Well what an amazing holiday my cruise trip turned out to be! For those who didn’t see it, part one was last week, mainly in New Orleans. Here’s part two – featuring many videos you can find on Facebook.
Also this week – a sneaky peek at as many of next week’s deals as possible!
So many firsts!
- During my fab hol in USA then on a cruise ship, I have:
- Gone under the sea in a submarine to look at the coral reef off the coast of Grand Cayman
- Climbed some ancient Mayan ruins in Mexico
- Amazed myself by climbing over half way, up a climbing wall whilst at sea
- Had a treetop massage in Costa Maya, a stone’s throw away from dolphins
- Discovered a three foot lizard blocking my path whilst doing a vlog
- Discovered 22 year old Tequila tastes like whisky
- And of course travelled in a horse drawn carriage around New Orleans French quarter, taken a trip on a dinner cruise paddle steamer up the Mississippi and held and alligator and a snake!
Do go to my Facebook page to see some of the best videos (you don’t have to have a Facebook account to see them, just click the link). There are many more videos than the ones mentioned above, so do peruse around the page to see more – and of course follow my social media for updates before anyone else! (info at bottom about how to follow).
The best thing about a cruise for me is waking up in a different place without having had to do a thing! We set off from New Orleans, travelled down to Cozumel, an island off Mexico where we took the short tour and visited the tequila place, plus a spice shop. Then the next day it was down to Costa Maya (my favourite place) where we went on the Mayan Ruins trip to Chacchoban and felt very connected to the ancient history courtesy of our fab guide. Plus it was mostly in the shade of the jungle and trees so I was happy. Then the final shore day was at Grand Cayman where we’d opted for the Atlantis submarine journey – 100 feet below the sea and well worth doing, as we saw all sorts of fish, the coral reef up close and a turtle, a sting ray and the coral nursery. Plus three days at sea filled with activities and great meals!
On board activities
The cruise ship itself had a host of activities including a kind of push puck game (no idea what it’s called!) and a fab climbing wall. Now I’m not one for heights, but I took my life in my hands once aboard (16th – 23rd) and having donned the relevant harness and shoes, I shinned up the wall just using the hand grips and foot holds. It was hard, the higher I got, no surprise there! And in the end I just had to swallow hard and let go, and the harness grabbed me and lowered me down safely. I was very pleased with myself since I didn’t think I’d have the strength to lift myself. An aim for the future would be to get to the top, having lost two stone!
There was also a cinema, bingo, casino, all sorts of daytime dance classes, an evening music ‘guess the song’ quiz, karaoke, and so on. A super spa using Elemis meant I had a great facial – with a view over the ocean – and went to yoga class in the gym. You could fill every day or just relax. I ended the trip on the last day taking part in the talent ‘show’ (not a comp, a show!) – check out the social media to see what happened and what I sang – I’ll find out tomorrow.
OMG it was amazing. One pf my top dishes was the lobster night. We had some lovely group shots on the ‘formal nights’ – there were only two, though, the rest being as smart or casual as you liked. Formal dining or help yourself buffet, there was so much on offer – it lived up to expectations and then some. We bought drinks packages as well, mine the non-alcoholic, and you could sign for all sorts of beverages, premium coffees, smoothies and endless bottles of water. They even – wonder of wonders – had almond milk on board and I just had to ask for it! The freedom of a cruise is one of the best parts, and being free not to worry about paying for drinks was a good one. The Wi-Fi was also great – a far cry from the last cruise I went on five years ago. It meant I could keep in touch via Whatsapp on the Wi-Fi whilst miles away from land in the middle of the Gulf Coast.
It was one of the best holidays I’ve been on. The company was great – mum, sis and their partners, and I truly hope I can go back on another one next year – my fave type of holiday I think!
This weekend’s highlights
Friday (today) – Cath Kidston printed shoulder bag go here to see and buy now
Saturday – IT Cosmetics five-piece Your Most Naturally Pretty Collection
Sunday – Wolf 4×4 Pressure Washer with Wolf Sky Reacher Lance and Accessories
Big deals ending Sunday
Here are the special one week offers, which end this Sunday 24th at midnight. Nina Leonard dolman sleeve jumpsuit with tie belt in regular and petite lengths, a Gatineau three-piece Age Benefit Regenerating Skincare Collection and an Ecoegg 720 Washes Laundry Egg kit with storage tin. Go here to see and buy them all now.
See below for next week’s sneaky peeks
Guess the money
We had a little curiosity whilst we were away – someone produced this note and we wondered why the Queen’s head is on their currency… Do you know where it’s from? Answer below.
As usual as with many cruise ships, the attendants amuse us (and themselves probably!) by making animals out of the towels, leaving us a little present a few times during the week! I had an elephant the first time, a frog second, and on the third occasion, I opened the door to my cabin and there hanging from the ceiling was this! OO-OO-OO I wanna be like you -hoo-hoo!
Sweet en suite
One of the nicest things about my room on the ship was the comparatively large bathroom. Goodness me it was comfy. I must admit whenever I can, I’d always opt for an en suite myself, especially on writing hols, which is why I often feel a little guilty about our guests in Devon having to share when they come to stay. WELL! Whilst I was away, my Lolly and her hubby Nick and baby stayed at mine in Devon and Nick built an en suite in one of my big bedrooms! Yay! Looking forward to seeing it in person and I’m sure he’s done a lovely job. I’m glad I could get it done whilst I was away – like magic pixies came and did it for me! Well he is something of a wiz – the curved wall and old door make it look like it’s always been there. #happyBunny
Book of the week
A quick mention for Jackie Kabler and her third Cora Baxter book! The Development is now out on audio, Yay! That means I can download it and finally get to read it. I love her cosy crime series and the quirky characters and their curious mysteries they need to solve. Looking forward to Jackie’s next one out late Spring too – more crime and less cosy!
The films on the ship included First Man and Mamma Mia 2 – and I got to see none of them, we were too busy! But new to the local cinema in Devon next week is Colette, starring Keira Knightley. It’s another biopic – I seem to have featured quite a few of those lately, eh! Based on an author back in the days when women were not supposed to write, it was a true story that’s been made into a movie, because Colette rebelled and refused to write unless she was recognised. Looking forward to seeing this one. I must say Keira is not one of my favourite actresses, but this looks good enough to see at the cinema.
Next week on QVC
Monday – Marc Fisher Parso peep toe sandal with block heel
Tuesday – Bissell Crosswave 3-in-1 Multi-Surface Cleaner with additional roller
Wednesday – K by Kelly Hoppen six-piece Zig Zag jacquard duvet set
Thursday – Peony Greenery and Roses with a scent stick in a gift bag
Friday – Beauty Bioscience R45 three-piece Retinol Collection
Next week on the blog
Back at QVC on Monday 25th, looking forward to some super shifts. In some respects I’m pleased I’m not going to be going straight back into holding another writing retreat as I’ll need a week to recover from my hol I think! Lol. Also looking forward very much to seeing the babies again soon. Seems like I’ve been away for ages, yet in other respects it seems like I only left yesterday…
See you on the tellybox again soon!
Ps the money was from Grand Cayman – the Queen’s head is on it as it’s still a British territory. Who knew! If you saw Cayman Islands at the top, you don’t get the point lol!