans last night at work and they even recommended Raices for Mofungo so I must be getting solid info from this blog ;) I'm too the point also in the cruise where I'm eerily on schedule and I'm afraid I'm missing something "MAJOR". Let's just hope these next nearly 18 hours of work will go quickly... fingers crossed!
  11. 4 days until we go on the cruise, 4 days til we go... Wow, time really has sped up. I have 4 work shifts left, thankfully tonight I am off at 8, so I can be productive tonight and Wednesday morning before work. Our DJI Osmo Action arrived yesterday so I have been testing that out, it shoots in 4k and 1080 so we will see HOW many SD cards we need. Hopefully we don't need any extra other than the 32gb and the 64gb. @twangster @JLMoran what do ya'll think? I know video is different than photo capacity, just figured I'ld ask. We are not bringing a laptop with us so transferring the files aren't possible... 😞 Packing is going well, I still have some items that will have to be washed on Thursday night/Friday morning, so they will be ready for embarkation day. I printed our luggage tags as well as our confirmation for our one excursion not done through the ship. I figured we would use the mobile SetSail Pass and I couldn't find any confirmation emails for our Zipline and Airboat Excursion, just will confirm with RC once we are on board (or is that a bad idea). I am in a state of concern and stress, but also eerily calm. I know its because I have 4 wild work shifts ahead of me and THEN I can relax.
  12. 6 days to go... I have managed to get more green (packed) on my spreadsheet which is making me feel much better about the trip. I tend to be the traveler who is nervous and has the jitters but who is also super excited. Once I step on board (or at least at the cruise terminal) I'll be fine. I thankfully have tomorrow off, so I am hoping to conclude the majority of my packing except the tech, and last minute things. I am also trying to make sure that I get all the bills and stuff paid since the end of the month will be while we are on the cruise... ICK.... sometimes I hate being an Adult, lol. I don't know if I've mentioned but I am booked in a normal interior cabin on Deck 7. We don't spend much time in there, shower and sleep and an occasional nap here and there. I can honestly say this cruise is MUCH needed. I left a very unhealthy job in March for freelance, which I hated so I went back to a company I loved but am making less. Once I made that decision to leave freelancing it, my mom ended up needed emergency open heart surgery on my BFs birthday (she is fine now and is actually preparing for her cruise in November, she got me hooked). Plus my BF started a new job... Life has been crazy and I cannot wait to unplug and disconnect from the "real world" and reconnect with myself and the BF. I am actually the type of person who LOVES working out on a cruise because I actually have a full gym unlike my apartment so I am also very excited to take part in that. Any tips on what to do in St.Thomas that isn't beach related? Is it Saturday morning yet?
  13. Hi Alex, I can definitely try to upload them. I will do my best. I don't believe there is a vitality spa cafe on Adventure, but I will definitely check. The royal app right now is being used only for the cruise compass and your sea pass card. The interaction feature (chat) isn't available yet, they said by the end of the year but... that is kind of running out of time, but you may be lucky and have it for your sailing.
  14. Absolutely! I'm not bringing a big camera, just a little point and shoot and some action cameras but I'll see what I can do with that and my phone combined! Thanks Joe, You too, enjoy Anthem!
  15. Hello Everyone, I am going to attempt a not-so-live blog. I am Anti-Internet Package so once we embark this will probably run dormant for the 8 days. I booked this 8-night Eastern Caribbean cruise 500+ days ago. Yes you read that right, 500+ days ago. I booked this cruise before my BF even knew if he liked cruising...brave move I know. I got this for a killer steal since I booked it SO early (less than $500pp). More about our trip Day 1- Port Everglades Day 2- At Sea Day 3- Labadee (7am-4pm) Day 4- San Juan (1pm-10pm) Day 5- St. Thomas (8am-6pm) Day 6- St. Maarten 🎃 (7am-4pm) Day 7- At Sea Day 8- At Sea Day 9- Disembarkation 😞 This cruise we have three excursions booked, two through the cruise line and one separately. We have the Zipline booked in Labadee for early that morning so we can enjoy our Labadoozies on the beach the rest of the day. In St. Maarten, we are taking a tour with Bernards Tours to see both the Dutch and French side, we are not doing the one with the beach stop. And after we disembark we are planning on doing the Airboat Tour plus drop-off at FLL, which I'm hoping doesn't get cancelled. In San Juan, I think we are going to walk around go to the forts and then Barrachina's (for pina coladas) and then finding Mofungo. In St. Thomas, I have no idea what we are doing, neither of us are big beach people, so any suggestions are greatly appreciated! This cruise seems to be pretty packed as when I checked the last time the only room available was the 1-bedroom Owner's Suite. Even though we are Orlando, we are making a brave move and flying to FLL on cruise morning... I know, don't yell at me, however I just started a new job as did the BF and neither of us could get an EXTRA day off on top of the cruise... Matter of fact, I work until 3:30am on cruise day... and we need to be in our Uber to the airport (or at the airport) by 4:50am. We live very very close. This is doable. Also on this cruise we will be Team DX! So excited, on our last sailing on Mariner of the Seas, I had a total of 1 drink on board because I was afraid, I would hate it and then be out that money. This will be our trip to experiment with new alcohols and drinks. I am also VERY excited about having the specialty coffee items as I don't do Hot Coffee, and the last trip was struggle bus. This will be my longest sailing/vacation EVER and will be new ports for all of the locations. As for packing, we did a practice pack for the cruise, knowing my schedule would be bonkers leading up to, about two months ago and from there we made a thorough spreadsheet with every single item we packed, in what bag and if we needed anything else (i.e., luggage scale, waterproof pouches, etc.). We also photographed all the items in each bag so we could remember how we packed them... Yes a bit nuts, but so far it has been really handy. We have also rented a DJI Osmo Action for use on the trip. It was about $90 for a full month rental, and we got it so we could both have an action camera on the zipline, we are planning on using head mounts, per suggestions here so we can do hands free. Leave any questions, comments or suggestions for what to do in St. Thomas! Very excited to try out this whole, not-so-live blog. You may even get some vlogs from this trip being posted if I can convince the BF to let me post them here 😂 7 days to go!
  16. You could also put the scissors in your toiletry bag since a lot of kits come with them in there already...
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