Western Caribbean Cruise; Day 1

We were scheduled to board our ship, the Celebrity Apex, at 12:30, but our hotel shuttle dropped us off at 11 and we were assured we could check in early. 

Check in was a breeze and everyone was so helpful and nice.  

We began exploring the ship, went to our room to check it out: 

We went to a complimentary lunch at the Tuscan Restaurant. It was delicious.  I had Caesar salad, baked salmon (that I forgot to photograph) and chocolate cake. 

We walked around exploring some more and then around 2 we headed to our room to unpack.  


View of other ships at port too


We watched as the ship was guided out of port and 

dressed for dinner


We went to Cosmopolitan where I got French onion soup and ravioli.  





We watched the show: it was great! Tommy Green Junior was both funny and talented. 


We walked around the ship and got dessert before calling it a night. Everything looks so pretty all lit up. 

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  1. Have a wonderful time! Your meals look delicious and I like your evening outfit a lot.

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  2. This looks like such a blast! I’ve never been in a cruise before.

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    1. This was only our second cruise; we went on one over 22 years ago for our cruise.

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  3. I'm looking forward to reading more. The first day exploring the ship is always so fun!!!

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  4. Yeah! I am so excited that you are sharing this adventure with us. The ship is beautiful and looks like an amazing time already. P.S LOVE your Lilly top :)

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  5. Looks like a really cool ship! Can´t wait to ¨travel¨ along with you!

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  6. I've never been on a cruise, so I want all the details! Your room looks huge! I am most afraid of feeling the swaying of the boat at night when I am trying to sleep!

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    1. They have so many stabilizers on them now that you hardly feel the ship moving at all... at most we felt a gentle rocking when waves got large. We picked this cruise line specifically for the larger room sizes.

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  7. What a fin time! That ship looks amazing!

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  8. Eek can’t wait for more. What a beautiful ship. Have a ball.

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  9. What a beautiful ship! I can't wait to read more. I'm so glad you're having/had a great time!

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  10. What a wonderful first day on your cruise. I can’t wait to hear more.
    Julie’s Creative Lifestyle

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  11. Yay! A cruise sounds divine right about now. I hope it's just the most wonderful time.

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    1. I was hoping to bottle up some of that sunshine and bring it back with me.

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  12. Those giant cruise ships have so much to offer - they're a bit daunting for someone like me, but for those who love to be social and who love to be entertained, I think they're amazing.....all those pictures are selling it to me big time - and your cabin looks fantastic.

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    1. We are surprisingly anti-social and I liked that this ship had so many tables for two in their restaurants. We also made sure to pick what is considered a "smaller" ship by cruise line standards.

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  13. Your dress for dinner is lovely! Can't wait to hear all about your cruise, have a wonderful time.

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  14. Gosh, your pictures make me so nostalgic about cruising! I haven't been in years and keep asking my parents when we're going on an Alaskan cruise, haha. Have fun!!

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    1. Aw, thank you! I think an Alaskan Cruise would be really neat too.

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  15. Great post! It's great seeing your photos, it gives me a clearer idea of what the cruise is like

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  16. This looks like a lot of fun and the ship looks beautiful! I have never been on a cruise and never researched one so I am really looking forward to hearing more about your trip.Thanks for sharing!

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    1. We had only ever been on one prior to this and I knew I didn't want a ship any larger the first one we went on; most of the newer ships are just so huge and overwhelming.

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  17. What fun!! thanks so much for taking us along! I can't wait for day two:)

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  18. What a beautiful ship. Hope you continue to have a wonderful time.

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  19. Amazing you had time to take photos, especially since it looks like you had so many activities and food venues to choose from. Saw this post at SSPS3293. My shares are #69 through 73.

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    1. I made sure to keep my cell phone handy at all times and snap away whenever I thought of it.

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  20. This cruise ship looks so nice and modern. Can't wait to follow along for more.

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    1. It is only like 5 years old so it was very modern feeling.

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  21. That ship looks so amazing and your room is a good size! I love a cruise and can't wait to see more pictures!

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  22. I have not been on a cruise. Looking forward to your posts as well! I do not have claustrophobia, however- being confined on a boat I would be worried I would experience it!
    Take care and best wishes.

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    1. I was definitely starting to feel a bit stir crazy by the end of the week; we met people who had been on a 72 day cruise and I'm pretty sure that would have driven me over the edge!

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  23. I am terrified of cruises! But your cruise looks like you had a great time!

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    1. We had a great time! I love looking out at those huge expanses of ocean (tough I was surprised at how many other ships we saw most days).

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  24. How fun, Joanne! I’ve only been on three cruises, but I enjoyed them. I loved seeing your food and your outfits. Thank you for visiting my blog. I’m still not getting emailed comments from you, but at least I can respond here.

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  25. I've never been on a cruise, but I think it looks great! Your room looks so lovely! I can't wait to see the rest of your trip!

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  26. And look at you without layers. I bet this was so fabulous,
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    1. I was pretty cold most of the time though; I wasn't counting on the cold air conditioning everywhere we went on the ship!

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  27. Oh, I have been thinking about a cruise. I've never been on one. Are all the rooms that big? The food looks delicious! I can't wait for the rest of the trip!

    https://marshainthemiddle.com/

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    1. No, we picked a room with balcony since they have a bit more space (and light!).

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  28. Isn't it impressive! Looking forward to read more.

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  29. I love your room! I've never been on a cruise but always thought the rooms were really small... that's huge and the ship is gorgeous! Looking forward to more from your trip.

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    1. I depends on the room you pick as to the size it is; some are huge-- 2 floors with a dining room, etc. and some are tiny. Of course room size reflects the price you pay... But we thought it was worth it since we tend to spend more time in our room than most people.

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  30. That room looks much more spacious than I pictured for a cruise! The food looks delicious too.

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    1. The food was incredible and the portion sizes were great; I felt full but not stuffed.

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  31. Oh wow! Wishing you guys an amazing trip. I can't wait to see more photos. xo
    Visiting today from #AnyThingGoesLinky #36&37

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  32. This looks so fun. I enjoyed seeing the pictures. I'm visiting from the Heart & Home linkup.

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  33. So glad you are enjoying a cruise! It has been unusually cold in Colorado and I wish I had planned a get away!

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    1. It felt great to escape the cold for some extra sunshine!

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  34. Wow! I have felt that a cruise would be a lovely and resting vacation, and you have documented it so well, now I know I need to take one! Thank you for sharing with us at SSPS!

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  35. That looks so fun and the food, wow!! I've never been on a cruise before.
    Ruth@playworkeatrepeat

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    1. The food was incredible!.. and I didn't even think to take any photos of the buffets.

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  36. Oooo...Celebrity! Swanky!!! What a nice looking ship. We cruised Celebrity 20 years ago because we got a killer deal and the itinerary was better than others during that time. We loved Celebrity's food and the decor. Not as much 'fun' stuff to do on the ship. Curious to read more about your experience.

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    1. We wanted something "small" and more quiet... so I shied away from most of the larger ships with water parks and things on them.

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  37. EEK! I'm so glad to see this post! I know you were worried about going since your MIL has been sick. I'm so glad you were able to go! I can't wait to see more. The ship is beautiful!

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  38. Wow that looks amazing. I love your jumpsuit. The food looks so yummy and the ship looks beautiful!

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  39. Such a beautiful cruise ship. Everything looks fabulous. The food looks delicious. Thanks so much for sharing t Love Your Creativity.

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  40. Those cruise ships always look amazing to me. I can't believe all that stuff is on a boat and it still floats. Your room was beautiful!

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    1. They really are so huge; it's a wonder how they move through the water (and so quickly too!).

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  41. Fun. I'd love to do a cruise sometime

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  42. It looks like you had a terrific time during the cruise

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