Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Royal Caribbean Cruise Recap…

As promised, I'm back today with a recap of this past weekend, a "blogger trip" on the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Freedom of the Seas! Early Friday morning, Chris dropped me off at the airport and I flew from Charlotte to Orlando, FL. At the airport I met up with my friend Brighton who was flying in at about the same time as me, and we took a bus to Port Canaveral, FL (about a 45 minute drive). We were starving by the time we got to the boat, so we hopped on board and headed straight to the ship's unlimited buffet (lol!). Here's the first picture I took after eating… so happy to finally be there!

 floral kimono (looks way cuter in real life than in this pic!) // white cami
Ray-ban aviators // open toed booties // distressed jeans // Kendra Scott earrings

When the rest of the girls arrived (all bloggers!), we went and changed clothes for a cocktail party and dinner that night. At the party we learned a ton of facts about the cruise ship (for example, there are 15 decks, a surf simulator, rock-climbing wall, miniature golf course and ICE SKATING RINK all on the ship!). Here's all of the girls at the cocktail party…


My outfit: pink crop top // white jeans // Kendra Scott earrings // similar nude heels

After a delicious italian dinner (I ordered two different types of pasta because I couldn't decide), a bunch of us went to one of the ship's lounges for a silent dance party. This was one of my favorites parts of the entire trip! If you've never been to a silent dance party, it's really cool… the entire room is silent, but everyone has on headphones that are playing the same song, and EVERYONE is dancing. It's really funny though because if you take off your headphones, it's just a bunch of people dancing in silence! My friends and I love to dance so we had a blast!


The next day we all woke up around 7 a.m. in time to dock in Nassau, Bahamas. I was SO HAPPY to learn that there was a Starbucks on board the ship. I merrily sipped this white mocha latte as we waited to leave on our excursion for the day!

floral cover up // Essie nail polish in "blanc" // Charming Charlie ring

We left the ship around 8 that morning and took a bus over to the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. The bus ride over was beautiful… 


And the resort itself was even more beautiful! I mentioned this in my Instagram photo, but does anyone remember the Mary Kate & Ashley movie "Holiday in the Sun?" I couldn't stop thinking of that movie the entire time I was there! I had a serious obsession with the Olsen twins when I was younger, and I still love them to this day.


We spent the entire day laying out on the beach… A selfie was a must! We were so lucky it was in the 80s and sunny the entire time we were there.



That night, we had a Mexican dinner planned back on the ship. I changed into this fun outfit (this off the shoulder top is my favorite!) for dinner. We watched the sunset and then headed to the restaurant Sabor where I had THE BEST queso of my entire life. Plus they served bacon wrapped jalapeños, which were absolutely amazing and I am still drooling when I think about them.

white off shoulder top (obsessed!) // cobalt blue pants // clutch (no longer available), similar here
I was seriously so sad when the trip came to an end and I had to head back to chilly NC! The Freedom of the Seas was the perfect break from reality and was the best getaway for a group of girls. I would highly recommend this cruise ship for a family vacation or a trip with your girlfriends - everything you could ever need is housed on this ship!! Now I am seriously dying to go on another one!

What about you - I'd love to hear your cruise ship experience!

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61 comments:

  1. Looks like you had so much fun there! Amazing pictures! =)

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    xoxo,
    Jessica

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  2. Love your look! Planning a Bahamas cruise for later this year, I've been on 4 cruises around Australia with Royal Carribean and love travelling with them!

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  3. Escaping the cold weather for a couple days sounds amazing!

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

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  4. I love cruises, they are seriously the best way to travel in my opinion! I´ve done a few Mediterranean ones and one in Norway when I was younger, but would LOVE to go to the Caribbean, it has been on my list for the better part of a decade haha! Looks like so much fun and now I think I´m going to watch Holiday in the Sun because I´ve been on an Olsen twins kick lately anyway :)

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  5. Fabulous photo diary, you're such a lucky girl to have been part of this cruise trip!

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  6. Looks like so much fun! You look incredible! I love that bathing suit! Thanks for sharing!
    The Style Storm
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  7. I'm always a little bit hesitant about cruise ships, something about them seems weird to me! It looks like you had a blast, though!

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  8. Love these photos! Your off shoulder top is so pretty!

    Shall We Sasa

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  9. Love that kimono and coverup! Super cute. I love the Atlantis! I've been twice on vacation and it's so gorgeous and so relaxing! Hope you had fun!
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  10. I went to Atlantis once and then also on the Allure of the Seas!! Loved both vacations! Your outfits are SO cute!! :)

    xo, Katy
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  11. Love love your off the shoulder top and your bathingsuit! So pretty, hope it was so fun!

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  12. Looks like an awesome time! The Bahamas is such a fun place to visit. I love vacationing in the Caribbean. xx

    Audrey | http://www.keygypsy.com

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  13. Looks like an awesome time! The Bahamas is such a fun place to visit. I love vacationing in the Caribbean. xx

    Audrey | http://www.keygypsy.com

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  14. Cute pictures!

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  15. So happy you enjoyed your cruise on the Freedom of the Seas. Since it usually only does seven night cruises--you got a great opportunity to explore the ship and go to the Bahamas. I've done the Eastern Caribbean cruise to St. Thomas and St. Maarten several times and know the Hotel Director of the Freedom very well! It's such a fun time...I'm very "loyal to Royal." Thanks for sharing! xo Ash

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  16. I am heading to Cancun next Friday and I am SO EXCITED! This post just made me even more ready for warmer weather and beach clothes! I am OBSESSED with your bathing suit and that off the shoulder shirt! I may need to get them both and rush order them for Mexico :) Btw I've been on 2 Royal cruises and loved them so great choice!

    thanks for sharing!

    Xoxo

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  17. I want your bathing suit! I am definitely going to check it out!!!

    -Jessica
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  18. Wow!!! That sounds amazing! I love the idea of a blogger get-away. Super cute. I'm jealous of all those warm rays you got to soak up!

    xo,
    Sara Kate Styling

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  19. As soon as you mentioned Atlantis I thought of Holiday In The Sun...love every single Olsen Twins movie!

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  20. Oh my gosh - I want your wardrobe! Looks like you had an amazing time!

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  21. Looks like ya'll had a great time! I think I need a silent dance party in my life now, haha!!

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  22. I'm dying for warmer weather and this trip makes me so jealous! Looks like y'all had an amazing time!

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  23. I went on that exact same ship for my honeymoon! We did the 7 day cruise! We loved it!

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  24. Love this pictures, and your bathing suit top is so cute! And that silent dance party sounds SO fun!!
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  25. I've been on this boat! We went last year and it was definitely fun! My fiance and I had a few laughs because you couldn't walk 5 feet without some attendant offering you some "purel" to keep your hands sanitized.. And the free ice cream was pretty awesome too!

    Cynthia
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  26. Looks like so much fun!! I am totally in love with your bikini, absolutely gorgeous!!

    xx,

    La Joie de Vivre

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  27. Thanks to Mary-Kate and Ashely, I've always wanted to go to the Atlantis Resort. It's definitely on my bucket list. Looks like so much fun!

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  28. How fun!! I absolutely love your outfits and now I really want to go to a silent dance party! haha

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  29. This is so fun!!! I'm so jealous of your beautiful views, summer clothes and relaxation! You look darling as always! Hope y'all are doing well! XOXO

    Erin
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  30. OMG. this was such a fun post to read. I LOVED the cruise I took to the bahamas. I don't know if they still have it, but when I was on the Royal Caribbean ship, they had all you can eat self serve ice cream. HA. Hope they had that on yours!!! Loving all of your tropical outfits. Oh and Holiday in The Sun?! hahahaha. Didn't you feel like you were the Olsen twins when you were there? My sister and I couldn't stop giggling the entire time trying to recreate the movie.
    xx Tessa
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  31. So sad that floral kimono is sold out! I went to the Bahamas when I was younger and I'm dying to go back. Atlantis is beautiful!

    Haley
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  32. I love your white ruffle top and that adorable pink crop top! Such a cute look girlie! So glad you had a blast, I haven't always been sold on the cruise idea, but after reading this, I might try it!
    P.S. think you would adore the February Women Who Inspire Post we shared on the blog earlier today!
    xo, Jennifer
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  33. Such cute cruise outfits! They definitely gave me inspiration for when I go on my cruise on NCL the end of this month!

    xo
    Nina
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  34. Love! I'm so jealous it looks like an amazing trip! I was totally obsessed with MK&A, and have been dying to go to Atlantis ever since Holiday in the Sun! Your outfits are absolutely perfect, and making me crave warmer weather even more!!
    xo, Caitlin
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  35. I've never been on a cruise but it looks like you had a great time, love the photos!

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  36. Love the post, and your outfits are super cute! And YES, I've always been obsessed with the Olsen twins and still am!

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  37. What a great recap! Love your gorgeous outfits for a girls' trip!

    xo | The Fashion Forecast

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  38. This trip looks like SO MUCH FUN!!! Cruising with blogger friends- what a dream come true! :-) Glad you had such an amazing trip! (and looking gorgeous as always!)

    xoxo A
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  39. When I went to Atlantis and did the water slides, I immediately thought of the Mary Kate and Ashley movie, "Holiday in the Sun!" I use to be pretty obsessed with Mary Kate and Ashley movies. I'm glad you had such a great trip! Definitely makes me want to go back!

    Ellen | A Pop of Pink

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  40. Looks like you gals had tons of fun! I love the Bahamas and I'm very lucky that my best friend lives there. Blogger trip, I def need to get my blogger friends together for one of these!

    xoxo,
    Melissa
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  41. Looks like such a great time!! I'm so over this cold weather!!

    Emily
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  42. Wow! Love the idea of this trip, so cute. And all of your outfits are precious.
    Much love,
    Geordian
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  43. Your bikini is super cute! I need one :)

    xoxo,

    Melissa
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  44. Stunning pics! So much fun!
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    Jeanne
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  45. It looks and sounds like you had such a wonderful time! I love your bikini!

    Lauren,
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  46. Looks like such a fun time and I LOVE LOVE LOVE your swimsuit!

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  47. I was also OBSESSED with the olsen twins when I was younger and the Atlantis always brings me back to that movie! I may or may not still have framed posters of them in my childhood bedroom...

    Emily at Style Cubby

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  48. Sounds like an amazing trip - I also were travelling with the Royal Caribbean Cruise and I really love it! :)

    Brini
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  49. Looks like you have great trip! I seen this cruise quite a few months back when I went on the Disney Dream (posted on my blog) it looked lovely! I love cruises and hope to go on one again soon :) especially to see some sun that's for sure! :)

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  50. Royal Caribbean continually strives to deliver the best at sea and ensure everyone has a the best holiday ever on board.

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  51. Oh my goodness this looks like so much fun!

    Love from South Africa

    Arum Lilea

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  52. You look sexy in your bathing suit top and bottom.
    How I wish to go in Royal Caribbean Cruise ship too :)
    You look so enjoy on that day.

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