Last week my best friend Keri and I had a whirlwind 8 night girls trip. We started by staying at Hilton Bonnet Creek and running the runDisney Half Marathon. The minute we finished the race, we hopped in our cars and headed to Port Canaveral to board the Carnival Valor for 7 nights!
Going on a cruise following a race is the way to go. While we "only did the half" this time around, you could easily leave Disney World and head to the port after running any race distance. Port Canaveral is 1 hour from Disney and a very easy trip via 417 (this is a toll road so keep that in mind). After we grabbed our medals, we headed home to change and head off to the ship.
Sea Day Brunch.
The Carnival Valor is a beautiful ship. It holds close to 3,000 passengers and is nearly 1,000 feet. The Valor will be dry docked this spring to get the 2.0 funship makeover. However, we really enjoyed exploring the ship in its current state. It has an American theme so all of the bars, lounges and dining rooms are named after historical figures and landmarks. I was so excited to see a mural of Jackson Square (where my husband and I got married) in the lobby.
Scarlett's Steakhouse and they went above and beyond to ensure we had a fabulous dining experience. Our room attendant Elana (I think?) was incredible. She was on top of it the entire cruise, making sure we had fresh ice to chill our wine, politely put up with two messy girls and always left us a cute towel animal. Lastly, we were reunited with our favorite bartender named Kelvin who we met 3 years ago. Stay tuned later this week for the Carnival Cosmo recipe!
Day 1 at Sea
(our shirts say: I like big boats and I cannot lie.....I mean, how can we not get those)
Due to the weather we had to change our excursion from an all inclusive beach day to an indoor activity. It was the best excursion I have done. Stay tuned to hear about Salsa & Salsa and Margarita and my new love affair for tequila.
Where Keri started her love affair with rum filled coconuts following our Zipline and Cave Tubing experience. Yes, that sign says with as much rum as you want.......
It was our one beautiful day - and I would love to go back to Honduras for a week. We spent our time at the Mayan Princess. A full review to come!
I shall call this day "Day at sea 2.5". Clouds, rain and a hangover don't mix well. Stupid tequila.
Hi Ma - we got a ship on a stick........