I mentioned that Joe and I were going on vacation since he just got home from deployment. We decided on a cruise, something we’d never done that sounded like fun, and booked with Carnival to the Bahamas. It ended up being an interesting experience so I thought I’d share.
First, some of the negatives. The ship, although it seemed like the Titanic to us, was on the smaller side and packed with people. It also turned out to be a bit of a party cruise, and since we’re basically forty-somethings in twenty-something bodies, day drinking and loud entertainment are not really our thing, LOL. We also didn’t expect to pay so much for pictures and drug store items (I had horrible dizziness from the ship moving, and got sunburned despite multiple applications of sunscreen because #palegirlproblems).
But onto the positives. We got to spend some time together, meet some other couples, see beautiful and interesting places, and even ride horses in the ocean. The activities cost extra too, but the nice thing with a cruise is that your transportation, room, and food are already included. Some of the entertainment was also pretty good. Joe got to work out in the gym on board and I got to paint (carefully) in our room and see some art. On the way back we visited a friend in Florida and went to the butterfly exhibit at the museum.
So if we went on another cruise we might pick a different ship/cruise line and pack differently. You’re supposed to bring nice clothes for the dining room but we went a little overboard just in case. Also we would probably bring movies because internet is ridiculously expensive and you can’t stream anything anyway. A little down time is nice with so much going on.
I’m still trying to get back into my normal routine, but you can probably expect some vacation-inspired paintings when I get around to it. Until then, I hope this was interesting and maybe somewhat informative.