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

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Travel Fashionably and Light – Anatomie Travel Wear Review

A little over a month ago I was approached to by Anatomie to check out their line of travel clothing for women, and the timing couldn’t have been better. With a number of upcoming trips; an 8 day cruise, Boston, and a 2 week trip to Europe I was on the hunt for durable, easy to clean, and wrinkle resistant clothing. After browsing their website I managed to narrow down my choices and they sent me the Lucia Lace Dress and the Skyler Skinny Pants to try.

Whenever I travel I usually bring a couple of dresses, skirts, an cute tops because I love getting dressed up. One thing I don’t like to travel with or do is iron, so I  picked out the dress to wear for one of the formal nights on the cruise ship. To test out the wrinkle-resistance in the dress I left the dress in the packaging I received it in and put it in my suitcase for the cruise. I pulled it out the day of one of the formal nights, a couple of hours before diner, and there wasn’t a single wrinkle and it fit perfectly. I love the versatility of this dress and how well it transitions well from the office, to a vacation, and even to dinner and drinks, so it will definitely be a staple in my closet.

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Whenever I fly I usually travel in pants and with a blanket and pillow because I tend to get cold during the flight. Since their travel pants are their best sellers I figured I’d give them a try – you can never have too many pairs of pants right? The pants (mine are navy blue -loving nautical colors right now) were really comfy and great to wear for travel to and from the airport. I’m 5’3″ and they were a little long for me, so I’m planning to get them altered before my trip to Europe in 2 weeks. I even hand washed them in the sink and hung them up to dry, and within an hour or so they were ready for me to wear again.

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Anatomie Travel Pants

Many of their pieces can be worn year-round, and all of their clothes are light weight, wrinkle-resistant, and ultra-modern. The brainchild of Kate and Shawn Boyer, Anatomie is a fashion brand created with today’s travel women in mind. From the city to the country, the ski slopes to the hiking trails this collection draws inspiration from European fashion houses and keeps you lookin fab and your luggage light during your travels. Looking for inspiration as you pack for your next trip? One of my favorite things about shopping on their site is the videos show of models wearing the clothes so you can really see how they fit from every angle. Check out these great packing guides and explore the fall collection!

Wishing you safe and happy travels! -xo AGT

Disclosure: Please note that some of the links above are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I earn a commission if you make a purchase. I recommend Anatomie Travel Clothing because I have tried their products first-hand and believe it is a great product. I would never recommend anything I don’t personally love. If you would like to try their travel clothes and would like to support this website in some way, using these links and letting them know AGT sent you to their site when you make your purchase will help do exactly that. If you have any questions about the clothes and my experience with them, please e-mail me or message me below. I’m always happy to answer questions!

A Love Letter to Grand Cayman

Love Letter to Grand Cayman

Since I’ve returned home I cannot stop thinking about Grand Cayman. I find myself daydreaming at my desk of the beautiful beaches, the food, and the amazing time I had with the girls.

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Because of the coral reef and shoal water, cruise ships are unable to pull all the way into port, so our cruise ship anchored just off the island and a tender service was used to bring everyone to shore. The weather was beautiful that day and we had no excursion planned, so we took the tender to the island and caught a taxi to the Surf Lodge on 7 Mile Beach.

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We grabbed a cabana at the surf lodge, rented snorkeling gear and floating beach mats for super cheap, and never left lol. The DJ had us dancing all day long, the locals and fellow cruise ship travelers kept us laughing, and sunshine left us sun-kissed.

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I like that cruising gives you the opportunity to explore places you have need been to, but it’s definitely a bit of a teaser. Grand Cayman is definitely on my list of places to return to. I’d like to spend more time exploring the island, chatting with locals, dancing the night away, and of course lounging on its beautiful beaches. Have you ever been to Grand Cayman? Is there that you’d recommend I do on my next visit?

Wishing you Happy and Safe Travels! -xo AGT