Elise, Lacie, and I decided last year around October that we needed to get together and do a girl's trip. We didn't really care what we did, we just wanted to get away from everything for a bit! We decided to go to NYC since I am a bum and I get sick on cruises. Of course, NYC isn't IDEAL in January, but we would see some Broadways shows (Hamilton!) and it would be super fun. Well, Hamilton tickets were basically impossible to get, and winter rolled around. It has been a cold and snowy winter, and then I suddenly realized, what in the world are we doing?! I called my friends and we canceled our plans to NYC and decided to go on a 3 day cruise out of Orlando instead. Luckily, you can switch flights from Southwest for free!
So! We went on the Enchantment of the Seas, a Royal Caribbean cruise. We were really hoping for warm weather, but of course it was the snow storm of the century on the East coast, and I think Orlando got some of that weather. It was like 40 degrees in Orlando! But it was better than NYC, where all the Broadway shows were canceled and the roads were totally closed because of the ridiculous snow. So we still made a good choice.
Lacie and I flew together and had a connecting flight in Baltimore, where Elise joined our flight. We got first row seats! It was so thrilling to be on a plane with no kids and just my two best friends. We rented a car and then went to Downtown Disney that night. We ate at Earl of Sandwich, yummy yummy. And we decided the theme of our trip was "Three Hot Moms."
The next day, Friday, we drove to the port and got on the ship! I was very nervous that I was going to be nauseated the whole time, but I wore my SeaBands and I truly believe they helped. Especially because this boat was very rocky the entire time. Unfortunately, the whole trip was extremely cold and windy, so the pool deck was closed the entire time. I was planning on running around the track, but it was "closed to due to extreme winds." That was another theme of the cruise.
Ew, I forgot to mention that we got in our room and opened the closet, and under the life jacket was UNDERWEAR. We called several times and finally got someone to remove it for us. So nasty.
Saturday we arrived at Nassau and we were so excited to do our Sea Ray Adventure! If you know me, you know I love sea rays. They are so hilarious. So we got off the boat to find our group, and we couldn't find them anywhere! I was a little nervous since the winds were like 100 miles per hour, and we had to take a small boat to Ray Island. I knew my stomach couldn't handle that. And, lucky me, our excursion was canceled! :/ The dumb part was that no one told us. The crusie boat was like "we left a voicemail" as if we are checking our room voicemail all the time. Whatever, we still had fun. We got hair braids! I negotiated the lady down from $6 a braid to $2 a braid.
Then we decided we should go DANCING!! We went down to the dance floor, but the dance was over :( So we got in the clear glass elevator to find something else to do, when we realized the dance was NOT over! They were singing "Bohemian Rhapsody" and we were stuck in the glass elevator with this older lady and her even older mother. So we were just singing and dancing along to the music when we realized that basically we were on a stage for the whole crowd right above the band. Then at the part of the song where it says "Let us go!" "We will not let you go" "Let us go!" We were banging our hands against the elevator singing "Let us go!" and the crowd was all pointing at us and singing "We will not let you go!" Anyway, it was like the highlight of
The best part was the older lady (in a totally sequinned gold dress) was so thrilled to be a part of it as well that she wanted to take a selfie. So she said "Alright my elevator bit***s!! Smile!!" Then we saw her later at another dance, so we started dancing with her and she called us Elevator bit***s again. But in a very endearing way.
Then we found another dance on the cold windy deck of the ship and danced and danced. Until some guys wanted to dance a little too much with beautiful Lacie, and then we had to excuse ourselves. Garrett warned me something like this would happen :)
The food was adequate on the cruise. My favorite were these big wedges of french toast. We also ordered room service, which is always fun.
Our last day we were supposed to go to Royal Caribbean's private island, Coco Cay, but they canceled! "Due to weather conditions..." LAME. So we spent the day sleeping, and we got to do the rock wall and trampoline once before "due to weather conditions" they were closed. We had dinner and then came back to the room to chat. We were planning on doing karaoke and seeing a show, but we talked too much and then we looked at the time and everything was over!
Then, sadly, Elise and I got food poisoning. I threw up so much and poor Elise was in the bathroom until 3 am. That made it a little easier to get off the boat the next morning. But it was still sad to end the trip that we had been so looking forward to.