I can't believe it's taken me so long to get back to this post! Thank you to everyone who provided so much awesome advice and great suggestions on my last Travel Thursday post, all about cruising (see that here).
A little back story in case you missed that initial post - I thought I'd completely plan three different NYE trips, present them to Nick and he could pick his favorite. It just seems like a fun way to get him involved in planning (which he isn't really a fan of) and choosing what to do, but I still get to do all of the work. Which, I must say, I like doing! I think half of the fun in going on a vacation is the planning/anticipation of it. It's just a fun way to spice things up a bit.
SO! Finally our three vacation choices! We still haven't decided on one yet, but considering we're only 50 days away from New Years Eve, we will be booking something soon. Yay! :)
ONE | Cruise
Royal Caribbean has a couple options that would be perfect for us. One is a 4 night Bahamas cruise that would leave from Port Canaveral and hit Coco Cay, Nassau and have one day at sea. It leaves on New Years Eve so I was thinking we could fly down to Orlando maybe a day early and spend it at Disney or something - always trying to work Disney into any trip I can ;) I think this might be our best option as it's been a LONG time since either of us cruised and starting with a shorter one might be better.
The other cruise option would be a 7 night Eastern Caribbean cruise leaving Port Canaveral and hitting Coco Cay, St. Thomas, St. Maarten and spending 3 days at sea. I'm almost unsure if this would be a *bit* too long for us, with too many days at sea. Just not sure. It leaves the 27th and gets us home on Sunday the 3rd which would be great so we don't have to miss any work days.
TWO | California
One of my bucket list items is a Pacific Coast Highway road trip... what better time than New Years Eve? We would start in San Francisco, spend a couple of nights, head down the coast with spending one night in Carmel or Big Sur, and then spend a couple of days in LA. This trip surprisingly is coming out the cheapest right now which is a nice pro. Nick has never been to California and I've only been to LA once so I'd love to explore the rest of the state. The options are endless with everything we could do there.
THREE | Atlantis
I've wanted to go to Atlantis since the Mary Kate & Ashley movie, ha! I mean what could be better than a few days of lounging in the sun, eating, exploring, relaxing? Biggest con to this is the price. I'm thinking Atlantis is going to be one of those places that charges you a lot to do everything. Just the hotels rooms over NYE are quite pricey and flights into Nassau are much higher than flying anywhere in the US. But then I look at the pictures of the water and I'm sold all over again.
Optional fourth spot | Charleston
Nick has mentioned Charleston for New Years a few times over the last month. We LOVED it when we visited for our anniversary last year, but I can't help but feel like we should go somewhere new. And is the weather super nice at the end of December? I'm sure it would be gorgeous to see the city decked out for the holidays and there are so many restaurants we are dying to try there... I guess it could be a contender!
So what do you guys think? I'm so torn, I want to do them all! If you've been to any of these places or have any suggestions/recommendations, I'd love to hear them.