Fun Day at Sea & Formal Night

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

Hey there!

I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


An in-depth, 4-week reverse dieting course for women who feel like their metabolism has slowed down, think they might have hormonal imbalance and can’t lose weight no matter what they do.

Our first “real” day of the cruise was referred to as a “Fun Day at Sea,” which meant we partied hearty on the ship while we cruised to our first port.

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While we cruised, Carnival provided us will a full agenda of activities to keep us busy. A ton of activities were planned every day of the cruise, but even more so on the “Fun Days at Sea.”

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Our group participated in a bunch of the activities, including mini golf, free throw and bean bag contests, various themed trivia games, a Battle of the Genders competition, and a Minute to Win It-type contest. 

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And, the best part, we got medals and trophies (aka “Ship on a Stick”) when we won!

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For some reason, we were all about the medals and trophies on this cruise! LOL!

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After spending the day at sea, we got ready for Formal Night, which was a chance for everyone to get all dolled up for the evening.

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Formal Night was a blast!

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In the middle of dinner, our servers got down and boogied.

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They actually did this every night, which made dinner a lot of fun for everyone!

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The dinners on the cruise were really great and so much better than I expected. Each night there was a choice of two menus: one that never changed with grilled chicken, hamburgers, pasta, and more “traditional” types of food and one menu which changed every night and included more “exciting” options such as lamb, veal, alligator, frog legs, and various types of fish.

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I pretty much ordered some sort of seafood dish every night for dinner. I rarely cook fish at home, so I was all about it on this vacation.

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The dessert menu was the same as the dinner menu: a few items were available every night with a few new dishes thrown into the mix.

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I absolutely loved the Warm Chocolate Melting Cake with vanilla ice cream. I enjoyed it for dessert four or five times during the cruise. It was a warm, semi-cooked, gooey, dark chocolate brownie with melt-y ice cream on it. It was heavenly.

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More to come!



  1. You two are one hot couple!! 🙂 I loved formal nights on the cruises I’ve gone on – it’s so fun to get all dressed up after relaxing in the sun all day (and getting a nice tan to show off at night!)

  2. I’m so excited you are posting about your cruise!!! I’m going on a 4-day with Royal Caribbean in 3 weeks to the Bahamas!! Yea!!!! It’s my first cruise but by the looks of your trip looks like a GREAT TIME!!!

  3. Not sure if anyone has ever told you this, but Mal totally looks like Daniel Craig (in the picture of the two of you on the couch).

        1. Ok I have to have this cleared up…I want to take a cruise so bad but my husband has this idea in his mind that you are required to do the itinerary and you can’t just do your own thing on the boat. How does that work? He has this idea of group talks, group therapy, group dinners, group hugs (ok I totally kidding but srsly can you just hang out and enjoy?)

  4. I’ve never been on a cruise…just wondering if the activities or the dinning are at an additional cost to what you already pay? Or do you just pay one fee upfront, and then you can partake in any of the activities and order whatever you want off the menu? Looks so wonderful!

    1. Mostly all of the activities are free (included in the cruise cost). Some of the exercise classes and all of the alcohol-related activities cost extra though.

  5. Oh that chocolate cake looks good. I don’t know if you have ever been to a Roy’s restaurant but they have the worlds best chocolate soufflé. It’s heaven on a plate. We have one in Philly and I’m sure they have one in Boston.

  6. Hi Tina! I’m loving your recaps… it looks like you guys had a great time.

    I was wondering if you would mind telling me where you got your bathing suit tops from (2nd pic. turq. one)? I’m a bit busty on top and have such a hard time finding the halter top styles that tie at the neck and back. Thanks!

  7. I want your abs!!! And the ability to be photographed in a swimsuit and not have my face betray the intense anxiety I’m feeling inside wondering how I will look in the picture. You look amazing!!

    1. We didn’t have anything like that on our cruise. We definitely paid for every drink we drank! LOL! But, we did go to a special “steakhouse” dinner that cost $30/person, which was quite a bit nicer and fancier than the Formal Night’s dinner. It was definitely worth the extra dinero! 🙂

  8. You have the greatest body ever!!! Seriously. Never mind celebrities as inspiration….you are inspiration! I think I need to do Crossfit.

  9. you make cruising look so fun! Love the concept of dressing up all fancy one night. It’s a nice change after the bikinis and sun dresses I’m sure 🙂

    The only one I’ve been on was with my parents in college, and I got violently ill with food poisoning. My boyfriend has been hinting he wants to try one but I’ve been skeptical. Just maybe we will now!!!!

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