Pre-Honeymoon: Driving to Fla.

So, my handsome husband and I decided to do a cruise on the Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas for our honeymoon!  We’ve done two cruises before- the Carnival Destiny and the Carnival Fantasy.

Trying out a new cruise line, three new ports, and a large ship was a real adventure for us, and you can read about the adventure over the next few posts.

Of course, I work full time (as a writer!) and have a life, so don’t expect posts every single day, but hopefully I can get all of these up within a couple of weeks.  And if you have any questions feel free to comment!  I’ll answer them in future blogs.

Our trip started bright and early at 6:15 Saturday morning when we left Florence for Port Canaveral, Fla.  The Freedom of the Seas ports there every Sunday, and it does an Eastern and Western itinerary on alternating weeks.  We did the Eastern- Cococay (private island), St. Thomas, and St. Maarten.  Plus, 3 days at sea to explore the ship and relax.

We took off for Florida but of course we had to make a pit stop in Georgia to officially start our vacation.  We’ve traveled together a good bit, so we’re beginning to have traditions, such as eating at Mom & Pop’s restaurants and always getting boiled peanuts for road trips!  This produce stand off I-95 in Darien, Georgia, had the biggest boiled peanuts you’ve ever seen.

We also packed a cooler with Diet Mt. Dew, water, and Starbucks Frappucino.  Best stuff EVER.

Aside from the snack, stopping for gas, and at one rest area, we pretty much drove straight to Canaveral.  It was uneventful, minus all the bugs that met their maker hitting Clay’s car!  Let’s just say if you go to Florida this time of year, be sure to always stop at gas stations with car washes :).

For the cruise, we booked the Country Inn and Suites hotel. They offer a Park and Cruise package.  For a flat rate- just a little more than what a night at a hotel costs anyway- you can leave your car there for the duration of your cruise.  They also provide a shuttle to and from the port, saving you from having to get a taxi.

Parking at the ports can be pretty pricey for a week-long cruise, so this is a good way to save if you’re driving to the port.  Plus, driving in the day before is a good idea if you can- you can look around the area, have a little pre-vacation, and board the ship rested :).

We saw some cruise ships on our way to the hotel, too!  The Carnival Dream docks every Saturday, it’s also a very beautiful ship!  We also saw a Disney ship, but I don’t know the name of it.

We got to the hotel at about 1:30, and the room wasn’t ready- check in wasn’t until 3 anyway.   We walked to a restaurant called Zachary’s, which served Greek food, for lunch.  A few restaurants and a mini-golf course were within walking distance, but we both love Greek food so we figured this would be a safe bet.

The food was excellent, the portions were large, and the price was right.  I had a Greek salad, and Clay had a gyro.  I hijacked a few of the green beans off Clay’s plate because they were yummy!

We were still full that night, so I ate a peanut butter cookie for dinner (the hotel offers complementary cookies at the front desk) and Clay had a slurpee. Hey, it’s our vacation.  We can eat cookies and drink slurpees all we want!

We took an afternoon nap in the room and also watched Wipeout, coolest show ever!  I think we’ll keep watching it now that vacation is over, too!  I also read some out by the pool because Clay slept a bit longer than I did.  We went to bed fairly early, and while the hotel and bed were great, I didn’t sleep that great because the cruise excitement was really building.

I thought it was super cool that the hotel had recycling bins in each room!

The cups, however- slightly obnoxious…

Lots of space decorations around the hotel.

Up next: Boarding the ship and our first look at the Freedom of the Seas :).

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18 Responses to Pre-Honeymoon: Driving to Fla.

  1. Wow I’m already super excited to read your cruise adventures.

    That is so cool about the hotel room having recycling bins. I think people don’t recycle because they are too lazy and this is clearly this is helping. 🙂

    • proudpatriot07 says:

      It was neat :). It really works out well because so many people travel with bottles and cans of soda/water/juice etc and throw them away in the hotel anyway, so instead they can recycle ;).

  2. Ash says:

    I’ve never been on a cruise so I can’t wait to read about yours! Greek restaurants are one of my favorites, too, and your salad looks so fresh and yummy!

    • proudpatriot07 says:

      Thanks! It was great- wait until you see some of the other salads I had that week though. Cruise ship salad is like no other, seriously! But this Greek restaurant was totally authentic and I liked that!

  3. Zaneta says:

    how fun!! i’ve never been on a cruise, so i’m looking forward to reading all your recaps!! 😀

  4. time for happiness says:

    Im so excited for the rest!! I havent been on a cruise before so this will be exciting!

    • proudpatriot07 says:

      Thanks ;). I hope my blogs help all the people who haven’t cruised learn about the experience… feel free to ask any questions, I’ve been on three cruises in less than 3 years so I can probably answer!

  5. Samantha says:

    Oh I know. I’m glad I dropped my other pre summer session class. There is no way I could’ve done two! It’s already stressful with one! What an exciting trip 🙂

  6. lindsay says:

    i love the recycling baskets too! so nice to see people/companies making an effort.

    not sure i can handle your cruise recap. i want a vacation! 😦 lol

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  8. I would love to go on a DISNEY cruise!! Perhaps one day =)

    • proudpatriot07 says:

      Eh, hubby and I aren’t huge Disney fans. We really liked the Royal Caribbean cruises, there were enough characters on there for us, and they were characters we like better than Disney :).

      Plus we saved a lot of $$$ by doing RCI and Carnival over Disney… one of my friends did Disney last year with her little girls and they loved it but I think they’re taking this year off of vacations after that…

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