Port Canaveral, FL – CocoCay, Bahamas – Nassau, Bahamas – Sea Day
We just got back from a great cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas! This was just a 4 night cruise that stopped in CocoCay and Nassau. It was a lot of fun and we really lucked out with the weather. This time of year is good to go because the prices are usually very low, however you run more of a risk of hitting bad weather because it is hurricane season. The crew was wonderful and the food and drinks were great! While the Majesty of the Seas is one of the smaller Royal Caribbean ships, there was still lots to do.
While the bigger ships are of course very nice with all the new features, we don’t really need all of that stuff to have a good time. This cruise we spent a lot of time at the pool, playing ping pong and shuffleboard, and doing a lot of the onboard trivia. (The Harry Potter trivia at the Schooner Bar was crazy!) The ports were also great. CocoCay is one of Royal Caribbean’s private islands. It is small, but super fun. You can do different shore excursions but we opted to walk around and hang out at the beach. They also do lunch service out on the island which had a lot of barbecue that was so yummy! Of course there are plenty of beach bars, as well as a floating bar that was quite the party. There is also a nature trail which we highly recommend checking out. (There is a shore excursion where you can go with a guide, or you can just go on your own.) In Nassau we decided to walk around on our own as well. There were maps available when you got off the ship that gave you a good idea of where to go. We checked out the Pirate Museum, Straw Market, and the Bahamas only craft brewery which is pirate themed. We then spent the rest of the afternoon at the pool onboard the ship which was a lot of fun.
We are definitely loyal to Royal Caribbean. We have been sailing with them since long before we started this blog. Our main reason for this is because they have an amazing loyalty program. They really make it worthwhile to return again and again. We also enjoy the familiarity of the Royal Caribbean ships. We love going to the Windjammer Café, enjoying a drink at Viking Crown Lounge, and listening to music in the Schooner Bar. Each ship has something different to offer, but they each have the feel of a Royal Caribbean ship. It might be strange, but we love it! You can learn more about the Crown & Anchor program here.
Do you have a favorite cruise line or a favorite ship? Let us know in the comments!
Vegan – Plant Based (or close to it!) at Disney’s EPCOT Food and Wine Festival
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Oh wait, wrong season. But it is Food & Wine Festival time which is one of the best times to be at Disney World. The 2016 EPCOT Food and Wine Festival has begun. The Traveling Gals have made their first visit of hopefully many! Every year seems to get better and better. No matter how many times I visit, I still feel a thrill walking from the Beach Club through the International Gateway and into France. It’s even better during the Fest!
There are new offerings and returning favorites this year! All together there are 25 booths in the freshly branded “Global Marketplaces”. The Chew Collective, Chocolate Studio, Islands of the Caribbean and Wine and Dine Studio are all new. My focus is on the healthier fare. Here are our picks for staying plant based at EPCOT during Food & Wine! Read More
River Cruising Along the Mekong in Vietnam & Cambodia
A few years ago, we went on land/river cruise trip throughVietnamandCambodia. We had an amazing time seeing these two countries. There is so much history and culture. Some of the history is hard to take in, especially visiting sites like The Killing Fields and the “Hotel Hanoi” where American POW’s were held during the Vietnam War. Seeing these places in person though is an eye-opening experience. It was sad because so much of the Cambodian history is unknown to many people. But meeting the amazing, resilient people who can always find a reason to smile was so amazing. We also enjoyed seeing the hustle and bustle in Hanoi and Phnom Penh.
This was our first time ever in Asia, and we definitely cannot wait to go back! Our trip was with Viking River Cruises and we had the best guides ever who made the trip even more enjoyable. Here is everything we did and saw during our two weeks in Vietnam & Cambodia. Enjoy!
Off We Go…
First we did a lot of flying. A lot. Sarasota to Chicago. Chicago O’Hare to Seoul, South Korea. Seoul to Saigon/Ho Chi Minh (HCM) City, Vietnam. It was about 20 hours of flying. Luckily Korean Air is spectacular and it reminded us again of how terrible it is to fly domestic! We just love the feeling of getting on a plane and then being halfway around the world. Anyone who has traveled internationally understands that amazing feeling.
You may remember a previous post where we introduced you to our longtime family friend Carol D’Anca and her website Food Not Meds and books she has written on living a healthy, plant-based lifestyle. Carol also takes people on trips to Italy and she has a trip coming up in May 2017! Of course we wanted to share this with you because Italy is all about the food and culture. Carol’s family origins are in Naples and this trip will take you through Naples and the Amalfi Coast. You will get to experience Italy from a local perspective and enjoy all of the fresh foods and wine. Can’t forget the wine!
The trip is 4 nights in Naples and 4 nights on the Amalfi Coast staying at 4-star hotels. You will get to see all the sights as well as meet local people. A highlight of the trip is the cooking class with the trained Neopolitan chefs at your hotel. There will be plenty of time for shopping as well!
Whoever says Disney World is just for kids needs to read this post. There are actually some very fun bars and restaurants throughout all of Disney World. These are a few of our favorite places to go.
House of Blues: As far as we know this is the only place that offers Happy Hour specials. There is also a cool vibe and good music. You can sit inside or outside. (Disney Springs)
Lava Lounge at the Rainforest Café: The actual Rainforest Café restaurant is fun, but the Lava Lounge outdoor bar is more fun. You still get to experience the volcano erupting without all of the noise (and screaming kids). They also have a lot of fun drinks and you can get the full menu outside. (Disney Springs)
50’s Prime Time Café Bar: Attached to the 50’s Prime Time Café is a hidden bar. It even has its own door. The atmosphere is great and we have spent a few rainy afternoons here. They also have fun milkshake concoctions for the kiddies. The only downside is it can get very crowded if the restaurant is really crowded because they have people wait in the bar area. (Hollywood Studios)
Art Smith’s Homecoming: If you have a hankering for moonshine, this is your place. They also have great mixed drinks and a fun atmosphere. (Disney Springs)
Bay Lake Tower Member Lounge: We love going up here for a drink and a spectacular view. You can also watch the fireworks at Magic Kingdom from here. They dim the lights and pipe the music in from the park. The only downside is there is a very limited food menu. DVC Members Only.(Bay Lake Tower at the Contemporary Resort)
Spice Road Table at Morocco Pavilion: This is one of those places people seem to walk by without realizing it is there. Spice Road Table is a new addition to the Morocco Pavilion. It is right on the water and gives you great views of the World Showcase with beautiful Moroccan décor. Here you can get drinks and small plates. (EPCOT)
These are some of our favorite places to grab a drink and relax. There are so many places we want to try like Tiffin’s at Animal Kingdom and Abracadabar at the Boardwalk Resort. Our favorite eating and drinking related event is the Food & Wine Festival at EPCOT. The booths and menus for this year were just released!
Where is your favorite place to enjoy a drink at Disney World? Let us know in the comments!
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