Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Cruise Port Spotlight: Labadee, Haiti

Our first port stop on the Allure of the Seas was in Labadee, Haiti - a private island owned by Royal Caribbean. We weren't quite sure what to expect going into it considering we had never been to Haiti nor ever been to a Royal Caribbean owned island. To make it short and sweet - we were blown away by our visit here and it was by far our favorite island of the cruise!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Vacation Style from Tory Burch

Tory's new arrivals are out, and they are GOOOOD. Check out the round up of our favorite new items you should splurge on for your next getaway!

We love this fruity top. And of course it's a must to order pineapple cocktails while wearing it!

Monday, January 19, 2015

What We Wore: Allure of the Seas

One of the best things about preparing for an upcoming cruise is planning out all of your outfits for each of the nights. 7 nights sailing the seas means 7 outfits that you need to prepare - 8 or 9 if you want to have a few extras on hand! A cruise in the middle of winter is even more exciting as it allows you to dig out those colorful dresses from your "Summer Clothes" bags and give them some use! Here's a look at just some of the outfits we chose to wear for our New Year's cruise on the Allure of the Seas!
Tank Top Sequin Dress (LuLus), Turquoise Earrings (Kate Spade), Animal Print Glitter Dress (TopShop)

Friday, January 16, 2015

Florida - Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel

When booking a cruise vacation for the end of December where you have to fly to Florida from the Northeast, obviously weather can be a concern that you have. What if there is a huge snowstorm and our flight is cancelled? The cruise ship isn't going to halt everyone else's vacations because you didn't account for the winter weather.

Last year on the Jewel of the Seas we flew out the same morning and we were lucky enough that there wasn't any bad weather (even though our airline did try and switch our flight times last minute to make us miss our flight!). This year, we weren't taking any chances and we decided to book a cruise port hotel the day before our ship left in Fort Lauderdale. It granted us an ease of mind and meant we didn't have to rush to the boat from the airport all disheveled and could arrive early and dressed for the pool!

We ended up choosing the Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel for our stay which turned out to be a great option for anyone looking for a cruise port hotel. It is very conveniently located to the airport and the cruise port - making it the perfect choice. They even offer a cruise port shuttle service each day for guests to use so they don't have to worry about taking a taxi for $6/person. However, we found this would only be worth it if you are traveling with two people or less. Like we mentioned before, the cruise port is located so close to the hotel that a taxi only cost $15 (with the port charge and tip!).

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Olympus TG-850 Camera Review

I had been toying with the idea of wanting an underwater digital camera for some time now. I would think about it but never really did the research on finding a good one until this year. With our New Years Eve cruise on the Allure of the Seas around the corner, it seemed like it would be the perfect Christmas gift from Santa. I did quite a bit of research, watched YouTube video demonstrations, tested out cameras in the store, and finally narrowed it down to the Olympus TG-850 or the GoPro Hero 4. While the GoPro seems to be the most popular and trendy choice, I ended up going with the Olympus TG-850 for a few main reasons.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Allure of the Seas: Dining

When you book a vacation on the largest cruise ship in the world you expect to be WOWed by the food selection! Overall, we felt the cuisine was very similar to other Royal Caribbean ships with a few exceptions. Here's our list ranked from best to worst on dining on the Allure of the Seas! (please note we did not have the time, or funds, to visit every restaurant)

1. Giovanni's

If you want an authentic Italian meal make a reservation for dinner at Giovanni's. This was our BEST meal of the week. And for $25 a person and unlimited food you get your money's worth. We each had bread, an appetizer, pasta dish, and entree. Be sure to order the mushroom risotto, I ate so much I thought my sister was going to have to roll me to the casino.

Tip: If you can't get a reservation try stopping in at dinner time and see if there are any available tables, this worked for us even when we had been told twice earlier that day there was no availability.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Allure of the Seas: What to Skip

The first thing we did when preparing for our NYE cruise on the Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas was create a check-list of things we wanted to see and accomplish on our week-long vacation. Let's face it, when going on vacation on the world's largest cruise ship - you have to go in with a strategy! So we went and made a list with the obvious items saying we wanted to ride the carousel, go boogie-boarding on the flow-rider, go to the prohibition party, tackle the rock-climbing wall, etc. We did not accomplish the majority of the things on our list because there were just too many activities on this ship. However, we wasted some valuable time on activities that just weren't worth it.
For that reason, we thought we would create a Do It vs. Skip It list of activities and events on the Allure of the Seas so you can prioritize what you do on your upcoming cruise! For a more detailed look into why we chose Do It or Skip It, make sure you keep an eye out for our upcoming blog posts about the Allure of the Seas!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Cruising - Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas

Happy New Year! We ended 2014 and rang in 2015 in the best way possible, on the world's largest cruise ship - Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas! We both decided it was time to ditch the $200 tickets into crowded bars you normally get into for free and take our NYE celebrations onto the high seas. Instead of just one night of fun, we had a whole week of fun while visiting Labadee, Falmouth, and Cozumel! We tackled the longest zipline over water in Haiti, climbed the world famous Dunn's River Falls in Jamaica, and snorkeled with the tropical fish in Mexico. As we do with all of our cruises, we had an unbelievable time - but a review post wouldn't be good enough if we ended right there would it?

Monday, December 22, 2014

The Vacation Body Countdown

A couple of months ago I got the dreaded/exciting e-mail from Royal Caribbean....the one that alerted me our cruise was 60 days away! Of course I was counting down the days till I get to bask in the sun and explore a new cruise ship with my sister, but that also meant I was only 60 days away from wearing my bikini and summer clothes again. Which also conveniently aligned with the holiday season. So what's a girl to do?! I needed a plan that could help me tone up while keeping my eating in check. I'd heard some buzz about the 21 Day Fix and decided to give it a shot...

Flash forward to a matter of days before we set sail! I have followed the 21 Day Fix and am happy to say that for the first time I have found a weight loss program that works! Hallelujah! I've tried so many programs, from Weight Watchers to following MyFitnessPal, but nothing has made the scale move for me. I'm sure the fact that I still like to maintain a normal lifestyle has had a lot to do with it, but lesbehonest, who is going to diet and never cheat, especially around the holidays!

Why I Love the 21 Day Fix

1. The workouts are only 30 minutes

Each day there is a different 30 minute workout. They range from upper body with weights to yoga. I love the variety and how the program really targets every muscle group. Not to mention, they are tough! When I first started there were days where it hurt to walk, so don't think these workouts are going to be easy breezy.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Coastal Decor - Bathroom Tips

Everyone loves some beach inspired décor, you can't browse the aisles at HomeGoods without seeing a quote about the sand or a seashell framed photo. But if you don’t have a beach house you may be thinking "It just won’t work in my home!" Well the sisters are here to tell you otherwise.

There’s something to be said for how coastal décor has the ability to soothe and calm a soul.  We have some great recommendations on how you can incorporate these serene colors and trinkets into your non-beach, home-sweet-home.

Pick just one room in your house to decorate with a coastal theme. 

Our favorite place to starfish is a bathroom. The bathroom can be a sanctuary to escape the stress of everyday life, if you decorate it right. Imagine soaking into a hot bubble bath with sea salts while you pretend it’s a jacuzzi tub overlooking the ocean. Having your bathroom decorated like a beach resort will just add that extra level of a mini-vacation. It’s so easy to spruce up any space with a few little coastal mementos. Check out this before and after of our beach getaway bathroom.
As you see, you don't need to overdo the beach decor, just add a few subtle touches with a calming wall color. I chose Palledion Blue by Benjamin Moore because it reminded me of the turquoise water in the Caribbean. Throw in a few star fish, and a picture and you're already on your way to daily relaxation!