It’s MLK Day 2019. As I sit in the airport lounge waiting for a flight back to Atlanta I realize I never posted any of my travel for 2018!
A quick recap to start and then I will post a more details later based on feedback and interest. My first trip of 2018 was a quick cruise on the Carnival Elation for our anniversary in January. The cruise sailed out of Jacksonville and having just started a new job I was looking for a few days of relaxation without a long travel schedule. We experienced a first on this cruise, someone was murdered the first night. When we arrived in the Bahamas we were not allowed to debark until the local authorities had investigated, we found out later all the details, but it made the whole cruise feel sad for me.
The next trip up for 2018 was in February, it started with a trip to NYC with my husband and girls. We stayed in the heart of Times Square and the main purpose of this trip was so that my theater loving daughter could see Hamilton. My girlfriends met me in NYC and from there we flew to Barcelona for a Mediterranean cruise on the new MSC Meraviglia. This trip and the ship is definitely worthy of a follow up post. In summary, the ship was amazing, customer service is a bit spotty, but most importantly we experienced a once in lifetime event of snowing in Genoa and waking up to 10 inches of snow in Rome! Our stop in Malta was beautiful and this island is definitely on my must return list for a longer stay and further exploring!
In April we did a short trip to Las Vegas for a long weekend leading up to a work conference for me. We stayed in Lake Las Vegas area, saw the Absinthe show at Caesars Palace and had a wonderful dinner at Gordon Ramseys Steakhouse at the Paris Hotel. To summarize go for the mushroom’s alone at Gordon Ramsey’s, although the Sticky Toffee Pudding for dessert is also a must have.
December started off with a cruise to Bermuda on Royal Caribbean with my sister. LOVED Bermuda and all the specialty dining on the ship, not sure I love the RC experience as much anymore, but had a great time and a lot of fun with my sister. Sailing out of New Jersey was terrible as far as getting to the port and onto the ship. I felt communication on the ship wasn’t great either, but anytime sailing is time well spent.