Because no one was going to NAB this year, we decided to skip Vegas and celebrate our third anniversary on a 7-day cruise to the Eastern Caribbean. We jumped onboard Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas at Port Canaveral and set sail for three destinations: The Bahamas, St. Thomas and St. Maarten.

Overall trip assessment: Awesome. Food? Great. Service? Solid. Room? Worked! Ship? Impressive. Ports? Perfection. The company? My absolute Favorite.

(Jamaica and Costa Rica still win for best vacation getaways though!)

Trip highlights: 

St. Maarten was beautiful and Maho Beach was pretty epic!

Me, watching the planes land at Maho Beach, St. Maarten.

Drinking a Bloody Mary (or three!) poolside in the "adults only" area of the ship.

My $40 win on the "hot" Wheel of Fortune machine in the ship casino.

Snorkeling the reefs at Coki Bay Beach on St. Thomas ...

My favorite Caribbean beer, cheap and sipped oceanside! ...

Anniversary dinner at Chops Grill, one of the ship's specialty restaurants ...

The chance to get a little cray-cray with the one I love!


No internet or cell phone access — a real life excuse to go off the grid and just soak in the sun, each other and the richness of life!

Freedom of the Seas, docked in Philipsburg, St. Maarten.