My first ever and (so far) only cruise! This is the first part in a multi-part series detailing my adventure on the Caribbean Sea! My friend Janna and I went on a Caribbean Cruise (after our crazy 2.5 day stint in Walt Disney World) in January 2013. We traveled with Royal Caribbean on a 4 nights cruise departing from Fort Lauderdale, with stops in Falmouth, Jamaica and Labadee,Haiti.
Well the most important part of a cruise is the cruiseship of course as this is where you spend quite a bit of your time! We were on their Liberty of the Seas ship, and boy what a beauty! I recall seeing it as our taxi drove up to the loading area, and just being amazed at the size of it (and all the other cruise ships there). It is like living in a small city on the ocean for the time that you are there.
After a bit of a boarding process, we made it into the ship and went to find our cabin right away. Our cabin was super cute and right outside was a picture of my favorite movie, (how did they know haha) what a little touch to make everything perfect. Although it was small, they are nicely organized so that you can make the most of your space. The two of us were able to function quite well in here for the duration of the cruise. And the beds…so so comfy. Along with comfy beds and the gentle rocking of the ship, I could have easily spent all my time peacefully sleeping.
We spent our cruise days enjoying all the amenities that the ship offered. We got pedicures, we did some shopping, saw a movie, chilled by the pool, read in the hot tubs (which were cantilevered off the boat by the way!), snacked and snacked some more, hung out in the library, napped, attended quizzes in the little lounge areas, and overall just had a great time exploring the ship and people watching.
Some of my favorite things were the daily towel animals left in the rooms, the elevator that made sure you knew what day it was, the yummy pizza at the cafe, and my favorite part was going to this old style lounge area before dinner to enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail and watch the ocean go by.
The dining room of course (Michelangelo) deserves its own special mention, because it was AMAZING. We got to have our own little two seater table the whole time, and were catered by an awesome beverage server and food server. And the food….so delicious, every night. I wish I had taken pictures of all of our meals, but just take my word for it. The food in that dining room was 5 star quality every time, and I am still dreaming about it.
Royal Caribbean was a great choice for my first cruise, and if the opportunity ever allows, I will go on another one with them in a heart beat! The service was at the highest standard, the ship itself was always sparkly and clean, and overall everything was just better than I could have imagined. I did really enjoy the chill time, (I think I read 3 books?) but if I were to go on a longer cruise, more stops would be needed. Stay tuned to hear about the different stops that we made on the cruise!
– xoxo Veronica