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Cruise Round Up

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Hello!

I just got back from a fabulous cruise to Key West and The Bahamas and wanted to do a little round up on the trip! My beautiful and kind momma just turned 50 and to celebrate, my family went on a cruise. I have been on a few cruises before and I have to say, they are slowly turning into one of my favorite vacations. Reason why? I love being able to truly relax, unwind, and recharge and I think its one of the only vacations that I go on where I don’t need a vacation from the vacation, you get what I mean? I had a few questions about packing, what to wear, and cruises in general so I thought I would give some tips below!

  1. What to pack? For a tropical cruise, pack for lightweight, summer clothing for the days but don’t forget to bring a sweater for the evening. My experience is that cruises are kept pretty chilly inside…especially in places like the dining rooms and theaters! There are typically a few “formal” nights on the cruise and that word is used quite loosely for the cruisegoers {makes for good people watching, I’ll tell you that!}. People wear anything from their 1980s prom dress to a swimsuit cover up that they thought looked close enough to a dress. I go somewhere in between with my formality: a LBD with some fun heels and a pop of color on my lips and I call it a day. Most other nights I wear summer dresses, maxi skirts, and sandals. In port, make sure to check and see what the agenda for your day is and dress accordingly….tennis shoes/shorts/ball caps for adventures like zip-lining and swimsuits/flip flops/sun hats for days sitting on the beach. {And always sunscreen!!}
  2. Book excursions! For the most part, cruise ports leave little to be desired. Some are pretty photo ops, some are lackluster, but almost all of them are designed for tourists. If you want to truly experience a country for the day, book an excursion and explore. Don’t be afraid to look outside what your cruise line offers you and look on travel websites and find options with great reviews. Some of the best excursions I have been on were found on sites other than the cruise line!
  3. Utilize your sea days and rest. Like I said above, cruises truly are some of the most relaxing vacations to me and I think that’s mainly because I make it that way. There is SO much to do and see aboard a cruise ship that you could spend your entire time doing activities. I love a good action packed day but I need a day of rest to balance it out. Typically a seven day cruise has three full days in various ports and two full days + two half days of sea days. Sleep in. Eat brunch. Read. Lay out by the pool. Go for a walk or jog (yes, jog! Cruises have great tracks and workout rooms for those who choose to partake, I happen to go for a workout 2 out of the 7 days on our cruise and I’m pretty darn happy about it!). Just don’t over do it, let this day be for you.
  4. The more, the merrier. My experience is that the bigger the group of people you have going, the more likely you’ll have others that enjoy the same things you do and you can break off into groups and truly vacation the way that you want to. Like anything, it is what you make of it. My favorite nights aboard a cruise ship are never  the shows (some can be great, some can be sub par), its always sitting around the dinner table having a great laugh about something that happened earlier that day or taking turns two stepping in the main atrium to a great one man band country singer. If you enjoy the people that you are with, you can never go wrong.

Hope that was somewhat helpful! I love and have a passion for traveling and seeing the world around me so I’d like to start incorporating a bit more travel into the blog if that’s okay with you. Feel free to leave a comment or email me with anything I didn’t cover!

Cheers,

Candice

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