I’m baaaack! If you’ve been a fan of the blog for a while (like the beginning) you’ll know I had a cruise scheduled with ten other women, some I work with, some are old friends, some were new friends. It was a five day Carnival Cruise on The Valor and it was in one word….amazing.
Of course there was tons of food, Mexican sunsets, bikini’s and floppy hats. We had two stops, one in Cozumel and one in Progreso. We took advantage of Mr. Sancho’s in Cozumel for a day of Beach Side all you can eat and all you can drink for a mere $45. We definitely took advantage of it. I had shrimp ceviche and fish tacos, as well as lots of chips and salsa – all of which as a blogger I neglected to get a photo of. Many of the ladies on the cruise were taking photos of all the food laid before them, but I was really just focused on having fun, checking out and being with my best friends.
Then there was the fun of the people on the ship and the time of year we were there. We experienced Halloween on a cruise ship! It was pretty epic to see all the creative costumes of everyone who chose to dress up. I only got a photo of this fellow cruiser dressed as Penny Wise. He won the best costume award, and I think they made the perfect choice. He was such a good sport for anyone wanting to take a photo with him.
One day at sea I took off from my group and just explored the ship. I chose to ride the elevator and choose floors I’d not been on yet to look at the beautiful artwork (again, not photographed….BAD BLOGGER!) but I did get a photo of this great sign on the first deck. Hey! Even the cruise ship designers have jokes!
There was much food to be eaten, practically endless alcohol and poolside shenanigans. There was fantastic live music, dancing, shows and entertainment. I met people from all over the planet, some were employees on the ship and I loved hearing their stories of where they came from and what it’s really like to work on a cruise ship. Some of their stories were both inspiring and heart breaking. If one thing sticks with me from the cruise it is the wide range of life experiences we all carry with us. One photographer from the other side of the planet told me stories of why he can’t go home to his country of origin because his country is at war and he would be killed. I had a moment of feeling like a very entitled, slightly spoiled American. I’m really glad I met him though, his story will be in heart for a long, long time.
I loved the experience but it sure is good to be home. My Check-Liver light is definitely blinking and my digestive system is ready to be back to less rich, less intense food. Did I mention I tried escargot for the first time? It wasn’t horrible. It had the texture of mushrooms smothered in garlic and butter. I would for sure order that again if I saw it on a menu.
Of course, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to self promote a little. If you’re planning a cruise and you’ve never been, I would suggest taking a large tumbler for water or whatever other beverage you are consuming. I’d also suggest pacing yourself. If you consume alcohol, purchase the drink package but be prepared for how difficult it is to reach your fifteen alcoholic drinks a day. I thought I could hit it more than once, but alas, they only cut me off one night. It was definitely harder than I expected to drink all that hooch.
Being a self-proclaimed Experience Junkie this was definitely one I won’t soon forget. It is also a sure thing that I will do a cruise again in the future. When it’s all said and done, it’s an affordable vacation and one where you can really relax and be waited on hand and foot.
The passage by sea was smooth, though we did have one rough day at sea and I got a little sick, but it wasn’t so bad that I couldn’t handle it. I popped a couple of non-drowsy anti nausea pills from one of my group and went back to having a good time. By the end, we were all ready to be home again, see our kids, both human and fur variety and get back to our normal lives. Five days was just enough time to get away from it all.
I saw a great quote online last night and forgive me that I don’t know who to credit it to, but it sums it up. The great thing about home is that it’s great to get away from but even better coming back to.
Oh, and one more thing….