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Olyvia is a Puppy Model!

I never thought this day would come.. Our precious little Olyvia is now a puppy model! I know, it sounds a little ridiculous, but I think its adorable. :) 

We will be doing some photo shoots in the next few weeks with KONAleashes, so stay tuned for that. In the meantime, check out our announcement video! Our baby is going to be #instafamous ... HAHA

Carnival Liberty Review

Hi All!

We recently toured the Carnival Liberty over in Port Canaveral, so we wanted to share our experience with you! We love going on ship inspections with Carnival because we really get a chance to see everything the ship has to offer, and it almost feels like we are actually cruising.... almost. lol

These are the most important things you need to know about the ship! We would also consider ourselves foodies, so we threw in our review of the food in the main dining room as well. SPOILER ALERT: They did NOT have any Melting Chocolate Cake for dessert on our luncheon menu... and I was told they won't be having it any time soon during the tours.... :( SUPER SAD DAY FOR ME! Apparently, the chefs want to provide more variety to the menu for the Travel Agents.. blah blah blah... lol jk jk. But have no fear! They will still be serving it regularly on board for guests! I guess we will have to wait until our Carnival Cruise in December to eat the chocolate deliciousness...

We would love to hear your thoughts on the ship if you have ever sailed on the Liberty as well!

Enjoy!

A VERY Busy September

We have a very busy September ahead of us!

We are getting closer to doing what we love everyday… and that is traveling to new places together and documenting our experiences for our fans, like you! With that being said, I wanted to let you in on all of the fun things we have planned for the month of September.

Labor Day Week(end) – BOTH of our parents will be joining us at our Timeshare at Veranda Beach Club in Longboat Key, FL for the week. We are very excited to be spending more time with our parents since we live so far away from both of them and typically only see them 1-2 times per year. This will also be a good time for them to get to know each other better, since they met for the first time on our wedding cruise. Cullen and I will only be there for the long weekend but have the luxury to drive back and forth so we can still work throughout the week without taking any more time off… because…

1 WEEK LATER...

We will be going on the Majesty of the Seas to the Bahamas for the weekend! This is a 3-day cruise out of Port Canaveral with stops in Freeport and Royal Caribbean’s private island- Coco Cay. I wrote a brief post about why we booked this trip and what we are looking forward to last month, but since then, we purchased Day Passes to the Grand Lucayan Lighthouse Point All-Inclusive Resort in Freeport. This will give us something fun and relaxing to do while we are in port… and it is a beautiful location to take amazing photos and video. SO, let’s pray for beautiful weather!

Grand Lucayan Lighthouse Point. Photo Cred: xtns.org

Grand Lucayan Lighthouse Point. Photo Cred: xtns.org

Now, to the part I am extremely excited to share! We have been selected to showcase the Thompson Resort in Playa del Carmen that following weekend! We will be home for exactly 3 FULL days before we jump on a plane to Cancun. Neither of us have ever been to Cancun OR Playa del Carmen Mexico before, so this will be quite the experience. We will be staying in a Luxury King Room for 3 nights. We will also be doing a special activity with the group we are going with, so I am personally excited to see what that will be. There are plenty of food and drink options and we will be just a few short blocks from the beach. CANNOT WAIT for some authentic Mexican food and spend the weekend with my boo in a beautiful resort. I am positive we will vlog every day we are there and do an overall review, so be on the lookout of that after we return!

Thompson Playa del Carmen. Photo Cred: Thompson Hotels

Thompson Playa del Carmen. Photo Cred: Thompson Hotels

Griff and I would like to thank each and every one of you for your support as we continue along our journey. We are happy to announce we now have 109 subscribers on our YouTube channel and over 6k views since May. It’s so exciting to me because I know we are just getting started and the more we travel (which will be a lot in the next few months), the more content we can share with you and the better quality it will become! So, THANK YOU again for being patient and watching and reading our early content. <3

 

 

Special Announcement

Hi Everyone! I have a special announcement to make! Drum roll please…………  I have been chosen to be a Brand Ambassador with Bikini.com AND Sand Cloud!  #spons #realbikinibabe #savethefishies 😉 This is going to open up a lot of doors for us and let us create even more fun content for you guys!

What all does this mean?! It means you will be seeing a lot more videos, Instagram photos and blog posts featuring products from Sand Cloud and bikini.com. If you are not familiar with either of these companies, you are going to love them!

Bikini.com obviously sells bikinis… LOL but there is so much more! Along with the resort wear, street clothing, beachy accessories, and beauty products, they also feature awesome blog posts written by the bikini.com community. The topics range anywhere from style and beauty to food and fitness. I am most excited about joining this amazing community of women who are as inspired by travel as I am.. and know how to rock a bikini of course!

Ambassador Gifts from  bikini.com

Ambassador Gifts from bikini.com

Sand Cloud is known for their Turkish Cotton Beach towels and their mission to save marine life! 10% of their profits go to non-profit organizations that support this cause. 

Use the code AlyssaGf25 for 25% off of your purchase!

Use the code AlyssaGf25 for 25% off of your purchase!

I feel like both Sand Cloud and bikini.com are a PERFECT match for me because my lifestyle directly reflects that of everything they stand for: bikini, travel, beauty, fitness, ocean life. I will be able to inspire even more people to live a fun, healthy lifestyle, support marine life, and to always follow their dreams.

Thank you for the continuous support and stay tuned for more content! We are always open to content suggestions as well! What would you like to see from us?! Feel free to leave us a comment or send us an email!

Norwegian Escape Review

It’s been 7 months since our cruise on the Norwegian Escape and we FINALLY have our review up! Find out what we LOVED and didn't love about the Escape and whether or not we recommend this ship for a fun, awesome vacation. If you have not seen our cruise vlogs from our trip, you can find them in our Norwegian Escape Wedding Cruise Series playlist on our channel. :) 

MSC Seaside

8 Day Eastern Caribbean: April 14-21, 2018

Itinerary

Apr. 14- Departing from Miami

Apr. 15- At Sea

Apr. 16- At Sea

Apr. 17- Philipsburg, St. Maarten

Apr. 18- San Juan, PR

Apr. 19- At Sea

Apr. 20- Nassau, Bahamas

Apr. 21- Arriving in Miami

 

Facts about the Ship

154,000 Gross Tonnage

1,060 ft. in length

4,140 Guest Capacity

This will be MSC’s newest cruise ship! She will be setting sail on November 28, 2017 from Italy and sailing TransAtlantic to Miami for her Christening. 

 

Features:

South Beach Pool

360 Degree Waterfront Boardwalk

Double-Deck Glass Wall Atrium

Forest Aquaventure and Adventure Park

Photo Courtesy of Seascanner.com

Photo Courtesy of Seascanner.com

 

Why did we book?

Cullen has been wanting to do a trip to the Mediterranean.. And seeing as we live in Florida, there are a lot of other expenses involved in a week trip than we are able to afford at this current moment.. 

And, we wanted to experience the new Seaside in her inaugural year.

Photo Courtesy of Cruise Critic

Photo Courtesy of Cruise Critic

 

What we are looking forward to?

WATERSLIDES! Alyssa LOVES waterslides.. and it looks like the Seaside will not disappoint!

The Swarovski Crystal Staircases

The Food: Now we have heard many mixed reviews of the food on MSC ships.. but we are looking forward to trying it out!

The MSC Experience: This will be our very first MSC Cruise. 8 days may be a long time for our first experience on this line, but we are hopeful for an amazing cruise!

Photo Courtesy of Cruise Fever

Photo Courtesy of Cruise Fever

Majesty of the Seas

 

3 Day Bahamas: September 15-18, 2017

 

Itinerary

Sept. 15- Departing from Port Canaveral

Sept. 16- Grand Bahama Island

Sept. 17- Coco Cay, Bahamas

Sept. 18- Arriving in Port Canaveral 

Coco Cay, Bahamas.&nbsp;Photo Courtesy of Royal Caribbean

Coco Cay, Bahamas. Photo Courtesy of Royal Caribbean

 

Facts about the ship

Royal Caribbean Sovereign Class

Launched in 1992

74,077 Gross Tonnage

880 ft. in length

Cruising speed: 18 knots

 

Features:

Rock Climbing Wall

Basketball Court

Top Deck Running Track

Photo Courtesy of RoyalCaribbeanBlog.com

Photo Courtesy of RoyalCaribbeanBlog.com

 

Why did we book?

We booked this cruise for a few reasons:

1. We still had 8 months until our next cruise, and we didn’t want to wait that long.. ;)

2. We wanted to experience an nice little weekend getaway to the Bahamas.

3. We LOVE Royal Caribbean!

Photo Courtesy of Cruise Only

Photo Courtesy of Cruise Only

 

What we are looking forward to?

Since the Majesty of the Seas is one of RC’s oldest ships, we are interested in seeing how different it is from the larger class ships they have. We didn’t really get to have a real “honeymoon,” so this will be a great opportunity for us to unplug and spend some quality time with each other. Also, the food. If you have ever been on a Royal Caribbean cruise, you will understand!

 

Carnival Paradise Review

We had the opportunity to tour the Carnival Paradise in the Port of Tampa at the end of April. In our review video, we discuss all the details about the Carnival Paradise you will ever want to know accompanied by our silly banter. 😊  We will be sailing on the Paradise again in January 2018, so be on the lookout for more updates!