Bon Voyage!

On Saturday, we set sail on Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas.

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It was our Christmas present from my momma – a family vacay! Unfortunately, I don’t have many great pics to share. I was paranoid that we’d be charged international rates if I turned on my iPhone, and I’m just not very good at carrying around an actual camera anymore. You’ll just have to take my word for it that we had a great time!

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We started with a full day-and-a-half at sea – which gave us time to explore the ship.

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Blake and I sailed on the Allure in 2012, and it was nice to see that RC is updating all of their ships to compare with their newest fleet. Touch screens are all around the ship so that you can see what’s going on, how to get where you want to go, or who is serving food at any particular time. Seriously though, that’s important stuff!

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All of the stuff was incredibly helpful and friendly. I’m not going to lie – cruising with a toddler is NOT easy! All he wanted to do was run around, and all we wanted to do was protect him from every little thing that could harm him, hurt him, or break at his slightest touch! Cruise ships are definitely not designed for the little ones.

Kailey, on the other hand, had a blast! Kids 3 and up who are potty trained are welcome to join the Kid’s Club. There are activities planned for them throughout the day and night to keep them occupied and having fun. I thought Kailey might be timid to be left alone with strangers, but I was wrong. She had a BLAST!

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Our first stop was in Grand Cayman. My mom, Kailey, Josh & Jessie went to the beach while Blake, Cameron and I explored. We walked and walked around the island. We even made a stop at The Ritz Carlton… you know, just to check it out. It was a beautiful island and we had fun just walking around and taking it all in.

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The next stop was Cozumel, Mexico. Josh & Jessie had booked an excursion for the day, so Mom, Blake and I took the kids into town to shop. We bought t-shirts, maracas, and hand-woven fans, browsed their jewelry collection and then determined we were done shopping once we couldn’t haggle them down on a tiny diamond ring that caught my eye. So, it was time for lunch.

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We shared a pile of nachos at Margaritaville and somehow ended up with a round of FREE margaritas. Hey, it’s five o’clock somewhere!

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On Tuesday night, we decided to skip the main dining room and opted to eat at the Chops Steakhouse on the ship. I’ve heard rave reviews about their meals, so we bit the bullet and paid the $30 per person. It was AMAZING! I’m not a fan of paying for food while on a cruise, but it was well worth it! Really delicious steaks and side dishes.

Our last day at sea was quiet and relaxing. We browsed the shops onboard, played trivia, packed up our suitcases and enjoyed our last meal in the dining room. All in all, it was a fun cruise. We can’t wait to cruise again, though next time we’ll wait until Cameron is older.

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