If you’re married, think back to the night of. If you aren’t, think about a wedding you may have been to, or just a late night out.. You probably remember being extremely tired, and possibly hungover if you were drinking enough. Well, ladies and gentlemen, that’s exactly how day one of our honeymoon was! I’m going to break up the post with collages of pictures to keep you from being bored Enjoy!
Aaron and I knew our flight was going to be super early because we had to get down there before the cruise left (duh!), but we didn’t expect it to be at 6:30am. We dreaded this for as long as we knew about it, but because of this, we decided just to go back to our home after the wedding. We didn’t feel that spending $200 on a hotel room for around 3 hours was worth it. We came home, and immediately fell asleep. We had the night of our lives, and pretty much crashed! This was probably around 12:30…
3:15 am. I thought I was dreaming, and heard Aaron in my dream. After a few minutes, I realized that it wasn’t a dream, and in fact Aaron was calling for me in so much pain. Great.. the first day of our honeymoon! Poor guy. We have no idea what happened to his knee! He could barely walk, and was limping trying to get to the couch. Seriously, I have never seen him in this much pain. My parents were coming to take us to the airport, so I immediately texted my mom for an ice pack and ace bandages. Aaron was in so much pain, but made it to the airport and through security limping away.
We arrived at the airport before 5:00 am and immediately went to find anything to get in our stomachs! I had barely eaten at my wedding (few bites, but I really just wasn’t hungry!) so by this point, I was starving. One of my best friends, Jenna, was actually flying to California that morning at 5:45 so we got to see her, too!
About 20 minutes remaining in our first flight, I woke up (from a cat nap.. I couldn’t really fall asleep!) and immediately felt sick. I woke up at 3:15 am without feeling a thing, but there was no doubt now that I was feeling the effects of the night before. Truthfully, I don’t remember drinking that much. I do know I kept losing my drink and getting a new one, so I’m sure that had something to do with it! Those 20 minutes were miserable. I was so excited to get off the flight, but then realized we had only enough time to get to the next gate, and load the plane. Our flights were on Airtran, and thankfully let Aaron limp onto the flight before anyone else! What a blessing that was. After the first flight, his knee hurt so bad from having it bent for so long.
The second flight was an hour and a half of feeling miserable, and becoming hungry again. Aaron, at this point, had begun feeling the same as me, so we were two sleepy, and sick people!
The only thing that was getting me through this flight was knowing I was going to get to spend the next week alone with my new husband, and he was right by my side the entire time.
We arrived at the port around 11:30, with hopes of finding food. Lo and behold, there were no food places, but we were allowed to check in, and load the ship! We were ecstatic! We were completely blown away from the moment we walked onto the ship. It was unreal.
A little bit about Allure of the Seas. Allure of the Seas is one of the newest Royal Caribbean cruise lines out. The ship itself has 17 decks, 3 pools, a kiddie pool, Royal Promenade, Boardwalk, Water theater, Central Park, Casino, and more. There are constantly things to do to keep you entertained. The cruise included a zip line, flow riding area (surfing), boogie boarding, and two rock walls, and a plethora of other options. There are seven neighborhoods throughout the ship (such as the Boardwalk, and Central Park). Each night had multiple shows that you could attend such as OceanAria, Chicago (the musical), Comedy shows, and Love and Marriage game show. They really know who they are serving, and have a wonderful staff ready to help you at all times.
Aaron and I immediately headed for something to eat! Because we weren’t even supposed to board until 3, and it wasn’t even noon, our choices were limited. We ended up at Sorrento’s pizza and devoured a few slices! The rest of the afternoon was spent walking around and trying to learn our way around the ship. By the end of the week, we still didn’t know our exact way around! Haha Throughout our day, all the walking we were doing was actually helping Aaron’s knee! He definitely could still feel it, but by the end of the day, it was feeling much better.
This is the royal promenade. There is actually a bar that goes up and down in the center of this picture. It was currently moving up decks, and the fountains start underneath it. Pretty darn cool!
We eventually headed up to the pool deck to explore and relax before getting ready for dinner. We were definitely dragging all day with just about no sleep the night before, but still had a fantastic first day on the cruise! With our dinner being at 8:30pm, I made a lot of the show reservations for after, so they started between 10 and 11 every night. Aaron and I knew we would not be making it up for the 10:45 show of OceanAria, and thankfully we were able to switch it to another night. We were both in bed, and asleep before 11:00, so the decision to skip the show was the best one.
**This post is getting quite long, so I will end it here. I am still trying to figure out the best way to post all about the honeymoon because there is so much, so bear with me!**