Bringing Luxury to Your Carnival Cruise

The invitation arrived for the “Permission to Hustle Retreat” aboard the Carnival Paradise Ship and I wanted to say No.  I knew business wise it was an opportunity that might not happen again. The women running the event (Audrey McClelland and Vera Sweeney), were ones that I admired as they are “killing the game”  With much prodding from my Blogger BFF, Scherrie of ThirtyMommy, I agreed. I have a certain way that I like to travel and after a bad experience on a different Carnival Ship, I vowed never again.

Never Say Never

I arrived early in Florida and quickly made my way through the cruise terminal with no delay.  There were unlimited burgers at Guy….burger joint and even though we did not get the alcohol package the drinks were reasonably priced.  I had a big smile on my face as I arrived at the room and saw that our luggage was waiting outside our door. That smile quickly faded when I remembered that we had twin beds and was on the brink of tears, when I realized that we did not have a balcony.  How would I survive?

Carnival Cruise line ship room.
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Habitual cruisers reminded me that I went on the cruise with the wrong intentions but day one of the retreat, changed my entire view and actually bought about lots of smiles.   The room was spacious enough for both of us and all of luggage especially the shoes. I never felt claustrophobic and we spent many nights laughing and reflecting on the day while being rocked to sleep.

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Tomika Bryant | Life in Pumps Welcome Dance Party

Carnival Cruise line is not about luxury, it is about fun! After all it is call the FunShip but it wouldn't be me if I didn't bring some luxury along.

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Tomika Bryant | Life in Pumps Dynamikos brand are the perfect sunglasses to add some luxury.

Carnival Cruise line is very popular for their inexpensive cruises so it allows you to splurge on other things that might be more costly on other cruises.

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Tomika Bryant | Life in Pumps The drinks were reasonably priced and refreshing


I actually got in the water with Stingrays. Sounds crazy right? Well I threw caution to the wind and boarded a boat where stingray fun was about to commence. The water was beautiful. You could literally see to the bottom and it was not very deep. The stingrays just swam around and the guides lifted them so we could get up close and personal. Some in my group actually kissed them but I'm not about that life. Carnival offers several when you book your cruise and there are also a few available at port.

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Tomika Bryant | Life in Pumps Can you tell I was nervous? They were pooping on everyone.
Mr. Sanchos- Cozumel

A fun place to visit when you're coming off of a cruise for the day. For a flat fee, you can eat and drink all day they deliver what they advertise. The food is made to order, and is actually pretty decent but the drinks made up for any shortcomings. We rented a cabana that was close to the beach and it made the perfect backdrop for a relaxing day.

Brown Girl relaxing at Mr Sanchos Cozumel
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Cruise Wear

Buy that dress or bathing suit that you've been eyeing but didn't want to spend the money on.  You will see a wide variety of options on the ship especially at dinner.  Remember to pack for your destinations.

cruise wear for women over 40, free people dress, perfect wrap for your cruise
Tomika Bryant | Life in Pumps Maxi dresses were my go to option. Perfect top hide the burger bulge and comfy. Check out the dresses here.


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A girl can never have too many, so buy them all! As a stiletto girl, I would not recommend them for most cruises since you will be doing lots of walking but here are a few of my favorites.

  1. Birkenstocks–  add some color and comfort to your outfits. Grab the waterproof ones also to match your swimwear.
  2.  Tory Burch Miller Sandal– this is a shoe that never goes out of style but compliments any outfit.
  3. Espadrille Wedge Sandal– wedges are the perfect way to add height while maintaining comfort.
  4. Peep toe Sandal–  a good peep toe can carry you across a few seasons.
  5. Strappy Sandal– there is something sexy about a strappy sandal. Just ask your mate if you don't believe me.


A simple necklace can take you from night to day very quickly.  Jewelry is easy as it is generally light but if you're like me, you generally wear the same piece. This is why I love my Rocksbox subscription. It allows me to rotate 3 pieces each month for a flat fee. Try it out and get 2 free months when you use code lifeinpumpsxoxo.

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Do you have a cruise as part of your travel plan this year?

Welcome to my home on the web... I’m Tomika, the thought leader behind Life in Pumps. I love all things fashion, fun & travel! I’m a wife and mother of two very active teenagers. I'm a social butterfly and passionate about advocating for breast cancer disparities and the benefits of organics. Follow along as I believe life is more fun when you actually live it!

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