Cruising on the world’s largest ship – ‘Alluring’ right?

Having planned a trip to the USA, I was lucky enough to have my week scheduled to spend it cruising on the World’s Largest Ship in 2016, ‘Allures Of the Seas” by Royal Caribbean cruise liner. Wondering why its known as the largest ship in the world, the story was just about to unfold. Who wouldn’t want to be among the lucky few to step on board on this incredible mega-ship that provides endless activities for its 6,000 passengers.

Being my very first experience cruising on board, I was filled with plethora of expectations and excitement all bundled up together. The stateroom cabins were booked in advance and the only thing required was to step on board.

With the ship being docked at Fort Lauderdale, this was where I laid my eyes on this magnificent beauty. It was hard to believe something so gigantic could be man built.

Ready to get on board

With every close encounter towards stepping on board, I realized the check-in procedures were so smooth with extra friendly staff. Finishing with all the security check-in formalities I was glad I hopped on the ship way early than the departure time only to realize there was already so much to be explored.

The first view straight from the cabin.

My week-long sojourn with Allures was about to begin! The Caribbean diaries were about to begin: The Bahamas, St. Maarten, and the US Virgin Islands

Sailing in the vast ocean like a tiny drop of water, this was a city by itself. You could call it a floating city on the deep waters. Embarking the ship and not wasting any time to sort the luggage I was already engrossed in discovering the different “neighborhoods” and marking my favorite spots. The Royal Promenade indeed lived up to its name with its super high ceilings and spacious feeling.

Interior view of Royal Promenade

I marked my secret balconies in the aft of the ship on decks 11 and 12 which became my go to place for the next 7 days.

My Favourite hiding spot!

When on board you can never go hungry. There were several lunch options round the clock like Windjammer Café and Park Central. All you need to do was pick your food, sit outside and enjoy the open-air and enjoying a nice glass of wine with delicious tapas in between the wide ocean.

Waiting for my drink to arrive

And if you’ve not already stuffed yourself enough during lunch, there were “My Time Dining” and different dinner venues to explore each evening.

Ready for dinner already!

There are three different dinning levels and you can choose to dine at each one every different day.

Yes thats what dinner looked like every evening!

Entertainment onboard was never a question. Walking along the Boardwalk watching so many different activities, time can pass by on the ship in a brink.

And the party has just begun!

Then there is the Aqua Theater which hosts the water show performance called Aria by super professional Acrobats. It’s nothing less than a cirque performance in the water. Also the figure skating shows on board is both must-see. The thrills I saw on ice was nothing less than that of the Aqua.

Ice Skating show onboard
Water Acrobat – Aria Show

In addition to these shows I took complete advantage of the onboard athletic activities like ice skating and the FlowRider surf simulator. They were a real thrilling experience. With the next day of cruising at the sea, I took my chance to explore the ship and activities around it. Like enjoying the zip line across the highest decks, rock climbing etc.

Zip Lined for the day
Rock Climbing done right!

With so much exhilaration one thing was for sure, On the Allure, the ‘sea’ days are just as fun and exciting as those spent ashore in the Bahamas, St. John, and St. Maarten. It’s amazing to think how The Royal Caribbean have creating a ship that could accommodate thousands of vacationers at one time.

When the ship docks, you can’t get enough of the view

The first Port of Call next day was The Bahamas. The ship docked at Nassau shore and there began the first Caribbean land explorations. With limited time on hand I wanted to make the most out of my time at the Bahamas. Here are some sneak peaks from the day tour. Indeed a day well spent on this Caribbean island.

When in Bahamas, live the Caribbean life
Atlantis – Bahamas

On second day the ship docked at Charlotte Amelie in St. Thomas, and I decided to just explore the dock, get the feel of the island and then return back to the deck to get a panoramic view of the whole island. It was day meant to sink in the Caribbean feeling on the cruise and unwind.

Sinking in St. Thomas view from the cruise

Next day was another full day at the sea with the cruise sailing to the maximum. It was time to explore some more fun activities on the cruise and upping my game of golf. With views like this and clear sky above you, who wouldn’t mind loosing a game or two?

Ready to strike!

Some days on the cruise were made up of day spending by the pool, in the pool. Lazying around on the deck. I have never in my life gazed at such thick blankets of stars for this long.

Evenings like this on the cruise

Late evening this was my favorite place on the cruise, this very moment. The jogging track on the ship that was rather isolated during the evening became my solace.

Running with views like this, who wouldn’t mind?

I have sat here for hours gazing at that thin line between the sky and ocean and wondering that’s where life is.

My favourite spot on the cruise.

At nights I would find myself on the deck snuggling between the cold breeze staring the wide sky. Never have I seen such a thick blanket of stars. In between the ocean, with the only voice of the sea it was serenity.

Night scenes on the cruise

The last port of call while cruising on the fifth day was at Charlotte Amelie in St. Marteen. Having heard about some of the unique beaches on this island from an overnight friend on the cruise I was determined to explore this too. No sooner did the cruise dock I made my way to Maho beach to watch the low-flying planes. I was forewarned that the signs at Maho Beach about the jet blast are not exaggerating about the intensity of the jet engines at takeoff, and this is what I was here to see. Waiting under the blasting sun for the biggest airplane to land on this runway the excitement wouldn’t wear off. And finally when the plane did arrive, the blast was enough to knock everyone on the backwards. You can say you almost touched the aircraft, or at least this picture seems so say so!

At Maho Beach
Flight timetable on a surfboard! Really?

I look back at my week at sea and the memories never seem to fade away. It’s the perfect ship for multigenerational families and groups. I must say that the Allure of the Seas covered every age, every interest and every expectation you would ever have.

Will be back soon

It was like living in a world away from world! An experience you gotta have, an experience you gotta live at least once in a lifetime!

GlobeTrotting365Days: ALLURES OF THE SEA April 24th 2016.

 

 

 

 

Cancun: When your need some beach and more!

As I packed my bags for Cancun, I had this perma-grin on my face as I was headed to the beach again! Exploring destinations beach after beach Cancun yet came across as a surprise!

Cancun ‘A paradise destination basked in golden sunshine’,

Cancun Beach
Cancun Beach

Whilst there were many reasons to come to this beautiful destination, mine was pure love for the beach that bought me here! After one look at the crystal clear waters and sinking my toes in the velvetiest, softest sands I have ever felt I had to believe that Cancun had the most vibrant, turquoise waters I have ever seen in my entire life. I knew it was the most right decision I ever made to be here!

Cancun Beach
Soaking up the sun-kissed beach

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My first encounter with the Pacific Ocean to find the Hidden Beach!

When we pick up our next destination and head on holiday most of us dream of beautiful vistas, white sandy beaches and blue water. There are a lot of striking places, beaches which have been spoken about written about but only few are hidden and yet to be discovered. And that’s exactly where my wanderlust soul dragged me! Yes all the way to Mexico, all the way to Puerto Vallarta!

And let me take you with me to the hidden waters that I discovered and swam in. A destination that was planned only for one idyllic paradise, ‘The Hidden Beach’! Known to be the world’s most picturesque bombsite with crystal clear waters and sandy beaches, the origins of this unquestionably came as a surprise. Continue reading “My first encounter with the Pacific Ocean to find the Hidden Beach!”

Only Maui knows… What an island life can do to your soul!

Those of you who have been around for a while following my blog would be able to guess what island life can do to my soul! It brings me back to life at times when I need it the most. And once I leave from that place, you would only see me scheming how to get back there. Amidst this, Hawaii surely occupies a permanent corner in the back of my heart and mind, it’s not exactly the kind of place you can just, like, pop over to, you know?

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Hawaii: The destination that put ‘Lust’ in my wanderlust dream!

Every time I hear the name Hawaii, ‘Tropical Paradise’ is the only word and visual that evokes inside me. Especially as I was looking at planning a honeymoon trip to the lovely Hawaiian islands, 8 of them each having something special to offer. When I was planning my visit to these heavenly islands it was so difficult to choose from which islands to visit. Surfing on Oahu, to the wonders of Maui, to the beauty of Honolulu, or explore the hidden wonders on Lanai. Continue reading “Hawaii: The destination that put ‘Lust’ in my wanderlust dream!”

Are you a die-hard fan of Pearl Harbor movie? Then tick this off your list!

Hawaii is known as the land of beaches, romantic havens and never setting sunsets but as usual my incurious soul chose an offbeat tour that I believe is what makes Hawaii so historic and important. The history of World War II is written not just in words, but also in places and destinations. And that’s where some stories unfold about history. Continue reading “Are you a die-hard fan of Pearl Harbor movie? Then tick this off your list!”

San Francisco – The Bay City where even the Hills Rhyme!

What I love most about some of my travels is the way a destination, a city falls in the itinerary enroute. Just the same way San Francisco became a part of my trip on the way to the Hawaiian Islands. A quick 3 days getaway to “City by the Bay” was on my mind. And even before setting foot in the city of San Francisco I knew there was so much more the city had to offer than just cool weather and the Golden Gate! Making through the 19 hrs. long flight I was all excited and ready to explore the city built on 43 hills within a 7 by 7 mile radius fringing the Pacific Ocean.

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Why a GoPro is a must in every photographers bag!

As a traveler taking the right pictures, capturing the memories in the perfect frame is as important as taking the right roads. And when you are juggling between what lens or camera to carry for your trip most of the times it leaves you in a dilemma. You plan your camera depending on the destinations right?

If you are off for an adventure trip you wouldn’t plan to take a delicate camera as it might just get damaged during one of the sports.

Similarly when planning a water destination like a beach or island, you would like to take all precautions for making your camera waterproof where you don’t have to worry about salt and sand left behind in your lens. Then there are some destinations and places you plan where you want to pack light and carry light. In those trips your heavy DSLR definitely doesn’t make it to the bag pack. And in today’s world of selfies you definitely cant think of mounting them to your selfie stick for sure!

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A Bucket List To Your Dream!

When I first curated my bucket list of countries that I wanted to explore in this lifetime, little did I know that I would be able to tick off 25 countries and 4 continents in just few years.
When I stepped onto my first journey I knew the next few years were going to be radically diverse from the last 20. And since then there was no looking back. Just how even today closer to each weekend my hunt for a new place begins, how I resort to Google about offbeat ideas and destinations.

The world suddenly started feeling as small as my bucket list with each destination filling in soon. All I knew was to keep the fire in me alive, because there’s something liberating about scanning a world map and picking where the next expedition can take you.

“My Bucket list has got my wanderlust soul to be on the road 365 Days, either through my travels or either through my words.”

Between travelling halfway across the globe and moving back to life, I did get a realty check about how I needed to keep this fervor going. When you have traveled far away and seen the world from the other side too, you know life is never the same. My adventures have taught me a lot, how much little it takes to be happy, how to survive in places and situation, how some travels change you forever. When you travel outside your terrain and region you realize that many things just can’t be learnt at home, at work or in a daily routine. You just know you are made for unearthing travel secrets that conceal themselves in this enormous world.

My bucket list bought me to take up travel blogging and take my fondness for offbeat travel experiences to another level. Fulfilling the prominence of waking up to a new sunrise everyday and sleeping to one. A dream that started in my early 20’s to foldaway the world is still in the making and yes the best decision I have taken to accomplish it in this lifetime.

My Bucket list got me GlobeTrotting 365Days,

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Where is your bucket list going to take you?


 

Surviving the World’s Largest Ice Caves: Werfen Eisriesenwelt

During my endeavors in the Austrian capital something exciting and something offbeat was what I was looking for. That’s when I came across the frozen subterranean world of Werfen, Eisriesenwelt. Perched high above the tiny hamlet of Werfen, a must do day trip when in Salzburg. However I chose to see this manifesto a bit differently. I made way to the beautiful city of Zell Am See for a 2-day spree. Already falling in love with this lakeside town I was lucky enough to be here on their local festival occasion. This lakeside town stunned me with its picturesque landscapes and the festive feel during sundowners.

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