It’s Chelsea! Wow, I feel like it’s been a minute since I’ve actually sat down and wrote out a new blog post (which isn’t true, it’s only been like a week but it’s whatever). Last week I was fortunate enough to go on a cruise with my Dad’s side of the family for my Granddad’s 80th Birthday! Now let me start off by saying, like everyone else on the planet I love going on vacation but DREAD packing, it gives me the worst anxiety. I will continue to stress about what I’m going to forget to pack up until the day I leave to head home from vacation. With this trip, I tried to be a little more “relaxed” about packing, by that I mean I didn’t “pre-plan” any of my outfits like I always do when I pack for trips. I usually make lists of what I’m doing and what I’m going to wear each day (obsessive I know, but I will panic the whole trip if I don’t do this). Now that I think about it, I don’t know why I thought a week-long trip, on a boat, with no Walmart to run to if I forgot something was the right trip to do this on but hey, why not? Anyways my point is that I tried not to worry too much on what I was going to wear during this trip and more so on relaxing and having a good time with my family! So let’s get into the recap. (Warning: This is going to be a lengthy post, I apologize in advance.)
The first day was spent traveling to Port Canaveral, Florida with my husband Jared and my dad. My Grandparents, Aunt, Uncle, and two cousins drove down the night before so they were already there. We left around 6 in the morning and arrived at the port around 1 in the afternoon. After checking in/getting through Customs, we finally were able to board the ship. We then checked out our rooms, went to the dining hall for lunch, and then spent some time exploring the ship. Later on we met up with the rest of my family for dinner in the dinning room (eating is going to be a recurring trend on the trip so go ahead and get used to it), and then headed to bed because we were exhausted from that 6+ hour car ride to Florida.
We spent Day 2 exploring the Bahamas. Before I start, I want to say that I’ve always wanted to go to the Bahamas solely so I could swim with the pigs in Exumas. Now let me tell you that we weren’t able to do this because we weren’t on the island long enough to travel to Exumas. Needless to say, I was a little salty the whole time we were in the Bahamas. Anyways, being that this was our first stop, we didn’t really have a game plan set for what we were going to do while in the Bahamas, but that wasn’t stopping us. Before anything My dad and I had to get our first (of many) 10 AM beers of this trip (I’m not sure why this was a thing, it just felt like the right thing to do while on vacation). After finishing our Caribbean beers (Kalik to be exact) we grabbed a map and headed for the Straw Market where I wanted to pick up a few gifts for some friends and family. Next, we decided to head up hill to the John Wattling Distillery for a (free) tour and tasting. Before heading back to this ship we stopped at a restaurant called The Twisted Lime where I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing the food was. I got a Gyro and Jared got some of the best fried chicken I have ever had, but my dad was the real winner here with the JERK CHICKEN MAC AND CHEESE. If I was on death row, this would be my last meal 100 times over. It was amazing. I could talk about how good that mac and cheese was all day but I’m going to stop while I’m ahead. After lunch we headed back to the ship where we showered and headed to dinner. Jared and I ended the night by watching a pretty rad Aqua Show on the ship.
Day 3 was pretty chill. We spend the whole day wandering around the ship, gambling away what little money we had (I won $12!!!!), and eating (a lot). It was formal night in the dinning room so I was finally able to wear this cute Lilly Pulitzer dress that I got from Belk a couple of months ago, so that was a plus!
Wednesday morning started off a little sketchy in St. Thomas with a taxi ride to take an island “tour”, but we quickly avoided that and found a cool little restaurant called The Big Kahuna where we enjoyed Rum Runners and Jerk Chicken quesadillas (YUM). We spent the rest of the afternoon dodging in and out of the cute little shops along main street. After picking up a few things here and there we made our way back to the ship and hung out by the pool before heading to dinner. Nothing better than a day spent shopping and laying by the pool!
Y’all, Thursday was everything!! St. Maarten was just as beautiful as I imagined it to be. We started off the morning by almost missing our boat to go snorkeling, no biggie. The boat took us to Maho Beach where we snorkeled and watched the planes land at the airport literally right off the beach (it was almost scary how close these planes were to us). This was seriously my favorite part of the trip not to mention the weather was perfect! After spending the afternoon snorkeling and hanging out in the water, we headed back to the ship where we had lunch and laid out by the pool.
Day 6 & 7:
The final two days were spent on the boat cruising back to Florida. We didn’t do much these two days. A lot of laying by the pool, drinking, and eating (which is the perfect day in my opinny). This trip was a much-needed vacay for my family and I. It was so much fun getting to hang out and do all of this together. It was hard coming back to reality on Monday. I didn’t know what to do with myself without a 24 hour pizza place and constant activities going on around me at all times. But here I am, back in my living room with my pups, catching up on my missed TV shows and eating Chick-fil-a, all is well and as always, I’ll have to go back to day-dreaming of endless cocktails and tropical islands!
Until Next Time,