Vacation Highlights

We flew from Philadelphia to Orlando bright and early in the morning. In case of any snow delays, I had decided to not only book our flight to Florida the day before the cruise left, but also to book the first flight out on Friday morning. My parents dropped us off at the airport by 5am and we went through security after checking our bags, etc. We stopped at the food court for breakfast before boarding the plane; I got a yummy yogurt parfait. 

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We spent a good portion of Friday taking a long walk to enjoy the warmth and sunshine. I also did a quick workout in the hotel’s little fitness room, enjoyed some free coffee from the hotel, and had a nice lunch out. However, the highlight of Friday was our dinner!

Growing up, my family and I would visit my grandparents who lived in Florida, and one of the places we would always go out to eat was Sonny’s Real Pit BBQ. There just so happened to be a Sonny’s restaurant within a three minute walk of our hotel, so there was NO WAY I wasn’t eating there for dinner! It was so fun for me to eat there with Daniel who had never been there. 

Now, I’m not much of a meat eater but I will make an exception for Sonny’s baby back ribs. Their sweet BBQ sauce is out of this world! I mean, I could basically just eat it off of a spoon…which I practically did by also pouring it on my fries! Anyhow, it was really special for me to eat there again and enjoy an old childhood tradition that I loved.

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Friday morning we enjoyed the hotel’s free hot breakfast, and then got on the shuttle to take us to the cruise port. It was sooo exciting when we could see the cruise ships waiting at the port!

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Going through security and checking in was really fast and easy and before we knew it we were on the ship! We decided to kick the trip off by relaxing in the hammock together and enjoying the warm and sunny day.

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Once all of the staterooms were ready, we headed over to check out our room and unpack. I had a bottle of champagne and a happy birthday cake waiting in the room as a surprise for Daniel so we enjoyed both while we sailed away! 

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We spent our first full day at sea, enjoying lounging on the deck and watching the beautiful waters drift on by.

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We even indulged in some spiked Caribbean coffee while on our little private balcony.

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At night, we dressed up for one of the ship’s elegant nights and had a delicious dinner and enjoyed a show and comedians late in to the evening. 

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The next day we reached our first port which was Cozumel Mexico. The water was absolutely breathtaking and the weather was sunny and warm and PERFECT!

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After looking in some of the shops at the port, we headed off to our paddle boarding and snorkeling excursion. This ended up being my favorite excursion that we booked. Paddle boarding was challenging but so fun! I had my waterproof camera with me when I was on the board, so as soon as I have those pictures, I will share them!

After paddle boarding, we headed over to the snorkeling area. We saw tons of fish and got to feed them. The water was so warm and calm!

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After snorkeling, we were really hungry so we went to the restaurant by the water. We split nachos and shrimp tacos and boy were they delicious!

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The view wasn’t too shabby either, huh!?

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Our next port was Belize City, Belize. We weren’t too crazy about any of their excursion options, so we decided to just explore the port. Since we didn’t have to be off the ship for an excursion, I decided to go to the spa in the morning. I got a fire and ice pedicure with hot stones, cooling gels, a leg and foot massage, and pedicure…it was sooo relaxing!

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We had to take a small boat from our ship to the port because cruise ships can’t go directly to the port. The little boat ride was about 20 minutes and it was so fun to see the beautiful water.

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Once we arrived, we looked in the shops and then decided to stop at a bar. I got a coconut water straight out of the coconut and it was delicious. I’m already a fan of coconut water so drinking it straight from the coconut was awesome!

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Once we got back on the ship, it was back to the hammock for more lazing in the sun. I know, super rough life! 🙂

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Roatan, Honduras was next on the ports of call! Roatan is an island off the coast of Honduras and it is beautiful!

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 We booked a beach horseback riding excursion so after looking in the shops, we met our group to take the shuttle to the beach. The beach was very private and secluded and so beautiful. This was my first…and possibly last….horseback riding venture. I’m really glad I did it, but it hurt my knees and my lower back, and I had a super sassy, does-what-they-want horse. However, I did enjoy the beautiful scenery! 

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Here’s a crappy picture of a picture of our horses!

After the ride, we ordered some beef tostadas, beans and rice, and local beers and enjoyed the beautiful view of the ocean!

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We then had some time to enjoy the beach which was my favorite part of this day.

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There were only two other people on the beach with us and the water was calm, clear, and most important…it was WARM! It was nearly impossible to drag myself out of the water to get back on the ship!

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Once back on the ship, we enjoyed watching the sunset while we casted off and left Roatan. That night, we enjoyed our steakhouse dinner which I already talked about in my Foodie Friday post!

Our Last stop was Costa Maya Mexico. We booked a Mayan ruins hiking tour at the Chacchoben ruins. We were able to climb them and hike through the jungle. It was breathtaking scenery and the ruins look even larger and steeper in person than the photos. It was something I have wanted to do my whole life, so now I can check that one off! 😀

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We enjoyed the little beach area before we had to board the ship again and sail away! 

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That night was one of my favorite meals that I had. For an appetizer I had the seafood sampler which had a pretty smoked salmon flower!

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My entree was my favorite part–it was beef carpaccio with mashed potatoes and peas. It was soo well cooked. I enjoyed it with a glass of red wine of course!

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For dessert, I had an almond chocolate cake which was really delicious with coffee!

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Our last full day at sea, we enjoyed a beautiful sunrise. Well, Daniel enjoyed the sunrise and I was grumpy he woke me up but I took a picture before going back to bed. Even in my tired grumpy stage, I couldn’t deny it was beautiful! 

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We spent a lot of time on our balcony to soak in the last day at sea. After lunch, they did a chocolate extravaganza full of chocolate cakes, pies, puddings, shakes, and fondue! It was insane how much people were eating. I enjoyed a dark chocolate truffle, fondue with apple slices and a cake ball, and a chocolate lava cake bite. 

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At night, we enjoyed our last of the ship’s shows and our last comedy show. Packing up was so sad the last night! We were in Florida when we woke up Saturday morning. We enjoyed one last breakfast on the ship and then headed off to the airport to fly home.

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Everything was amazing and I would highly recommend the Carnival Western Caribbean cruise to anyone contemplating! Hope you enjoyed hearing about the trip! I’d love to hear from other’s cruise experiences in the comments below!

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15 thoughts on “Vacation Highlights

  1. Love seeing all the pictures from your vacation!! Looks like it was such a blast and so relaxing and all the food looks amazing! I think the best vacation I ever took was a couple summers ago when my dad, brother, husband and I went to Copenhagen, Denmark. It was such a cool city with so much to see!

    • haha–you should go sometime! Carnival has a lot of great things for kids too. I’d say mostly targeted to ages 4 and up.

  2. Oh yes, I have been waiting for the vacation post : ) I love love love vacation!! HAHAH!

    It looks like a magical time and you really deserve it babe! What a dream!!

    I’m off tomorrow to Southern California! We have a place to stay in Del Mar, but we will be taking mini trips all over to Palm Dessert, LA, etc! WEEEE!

    xxoo
    Kris

    • thank you! it was great to escape for a while! That sounds like so much fun–ive never been to california! I hope you’ll share some fun pictures when you get back!

  3. WoW! All that delicious ship-board food and Sonny’s too? The left-over,refrozen, microwaved chili I just ate doesn’t seem so magical to me any more!

    • hahaha! Yeah, that’s how I’ve been feeling the past two weeks now that I’m back to reality with the food!!

  4. I love being on vacation and having fancy meals and desserts I wouldn’t normally cook. You were so active on vacation, when my hubby and I went on our honeymoon all we did was lay by the beach and enjoy some of the entertainment because we desperately needed some rest and relaxation. We hope to take a more active vacation in the near future. Enjoyed all the pics!

    • On our honeymoon cruise, we only booked one excursion which was not even a super active excursion and all we did was lounge. haha this trip had a better balance of being active AND relaxing. Sometimes its hard to find the balance! I’d highly recommend paddle boarding!

    • Id also love to do an alaskan cruise! ive heard great things about it! thanks–all of the food was soo good it was hard for me to pick my favorites haha!

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