…I was wondering if after all these days you’d like to meet. To go over…EVERYTHING.
I couldn’t get it out of my head, I’m sorry. I’m done with that joke now.
But seriously, HELLO! I am no longer cruising through the deep blue sea, but I’m happy to be back to a routine. My family and our close friends were on the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas last week for a fantastic vacation. That ship is a city on water, guys. A freaking masterpiece.
Without further ado, here’s part one of three (maybe four?) recaps of just the highlights of what I deem to have been the best vacation ever. Grab some popcorn if you so wish.
Friday, July 1st
Pop and I had a 9 pm flight that was delayed for three hours (guess that’s a lowlight, not a highlight).
We killed a little bit of that time by walking through the parking lot with our luggages. This was actually Pop’s idea! #PopMovesAndGrooves
Saturday, July 2nd
Madre and Ben picked us up at the Orlando airport at around 2 AM. I was half asleep and groggy, but Pop was basically sprinting out of the gate to find them. In my head: “Pop, 2 AM is NOT a time to have pep in your step.”
Breakfast at around 9:30.
quick cook steel cut oats with peach, banana, and nuts
a piece of “banana bread” (a strange but satisfying texture)
3 rounds of this circuit workout with a 36# bar. That Florida humidity makes me feel like a soggy vegetable.
Lunch before heading to Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park with Ben. He worked there last summer, so he got some free park pass perks, and I got to mooch off the benefits.
There was a 1.5-hour thunderstorm safety closure, so Ben and I were sitting out in pouring rain in our bathing suits for a while, because we were wet anyway (we also forgot towels because we’re geniuses). But we still managed to ride all the slides once they reopened!
Showered and dried myself with a single tank top.
Dinner at Crazy Buffet (pronounced cuh-RAZY, according to Ben) with good family friends! I ate one plate of real food, dessert second, and then another salad last. Needed to make sure I had room for dessert, ya know?
Sunday, July 3rd
Early wake-up to drive to Fort Lauderdale for Mass before boarding the ship.
Once we met up with our family friends, we boarded and booked it straight for the lunch buffet. We were a little excited for the cruise food.
The first of many. Lunches were usually all the veggies, some sort of curry with rice…
…and a dessert that I really did NOT need to eat.
Our tiny stateroom was cozy, and our balcony overlooked the “Boardwalk” area of the ship. So cool.
Of course, we had to explore this monster of a ship. I still don’t think I covered the whole entire thing over the course of a week.
Pop was walking on the track at this time, I think #PopMovesAndGrooves
Oh man, this is where I start feeling sad because I miss it.
We were served a three course meal for dinner every. single. night. It was decadent and so delicious. You would think that I would feel full and bloated during the trip, but nay! On the contrary (ew, okay I’ll stop talking like that), my stomach felt GREAT the whole vacation. And I don’t care about having a flat belly, but it was actually flatter than ever.
Know what that means?
- I’m not lactose-intolerant (I had so much ice cream on the cruise).
- My bloating/GI discomfort comes from stress and eating as quickly as I can during my busy day.
Will work on that. But back to this cruise food. Three courses for EACH PERSON (sometimes even four if we were feeling two appetizers, because it was all included ← dangerous). Night 1:
eggplant artichoke puff pastry tart
orange “mojo” sauce pork chop
We also shared a lot of our food with one another, just so we could taste all the delicious flavors. Classy gluttons, I say.
I don’t remember what else we did that night, but I’m sure it was a blast.
p.s. when we walked through this “Royal Promenade” area, there was ~included~ pizza, sandwiches, water, coffee, tea, desserts, and other snacks all day #help
Monday, July 4th
Breakfasts at the “Windjammer Marketplace” consisted of oatmeal with some combo of eggs, bacon, corned beef hash, and/or yogurt with fruit.
topped with peanut butter later (yes, I did bring my own jar of Jif Natural)
First port — Nassau, Bahamas.
“what do we do with it?”
mannequin’s eyebrows impressively on fleek
view from the ship as we sailed away
We didn’t do too much in Nassau except some walking and a little bit of underwhelming beachin’. It was a beautiful day though, and the waters were so clear!
Back on the boat, we celebrated America with some free pre-lunch flag cake that greeted the masses in front of Windjammer’s doors (not tantalizing at all for hungry tourists waiting on line for a table).
‘Twas delicious cake, I must say.
Vegetables for lunch, please!
salad, roasted carrots and sweet potatoes, turkey burger with mushrooms and caramelized onions
The fitness center on the ship was great. I think I was most excited about the kettlebells, which I used in my workout on Monday. There were also TRX’s, but the fitness center lady reprimanded me for using it without a certified TRX instructor.
I forget exactly what I did on Monday, but I know it involved kettlebell swings, pushups, sumo squats, Russian twists, jump lunges, and BOSU ball stuff.
PSA: Stretch, por favor
Monday night was formal night! AKA the night Alison gets into something other than athletic clothes.
Fun fact: We went on our first cruise ever with Christie and Monica (pictured above) and their parents 12 years ago. Naturally, we did a then and now photo.
Everyone nailed it, but I’m WAY off.
Dinner that night was delicious, but not quite as good as the first night.
one of my favorite appetizers: “Roman Vignolo Salad” with arugula, edamame, green beans, tomatoes, prosciutto, artichokes, and parmesan
sole with a tomato caper sauce
butter almond ice cream
I believe we saw an acrobatics show that night— Royal Caribbean’s original “Blue Planet”. Very entertaining and impressive! Followed by a super late night comedy show, which made me laugh until my abs hurt.
Tuesday, July 5th
We were at sea all day, so we slept in before a sit-down breakfast to change it up a bit. We decided that we all liked the buffet more though (mostly because there were more options).
smoked salmon and herb egg white omelette
Ben, my uncle, and I gave the FlowRider a go later on. If you’ve never seen a Royal Caribbean commercial, the FlowRider is essentially a surfing simulator on the ship. There are two ways you can do it— boogie board on your stomach (easier) or surfboard on your feet (harder).
I don’t know this girl, but this is what it looks like.
A few comments about the FlowRider:
- It’s a lot harder than it looks.
- 10-year-olds show me up.
- Falling off doesn’t hurt, but being swooshed up to the top like a half-dead fish can be painful…
…and it did do some damage to my brother. Poor Ben dislocated his shoulder on his surfboard run.
I’ll spare the image for privacy reasons, but long story short: The doctor on board popped it back in (I contemplated popping it back in when he first told us about it, but…I’m not that dumb). He was given a sling to wear for a while, he lost a little bit of function (guess who cut his food the rest of the trip? :D), but he’s okay, thank God.
After all the excitement, I went to eat a late lunch by myself at Windjammer.
A few activities and maybe a nap led us to dinner.
Ben and I shared the caprese salad + the arancini for appetizer
pork tenderloin with provolone potatoes (*angels singing*) and vegetables
favorite dessert of the trip: bread and butter pudding a la mode ➔ it was like a cross between creme brûlée and bread pudding
While Madre and Pop were at the “Love and Marriage Game Show” at night, Ben and I decorated the stateroom for the ‘rents anniversary the next day. Ben was the brain behind the beauty of the setup!
When Madre and Pop came back late that night, they were so surprised and touched. Woohoo! Happy 25th to the lovely couple 🙂
Part 2 coming tomorrow! Holy toledo, this is quite an epic recap.
So tell me:
Have you ever been on a cruise?
Does your stomach feel better on vacation, even with more food?
What did you Americans do for Fourth of July?
Have you ever dislocated your shoulder?
What was the best thing you ate last week?
More content = more questions for you. Let’s chat, please; it’s been a while!