Monday, June 27, 2016

Caribbean Cruise: Recap of the senses

I loved Steph's recap here of her Costa Rica trip, and wanted to do the same thing with our cruise. I love sharing my travels, but I have noticed that I try and take a lot of thought and feelings out of the post for fear of it being too boring, but then I forget the feelings I had when I travelled, and that makes me sad.

I already talk/write too much as it is, what can a few more paragraphs hurt? I will be sharing a full recap soon, but for now, this condensed 'senses' recap, if you please.

I heard: Every little thing. Every slammed door, every footstep, every time someone dragged their balcony furniture instead of, I don't know, picking it up and moving it instead of dragging? But seriously. The walls are not thick on a cruise. This was not good for naps or early bedtimes (because we are 80 apparently). We also heard lots of live music, happy squeals from children and adults alike, and of course - the sound of the ocean, which never gets old.


I tasted: Everything. Seriously. I ate everything. And guess what? I gained 0 lbs. WTF? Of course, I gained plenty before we left, so that might have cushioned the blow, but yeah. I ate all the food, and drank all the fruity cocktails.


I smelled: The ocean. Food. Cigarettes. Sunscreen. BO. Alcohol. Any time I smelled something bad, I just brought a cocktail closer to my nose. Just kidding.


I saw: Lots of sunburned people, no matter how much sunscreen they put on - self included. Other than that, every single thing we saw was pretty much amazing and beautiful.


I touched: Real books. I didn't touch my kindle once, oops! I tell you what I did not touch, I did not touch a sea turtle because the guides told us not to. They were amazing to watch and of course there were some people in the group who could not resist reaching a hand out, but then every one else in the group yelled at them and the turtles were safe from idiots.


I felt: Not sea sick! Great, right? Except, I am apparently sea sick now. KC and I both have not stopped swaying (or feeling like we are swaying) since we got back and it's very disorienting. Also, I gained weight before the cruise instead of losing it, oh well, but honestly, I gave zero shits while we were there. I felt comfortable and confident and happy to be alive and uninjured. I do not recommend you have a truck hit you a week before holiday, but it definitely helped me. Jk.


Of course, it could have been the alcohol helping with the feeling comfortable and confident thing as well.

The cruise was very relaxing and we had a great time, though it was not like anything we've done before. We are very go, go, go, go people, and then we crash (early) at night. We are not really people who go out at night, and we do not sleep in. I'm not trying to be oh look at us or anything, just saying how we are. We like to do a lot, and then we like to do a lot of nothing. So doing a lot of nothing, and then trying to do more nothing at night kind of threw us for a loop. I normally sleep so well on holiday because I'm exhausted, but I didn't exhaust myself enough on the cruise, because we were just relaxing. Which is fine, relaxing is great, but it doesn't help me sleep. I'm not complaining at all, just putting down thoughts and feelings about our holiday. We really did have a good time, even if I am ridiculously dizzy right now.

What's next?

After the cruise, the girls and I were supposed to go to Vegas for a weekend, but it was cancelled/postponed. My next trip is in September, mum is coming to the US (with a good friend of hers and mine) and I am flying to meet them and we are hitting LA and Vegas. After that, I won't be travelling again until our girls trip early next year, but basically our next big trip is THE big one. Australia & New Zealand. Let the planning begin (because of course I haven't already planned all of it, right?)! That will make it 3 years since I have been home, and who knows when we will be able to go back after that. So gotta make the most of it!

Have you been on a cruise? Did you enjoy it?

62 comments:

  1. I loved seeing your pics while you were away.
    YEESSSSS on gaining now weight. the vacation gods were on your side.
    Oh man... welcome to my world with the swaying. That's basically what i've felt like for 3 months with my vertigo. Its horrible.
    I didnt know you werent supposed to touch those turtles (like I'm ever around them in KY/IN - haha) but that's interesting - is it dangerous for them or something?

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  2. i love this! what you're feeling is very common; the friends we went with had that as well after we got off the boat. we'd be walking in the mall and all of a sudden, they'd be swaying and would have to stop walking LOL.

    glad you had fun. we're not party vacation people either; we get up super early, workout, eat/relax/drink/do whatever, then more relaxing, dinner around 6pm and then early bedtime; like 930pm (regular time) old lady bedtimes FTW!

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  3. so fun! and YEAH to not gaining weight girl! i can't do cruises for most of the negative reasons you listed above haha. i cant' handle the gross people (i mean that sounds horrid but you know what i mean - the smokers and smelly ones hahahah) and the swaying. i can't even sit in the back of a car. but it looks like you guys had a blast and i LOVED your snaps! I almost wrote naps. clearly they didn't happen haha. anyway glad you're back! and yay for more vacation planning

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  4. The swaying you're experiencing... I never "get my sea legs" while on a cruise and when we get off, I'm ok. My husband, on the other hand, acclimates to the sway of the boat rather easily then feels the sway for days after we've returned home. Weird.

    My husband likes cruising more than I do. I prefer to go to an all inclusive resort. We compromise and take budgets into account. Sometimes cruising wins, sometimes it doesn't. I like it and like the seeing several places over the course of a week thing, but it's not the "be all end all" for me. I agree with you, you hear everything on a cruise. I should have warned you to take earplugs. Some of the best sleeping I've ever done is while on a cruise. I blame it on the gentle sway, like being rocked to sleep or something, and the earplugs.

    Glad you enjoyed yourself! Hope the swaying stops soon.

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  5. What a great idea of writing about the "senses" of your trip! I laughed when you wrote smelled BO. Ha! Being able to hear so much between the walls is never fun. I loved following along all your snaps. It looked like a beautiful time! Yay for relaxation, alcohol, and reading! I hope you stop swaying soon!

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  6. Oh man, I know that feeling of being on dry land again but feeling like you're still walking around on the boat. That was the WORST part of the whole cruise experience for me. I wobbled around for days. I hope that the swaying goes away for y'all soon!

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  7. I loves seeing everything from your trip while you were gone! It looked like it was a lot of fun and definitely has me excited for our cruise coming up! We are a lot like you and your husband in that we like to do-do-do, and then relax-relax-relax. Hopefully our cruise has a good mix of both--I think it will since we're ported every day (except one) for full days, so hopefully that leads to good sleep too! :)

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  8. I LOVED all your snaps all week! Congrats on not gaining weight! When I went to Jamaica last year, I gained nine pounds in four days. Not a joke. Looks like y'all had an amazing time! I hope the swaying stops soon haha!

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  9. ahaha at bringing a cocktail closer to your nose! You're allowed to smoke on a cruise? boo :( But really this looked like the most fun trip ever from all of your snaps. I kept thinking this is my kind of vacation-- lounging with frozen drinks with a few activities thrown in. Also, how did you fit so many physical books in your small bag! Is it weird I was wondering that? haha

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  10. I love this recap. Your snaps were so much fun. I was always wondering what y'all were up to each day. I'm glad you enjoyed it & ate all the food & drank all the drinks!

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  11. I always get up to see the sunrise, walk around the ship a lot (or go go go on islands), and am in bed by like 10 or 11. LOL. Just being outside all the time and in the sun makes me tired, so I think that helps me!

    Your photos looked great. I too love the senses recap and must do that in the future.

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  12. I LOVED following along on insta and snap! it looks like you were having an absolute blast! glad you didn't get sea sick!!

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  13. WELCOME BACK~! I absolutely loved seeing all your snaps from the cruise and i'm sorry that you got a sunburn but it looks like it turned into a nice tan!! I can see the swaying still happening - but so glad you weren't sick while on the cruise!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  14. Great recap. I loved seeing your snaps of the cruise. Looks like you both had a great time. I totally am 80 too because I would have been in bed early too. I have never been on cruise because I'm afraid. The thought of being out in the big ocean like that freaks me out. And I'm afraid of the boat sinking. haha Clearly, I have watched Titanic too much.

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  15. If I could cruise I'd eat all the food too!

    I love that you only read paper books, I don't even own an e-reader. I'm strictly a real book girl.

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  16. I have always wanted to go on a cruise but honestly after reading this I'm feeling a little less into it! I sure don't love being cooped up with the gross people. Maybe an all inclusive Caribbean beach resort is more my speed. Someday...

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  17. Sounds like you guys had such a good time!!!! You know...minus the whole noise thing and the not sleeping as much as you would like. All of your drinks looked amazing and I was totally jealous of all your instagrams an snaps! Luckily I will be on the beach in a few days so yay!!!

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  18. Girl, don't worry about being boring; it's not possible! :) I want to hear your thoughts because that is what makes it interesting. I'd like to take a cruise some day, but I'd have to start with a really short one because of the seasickness potential. So glad you and KC had a great time. I would have eaten everything too, although I'm pretty sure I would have put on a pound or 10. :) It looks like it was relaxing and full of good books. I'm impressed you brought "real" books. When I travel, I do prefer my e-reader because books add so much freaking weight to a suitcase and I have puny muscles. LOL!

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  19. I love your swimsuit! I am totally like you guys - don't sleep in, early to bed. It just works. I hope you start feeling better!

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  20. I was seriously so jealous of all of your snaps from your cruise! You looked like you were having the best time, despite the BO and loud noises problems! I can't wait to hear more about your trip and what your favorite parts were!

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  21. your vacation sounds so relaxing! i've never taken a cruise before but if i do i'll be sure to bring a sound machine! xoxo

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  22. I'm so glad that you were able to relax given the ordeal you went through before leaving, but I totally know what you mean about always being on the go - Ryan and I are the same way! I can't wait to hear more about the trip, and hope the swaying stops for you soon!

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  23. I love this type of recap! (And good for you for NOT touching the sea turtles!) I really liked all your snap stories of the cruise, although I admit I was a little jealous. Haha! We tend to go to bed early on vacation, too, and after our honeymoon cruise I was dizzy for WEEKS. Ugh. Worst part. Haha!

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  24. I have yet to go on a cruise, but am hoping to either later this year or definitely early next year for my mom's birthday! I'm similar in the go, go, go, aspect of traveling, but I also love unwinding and just relaxing. I feel a cruise is a good happy medium because there are plenty of things for you to 'do', but also plenty of space you can just relax. I like how you broke down your senses, such a neat way to look at things! I know now to pack some ear plugs because I'm 80 as well and enjoy my sleep :)!

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  25. After our cruise I had the same problem! Apparently, it's called "land-sickness" and I did some serious Google research when I came home because I was sick for DAYS. It was the worst.

    Also, all that noise is why I'm an earplug sleeper. Pop in those magical bad boys and very few things (shaking and vomiting animals) can rouse me. Glad you had fun and YAY for planning for THE TRIP :)

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  26. Neat way to document the trip! On big vacations like that, I want to try to remember EVERYTHING, and then I end up not remembering anything because I don't write down all the details - just the 'big stuff'. I've never been on a cruise -- I'm all about relaxing but I'm not sure I could handle being on a big boat with a lot of people that just goes in a big circle. Maybe if the cruise was the QE2 going to England for another round of vacation - I could handle something like that :)

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  27. Did you really get hit by a truck or was that a metaphor?! YAY for not gaining any weight. I'm so glad you had such a good time! I love your swimsuit, and YOU LOOK SO TAN!!

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  28. You guys look so good in the pictures! And yes to real books. I haven't read enough of those lately.
    Glad you had a great trip!

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  29. This is such a great way of putting together a recap!

    Boo to hearing everything - we stayed at one place on the last couple of nights of our NZ trip where we could literally hear every single sound and it drove me crazy - and that was only for two nights and the people above us were late risers... then again we probably woke them up because we're early risers, haha. The sound of the ocean would totally right the wrongs though.

    I always take real books on vacation which is kind of silly because it'd probably be better to take my kindle (as it'd take up less room) - but I feel like real books are more vacationy, haha!

    Hooray for not feeling sea sick too - that's my worry about cruises! I am SO glad you had a good time!

    When you plan your Australia trip you should totally schedule some time so we can meet up!

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  30. loved your black and white suit! adorable. I feel you on hearing everything, I always travel with earplugs because I wake up at any sound. glad you tasted everything! you deserve it.

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  31. Loved all your snapchats while you were away! We are the same way on trips and when we went to Fiji and it was a lay on the beach holiday it was so weird.

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  32. When I went on a cruise last year I was so surprised at how much downtime there was. It was nice but I just wasn't expecting it at all! I think I took a nap like every single day haha. I can't wait to hear more about your trip!

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  33. Alcohol helps with that confidence for sure, but, you also looked amazing! I love your swimsuit! I'm glad you had a great time, and hope your week is easy! Welcome back!

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  34. I hope the rocking feeling goes away soon. The longer the cruise the more intense that feeling becomes. Sounds like you had fun but I know the feeling of being confined to the ship forcing you to relax which is AMAZING but it doesn't wear you out for bed time.

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  35. I've only been on a cruise once, and it was company paid for...so that was good. It left Galveston, TX and stopped a couple of places in Mexico. I'd been prescribed by a doctor meds that are given to patients of vertigo. That saved me because it was really a bumpy trip for some people. I took in the nightlife and drank a lot, so sleeping was good. ha.

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  36. Looks like a really nice trip! Sorry to hear you are feeling off balance right now! I bet it was worth it tho!

    Ashley
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  37. I had so much fun watching all your snaps while you were on your cruise! I've always wanted to go on a cruise, but idk how I feel about being trapped on a ship with so many other people around. Maybe when I'm old and can't do much but sit around anyway, I'll go on a cruise. Lol.

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  38. Ahaha this post had me laughing from start to finish! I've never been on a cruise, but need to - asap! So sorry you were not allowed to touch the sea turtles - I would have just because someone told me not to. I know, I'm such a rebel! JK. Glad you had a great time, hope the world stands still for you two asap!

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  39. Love seeing your cruise pictures . . . and describing your senses is a cool way to remember things. And yes, I agree, cruises are nice but maybe too much relaxing! I think they are fun with friends for sure. I do want to take an Alaskan cruise because I think they would be an easy way to see the country up there. But like you, we like to go and do during the day and cruises aren't really for that! Glad you're back safe and sound and doing okay since the accident!

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  40. Welcome back! You looked amazing on your cruise so I'm glad you didnt worry about gaining weight or anything and just enjoyed your time. That's what it's all about! I love how you recapped this :)

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  41. I really liked seeing all of your pictures on Instagram! It looked like you had a blast, and all of the fruity cocktails were on point. I've never been on a cruise before but that's because I'm afraid of getting sea sick and having a rough time lol. All of your upcoming trips sound so exciting! And I just realized that I haven't been on a nice vacation in so long.. that needs to change :)

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  42. This was a really interesting post and it was SO fun to follow your trip on Snapchat! I've never been on a cruise but this post pretty much confirmed every reason why I think cruising isn't for me anyway. I mean, if it were free I'd try it once but I don't think I'm likely to plan one myself! :)

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  43. YOUR BATHING SUIT IS SO CUTE!! And I know I'm like the twentieth person to say that, BUT all caps make it different, right? ;)

    Looks like so so so much fun. My mom swears she's never been as relaxed as she is on cruises. What a magical trip!

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  44. That swimsuit is too cute!!! All those drinks and relaxing reading pictures make me so jealous! That water looked beautiful! And hooray for eating all the things and not gaining a single pound!!

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  45. WOO HOO! Glad you had a blast even though it was a little too relaxing which affected your sleep. lol That's actually what happens to me when I don't do anything all day and am super lazy and then try and go to bed at night.

    My girlfriends and I are planning a similar cruise for next June so I'm glad I have that to look forward to next summer! :)

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  46. OH also....how the heck we're you SnapChatting the whole time? Did y'all pay for internet on the cruise? I loved following along the whole time!

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  47. All of your snapchats made me so jealous but I loved seeing it all! I've never cruised before but with all the pretty views and fruity drinks, I really want to now!

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  48. I love this senses idea. I feel like my travel posts are almost like I'm just reporting the facts so this was great. I love cruises in the past but it's been almost five years since I've gone on one. I really don't get the whole weight thing but that's happened to me before too. I eat like I'm going to the chair on a cruise. Haha

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  49. Ah so fun!! We are the exact same way! Go, go, go, go, go! What is there even to do after dinner..? Sleep! Repeat. Always. For that reason though, we did enjoy our cruise from Boston to Canada a few summers ago. It was so lovely, and nice that it was inclusive because it was lot less details to keep track of and plan out! KC would really like to take another one, we shall see! :) Yay for you and the others in your group not touching the turtles. F humans sometimes for serious. It's pretty gross how we use animals as entertainment / don't respect their lives and space. Makes me really sad. SO YAY for you guys! That's amazing! :) We are headed to Nashville this weekend for my bday and the 4th! Then to Vegas in August. After that we don't have anything planned out, but we shall see! :) Glad you guys had fun! :) Can't wait to see full recaps! XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  50. We went on a cruise a few years ago and were pretty bored. Haha We aren't "party" people so hanging out on deck just wasn't our thing. I was VERY glad that we invested in a room with a balcony. We hung out there a lot.
    It's not vacation unless you overeat, right? :P I still have flash backs to the delicious breakfast burritos on ours.
    I loved seeing your snaps - I'm glad you got to get away for a while.

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  51. I love cruising! So glad you had fun (despite being sunburned and the trouble sleeping). I loved keeping up with your pictures on Instagram! So fun! :)

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  52. I had never thought about how so much relaxing could make it difficult to sleep at night! I've never been on cruise and am usually go, go, going on our vacations so I would likely have some issues as well. The food and the cocktails sound AMAZING to me. That alone is enough to make me want to go on a cruise!

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  53. I love everything about this!!! I don't think I could do a cruise because I would feel trapped on a boat, but that dessert... it makes me reconsider. I loved watching your snaps. It looked beautiful.

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  54. I've never been on a cruise, but I love your pics. The closest we did was our all-inclusive vacation in Jamaica for our honeymoon, but it was very similar in the relaxing part. We are the same way and like to go go go and then chill at night. It's so weird when you wake up and your goal is to sit on the beach and read a book. I mean, awesome, but I'm not used to it. Your bathing suit is so cute!

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  55. I'm still on the fence about a cruise, but i'm so glad to hear you had a positive experience. question: how big was your cruise? like people wise. did the boat seem crowded at all? was there excessively long lines for food and drinks? and was it all inclusive? sorry i'm guess more than one question! lol

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  56. Looks like you had a great time! I never sleep well on vacation so I always wonder have well I will do on a cruise. I really do want to try one though!

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  57. Fabulous take on a recap!! I loved your snaps. My sis is cruising in Sept and I'm so jealous.

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  58. This was not only entertaining but extremely educational, thanks! I'm going on a cruise later this year and consequently I'll be taking many many earplugs, room spray and clothes with stretchy waistbands :) I've already found out our cabin is right above the karaoke booths so... yeah. Not super excited about that.

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  59. One of my friends just got back from a cruise and it took her a few days to get rid of the "sea legs," haha. It sounds like you had such a great time. So jealous that you ate all the things and gained nothing. Tell me your secret!

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  60. This is a great way to capture your trip! I've never been on a cruise before so I never would have though about how you might be able to hear everything from your room. I find it so hard to recap trips - so many photos to go through and I too always feel like I could write forever about the trip. I just remind myself that those recaps are more for my memories than anyone else :) I went house boating once, and for about a week, every time I showered in my standup shower, I felt like it was swaying. Such a weird feeling! I'm so worried that I would be the one to get sea sick on a cruise - I'm so sensitive to that kind of thing.

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  61. I loved this recap of your trip, Kristen! Looks like such a fantastic time. I have never really done a super "relaxing" vacation but this one looks so nice!! So exciting that your next trip will be to reunite with your mom, too!!

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