A couple weeks ago, I was lucky enough to get whisked away on a 7-Day Eastern Caribbean Cruise on the Regal Princess with Princess Cruises. Oh how I so needed this vacation and warm weather. Our winter in DC wasn’t nearly as bad this year (but we did get 8 inches of snow in DC while I was on this cruise) but there were still some bitter cold days that made me long for the sun and white sandy beaches. I was thrilled when this opportunity came through in my inbox. It came at the most perfect time. I had just turned in my manuscript a couple weeks prior to the trip and copyedits weren’t supposed to get back to me until after the trip. It was like the perfect reward for turning it in!
I was joined by some sweet blogger friends: Kristen, Brandy, Monique, Lee, Deborah, Katrina, Shelley, and Aida. They seriously made amped up the trip. You must have good company when you’re on a long vacation like this and they were the perfect group! I kept saying to Jason that I think every night at dinner, I was burning calories as I was eating because I had the most belly-aching laughs ever. Tears would be brimming my eyes from laughing so hard. It was such good times. Why can’t all bloggers live near each other so we can have weekly dinners and laugh until it hurts?
Anyway, let’s get started on my 7-day adventure with Princess Cruises! We embarked in Fort Lauderdale at Port Everglades and it was exhilarating boarding the ship and seeing the Fort Lauderdale coast from our balcony. As we departed, we all went out on the top of the ship and waved goodbye to everyone from the houses and condos. It was so cool seeing residents actually taking the time to get out and send us off. Some even had signs sending us off! Definitely way different than what I’ve experienced in the past. With less than a day at sea, we made it to our first island, Princess Cays, Bahamas, the very next morning!