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Cruisin Onboard the Freedom of the Seas

Ready to set sail for a week of fun onboard Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas cruise ship!

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Ice Skating at Sea – early in the week the rink is reserved for ice shows and performances, then they open it guests for open skate sessions. When we arrived the ice hadn’t been smoothed over with the zamboni in a while, so there were quite a few gashes in the ice. We made a few laps around for the experience, then left to avoid a mid-vaca mishap.

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Late night strolls on the ship – Royal Caribbean always has such beautifully decorated ships and late night is the easiest time to really capture the beauty and detail of the ship. All is quite, except the pizza spot which stays open until the wee hours in case you need a late night snack. We stopped here many nights to refuel after dancing all night on the ship.

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Wine Bar

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Irish Pub

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Dinner in the dinning room – my favorite spot to eat for lunch and dinner, and the one structured thing I like to have during my cruise vacation. My server knows my name, exactly what I want, and even caters to my vegetarian needs. I had some amazing vegetarian Indian food a few nights during the trip, and its always fun to see the chefs and servers sing and dance.

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Parties on the pool deck – the place to be when you embark the ship, during your at sea days, and as you sail away from your port call. A few times though there were some pool deck faux pas, i.e. playing golf on the big screen and no music in the middle of the day….no bueno.

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Dancing the Night Away at Sea – there are parties and live music happening every night on the ship. My favorite event of the cruise was the Silent Dance Party. It was so much more fun than we all expected!

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When you need to getaway from it all – Take a moment for a midday nap or just to have some “me” time, escape to your room and enjoy a glass of wine. And who can resist a towel animal :) I came back to the room one night to a lovely surprise of sweet treats and wine from the cruise staff. Thanks again!

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Have you ever take a cruise vacation before? What’s your favorite cruise line?

Wishing you safe and happy travels! -xo AGT

Withdrawals…

That moment after you’ve returned from traveling, things have died down, you’ve settled back into your normal routine and you have no upcoming trips planned. Wine bottle glass or morning coffee in hand your mind wanders off to past adventures…..and then it hits you. Travel withdrawals.

Since my return from Europe, Boston, and DC my available vacation days from work have drastically diminished. In the Coast Guard (this goes for all military branches) you earn 2.5 days a month/30 days a year of vacation. I, of course, never hesitate to use my time to explore and see the world.  After those last few trips though, I have 4 vacation days available. Yep 4 whole days. With trips to Arizona, Florida, and Costa Rica in the works for early 2014. I have to conserve my vacation days and allow them to build up again.

Last night at work during downtime the topic was travel- cruising, quick jet-setter trips, and weekend getaways. All that travel talk sparked the flame that burned all night as I reviewed my scheduled and eagerly began planning my next travel adventure. I will be maximizing my days off exploring the 5 boroughs in NYC and road-tripping to nearby cities – with the first stop being Montauk, NY tomorrow to explore the area and visit the lighthouse. I LOVE exploring lighthouses, they have such a majestic beauty and so much history. The Montauk Lighthouse has been on my travel list for a while, and this is the perfect time of the year to visit.  Beach towns in the fall during the off season are so relaxing and you really have the opportunity to chat with locals, shop local stores and boutiques, and enjoy the town. This is going to be a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle, especially with the New York City Marathon going on all day tomorrow. I’m so excited to get on the road!

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How are you spending your weekend? Staycation? Road-trip? Jet-setting to a new place?

Wishing you safe and happy travels! -xo AGT