Before the summer started, Mr. BFS and I found a great summer cruise deal for August and told our friends. We were booked within 48 hours along with two of our friends that are also teachers. It will cost us about $2000 including everything since the tickets were $1550 by themselves along with trip insurance, but I’m looking forward to it quite a bit!
This cruise is on the same ship we were on in January 2014, but it has a different itinerary. We’ll be going to Isla Rotan, Belize, and Cozumel. That means that this will be our 5th cruise overall, this will be the first time that we are repeating a ship, but it’ll also be the first new itinerary since our 2nd cruise in 2010. I just like the balance of all of that. It makes me smile.
We definitely have our favorites when it comes to cruising. First and foremost, and I’m sure this says something about us, but the FOOD IS AMAZING. We truly enjoy the formal dinners every day – they are what we plan everything else around. We also enjoy all of the dining options available 24/7. Mr. BFS enjoys the pizza and hot tea, and I’m all about the deli sandwiches, burrito bars, and hot chocolate.
I’m also happy that we’ll be landing in two completely new ports for us. I can’t wait to look around and we may be booking a few shore excursions. We have to spend our money very wisely this time around since we have tightened our overall budget, but I think the $450 we have left will stretch to cover at least one excursion and the required tips. In fact, that should leave us with at least $100.
Mr. BFS and I truly enjoyed the close-up magic shows on the last cruise and the juggler we made friends with, Edge. We also got a kick out of the water park, the adult-only hammock and lounging area, and the putt-putt golf course. I personally can’t wait to get back to the suspended rope course either. That was so much fun. You just need to mentally picture a short, 30+ year old redhead racing around the 9-10 year olds and giggling like a maniac! 😉
That last $100 will probably be spent on a few small souvenirs and lost at some gambling in the onboard casino. I always spend about $20-$30 on little trinkets I find in the ports, and Mr. BFS usually loses about $100 gambling all week. Although this time Mr. BFS will have a smaller gambling budget than normal, hahaha.
Overall, this trip should be a blast since it’s usually all about the company you keep. Our past cruises with friends have always been a hoot!
Do you have any fun vacations around the corner?
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