Tuesday, February 14, 2017

#TravelTuesday 13// Active Fun on the Allure of the Seas


Happy Tuesday Fellow Travelers!!
So I have been falling behind on blogging! Trying to squeeze it in between work and life and trying to get out and adventure when we can is hard yo! So, while I had been all kinds of hopeful to share our day in Jamaica for this month's #TravelTuesday Link Up (join in below), I just couldn't get my ish together enough!! Instead I figured I would start with the mode of travel that got us there and share 5 of the active, mostly-outdoor activities that we enjoyed en route to Jamaica, while aboard Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas! And so, here are... 

5 Fun and Active Spots on the Allure of the Seas
1.) Carousel! My absolute favorite ride of all time is a good carousel! I know, I know, for an adrenaline lover it’s a surprising choice, but there is something just so happy to me about a carousel. I will not leave Magic Kingdom without riding it and any time I find a new one I get really excited! So riding a carousel, while on a cruise, got this heart all kinds of pumped. I rode it multiple times, typically with children under the age of 10, but there was one night where it was just little old me riding a bear. Babe of course rolled his eyes, but I was in heaven!!
2.) Rock Climbing! We both love rock climbing, so we picked one of the open climbing times and got there a few minutes before they opened the ropes, making us the first in line. I was actually surprised that not too many people showed up after us either. It was nice, because I was able to go twice. The courses were actually pretty challenging, which just made it even more fun. By the time I got done with the second course my arms were jello- aka need to work on that upper body strength (hello, none)!

3.) Ice Skating! We can definitely call this a first; ice skating, on a ship, in the middle of the Caribbean. Yeah, it was pretty COOL (pun slightly intended)! However, it was also a sign that we are getting older. I used to be able to ice skate for hours! We didn't even last the full 30 minutes that we were planning to be out there and our ankles were killing us! The ice was pretty scratched up though, making made it harder. They save the open skating for the end of the cruise; after the ice shows have all been done. **Side note: We weren't planning to do any of the ice shows, but ended up squeezing in "How to Train Your Dragon: Ice Show" and LOVED it! Definitely a super cute must see; even without kiddos! One other can't miss show would also be the awesome aqua-theater dive show, Oceanaria!

Because, didn't you know, you are so much more "fierce" with your tongue out! Gracious! 
4.) Wave Riders {aka Flowriders}! These were one of the highlights of the ship and usually had a pretty decent size line, but they were worth the wait. They have a man made wave that you can ride. There are two options available; a lay-down boogie board and a stand-up surfing type board (looks a little more like a snowboard). I stuck to the boogie board, as that was hard enough, but Babe gave the stand-up one a try (and made me wish I had). He said it kills your calves, but he lasted for a while so I wish I had given it a go. However, the line was long by the time I watched him try and I had left my room card in our beach bag, which was at our lounge chairs, pretty far away. You have to have a wrist-band to do the Wave Riders, saying that you are old enough and have signed the waiver. So don’t forget to bring your card, as they can’t look you up!! *They have people there to help the whole time, if needed. They also offer windows of time specifically for giving lessons, but just know you don't have to get the lesson to be able to ride. They will still help you get the hang of it. 

5.) Putt-Putt! We are a super competitive couple, so we always love a good game that will pit us against each other. However, I need to remember that putt-putt is NOT my game!! I can't tell you how many times I have lost terribly and stomped off in frustration. This time was no different! The course is beautiful though and lines up right along the edge of the boat so you have gorgeous water views. And don't worry about my pride; I creamed him in ping-pong!! 

**The ship also has a zip line that crosses over the ship's Boardwalk area, a good 7 floors below (see the carousel photo for proof). While we didn't actually end up partaking in this particular adventure (the line was always pretty long and the times were when we preferred to be lounging in that Vitamin D bliss), it looked pretty neat when you would see people flying overhead from below! It was definitely a happening spot for all the older kids and teens! 


We really loved our time on the Allure of the Seas! 
But then again, we love to cruise! This ship had tons of options and amenities and we can't wait to get back out on the wide open ocean! 

Are you a cruise lover?! What are your favorite things to do on-board?! 
Not a big fan of cruises, or haven't been yet, but been adventuring somewhere else? 
Maybe even in your own backyard?

Share your link below and let's travel together! 
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~I will also be sharing my favorite post from the month before. January's fave was from Portland| Grace, because her pictures are absolutely stunning and made me want to go to Spain like yesterday (I mean streets just lined with Orange trees?! Come on!)! 



23 comments:

  1. I am totally sold on cruising. We're still on a high from our Disney cruise and can't wait to go on another one. Even though cruises go to cool places, part of what is so cool is just being on the ship.

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    1. Right?! it's a total win-win! Awesome destinations and then no yucky crammed airplanes and crazy layovers! Just fun on and off the ship!! Can't beat it!!

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  2. Crushing is such a fun vacation! We have done a few and each one is different! My sister ended up working for a cruise line for the past 4 years, so we have learned a lot more of the ins and outs! It takes a lot of work to make a cruise ship safe and fun for people to enjoy! So glad y'all had fun!

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    1. I am sure it is tons of hard work for the staff!! I have always wondered what it would be like/ how much time they get to explore. It always seems like it could be a great way to see new places while you work.

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  3. I love Royal Caribbean cruises! I haven't been on one in a while, but I love all the nice things there are to do. It is definitely limitless with luxuries for sure!

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    1. We typically cruise Carnival, but this was our second Royal cruise and we really enjoyed it! Love the ability to be doing something while traveling somewhere new!

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  4. Cool post, I have always wanted to have a go on a wave rider. It looks like so much fun!. I can't wait till I come across one.

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    1. Thanks! They really are a blast! Hope you find one soon :)

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  5. This sounds like a fun cruise! I will have to check it out.

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    1. It really was great! And they had an awesome kids area, so your sweet bubs would be very happy!!

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  6. This looks so much fun! I love to travel but have never done a cruise ship, it looks like a great getaway :)

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    1. It really is a great way to travel! Not only do you get to see great places, but the getting there is fun too!! You can find some pretty killer deals if you pick the right weekend!

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  7. This looks so fun! It has been so long since I've been on a cruise. Definitely need to do another one soon!

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    1. We really had a great time! Hope you get to set sail again soon!

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  8. I used to do sailing...love the sea esp sunset timing :) Have stopped for a while, need to resume soon ;) cheers, SiennyLovesDrawing

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    1. Ahhh, couldn't agree more!! Sunsets on the water are perfection!! Hope you get back on the water soon!

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  9. That looks like so much fun! I've never been on a cruise and I'm not sure if I'd like it, but I would love it go once and give it a chance! I should start looking for deals!

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    1. I wasn't sure about it either at first, but now it's one of our preferred modes of travel!! Hope you get to give it a try sometime soon! I am curious to know what you think :)

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  10. I am so jealous I love cruising!!!

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  11. This looks amazing! I've only done a cruise once before, but this makes me want to go again!

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  12. Can't seem to get my husband on board about taking a cruise. Still trying

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  13. Oh my goodness, so much to do! I'm not sure I'd get my 4-year old off the carousel! I've always looked at Royal Caribbean but worried my kids were too young (they're 4 and 10-months). Seems like there's a ton to do though!

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