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Thanksgiving Family Cruise

The hubs and I had a blast on our little cruise during the week of Thanksgiving. It started off with a “leisurely” 19 hour drive to St. Pete to meet up with the husband’s family. I brought a 6 pack of these babies for the road trip. I like my coconut milk in my coffee! Surprisingly, eating paleo on the road wasn’t as much as an issue as eating on the ship!


We decided to drive since the hubs wanted to set up a deer feeder at his grandpa’s farm that happened to be on the way. I like road trips, so I didn’t mind. We actually had fun, and the two days of driving flew by.


When we got to St. Pete, the MIL and I headed out to the spa for quality time, nails, and dehairing. Unfortunately, these things always happen to me. Take a look at the picture below. I’m not raising an eyebrow, it just looks like I am.


I realized how horrible my eyebrows looked around 10pm the night after I got them waxed. The hubs was offering to fill them in with a sharpie. It didn’t help the situation, but I couldn’t help but to laugh at myself as well. It was funny.  We went back the next morning before we boarded the ship to get them fixed. Yikes. My eyebrows are thin now, but at least they are even.


We boarded the ship with no problems, ate, then headed down to check out our room. After our first cruise of being stuck inside an inside cabin for 12 days, we will always get a room with a balcony. Some people say that you are never in your room on a cruise so your room doesn’t matter, but I beg to differ. It was nice to sit out there in the mornings, just me and the ocean. It was nice to leave our door open while we were getting ready to go out as well. I was sick for most of the cruise, so I actually spent a lot more time in our cabin than I thought. I would have gone crazy if we had an inside room!




So, here is a funny REALLY embarrassing story that happened to me on the cruise. That is, if you don’t count the eyebrow mishap.
Remember how I was talking about my coconut milk in my coffee? I also like it frothy. I brought our milk frother that we got from REI. Meet our milk frother:


When we first got into our room, we had all of our bags except for the one with the milk frother. I let our cabin steward know, and within 10 minutes he came to our room with a bunch of bags. I could hear something vibrating. It was my bag… with the milk frother. The cabin steward was blushing as he handed me our bag.
Me: “Oh that must be our milk frother. Oh god.”

The cabin steward was practically trying to run away at this point.

Me: “It isn’t what you are thinking. Wait! Let me show you!” I’m scrambling to zip open my bag to find it. I find it, and the top part has become detached so it is just the stainless steel part that honestly kinda looks like a “battery operated device.”

Cabin Steward: “No one is looking!” Giggles as he is trying to run away.

Me: “It is a milk frother! Look!” As I attach the actual frother part.

Cabin Steward: Awkward look. Probably still thinks I’m trying to show him a “private” toy.


Husband: “What is wrong with you? You are scaring him!”


Ahhhh. That is my life. There is never a dull moment, I swear.


One of our stops was Cozumel. It was beautiful! The hubs and I kept seeing all these beautiful bodies running and cycling, and we couldn’t figure out why.




It was Ironman Cozumel the following weekend. That was why! I kept a lookout for this lady, but no luck.

We did some shopping. After a while, we got sick of being grabbed and yelled at by the vendors so we stopped at a nice little restaurant for a margarita since we had some time to kill before lunch.


That margarita was really strong, but it was nothing compared to the margarita that I ordered at Pancho’s Backyard. This margarita was honestly, the best that I had ever had.  Fresh lime juice.  Just sweet enough.  So. Good.


It also knocked me off my feet when we got back on the ship where I promptly passed out for a 3 hour nap. What can I say? I’m a very cheap date. I was joking while I was drinking it that I was trying to drink my cold away. It didn’t work. I felt even worse for the rest of the trip. Oh well. It was worth it.


We had a great time on the cruise spending time with the husband’s family, BUT I don’t think we will be cruising on Royal Caribbean anymore. Norwegian spoiled us to death, and RC had just horrible customer service.

Last week, I was scrambling to get caught up with school since I had to miss a couple of school days for the cruise. My cold still has not gone away!! At least I’m not a walking zombie anymore.

The hubs and I made up for missing our Thanksgiving dinner on the cruise last night. We had a feast!

Did you guys do anything fun for Thanksgiving? I’m all about family. I don’t care what we do as long as we are together!

Can anyone believe it is almost Christmas time?

Have any of you ever had a vibrating incident? Please tell me I’m not the only one!!!

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  • Angel December 3, 2012, 10:59 am

    Hi there- I am a long time reader and first time commenter, but wanted to share my vibrating story. (PS Your eyebrows cracked me up)

    A few years ago I ordered a stuffed polar bear for my niece for Christmas from Amazon. I opened the box to find the “Pocket Rocket” with its packing slip for someone else and my packing slip still attached but no polar bear. I called Amazon to explain the mix-up and told them that the order I received was even close to what I wanted. I then had to explain to the woman on the phone (thank goodness it was a woman) what I received and the order information for the person who was supposed to receive it. After some giggling on the other end of the line, I was told that I should keep the wrong item and “to have a nice night” followed by raucous laughter by both of us. Needless to say, this story gets told frequently!

    • Nicole December 3, 2012, 11:21 am

      haha. Hilarious! I don’t know what I would have done! Thank you for sharing (and commenting). I was beginning to think no one was reading anymore since my posting frequency has decreased. 😉

  • Quix December 3, 2012, 2:58 pm

    LOL at chasing the steward down with the milk frother! 🙂 Sorry you were sick, I get sick a lot on vacay too (but hey, if you have to be sick somewhere, it’s awesome to have a nice view while you’re laid up! :D).
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    • Nicole December 3, 2012, 5:08 pm

      You’ve got that right! 😉

  • marisa December 4, 2012, 12:41 am

    Oh Nicole, you never have a dull moment!! I could not stop laughing at your vibrating story…LOL We went with RC on our first cruise through the Baltic Sea and will be going on Norwegian in March to the Med – hoping we get as spoiled as you did! We also went with the balcony since it will be a 11 day one. Hope you’re feeling better…btw how did the kids do at the sitter?

    • Nicole December 4, 2012, 4:01 pm

      They did great actually. They slept for about 2 days after I brought them home. I guess 10 days of running around with their friends was too much! lol. We had them wash them and clip their toe nails before we picked them up otherwise they would have been dirty from all the playing.

  • Toronto Girl West December 7, 2012, 9:35 pm

    So I read this post on one particularly cruddy afternoon and I DIED laughing!!! You and your frother killed me! 😛
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