In October we found out that our third IUI attempt failed. We found out that our insurance company wouldn’t allow us to move forward with IVF and that we would have to continue with 3 more IUI cycles before they would approve and pay for IVF (could we really complain, they were willing to foot the massive fertility treatment bill for us) but our Doctor told us that if it was up to her we’d move forward with IVF because the success rate of IUI cycles after three failed cycles dropped to next to nothing.
As we sat in this knowledge that after two years at trying, we once again were defintely looking at probably another 6 months or more of doctors appointments, bloodwork, hopes and let downs. We we’re frustrated. We just needed a breather. I had also been given this book with ways to improve your chances at IVF. If we were going to walk down the IVF road, we wanted it to have the most successful chance as possible. The IUI road was rough but it was nothing compared to what the IVF road would be.
So we decided it was time for a break. To step back from all the trying. All the bloodwork. All the tests. All the hope each month. To focus on the books advice and just be a married couple instead of people trying to have a baby. We decided that during this time of waiting, we needed to go on a vacation. For the past two years we had choose not to vacation because we had no clue what our lives would look like in 6 months or so from booking the vacation. Would I pregnant, would I be able to travel? So a trip was a must!! We started looking, our original dream was Hawaii! Then we priced it out…sorry not yet! That’s going to require alot more saving.
Finally we landed on a Royal Caribbean Cruise in March. We booked our cruise on Halloween and a month later found out we were pregnant! Crazy how life works. Fortunately, the pregnancy wouldn’t affect our vacation. Royal Carribean allows you to cruise with them until you’re in your 24th week, when we cruised I was in my 21st!! Talk about cutting it close! I thought I’d share our Royal Carribean Cruise Adventures 2019 with you! In a week or two I’ll also share a post about some tips and tricks we learned about sailing with Royal Carribean. Until then, here are our adventures!!
Day one was spent exploring the ship and getting situated in our room. We sailed on the Grandeur of the Seas out of Baltimore.
We choose an interior room to save a significant chunk of change and we didn’t regret it at all.
What kind of cruisers would we be if on the first day we didn’t get a drink…or two?! Of course, all of my drinks were virgin which helped us save a little money as well, so there’s that plus! And honestly, they were just as scrumptious withouth the alcohol as I’m sure they were with. The hubby actually preferred this drink without the alcohol.
Day two was a full day of sailing. I enjoyed free ice cream in bed while watching a movie, we enjoyed drinks and shows, walks around the deck and plenty of eating! The deck was pretty cold as we were still cruising south, so we didn’t hang on deck much but we had a blast all the same!
Day two also played host to our formal night in the main dining room.
Day three was our first day in port. We headed for Port Canaveral. Our dear friends, Corey and Kathryn live nearby and so they came and picked us up and we spent the day with them. But before getting off the ship (we didn’t get to disembark until 11am), we enjoyed some reading by the pool, a nap in the lounge and some coffee on deck as well.
Once Corey and Kathryn picked us up, we headed for lunch Coconuts on the Beach. I got some incredible fish tacos – guys I’m still so obsessed with fish tacos!! After lunch, we went to their house and got a tour (we haven’t been there yet) and then headed for the beach for a little bit.
Day four was our main port of call and definitely one of our favorite days!! We spent the day at Cococay, Bahamas. We both kept saying we wish we were there for two days. Cococay is owned by Royal Carribean and is their private island. So the only people on the island were the people on our ship and it was amazing. Royal Carribean is in the process of renovating the island and making it even more amazing. We spent most of the day at the brand new Oasis Lagoon – North America’s largest fresh water pool with the swim up bar. We got a couple Coco Loco’s (some incredible tropical drink) and sipped on that while floating around the pool soaking in all the sun. We enjoyed some the freshest grilled burgers from the buffett and headed back to the pool for more relaxation. We finished off the day with a stroll around the island before heading back to ship, got showered and headed for dinner and show. I need more days like this in my life!!
Day five was a full day on the ship and cruising back toward Maryland. Fortunately we were still south enough that it was warm and beautiful! We were given some onboard credits when we booked the cruise and so we booked ourselves a lunch in one of the ships speciality restaurants, Chops Grill. The best meal we had on board all week!! Fresh shrimp cocktail with some of the biggest shrimp ever, a perfect filet, cheesy tots, mac and cheese and some incredible garlic mashed potatoes. Followed up with an amazing chocolate lava cake. After lunch we watched the belly flop competition, a comedian’s show and a few other fun things!
Day six was another day spent on board sailing. Unfortunately because we were so close to Maryland, colder temperatures and a storm was rolling in – we hit some really rough seas that tossed the boat quite a lot. I’m not normally one whose affected by sea sickness and fortunately I never actually got sick. But if I wasn’t laying in bed, I definitely wanted to get sick. I’m pretty such this little boy was messing with me! So we spent our last day in our cabin, watching tv and movies, getting room services, napping and just all around relaxing! It might sound disappointing and it slightly was. But at the same time, it was a perfect way to end the trip – just completely relaxing!!
So that was Our Royal Caribbean Cruise Adventures 2019! We can’t wait to get back on another cruise but obviously will have to wait for this little mans arrival and to get a little bit bigger before we jump another ship.