I cannot believe that this time last week I was sitting on the verandah of the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas looking at this:
If there’s one thing to know about me, it’s that the Caribbean is my true solace, my happy place. With days full of parenting and chaotic days, an escape to the tropics is what I yearn most. As in, all.the.time.
Can you imagine how gloriously thrilled I was to embark on Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas with my fellow Fisher-Price Mom Ambassadors? Especially since the destination was: the Western Caribbean?
Ahhh! The sweet smelling breeze, warm sun and peace of the surroundings… take me back!!!
Yet, as many times as I have gone to warm destinations, I hadn’t before experienced the location via cruise ship. No, disregard that. The LARGEST cruise ship in the world. Though I am familiar with cruising with the family; I hadn’t experience Royal Caribbean before, the ships amenities and visiting multiple Caribbean destinations in one trip.
First off, saying the Allure of the Seas is huge, is an understatement – it’s MASSIVE. On-ship communities like the Promenade and Central Park make you wonder at every turn, ‘Am I really on a ship?’. Unbelievable.
If shopping and comforts of home is your thing, there’s Starbucks, Coach and many stores again to shock and impress the masses.
How about 2 grand rock climbing walls, a hand-carved carousel, an ice skating rink, casino, theatre, many restaurants and cafes … the list goes on and on. And on. Needless to say there isn’t a lack of things to do or see.
While you may think the hustle and bustle of a ship this size and all it’s amenities is too ‘much’ for a relaxing vacation, think again. Lay by the pools, visit in one of the many pubs or find a corner to sit and gaze at the ocean.
Then, immerse yourself in the culture of one of the port destinations, simply wake up in a new country. Each turn is a new adventure.
While I have so much to share about our recent family trip, today I just yearn for that solace. A week home is enough to be buried in chaos again. Winter is here, it’s cold. I long for my verandah and the sweet Caribbean breeze. So fortunate that I can close my eyes and again be in my happy place.