For our 2014 girl’s trip we decided to take a cruise. We decided on Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas because the itinerary and cost best met our needs. When we first booked our trip the ports were listed as Key West, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. About two months before departure when we were all paying our final payments we noticed that Grand Cayman was dropped. We were disappointed but another day at sea with girlfriends would be relaxing. We departed from Ft. Lauderdale, which is personally my favorite port. We stayed at a hotel near the port and took the airport shuttle to the ship. It was efficient so that was good. It was pouring rain when set sail, which was a first for me. It was a downer for sure. I know it shouldn’t have been because we were on a cruise headed to wonderful places but it’s nice to stand out on deck and wave and enjoy the sun. Instead we found some lounge chairs in the solarium and watched the rain.
Our first port was Key West the next morning. It was sunny and warm. The trolley took us from the ship into town into a central shopping area. We had no certain plans for the day so that was nice. We casually strolled through town shopping, chatting and having a good time.
We decided to eat lunch at Pinchers on Duval Street. We sat on the patio upstairs; the atmosphere is nice and casual. The food is good. Also, be sure to wash your hands with the sugar scrub in the lady’s room, it is pretty awesome. They also sell it there.
The remainder of the day we walked all over Key West. We went to the Southernmost point buoy and also saw the mile 0 sign for US1.
Of course we stopped for key lime pie during the day. Holly introduced us to Kino Sandals and I’m so glad she did! I purchased two pairs of sandals and honestly I wore them constantly for over a year and they are still great. They are so comfortable and inexpensive. Be sure to check them out!
We had a few days at sea, which we spent lounging on the decks of the Vision of the Seas. This was the smallest cruise ship that I had been on. It was fine for a girl’s trip but I think my family might have been bored after a few days because there weren’t as many activities as the larger ships!
We had a large interior cabin, which seemed to be fine for two people but in our cabin we had three. I don’t recommend three people at all even though they say it sleeps three. It doesn’t. They said there was a pull out sofa; it was more of a chair. The problem was when it was pulled out you couldn’t open the drawers. Also, my friends sleeping in the beds had to crawl over the sofa/chair bed to get to the restroom. I decided it was much easier for me to sleep on the floor. I can sleep absolutely anywhere so it didn’t bother me at all. I just asked for additional blankets and it worked.
Our time in Cozumel was tons of fun. We booked the excursion Salsa Salsa Margarita through RCCL. It was so fun! We learned to make so many types of Salsa. It was all so delicious. We decided to enjoy the pool at Hotel Cozumel and Resort for the remainder of the day instead of learning to Salsa dance. The pool at the hotel is amazing. I would highly recommend this excursion!
I would also recommend a cruise for a girl’s trip because there is the flexibility for people to do what they want without making plans. It’s very casual and a lot of fun! I look forward to our next girl’s trip…where will it be next? I’ll keep you posted.