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February 27, 2016 |

At Sea with Princess Cruises

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Three days out of our seven-day cruise with Princess Cruises were spent at sea. Sea days were so different from days at port. When docking and arriving at a new location, we were so eager to get ready, grab our bags, and explore off the ship. Days at sea were a bit more relaxed, and definitely embodied the whole “come back new” philosophy of Princess.  Can anyone say spa day?! We took full advantage of sleeping in, ordering room service, and checking out everything the ship had to offer, without a schedule in place. Here’s a little glimpse into our days at sea…

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denim, tee, sunnies, bag c/o Madewell | watch c/o Cluse

Wandering around the ship was so much fun.  Each day, we somehow found another section of the ship we had never seen before.  The photos above were taken at the very front of the ship, which was one of our favorite places to relax and just enjoy the views. At times our hearts definitely were aflutter, looking out and seeing nothing but endless blues and clear skies.

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We can’t talk about this trip without mentioning how we had the great pleasure of meeting the ship’s captain, Edward Perrin, and tour the bridge. This is something we never thought we would do…just chat with our ship’s captain and exchange stories at sea, no big deal, right?! Haha He showed us all over the bridge and explained the functions of the navigational controls.  Before we knew it we had all the ship lingo down…muster, lido, starboard, wake, tender, the list goes on…we were ready to take control of the ship.  Okay, not really, but you get the picture. He did offer some great cruising advice we should all keep in mind: never dance on your balcony’s table with champagne in hand. Future cruisers, take note. 😉

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tank c/o Shop Camp | Warby Parker glasses
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Urban Outfitters shirt | Ray Ban sunglasses

Speaking of balconies, this is where we spent a good portion of our days at sea. We were a little nervous about cruise life because of the preconceived notions of small rooms and rocking ships, but we were pleasantly surprised with the comfort of the space and this is where we spent a lot of our time relaxing.  With 24 hour room service and the breathtaking views, we were in heaven.

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Until next time!

Check out our other posts with Princess Cruises:
Bahamas | St. Thomas | St. Maarten | Cruise Essentials

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*This post was made in partnership with Princess Cruises. As always all opinions are our own.

February 18, 2016 |

St. Maarten

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The last stop on our trip with Princess Cruises was in St. Maarten.  We’d been looking forward to this stop, the whole cruise.  When we told our friends and family that we were going to be visiting the Caribbean, St. Maarten seemed to be everyone’s favorite, so we were eager to check it out. We had signed up for a tour around the French and Dutch sides of the country, so we were off the ship pretty early that morning and greeted by our tour guide named Hysterical — and yes, she definitely lived up to her name. 😉

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We were completely taken with the views, crystal clear water, and breezy weather of the Dutch side of St. Maarten.  Hats were a life saver during this trip. 😉 While on the French side we explored some local shops and wandered around the rainbow colored streets.  We loved how quaint everything felt and the pops of color were so cheerful! We ended off our exploring with a famous guavaberry smoothie and headed back to the ship for a little relaxing on deck.

Stay tuned for one more post from our trip, sharing our favorite moments on the ship!
Check out our stops in the Bahamas & St. Thomas, too!

His: Urban Outfitters shirt | Levi’s jeans | Ray-Ban sunglasses | Rainbow sandals
Hers: Zara shirt (similar here and here) | sandals c/o Nisolo | jeanssunglasses and rucksack c/o Madewell | Lack of Color hat watch c/o CLUSE

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This post was made in partnership with Princess Cruises.  As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own.

February 9, 2016 |

St. Thomas

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The second stop on our trip with Princess Cruises was at St. Thomas.  After a relaxing day at sea, enjoying the ship, we traveled south through the night.  The next morning, we were awakened by a knock at our door where we were greeted with room service for breakfast.  (The croissants and fresh fruit every morning were our favorite!) Still sleepy eyed, we tip toed over to the balcony, and opened the curtains to let some light in.  The view from our room was unlike any other. We brought our breakfast outside and sat on the balcony just looking at the gorgeous water and land that we were going to explore that day.

We had originally planned to check out a botanical garden in St. Thomas.  Unfortunately, we booked our excursions a bit late (tisk tisk, we know), and that particular one ended up being sold out.  We didn’t do any organized tours that day which we were originally a little bummed out about, but it actually turned out to be one of our favorite days from the whole trip.

We took our time getting ready and then headed out without any plans. We walked around a bit and checked out some local shops for a while, then decided to take the Skyride to Paradise Point.  The views on the way up were breathtaking, with homes nestled in the mountains and beautiful flowers all around — just the ride alone was a treat. It’s located right across the pier, so once you get to the top you are surrounded with an amazing view of the water and all the ships docked at the port. We couldn’t help but snap photos of the beautiful view, which was truly like a postcard. We’re so glad to have gotten a polaroid together to add to our collection. We always love looking back at photos of our parents, when they started dating and were newly married, on vacations, so these photos will definitely be special to look back on years down the road.

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Cruise life, and cruise fashion, is a lot more casual than we’re used to, but we completely embraced the laid back style.  It was clear early on that we just may have packed too much and found ourselves consistently reaching for some lightweight tees, easy denim, sneakers and slip-ons.  Bridge and Burn has some of our favorite tees, and their “Rivers and Lakes” tee felt pretty appropriate for the trip.  The striped tee was a major score from Zara, on sale for $7!  (Yes, please!) We walked around quite a bit so comfy shoes were no exception.  Our navy Vans and Nisolo sandals were perfect for wandering around St. Thomas all day, with a bit of a nautical flare. It was SO breezy out and of course with being on the water, a bit humid too, so a messy top knot (maybe the most unintentionally messy top knot) was necessary.  😉

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Can’t wait to share some photos from the next stop in St. Maarten!

His: t-shirt c/o Bridge & Burn | J.Crew/Vans sneakers | Levi’s jeans | Ray Ban sunglasses
Hers: Zara shirt (similar: here and here) | sandals c/o Nisolo | jeans, sunglasses and rucksack c/o Madewell

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This post was made in partnership with Princess Cruises.  As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own.

February 2, 2016 |

Princess Cays: Bahamas

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Our first stop on the cruise was at Princess Cays in the Bahamas.  It was the perfect start to this adventure, with a laid back atmosphere on a private beach.  We opted for a little bungalow by the shore and fell into total relaxation mode complete with a picnic lunch.  We kicked back and vegged out in the shade, under an umbrella, watching the paddle boaters and snorkelers in the water.  We couldn’t help but think back to our honeymoon in Mexico… We’re not what you would necessarily call “beach people”, but we can never resist good food and the sound of the ocean.  It was a bit cloudy, but everyone has been so friendly and the views are so beautiful, that it was impossible for a few clouds to bring us down.  Today we’ll be at sea, while we make our way over to St. Thomas.  We’ll be spending the day exploring the ship a bit more, and making a trip (or two) over to the pastry shop to satisfy our sweet tooth. 😉

His: Urban Outfitters swimsuit and tee (similar) | Ray-Ban sunglasses | Rainbow sandals

Hers: swimsuit c/o Kore Swim | hat and tote c/o Vitamin A | Urban Outfitters poncho (similar) | sunglasses and sandals c/o Madewell

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January 30, 2016 |

Cruise Essentials

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We recently got the opportunity to partner with Princess Cruises on a 7-day trip to the Caribbean. We haven’t been on a cruise since we were very little, so we’ve been excited about the idea of spending a week at sea.

Like most people, when we thought about vacation, we thought about what we were going to pack.  Casual wear, formal nights, pool and beachwear…cruise packing seemed a bit more intimating than we’re used to, but we broke it down into a few basic pieces that we think we’ll be pretty versatile while aboard the ship.

CASUAL DAYWEAR
We figured we’ll be spending most of our time in casual wear during the day, relaxing and checking out everything the ship has to offer.  Basic tees, denim shorts, and easy slip on shoes are key. Loving these sandals by Nisolo.  We fell in love with their company on our trip to Nashville, and we’ve been hooked ever since. 🙂 We also brought along a light jacket (his and hers) just incase it gets chilly at night.

FORMAL NIGHTS
We love dressing up, but don’t get to take advantage of these dressy nights as much as we may like.  We have two formal nights and a few semi-formal dinners.  For the formal nights, we thought we’d keep it simple with a classic black suit and little black dress.

BEACHWEAR
This had to be the easiest part of packing…swim suits, flip-flops and a coverup.  Found this little dress last minute, which doubles perfectly as daywear and an easy coverup, while out exploring the islands.

ACCESSORIES
We wanted to keep packing to a minimum so we didn’t bring too much. This Madewell backpack and our trusty ONA camera bag are perfect for holding everything while we’re out sight seeing and exploring during our stops at each port. We also packed a sunhatsunglasses (his and hers), and big straw bag to hold all the essentials (bugspray, sunblock –SPF 70+ over here!, and water bottles) for  days relaxing on the beach.

We are so excited to start our cruise tomorrow!  It’s been way too long since we had a vacation, and with all the craziness that 2016 has already brought us, we are thinking it’s coming at a perfect time.  Follow along with us on Snapchat (@newdarlings) for constant updates from our trip!

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