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By Lore Bilbao

This past May, I set sail aboard the Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas for a ten day trip, visiting four different islands.

The cruise experience itself is an unforgettable one. Some of the activities for the guests were: surfing, sky diving simulations, rock climbing and trapeze lessons, just to name a few. I made sure we did as much as we could.

Royal Caribbean Anthem of the SeaOur first stop was Bermuda. Being my second time here, we knew our plan of action was to relax on a beach nearby where our ship docked. A main attraction is Horseshoe Bay Beach, which is further inland. There you can climb the rocks to get a higher perspective of the island. Bermuda is known for their rum swizzle, a sweet tropical drink, which you can find at many places on the island. Another main attraction is Bermuda’s rum cake and glass blowing factory. It sounds like an odd combination, but being that they are both under one roof, many guests find themselves there, getting to witness the island’s traditions and purchasing souvenirs to bring home.

Before we knew it, our time was up in Bermuda and we were back on the ship. Next up was Saint Marteen’s, another beautiful island. Despite the overcast and showers we dealt with, we were eager to explore what the island had to offer. Initially, our plan was to snorkel, but since the waters were too rough we took the shopping route. There were so many stores on the island for souvenirs – even brand name shops.

Next, we spent half the day in Puerto Rico on the beach. There isn’t too much I can say about the island because we went straight to a club where we spent the day on the beach. It is crazy to think about how I was there a few months ago and now they are experiencing such devastation from hurricane Maria.

Haiti Dragons Flight Zip LiningThe last island, and probably my favorite, was Haiti. We visited Royal Caribbean’s private island of Labadee. There we found my most favorite activity of the trip, ziplining! It’s called the Dragon’s Breath Flight Line. The way this excursion worked was that the instructors initially brought you to a practice zipline. We were all instructed to sit upright with our hands on the bar as we coasted to the bottom of the zipline. After the trial run, we rode on a bus up to the top of the official Dragon’s Breath Zipline which just so happened to be the largest zipline over water. The view from the top was absolutely breathtaking – the most picturesque scene I’ve witnessed. We put what we learned to the test, and literally sat back to enjoy the ride.

This trip overall was one I could not forget. Cruises are great; not only do you get the most for your money, but you have the opportunity to see a few different places in a short amount of time. For me, I like to spend money on experiences and creating memories as opposed to material objects. One quote I stumbled across that I like is, “Travel while you are young and able. Don’t worry about the money, just make it work. Experience is far more valuable than money will ever be.” When we travel, we are reminded of our small role in this big, big, world.

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