All Aboard Her Royal Highness : Nassau, Bahamas
Sep 16th, 2015



Chiny. O –  It is so easy tomake “travelutions”, the difficult part is accomplishing them. Being a goal getter, our guest nomad set her mind to explore more and visit at least five countries at the end of the year. Unlike most of us, her goals have been accomplished and she is looking forwarding to setting new goals for the coming year! Motivated by her all time favorite movie, Titanic, she opted to explore one of the countries on a cruise ship. Read all about her exciting and unforgettable adventure. Instagram – @sk8rgal 

This year, 2015 is my year of learning. Even though I had a very eventful 2014 and wasn’t going to let 2015 go by. I kicked it off this year by taking twenty eight working days off from work to explore and have a good time. I had a list of countries and cities I was going to visit and America was one of them . While in America, I wanted to do something outside the conventional shopping, six flags or visiting friends and family. “Chiny, get on a cruise ship to the Bahamas”, I said to myself. And in the spirit of my new beginning year, I found myself planning a cruise to the Bahamas!

I have, for so long, nursed the idea of a cruise but I hadn’t found the right crowd to go with. I called up my high school mate and asked if she was open to the idea of cruising to the Bahamas. My girl had already gone on a Bahamas cruise but she indulged me. Truth is I was reluctant to travel to D.C to see her *covers face*. Coming from a climate with an average of 27 degrees Celsius all year round, I’m really not about that D.C cold and snow storm life. I was really excited and couldn’t wait to get aboard!

My friend being claustrophobic surely dented our wallets and we couldn’t stay in a budget friendly room on the cruise ship. Due to my friend’s “condition”, we had to book a Junior Suite with a balcony on the 10th floor for our stay! This came with a 250 dollar cruise credit which we could spend on board. We met up at the Royal Caribbean harbor around Biscayne Bay area in Miami. Checking in was stress free for us as per occupants on the 10th floor, LOL. Our suitcases were taken in, passports got screened, we filled required forms, got allocated rooms and we boarded THE MAJESTY OF THE SEAS.

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As we got on Her Royal Highness, I wowed, omged, yipped, I couldn’t contain my excitement. While the rooms were being prepared, we took the opportunity to grab something to eat and soak in the Miami Sky Line one more time before takeoff. We got to our room (on the 10th floor); and our suitcases were waiting at the door. We ran unto the balcony and the view was so surreal. All the money spent was worth it and I was convinced this was indeed the best way to be on a cruise not in a match box room, LMAO. I was going to be on the sea for the next 3 days with my own view and seats!

Our balcony :) !
Our balcony !



A couple of hours later, there was a welcome party hosted on the 11th floor which had the pool and other major fun activities. The entertainment crew began and the party started, while the engines of the ship revved and started to push back for departure. I had read up and watched loads of movies on cruise ships *insert a scene from Titanic here* but I really didn’t know what to expect. I was thrilled and anxious and curious at the same time.

Peep the bachelorette party crew on the right :)
Peep the bachelorette party crew on the right

I must state that this cruise ship was like a town center, it’s unimaginable. There is so much to do, too much in fact, the list is endless and you are not forced to do anything. There is a timed dinner setting and even if you choose to skip it, there are still restaurants open to cater to you. There are arts shows, day care for kids, pools, clubs, Italian lounge, Caribbean lounge, art sales, comedy shows, adult themed comedy, different restaurants, fitness center, beverage packages, spa treatments, shore and land excursions, specialty dining, relaxing spa…phew!!. Least I forget, we had rock climbing classes on day one. We also got free ice cream at the pool side. Everyone had a dinner slot and our dinner was the moonlight dining between 6.30pm-8.30pm. On one of the days, we had to dress up in our “Sunday’s best” for dinner.



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The last night was our formal dinner and everyone had to be dressed up. There were photographers to take pictures, pricey I must say, but we had our camera (well my friend had one and I am still waiting for most of the pictures till date…sigh). We decided to go to the Latino lounge onboard, listened to music and performances and even got to dance with a grand pa whose wife was gracious enough to make that happen.

Fine dining
Fine dining

From there went back to the shops to get more gifts and spend the rest of our on board credit. I thoroughly enjoyed this experience though short.  I had to work with my friends timing and she could only get one day off work in addition to the weekend. A lot of things I did were not captured but I can say this cruise is great for everyone and I finally got to understand why most families love it.

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