Hello from the middle of the ocean!!!
So I know I said I’d be taking the week off from blogging, but guys, I love it too much! I found myself taking photos to share with you guys, and before I knew it I had a post in the making. What’s been nice is not having the pressure to blog 3x per day, so consider that my blogging vacation
This isn’t a bite-by-bite recap, but it’s all the highlights in photo form.
Upon boarding we were greeted with Champagne!
The views of Baltimore from the boat were concretely beautiful:
The ship is big
After exploring for an hour, we found the poolside buffet and had lunch
I had a big salad and CHILLED BANANA SOUP!! So good!! Like a smoothie in a bowl
Complete with a little wine
We continued exploring and I found the gym!
Which is small but adequate
But who wants to run on treadmills when you have this cool running track that spans one whole deck with ocean breezes!?
We have done lots of reading. Such a bookworm family.
And lots of relaxing
Bar nuts make a great afternoon snack!
We went to a liquor tasting. Me likes the chocolate one; the others were waaay too strong for me.
Dinnertime is always the highlight of cruises because you get multiple courses and have lots of fun dishes to choose from -
Visuals of the fare. We shared everything and I had a few tastes of each –
Grilled Pineapple with Coconut Cream
Delicious Jerk Chicken (my entree). The others were great too.
Layers of Coconut
We’ve been each getting one and sharing bites of each with all
Musical Entertainment! Rock n Roll
Hoping for luck
We counted we’re climbing up about 40 flights of stairs per day = hidden exercise!
Day Two: At Sea
A fruit + plain yogurt + shredded wheat cereal concoction I made from the formal dining room menu
Matt got a benedict
After AM relaxing we hit up the gym for some feel-good exercise. I ran around the track for 30 minutes and then we did some stationary biking and lifting and built up a lunch appetite. It’s weird doing pushups on a rocking boat!
And 1/3 a burger with fries + pickle. You guys should see the size of the burgers – they’re humongous!! 1/3 was all I needed to get a nice portion
More fun in the sun
After lunch we hit up BINGO. No luck
I had fruit + banana bread for a pre-dinner snack
Then we got all dressed up for formal night
I ordered a Mangopolitian, but I didn’t finish it – it was too citrusy and I don’t like citrus and alcohol mixed (that includes mimosas!)
Assume I ate one third of everything
A spring roll, and that would be Chilled Carrot and Orange Soup on the right = mmmmm!!!!! Like creamcicle in a bowl!
The red was flowing and delicious
I got the vegetarian sweet potato and rice cakes with Indian chickpeas. SO GOOD!! Also had tastes of lobster, duck and goat cheese orzo.
A mediocre tart with starwbery sherbet
Then it was Showtime! Loved the medley of musicals.
Andrew even got invited to the stage for a serenade!!
We had the late night munchies and hit the deck for some ice cream and burgers. I stuck to the ice cream given my sweet tooth and had a small cone
But the boys chowed down on burgers and fries.
Day 3: Bermuda Bound
We had breakfast up on the pool deck. There are SO many options!! Fruits, pastries, eggs, sausages, fish, omelets, cereal, oatmeal, waffles, pancakes and more. It was so hard to choose!
I settled on a made to order waffle, which I split with Karen. Topped with some fruit + nuts and a fabulous banana compote!
I also found this Muesli, which appeared to be oats and fruits soaked in some liquid. I think the liquid was at least partly heavy cream because this muesli was sweetened, creamy and HELLA GOOD.
With a silver dollar pancake and some fruit (didn’t eat all of that muesli)
Breakfast was too filling. Tomorrow I need to pick one or the other. After a bunch more reading, we finally digested and hit the deck for a workout. Matt, Andrew and I ran around the Promenade Deck for about 35 minutes and I ended with a sweaty 15 minutes on the bike and 10 of abs/planks/biceps.
Before lunch we got a “Cool Running” cocktail to share. DEElicious – pina colada like.
For lunch I had a big salad topped with some buffet foods – chickpea masala, sweet + sour grouper, a stuffed pepper and a piece of naan
And ended with a mid-day cobbler taste!
I’m doing well with my “feel good” goals thus far. Hope I can keep it up!
LAND HO! The island is in sight!
We’re heading ashore to explore. Hope all’s well in the blog world and you guys are enjoying the guest posts.
SEA y’all soon!!