Friday, September 20, 2019

Labadee and Cruise Finale!

Happiest of Fridays, friends!! Back at it again, this time with the final leg of our cruise!! 

Day 6 started off with an a la carte breakfast at the American Grille.... not our favourite as we ended up waiting forever for breakfast... the freshly squeezed juice through the cruise was on point though!!! We ordered one for each of us (and shared with all) whenever we could.



Labadee!!! RC's private part of Haiti!


In Labadee, my parents came out for a bit!!

We took a shuttle to the ocean. It was stinkin' hot!!! Our deodorant was on overtime ;-P


But the water was absolutely beautiful!!





Lunch, entertainment, and back in the ocean not pictured!!


I miss fresh coconuts!! These did not disappoint!!







Back to the ship!!


My body was craving vegetables at dinner!


This kid and her loom.


Not pictured were the awesome Phillipino rolls our servers gave us for dinner as well as a phillipino chicken dish!

White night and a little show.



So many amazing shows on this ship.


Day 7 started with some fruit-- yep we were feeling the need for lighter eating at this point!


Every floor has different beautiful artwork. At this point, I started to take the stairs.


And did a couple laps on the walking track.


We also spent some time on the boardwalk where we took advantage of the drinks package clearly.




My kids dominated this kids' area. There was a bar next to it, so the dads were happy to supervise.



Live music for the win! And hot dogs for lunch. #winning.


We watched shows, relaxed a bit, did some packing and got ready for our last dinner there.


We still saved some room for dessert!!



Our servers went above and beyond!! They always brought out many different meal options in addition to what we ordered. And were on point with service!!

A live show on the promenade, a couple comedy shows and we called it a night!!!


And that's a wrap on our Royal Caribbean cruise experience. We had a simply wonderful time. A few people have asked how it compares to Disney. Both cruise lines have their strengths. Royal Caribbean has so many different entertainment options for both big and small, more of a variety of food, more restaurants, is a larger ship and is waaayyy cheaper. Disney's quality of food was better, their shows every night were very high quality, the kids' club is second to none, their staterooms are better maintained and there is a certain star service and quality of experience. I also didn't feel nickle and dimed that much when we were with Disney. It was wonderful when my kids were younger and more into Disney but definitely more expensive. With a bigger group with more diverse range of ages and budgets, I would definitely do Royal Caribbean again!

Thanks for tuning in!! Next stop, Universal Studios!!!




Thursday, September 19, 2019

Three Things Thursday- Family Edition

I haven't done a family catch up in awhile so now that we are back to school and back on track, here's a little 411 (or really 1-2-3) on each of us!

A- 
1- Little Miss hadn't been so well in August. She is on the upswing thank God and is back to extra curricular, school and fun stuff.
2- Girlfriend is absolutely obsessed with her rainbow loom. We got it from a neighbour's daughter who was cleaning out her craft stuff and she plays with it every.single.day. The loom goes to dinner, to parties, on vacations and gets played with every day after school.
3- Her extra curriculars for this year are skating, gymnastics and piano. Piano is new but she is an old hand at the other two.



C- 
1- Grade 5 is suiting this girl well.... She is signing up for all these leadership, supervisory and extra stuff in school as a Junior and is loving having her time busy. 
2- Every Wednesday, we head to the library. Girlfriend borrows more books than she can possibly choose.. Her reader mama could not be more proud.
3- Her extra curricular this year is swimming, volleyball, piano and violin. Volleyball is the new one for her.




D-
1- D is obsessed with Suits. He's a binge watcher in the truest sense of the word.
2- Fun fact, he is the biggest person in the house but uses the least laundry in the entire house.
3- He is the best recycling sorter ever. Very sorted, neat and tidy. I think during the holidays, the garbage and recycling people should also be tipping him!!


Me-
1- I'm on a organising kick which usually happens right before summer and in the fall. These past few days, my closet.
2- Back on the low (er) carb train after a somewhat more indulgent summer... I feel so much better when I eat cleaner. 
3- I'm also on a waste not, want not kick with less spending on food, house stuff and my stuff. Maybe it stems from #1 on my list. 


Have a terrific Thursday, friends!!




Monday, September 16, 2019

Old San Juan Puerto Rico

On our fifth day of cruising, we stopped off in beautiful Puerto Rico. The kids opted to stay on the boat with my brother and D, my sister in law and I did a walking tour of Old Puerto Rico.  We loved walking through Old Town and seeing all the very many picturesque roads, buildings, ocean and overall beauty and splendour of this wonderful country.



Portside





I just love all the beautiful tropical fauna





The beautiful Raices Fountain



The Old San Juan Gate...


I loved all the colourful colonial architecture of this city...






We made our way to beautiful El Moro! Words cannot describe how beautiful the walk up to the fort was. The ocean, all the lush greenery and the fort ahead- It was absolutely magnificent. 







The lady on the side cracks me up!






Not pictured--- how the rain started to pour. We hopped into a cab and into a hotel and then Duane Reade for a few supplies before making it back to the ship for some lunch and to hang out with the kiddos. 


For dinner, Formal night and lobster night...



Celebrating 50 years of Royal Caribbean!



Someone had their debut Karaoke performance with Cups by Anna Kendricks. I'm biased but I thought she was wonderful!!! And my Insta followers seemed to think so too, ha!!



And that's a wrap on day 5!!

Make it a wonderful week!




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