Click Retreat Caribbean

Click Cruise Caribbean photo by Amy Kawadler

Photo by Amy Kawadler

Two weeks ago I was fortunate to be able to join an amazing group of bloggers, for a photography retreat, Click Blogger Retreat, organized by Today’s Mama.

The retreat was held aboard the Oasis of the Seas, one of Royal Caribbean’s newest ships and the largest ship cruising the Caribbean. We spent 7 days aboard the gorgeous mega-ship with a fun pool area up top, a quiet sheltered Central park in the center of the ship, and a large outdoor boardwalk area where I bought ice cream most nights. 

Click Retreat Caribbean aboard the Oasis of the Seas

My roommate was Nicole, who blogs about food at Wonky Wonderful. We knew each other online, but this was the first time we met, and we became fast friends. In fact, I made so many wonderful new friends on this trip. We laughed a lot, and just enjoyed hanging out getting to know each other, and sharing blogging tips.

There were several sessions about photography, as well as sessions on how to get your posts noticed on social media. Professional photographers, Me Ra KohBrian Tausend, and Amy Kawadler taught the sessions, as well as being on hand to help us improve our photos as we toured the beautiful Caribbean islands.

Island Hopping on the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas

We visited three tropical islands, and Royal Caribbean treated us to excursions on each island. In Nassau we spent the day at the fabulous Atlantis resort.

On St. Thomas, we took a tour of the island and spent the afternoon at Magens Bay swimming in the beautiful blue Caribbean water.

Our final stop was the stunning island of St. Maarten where we visited both Orient Beach and Le Sand Beach where we were treated to a 5-star lunch, which included my favorite dessert of the trip, a luscious apple tart.

In addition to the excursions, we were treated to special lunches and dinners at various premium restaurants throughout the cruise. We were even given a private tour of the ships’ galley. Since many of us were food bloggers, that was a special treat to learn their inside secrets.

Eating well on the Click Retreat Caribbean

It was a fabulous week and I owe a big thank you to all the Click Retreat Sponsors. Use the links to check out their sites and learn more about them.

Royal Caribbean – I’ve been on 7 cruises now, but this was my first time cruising with Royal Caribbean. The staff on the Oasis were top notch and I really enjoyed the adults only Solarium on the ship. I would love to cruise on the Oasis again one day.

Southwest Airlines – we flew as guests of Southwest Airlines, and they took great care of us. I was impressed with their efficient service, clean planes, and on time flights. I was so impressed in fact, that when I returned home and my sister asked me to book a flight for her to California, I picked Southwest because of their no change fee policy and 2 free bags.

Patron – treated us to cocktail parties and a fabulous lunch at the premium restaurant Sabor.

blurb – an easy way to self publish books.

Sabra – makes delicious hummus and other dips and spreads, hosted yoga and had fun products delivered to our staterooms.

Studio – a fun app that let’s you easily add text to your Instagram photos.

A Day In Paradise St. Maarten using Studio

Chatbooks – an easy way to make inexpensive books from your Instagram pictures.

Q sciences – sent us home with samples of their natural vitamins.

Del Sol – had shops which sold fun color changing products at the ports we visited. They sent us home with a fun color changing beach bag.

PubExchange – a company that helps bloggers share each others posts on our sites. You can see the new PubExchange widget on my site right about my comment box.

A Portrait of Italy with Me Ra Koh – If you dream of touring Italy and learning how to take amazing pictures while you’re there, this tour is for you.

Thrive Market – a new online warehouse style market that let’s you skip the crowds and have the groceries delivered right to your house. We were given a free one year membership and a $50 credit on our first purchase.

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Stuffed Jalapeno Bites

Tomorrow I’ll post the first of three recipes inspired by foods I ate on the cruise that I was crazy about and I think you’ll love as well.

So tell me, have you ever been on a cruise or a retreat with friends?

More retreat posts with gorgeous pictures you might like:

Salted Cod Recipe Caribbean Inspired, Wonky Wonderful
Click Retreat Caribbean, Blogging Over Thyme
Click Retreat Caribbean: Part Two, Blogging Over Thyme
Caribbean Cruise & Travel Tips, Tidy Mom
A Week in the Caribbean, Kevin and Amanda
Coconut Ranger Cookies {And My Caribbean Vacay Recap!}, The Domestic Rebel