Wow! I mean seriously, wow, what trip! For those of you who don’t know, the reason I haven’t been creating any blog posts for the past 10 days is because I have been on a free cruise that I won because of being a Beachbody Coach. I made a promise to Melinda and myself that I would completely unplug and just RELAX for once, so that’s exactly what I did. No computer, no cell phones, just my family and I and the roar of the ocean! I feel so blessed because I am going on 2 other amazing trips this year, and I don’t have to pay for any of them! The next one is to Cabo, and crazy enough, it’s in 3 weeks, and the one after that is a luxury trip to France, and that’s from being in the Top 10 (I was #1) Beachbody Coaches in the country. Of course I will write about my experiences with each of those trips, but right now I want to tell you all everything that happened at this trip and post some amazing pictures.
Because of the new P90X shoot that I had in L.A., I had to meet up with Melinda and my parents down in Fort Lauderdale, where the cruise port is located. When we arrived, we immediately noticed the smell of salty air, and got the feeling that we were finally on vacation. I remember as a kid going on vacation to Myrtle Beach, and nothing could beat rolling down the windows as we approached the ocean and smelling that salty air. Anyways, we had to stay in Fort Lauderdale for a night because our ship didn’t leave until morning, so we decided to go to this little Irish Pub to kick off the trip. We had a great dinner, and yes, had a few drinks, but called it an early night so that we could get up rather early in the morning and get in a great workout.
After waking up around 5 AM (I have NO idea why I woke up at that time), we all went to the little dinky workout room and did some P90X and Insanity, ate some breakfast, and then began our journey to the ship. As we approached the port, I was astounded at the size of all the cruise ships! I mean, really, these things were massive, and it gives you a new appreciation to the amount of work that it takes to create them. And then we see the Oasis of the Seas. Wow. The Oasis of the Seas is our ship, and it just so happens to be the largest cruise ship ever built (picture to the right). We got on board the ship, and just took a moment to soak in the moment. It was like walking into a separate city! There were shops, restaurants, NUMEROUS bars, clubs, a casino, theaters, an ice skating rink, pools, more bars, and pretty much anything that you could possibly think of. Really, there was no reason to even leave the ship because it had everything that we would possibly want to do! There were also healthy restaurants on the ship as well, which surprised us all, but in a good way of course. I knew I was going to slack and relax on the diet some during the trip, but I didn’t want to completely demolish it!
We had to wait a while to get into our rooms, but when we did, Melinda and I were fairly impressed with the size of the room for being on a ship. We had our own little kitchen area, a king sized bed, a bathroom (pretty little), and a balcony that overlooked the ocean. After dropping off our luggage, we decided to go and have a few more drinks (see a pattern forming?), and just relaxed on a beach chair as the ship was leaving the port. We had begun our journey.
The first night was awesome. Each night we had a set dinner time, and all Beachbody people would be sat in the certain area in the dining room. I wasn’t expecting it to be decent food since we were on a ship, but to my surprise it was very, very good, and almost like we were in a luxury restaurant! The waiters were all very formal, polite, and on top of everything. The customer service on the ship was nothing short of amazing! These people would even remember our names, which I’m still amazed at, and would always go out of their way to say “hello” when they had the chance. After dinner we had a “welcome” party for all of us Beachbody coaches, where there were more free drinks (oh man..), and we all just caught up with one another and had an absolutely awesome time! Melinda and I decided to call it a night after the party so that we could catch up with our sleep.
Our first stop was the Bahamas. Now I have never been there before, but heard that the Atlantis Resort was the place to go, so when we got off the ship we decided to head that way. The resort was huge, and we tried to go to the private beach, but unfortunately they wouldn’t let us and steered us towards the public beach. Let me just say that the public beach was, well, an experience to say the least. We got there fairly early and the view was nothing short of amazing, but when 11 and 12 o’clock rolled around, the beach started to get packed, and then came the crazy salespeople trying to sell hair braids, some flute thing, excursions, and cigars. To be honest, they annoyed the hell out of us because they would be yelling as we were trying to nap on the beach. Every 5 minutes they would come up and ask us if we wanted to buy the thing that they offered us 5 minutes before. It was irritating, but I guess I can’t complain too much, right? After a while my dad and I decided to go grab a drink to try to loosen things up, but decided not to because of the outrageous prices. They sure were taking advantage of the amount of people that flocked to the beach. I asked one of the guys where the bathroom was, and he steered me outside the bar to this little corner that just so happened to be in view of every single person on the beach. Needless to say, I went somewhere else. When we got back to our little landing area on the beach, the music from the bar was beginning to get a little louder, and to our surprise, was extremely vulgar. I didn’t mind of course, but there were many little children around, and if I was their parents, I would have been a little ticked off! Anyways, we only stayed a few hours and then had to head back to our ship to head to our next destination, St. Thomas.