My First Cruise

My First Cruise

Liberty of the Seas

Liberty of the Seas

I went on my first cruise this past week.  I have to tell you, I’m a fan.  I wasn’t sure I would like it because of a host of various reasons, but I am definitely now spoiled.  My first cruise was AMAZING.  I know it had a lot to do with the people I was with and their attitudes.  Last year, we were told Beachbody was chartering a cruise ship.  Not just ANY cruise ship but Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas.  It’s the third largest cruise ship in it’s class.  We had the opportunity to sign up for whichever cabin we wanted.  I signed up for a balcony room and then we were allowed the chance to have the cruise paid for totally or partially based on our performance with Beachbody throughout the year.  It was an amazing year and new coaches that were signed up and each success club point contributed to the money awarded to us by Beachbody to pay for the cruise and we also had the opportunity to have onboard credit for the ship added to our accounts.  Just totally amazing.

I really had no idea what to expect.  I had heard others talking about their First Cruise and other cruises they had been on.  When we pulled up to the dock and saw the ship in the distance, I couldn’t believe the size of this ship.  Liberty of the Seas has 15 decks (the upper one is a small chapel), which is basically 15 stories off of the water and is nearly 4 football fields long (1100+ feet).  She is also a bit over the width of a football field wide at 184 feet wide.  Needless to say, I was incredibly impressed.  We had 3,200 Beachbody Coaches on board with nearly 1,200 crew members taking care of us.  Can you say SPOILED???

My First Cruise – Food

When we boarded the ship, we were starving and they were bringing our bags up to our room.  We really had nothing to do at the time other than go eat.  We went up to the Windjammer Restaurant.  It’s a buffet on the ship with nearly every kind of food from Mexican, Chinese, Salads, Soups, Steaks, Hamburgers, Hotdogs, Pizza, etc.  It was so good.  The main dining room was open and we ate breakfast there every morning.  We also ate dinner there every night except for one night when we went to the specialty restaurant Chops where there is a $30 cover per person.  Amazing food there also.  Onboard was also Johnny Rockets where a $6 cover per person gets you burgers, onion rings, etc.  Several stores had pastries, cupcakes, pizza, etc. that were either “complimentary” for the cruise or a small price.  We didn’t get the drink package but for a price, you can get all you can drink soft drinks, wine, and/or liquor/cocktail drinks.  We just got a few glasses of wine here and there and saved our money on that.  Bottom line, is, the food was incredible.

My First Cruise – Entertainment

Jay and Melanie in Cozumel

Jay and Melanie in Cozumel

The ship has a casino on board “taking donations” as the Cruise Director said several times.  We also saw shows like In the Air, One Vocal Band, Ice Skating, Saturday Night Fever and other things like Bingo, Copy Cat Games, Karaoke, Love and Marriage, etc.  There was always something going on.  There were also several pools and hot tubs on board.  The fitness center was top notch and would rival any gym here in our town with free weights and machines along with elliptical machines, bikes and treadmills.  One thing is for sure, you won’t get bored on a cruise like we went on for sure.  Even the kids had special areas and times where they were taken care of by the crew members so adults could have some Mommy and Daddy time.  Oh, did I mention the Flow Rider (boogie board and surfing area), mini-golf, basketball/volleyball courts, ping pong tables, arcades, specialty stores, etc. etc. etc.?  There was too much to do and we had to pick and choose.  They also have a spa for massages and facials, pedicures, manicures, etc. and fitness classes as well.  I can’t remember everything.  It was CRAZY fun.

My First Cruise – Shore Excursions

I’m sure every cruise is different but our first shore excursions were a double reef snorkeling adventure in Cozumel Mexico and just laying out on the beach in Grand Cayman at Tiki Beach at Seven Mile Beach.  There was so much to choose from so, we just picked what we wanted to do and had a ball.  The tickets were delivered to our stateroom with directions on when and where to meet and it all went extremely smoothly.  I loved our shore excursions.

My First Cruise – It won’t be my Last

I’m now officially a Cruiser.  Beachbody gave us the opportunity to go on this cruise and have most if not all of it paid for by Beachbody for those who did the work.  Being on the ship without all our friends would never be the same, but I can see us doing a cruise again in the near future.  We will, of course, take our shakeology with us and eat as healthy as we can, but it was amazing to just be out there with my wife and a lot of our friends.  Just an amazing experience and I highly recommend it to anyone thinking about a vacation in the near future, for sure!!

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