Cruisin’ on Royal Carribean #SeasTheDay

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on March 21, 2014

I am blessed with some amazing blogging friends, experiences, and opportunities. A few years ago, Ray and I went to New Orleans on one of the very first Brandcations – #BOBNOLA. While I had a great time, I was 7 months pregnant and it was oh-so-hot and sticky. I am very much looking forward to my next Brandcation adventure – A cruise on Royal Carribean with 39 old and new blogging buddies!

#SeasTheDay

We set sail in a little over a week, and I have tons to do before then. In fact, I still need to make it to the passport office, do some shopping, pack my bags, and make a quick trip to Cali!

But, let’s not get distracted… On this 5 day/4 night cruise, we will be going to Cozumel, Mexico and will get to see and experience all that the Liberty of the Seas has to offer. I can’t wait to explore the ship and share with you all it has to offer, from ice skating to surfing, and more! We’ll also be getting a behind the scenes tour of the ship, so stay tuned for lots of photos and info.

Liberty of the Seas

Follow along on our adventures – on the ship and in Cozumel – with the hashtag #SeasTheDay. And be sure to keep an eye on my Facebook page and Instagram stream!

Is there anything you’d like to know about cruising on Royal Carribean, or about the Liberty of the Seas ship? MAybe I’ll get a chance to find an answer for you!

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Cruisin’ on the Disney Fantasy – Day Three

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on March 29, 2012

Close your eyes and imagine yourself on a dream vacation…

You are laying on a lounge chair in the middle of the ocean, onboard a magical ship. Each time you pop your head up, you are met with inquiries regarding your comfort and thirst. Fresh fruit and ice cream is available, if you feel like satisfying your urge to snack. There is a constant breeze cooling your skin as you bask in the glorious sunshine. And, your kids are safe and wearing themselves out, as they keep busy in the kids clubs and activity centers.

That was me today. Minus the kids.

Photo taken by Janice Croze

Tomorrow we port in Cape Canaveral. While I am glad to be going home to Ray and the kids, part of me wishes this vacation never had to end.

Someday I’ll be back. And with me will be all of the people I love most!

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Cruisin’ on the Disney Fantasy – Day Two

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on March 28, 2012

Before I get in to what an amazing day today was, I must say that boarding the Disney Fantasy yesterday was such a thrill. I was on a Disney cruise ship. On vacation by myself. No work and no responsibilities for three whole days.

 

Before Janice and I even found our stateroom, we did a bit of exploring and I decided that someday Ray and I would be back with the kids. There is so much for the whole family to see, taste and do… I was truly enchanted and I knew my kids would just be thrilled with the wide array of fun onboard.

After being greeted by a tote bag full of goodies waiting on our beds – including media credentials for me, which was a sweet surprise – we decided to change into our swimsuits and treat ourselves to a drink at Quiet Cove Bar, near the adult-only pool.

 

Our first evening of sailing was rough. I began to feel a bit lightheaded and was afraid I was becoming seasick. Dinner at Animator’s Palate would have been so much more enjoyable if I had been more prepared. Assuming you don’t get seasick after only being on one single cruise is a very silly idea! I learned that one must always be prepared.

At any rate, today I felt so much better. I did lounge in bed a bit, but do you blame me? I mean, who could resist a big comfy bed and no other sound but the crashing of waves against the side of the ship?

 

Today was the day we were in port; the day to explore Castaway Cay, Disney’s privately-owned island in the Bahamas. Oh.My.Word. It is gorgeous! Just a short distance from where the boat was docked for the day, we discovered where any kid would have a blast spending the day, complete with water slides and a plethora of kid-friendly activities. On a bit further we found an overabundance of fresh fruit and other yummy things to eat.

Island Excursion

Janice and I made ourselves comfortable on the beautiful beach at Serenity Bay, frozen drinks in hand. What a peaceful and relaxing place to spend the afternoon! It was near perfect… Only the addition of my hubby (and perhaps an open-air massage) would have made it completely divine!

 

The Disney PR team treated the bloggers onboard to a fabulous dinner experience at Palo, and were kind enough to include me. Palo is an elegant hideaway serving Northern Italian cuisine just for grown-ups. It felt like a lavish girls night out, as I dined with two of my very best blogger girlfriends and enjoyed a bit of girly conversation. It was the perfect ending to a nearly-perfect day.

Dinner on the High Sea

All photos of our adventures were taken by Janice Croze of 5MinutesforMom.com

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I’m Off to Embark on a Magical Adventure

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on March 25, 2012

I have been a Disney fan for as long as I can remember. I’ve played in Disneyland a number of times, I’ve visited DisneyWorld a few, and I’ve even explored Disney’s Aulani on Oahu. But. This week will be a first for me. I AM GOING ON A DISNEY CRUISE!!

One of my bestest friends has invited me along with her on the Disney Fantasy media cruise. I wasn’t invited as media this time, so technically I’m going as Janice’s guest – which is kind of odd for me, to be honest – but I AM GOING ON A DISNEY CRUISE!!

Can you tell I’m a little excited?

I’m sitting at the airport in Phoenix waiting for my flight to Orlando, and I can.not contain my excitement. I have this urge to turn to the person next to me and tell them why I’m on this flight with them…

Don’t worry. I won’t.

Stay tuned as I bring you photos, video, and my thoughts on the magic and wonder of the Disney Fantasy.

(For the record, this is not a “free” trip for me. I paid for my airfare to get to Orlando, as well as the taxes and gratuities for the cruise.)

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