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Royal Caribbean Cruise Recap

I am back on land from an AMAZING 12 day Mediterranean cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas. We set sail out of Barcelona and took an overnight flight with United. They had USB ports to charge your phone and TV’s at each seat so I watched quite a few movies to help pass the time.

Jessica and I got incredibly lucky by having our airline rows to ourselves, so we were able to lay down and get a few hours of sleep. I didn’t end up buying a sleep mask, but I’ll tell ya if I take a long flight again, I would absolutely get one.

We arrived in Barcelona at around 7:55am. At the airport we dropped our luggage off with Bags & Go. I’m not going to lie, we were very very nervous about leaving our bags with them, but they had great reviews. They take your luggage directly to the cruise ship so we weren’t going to see it again for another 10 or so hours. Since we had the whole day to explore Barcelona though we didn’t want to have to roll our luggage along everywhere.

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For about 6 Euros we hopped on the Aerobus from the airport for a 20 minute ride to city center. From there we walked over 10 miles, sipped some fresh squeezed orange juice in a local cafe and eyed the amazing architecture of things like the Sagrada Família Basilica and Casa Mila. Around 4pm we made our way to the cruise port. The check in process was so easy and very organized. It took less than 10 minutes to get onto the boat and into our cabin where we were still crossing our fingers our baggage would follow. 

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Barcelona 2This was my 3rd Royal Caribbean Cruise and again, I really enjoyed it. Our captain was awesome at keeping us informed and even participating in nightly events to meet guests. With activities such as beach volleyball, rock climbing, a comedy show, movies, cake decorating, dance lessons and more, there was never a dull moment.

The first night on the ship is the only night we ate in the dining room. Every other meal we ate at the Windjammer which is a buffet. The dining room food was great, but it was just nice to be able to eat whenever we wanted and not have to make a reservation. It was also nice not to have to choose off a menu. Options at the Windjammer ranged from an omelet station to a crepe bar and a sandwich station to make your own pasta. We did NOT go hungry. Oh, and did I mention the self-serve ice cream station at the pool? That was a daily stop for me.

Jessica and I enjoyed ourselves so much, we were already looking for our next cruise before we even got off the ship. And for those of you wondering, our luggage made it to our cabin safe and sound!

Are you thinking of taking a cruise? Where do you want to go? What questions do you have? Comment below!

And stay tuned next week for a recap of our first stop. Can you guess where? 

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Surviving Long Nights and Red Eye Flights

The countdown has begun. Jessica and I booked our annual girls trip months in advance and it’s crazy to think there’s less than one week left until we’re sailing the Mediterranean! She’s way more worldly than I am, so although I’m a tad bit anxious to travel into the unfamiliar, I’m beyond excited for the experience.

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My checklist is slowly shrinking, but my carry on is filling up. With an 8 hour overnight flight to Barcelona, I want to make sure I have everything I need to make it through. My longest direct flight was about 6 hours from New York to California and even though it wasn’t too bad watching the in flight movies, I certainly could’ve prepared a little better. So, this time I did my research and I’ve detailed all the goodies in my carry on.

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Refillable Water Bottle

It’s important to stay hydrated during travel and I think having a water bottle on hand may help remind me to drink up. I’m going to fill it up at the airport before I board and top it off during in flight beverage service.

Kindle and Notebook

I’m bringing one for a little inspiration and the other to hopefully spill more of my novel out between the covers of my journal. I figured the plane is really the perfect place to write. There really isn’t room for many distractions.

Netflix

My last flight to Myrtle Beach, I was on a Heartland addiction and I figured out that you can actually download some shows from Netflix to watch offline. You will have to download them prior to takeoff though as you do need internet access to do so.

Portable Charger

Another really important tool I have on hand is a portable phone charger. Not all airlines have outlets, so I want to be prepared. Watching Netflix may help pass the time, but it will also drains my battery.

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Pashmina

I read somewhere online to make sure I pack a Pashmina. This wasn’t even on my radar, but I think it’s genius. Not only can the pashmina be used as a blanket if I get chilly, but I can also twist it and place around my neck for a pillow. On top of that, I also watched some YouTube videos of ways to wear them while on the ship. I bought 2 of them off Amazon and am ready to put them to use.

Snacks

I pretty much eat every 2 hours, so 8 hours on a plane with no food would make this girl hangry. That’s why I plan on packing some granola bars, a banana, crackers and nut packets for when my stomach starts growling.

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Beauty Products

Lots of travel bloggers have talked about how important it is to stick with your nighttime routine while on an overnight flight. I don’t want my skin to freak out, so I packed a few of my nighttime items. Along with my toothpaste and toothbrush, I have my face wash, face mask and lavender face mist for when it’s time to sleep.

I also have eye mask on my list, but haven’t actually bought one yet. What do you guys think? Should I or shouldn’t I?

Have you ever flown on a red eye? What are your favorite carry on must haves? 

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more travel tips and recaps!

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