Our ‘Real’ Honeymoon: 18 Days to Go

NOTE: Be forewarned, this is a long post about something that may seem very trivial. Ben is already asleep (it is 8:30 pm, seriously??) and I am bored and letting my fingers fly.


Faithful followers will remember our short weekend honeymoon directly following our wedding in July. We went up to Park City and stayed in the condo of one of our friend’s (a wedding present to us) for a few nights and it was quite lovely and relaxing.


We wanted to go on a ‘real’ honeymoon right after our wedding, but since we paid for our own wedding it was pretty much out of the question until we could replenish our funds and get some money together. Originally we were thinking Christmas in Hawaii. I have a week and a half off from work already built in at that time of year, so it seemed like the perfect time to get away. We started saving and planning immediately after the wedding. However, as we looked more in to it, we realized a really good Hawaii trip may be out of our price range. We could have made it happen, but I when I finally do go to Hawaii I want it to be all luxurious and fabulous, not budgeted and frugal.

Soooo we decided to do something different. We still wanted to do Christmas, and we still wanted to to tropical. We knew that you could get pretty good deals on cruises so we started looking in to that. I wanted a looooong vacation, so we started by looking in to 14-day cruises to the Caribbean and the Bahamas. But as we thought about it we realized that neither of us had ever been on a cruise and we didn’t want to be stuck on a boat for two weeks with who knows how much vegan food and possibly not even having fun.

So we started looking at 7-dayers and found a PERFECT 7-day cruise with Norwegian Cruise Lines sailing from New York City, down to Florida, and then to the Bahamas before returning to New York. It leaves a bit earlier in December, so I am taking an additional week off before my holiday break. What was so awesome about this cruise is that we decided while we were in New York we might as well spend a few days there. Neither Ben or I have ever been, so we extended our trip and will spend a few days in New York City over Christmas right after our cruise. It’s so awesome! Ben and I call it three vacations in one–New York City, Florida, and the Bahamas.

What is really, really exciting about it is all the amazing excursions we are going to do during the cruise and the fun things we have planned to do in New York.

Universal Studios’ Islands of Adventure

First, we are going to Universal Studios’ Islands of Adventure in Florida, which I am super excited for because I love theme parks and haven’t been to any of Universal’s parks. Next we are taking a kayak tour around Great Stirrup Cay, NCL’s private island in the Bahamas. We will of course also have some serious beach time on Great Stirrup Cay. After that we head to Nassau for some sailing and snorkeling, followed by some touristing and some more beach time. Ben and I also plan to have some treatments done in the on-board spa (which looks AMAZING, btw) and have a ‘night on the town’ while on the ship, I hear they have their own pub crawl.

Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas
Nassau, Bahamas

After that it’s back to New York for a fancy night out on Christmas eve–two plays in the heart of Broadway (booked CRAZY CHEAP thanks to my play-fanatical friend, Dwight) and dinner at Candle 79. For those of you who don’t know, Candle 79 is one of two very fancy vegan restaurants in the US. It’s supposed to be utterly divine and I already have reservations to make SURE we get a good table. The next day is Christmas and Ben and I plan on just lazing in our hotel room and wandering Central Park–which our hotel is only a block away from. Hopefully some ice skating will be open on Christmas, because I really want to go. Over the next few days Ben and I are sure to do some very touristy New York-y things, which will include the MET, Times Square, the top of The Rock, Nintendo World (Ben’s idea), Greenwich Village (I found a Bob Dylan walking tour online! AHHHH!), Moo Shoes, Lula’s Sweet Apothecary, and Babycakes NYC.

New York City

Anyway, I think that’s basically it about our trip. I’m crazy excited and am even worried I am building it up too much because I am so excited. With all the uprooting, changes, and stress happening in our lives these last few weeks it seems like the one think we can look forward to. And, crazily enough, it’s only 18 days away!


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