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Girls Vacation With Royal Caribbean, Part I

Royal Caribbean Cruise

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Who doesn’t dream of getting away for a girls vacation with their bestie? I know Kristin and I both do, and with kiddos and houses and projects it has been increasingly harder for us to just unwind and catch up with each other over the years. So, we were thrilled when Royal Caribbean asked us to take a girls trip and experience one of their cruises. How awesome to get to spend 5 carefree days with my best friend before baby #2 makes our lives even more full?!?

We met in Ft. Lauderdale and boarded Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas. The ship was ready and waiting as we explored with fruity cocktails in hand. Being pregnant, each bartender was awesome at mixing up icy non-alcoholic drinks that still let me get in on the poolside fun.

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We left the port of Ft. Lauderdale around 4 pm and after some fun by the pool, we opted for a delicious dinner, then promptly headed to our rooms to crash after a full day of travel. We woke up in Key West, FL, one of my favorite towns, you might recall from these posts last year. One of the cool things about Key West is that it boasts the only non-NYC location of our favorite brunch spot, Sarabeth’s. The food is delicious and the southern charm is adorable. We then explored the town on foot making sure to stop for cute boutiques, drinks, and of course a Key West specialty, chocolate dipped frozen key lime pie on a stick (prego lady’s dream snack FYI). We also checked out the Hemingway House and oohed and ahhed over the historic home filled with Hemingway’s fine furniture, artifacts and of course cats! Did we mention we’re both cat ladies? Haha!

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It was then time to board and continue on our journey. After another tasty meal complete with fabulous dinner companions (two super fun families…we didn’t forget you Dave!) we checked out the Royal Caribbean Singers and Dancers and the show was great! There was an Abba medley that might have had the BonBon Rose Girls singing along to Dancing Queen. It was moments like those that gave us time to reconnect and laugh the day away, a rare treat.

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Stay tuned next week for the rest of our girls vacation recap as we enjoy our days at sea and head to Grand Cayman. Also, here’s a video of Kristin giving you a little peek at our room!

Disclosure: We were not compensated for this post, but were provided with passage on the cruise.

  • Jenny @ Babblings of a Mommy

    A cruise vacay with your bestie, how fun!!

    August 19, 2014 at 8:18 am Reply
  • jillian

    what a fun trip!!! im glad you two had a great time. xo jillian – cornflake dreams

    August 19, 2014 at 8:34 am Reply
  • Stacey - Seattle Mom Blog

    I love cruises. They’re so relaxing. You don’t have to do a thing! The Royal Caribbean ship you were on looks great!

    August 19, 2014 at 10:45 am Reply
  • christine

    WOW! The day Royal Caribbean is calling me up….HA! I love their cruises and I’ve been on almost five now, I think?!? They are so much fun!! Looks like ya’ll had a great time!

    August 19, 2014 at 11:08 am Reply
  • Travel Blogger

    It looks like you guys had so much fun. I havent been on a cruise yet but I would love to sometime soon!

    August 19, 2014 at 12:54 pm Reply
  • Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    I haven’t been on a cruise in years. I would love to go on one again!

    August 19, 2014 at 1:01 pm Reply
  • Jessica

    My best friends and I just did a Royal Caribbean cruise at the beginning of June…it was such a fun trip! It looks like you guys had an awesome time as well. 🙂

    August 19, 2014 at 1:51 pm Reply
  • valmg @ Mom Knows It All

    Now that’s my idea of a real girls weekend! I’ve been wanting to go on a cruise for a very long time, that would be awesome to do with my best friend!

    August 20, 2014 at 7:25 am Reply
  • Krysten

    Makes me SO excited for my cruise in December!

    August 20, 2014 at 8:28 am Reply
  • Debi - Travel Blogger

    I absolutely love cruises. They’re a great way to combine travel with vegging out!

    August 20, 2014 at 12:15 pm Reply
  • Rosey

    I’ve never been on a cruise, but I do love how they look. My favorite thing is that everything is inclusive. Thanks for the inside look.

    August 20, 2014 at 12:25 pm Reply
  • Debra

    I have always wanted to go on a cruise! Sounds awesome!

    August 20, 2014 at 1:37 pm Reply
  • Mistee Dawn

    Looks like so much fun. I need to go on a cruise soon. This mom needs a break. lol

    August 20, 2014 at 5:23 pm Reply
  • Krystal

    Gotta love Key West! The Hemmingway House never gets old. You two look fab in all these photos!

    August 20, 2014 at 10:59 pm Reply
  • shannah @ Just Us Four

    This looks like so much fun! I love girls weekends.

    August 21, 2014 at 8:20 am Reply
  • Jenna @ A Savory Feast

    That is so awesome that Royal Caribbean asked you to experience one of their cruises! I am going on a cruise next week and am so excited! It’s been years since I last went on a cruise. It looks like you both had a blast. What a fun girls trip!

    August 21, 2014 at 12:54 pm Reply

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