Cruise Snapshots

In an effort to follow my New Year’s Goal #6 “travel…and document it” I am sharing some snapshots from my recent cruise with you! The day after Christmas we headed to Ft. Lauderdale to set sail on the Independence of the Seas. This was my first time on this ship and it definitely exceeded my expectations. This ship is spacious without feeling too big, there are a lot of things to do for many age groups, and a lot of different areas to hang out on the ship. I loved hanging out on the pool deck, on the promenade in the Irish pub, and in the piano bar!

Three years ago my family and I took a New Year’s cruise and absolutely loved it, so I was excited to cruise into the New Year again. We were on board for 7 days and 6 nights and visited Grand Cayman, Jamaica, and Haiti.

I really enjoyed Grand Cayman because we got to do a lot of exploring around the city (and of course do a little shopping). Jamaica was my least favorite, I felt like I was constantly being haggled, so I ended up getting back on the ship early. Our New Years day port was Labadee,Haiti and I loved the area of Haiti we were in. It was the ship’s private island and the beaches were absolutely beautiful, like a post card. We went jet skiing in the ocean while in Haiti. We got to see a lot of the different areas around the island and learn some of its history. But warning: setting up a jet ski excursion the day after NYE was probably the worst idea ever ha ha! #hungover I powered through though and it was really fun.

I still wish I had taken more photos (and actually more family photos, too…total fail) but it’s a start to my goal! Enjoy. xx

ship in the Cayman Islands
view on my run while at sea
beautiful sunset over the ocean
parents on NYE before Resurrection, the Journey tribute band
Piano player for the cruise
new friends on the ship
sista sista 
cruise ship in Jamaica

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  1. Natali wrote:

    Such a lovely photo diary! Looks like you've had an amazing cruise!

    Posted 1.8.15 Reply
  2. wow looks like an amazing trip

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  3. Preeti wrote:

    i was on the navigator of the seas in October and this ship looks amazing! Haiti looks alot like Belize to me. Hope you had a great time!

    xoxo, Preeti

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  4. looks like you had such a wonderful time!! I love your bathing suits from the trip! xo, Biana – BlovedBoston

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  5. What a fun trip! I could use some of that warm weather and beach days right about now!

    Posted 1.8.15 Reply
  6. Looks like you had a lovely time! I love going on fun!

    xx, Alyssa

    Posted 1.8.15 Reply
  7. That looks like so much fun!

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  8. I never take enough photos/any photos when I go on vacation too! I recently started taking more, and I'm SO GLAD I did. They're super fun to look back on later. Looks like you had a blast!

    Posted 1.8.15 Reply
  9. I just found your blog and I love it! Your trip looks like a blast, I miss warm weather!!!

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  10. Looks like you had fun!

    Liz @

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  11. Such fun photos! I've always wanted to go on a cruise! They look like so much fun!


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  12. Kate Cope wrote:

    Looks like such an amazing vacation! (I am loving your cruise style, btw and so jealous since I'm in 13 degree weather right now!) Cruises are some of my favorite vacations- you get to see beautiful places, but they take care of all the details and you never run out of things to do/see. So glad you enjoyed it!
    This Side of Paradise

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  13. Jeanne wrote:

    So much fun! I love your blue printed dress and yopur sunnies!

    Posted 1.8.15 Reply
  14. Jenna wrote:

    Great pictures! I went on a cruise in October and I loved it! You look amazing and I LOVE all your bathing suits!

    Posted 1.8.15 Reply
  15. Hanna Lei wrote:

    Looks like so much fun! –Hanna Lei

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  16. Great pictures and your lipstick is so flattering! What color is it?


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  17. Looks like you had a fabulous time! Warmer weather is much needed for me right now. Looking forward to taking a cold weather break this February when I go to Florida!

    x Sarah

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  18. Andrea wrote:

    Wow! That JustFab dress looks amazing! I never trusted their clothing quality, but I'll have to give that dress a try!

    Posted 1.10.15 Reply

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