Before last weekend, my presumptive ideas of cruises fell into two categories: the fatal (thanks, Titanic) and the criminally decadent (thanks, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes).

I had never been on a cruise ship. Then I was invited to the pre-inaugural sail of Royal Caribbean’s brand new supership, Anthem of the Seas.

Sail big or sail home, right?

Accepting said invitation (obviously), I roped The Manfriend in and hauled us down to Southampton for a whirlwind weekend of oceanic exploration.

Anthem is the middle child of Royal Caribbean’s Quantum-class cruise ships (Quantum of the Seas launched November 2014 and Ovation of the Seas will debut mid-2016) and the third largest cruise ship in the world.

Driving up, it was quite literally so enormous our driver started breaking to turn around and gasp, “THAT’S a cruise ship?!”.

In theory, yes, Anthem of The Seas is a cruise ship, but it exceeds all expectations. Even for a woman half expecting to see Marilyn Monroe wandering around chasing millionaires.

Beloved blog readers, settle in for a long one…

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Oprah Ultimate Favorite Things
If anything makes me miss my other homeland (obviously, the good ole U S of A), it is Oprah. Specifically, Oprah’s latest “Ultimate Favorite Things”. I think I have decided my ultimate career move is to host a year-round version of this show. Check out the full list of her favourites and the absolutely hilarious video roundup below:

Phillip Stein limited edition Oprah 25th anniversary watch with 58 handset diamonds ($2,475)
Flannel Tory Tote ($250) and Reva Ballerina Flat ($195) by Tory Burch
Nikon D3100 Digital SLR camera ($700)
Cashmere sweater by Ralph Lauren and throw ($498)
Judith Ripka eclipse earrings ($525)
Oprah hair stylist Andre Walker’s shampoo and hair kit ($65)
Lafco House candle set ($55 each)
Breville panini press from Williams-Sonoma ($100)
Kyocera ceramic knife ($75)
Beecher’s handmade mac and cheese
Baker’s Edge brownie and lasangne pans/Ghiradelli brownie mix
“A Course in Weight Loss”
“Decoded” by Jay-Z
5-year Netflix membership
52-inch 3D Bravia Sony television ($3,600)
Sony Blue-Ray player and movie collection
Kiva gift card courtesy Groupon
elfa custom-built Container Store closet ($1,000)
“O” Store long-sleeve v-neck T-shirt ($38)
Lululemon drawstring pant ($98)
Four pairs of Nike “Free run +” shoes ($85)
7-day United/Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas cruise View Post