Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Sail Away With Me

by Meghann on August 29, 2017

Welcome to my happy place.

A few months ago my parents offered to watch Annalynn for a weekend. When someone offers to take your kid for a weekend, it’s recommended that you not waste any time confirming a date and booking a much-needed trip away. I’m pretty sure we booked the 3-night cruise less than a week after my parents first brought it up – no need to tell us twice. Have I mentioned we haven’t had a kids-free vacation since before Annalynn was born?! It was desperately needed. We love our kid, but mommy and daddy needed some alone time, stat! Plus, Amma and Pop Pop were dying for some quality one-one-one time- it was really a win-win situation.

Last Friday we loaded up the car and headed to the east coast. We stopped at my parents’ house and prepared for a big emotional good-bye with Annalynn, but there was no need. She gave a simple “bye-bye” and then went back to reading with Pop Pop. Clearly this was going to be fine.

Derek and I boarded  Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Sea for our weekend trip to the Bahamas. It was the same itinerary we had for our first cruise together back in 2009, so we were familiar with the port of calls, but we honestly didn’t care as much about the destinations as we were just looking forward to being away together. Our goal was to relax, not worry about overloading our schedule with activities and adventures. Heck, we weren’t even planning to get off the boat in Nassau. We wanted sleep, food, and some fruity drinks.

We kicked our cruise off with a couple’s massage! Since we had booked it ahead of time we managed to score a really good deal. I pretty sure we both fell asleep on the table, which would call the venture a success in our book.

I never get to dress up anymore, so it was fun to put a dress on and do my hair and make-up each night of the trip.

Psst… The dress is from LeTote! I’ve been using the clothing rental service regularly for a couple of months now and can’t even tell you how much I love getting to pick out new clothes each week – especially when a special occasion is involved!

We were in bed by 9pm the first night and have no regrets about it. I didn’t bother setting an alarm since I assumed I would be up naturally by 7am, giving myself plenty of time to head to the gym before breakfast. Well, never underestimate the power of an interior cabin with no windows. I couldn’t believe it when I got out of bed and saw it was 9am! I can’t even tell you the last time I slept until 9am on a Saturday. Maybe college? It was amazing.

I ended up skipping the gym and we headed straight to breakfast. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t really in our favor that day. It stayed cloudy all day and continued to rain on and off. On a positive note, the cloud coverage meant it wasn’t that hot and the pool deck was pretty empty.

The swimsuit is another find from Amazon and I am 100% obsessed with it. I want the same style in all the patterns please.

The rain didn’t scare us. I had a bloody mary, we hung out in the hot tub, and Derek caught up on multiple podcasts he’d downloaded for the trip. I even managed to take a mini nap out there. Again, sleep was a big goal of this trip!

We were docked at Nassau from noon-8pm. There was a point when I was tempted to get off, but that would have required too much effort on our part. We’ve been to Nassau multiple times and just didn’t feel it was something we needed to see again. We were just as happy hanging out  by the pool on the ship.

Saturday was “formal” night on the ship. I had picked a gorgeous maxi dress from LeTote and had fun trying a new updo braid with my hair.

We actually managed to see the show this night (nothing memorable), but still managed to be in bed by 10pm – victory!

I did set my alarm for Sunday and was up at 7am to take advantage of the ship’s fitness center. I was really looking forward to working out that morning, I genuinely love working out on vacation – especially if it means having the opportunity to use equipment I don’t have access to at home.

Plus, you really can’t beat that view!

I ran 2 miles on the treadmill before heading to the free weights.

I went heavier on the weights that what I have at home and really pushed myself. It was a great reminder that I need get a bench and upgrade to some heavier weights for my own gym.

Thankfully the crummy weather we had on Saturday had vanished and we had nothing by gorgeous blue skies and sunshine on Sunday, which was alright with me. We were docked at Coco Cay, Royal Caribbean’s private island, aka my happy place. I had amazing memories of this place from our last cruise and couldn’t wait to get off the boat to explore it again. Derek and I were on one of the first tenders heading to the island.

Coco Cay is great because the island is reserved just for one Royal Caribbean ship and since our ship was small (by cruise ship standards) the island didn’t feel crowded at all. There were plenty of beach chairs and we managed to find a great shaded spot right by the water. The food was close by, there was no shortage of bars around us, and there was a nice band playing to complete the atmosphere.

 

It was truly a picture-perfect day. We lounged on the beach, floated in the water, explored a bit, and enjoyed fun drinks in Pineapples.

For our final night, we enjoyed dinner before doing some final exploring of the ship.

And that was it. Our boring – but incredible amazing – weekend cruise was over.

Since we kept our bags with us, we were able to get off the ship Monday morning pretty early and made it to my parents’ house before Annalynn was even awake (Amma & Pop Pop wore that kid out!).

Overall it the perfect quick getaway. We both agreed that it would be too hard to go longer than a weekend away from Annalynn – we missed our baby too much! But it was so nice to disconnect from the rest world and reconnect as a couple. Plus – the sleep! Glorious, glorious sleep! That alone made it all worth it.

 

 

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