As a junior in high school, their are only a couple of events to look forward to — prom and graduation. For me the only event I was excited about was a Caribbean cruise. Not only was I going to be visiting beautiful places like Cozumel, Key West, and Grand Cayman, but this vacation brought my family closer than ever.
Before the trip, my family was as disarrayed as an exploding firecracker. We were all running in a million directions with my parents both holding jobs, my sisters and I trying to strive in many extracurricular activities along with my older sister’s upcoming graduation, you can only imagine what kind of toll the stress was taking. Even the rush to pack and board the ship was overwhelming.
It almost seemed like their was nothing in the world that could calm the storm. I’m not really sure what the turning point from madness to bliss was, but it was somewhere in between the amazing service, fun activities, and sandy white beaches in Cozumel. Their were so many things to do on the boat and so many kids to do them with.
If you weren’t conquering the rock wall or chilling in the outside pool, you could spend time in the gameroom battling your friends. Not to mention the goofy activities directors who helped to make every moment enjoyable. I still keep in touch with the kids I met and even had a friend from the cruise fly in to visit my family and I.
The international diversity made the trip fun. You never knew what kind of accent you would hear next. The food was amazing. I’m not really much of a food critic, but the five course meals allowed you to venture away from the usual burger and fries.
There was even a midnight chocolate buffet. Now what girl could pass that up? Besides the boat being amazing, the cruise also set up many activities in our destinations. My family and I had the once in a lifetime opportunity to swim with stingrays at Stingray Island in Grand Cayman. My little sister definitely got closer to my dad — physically that is — she had a death grip on him every time a stingray came in her five foot radius.
We also got to venture around the pirate town of Key West. We took a very enjoyable trolley ride and got to hear all about the historical landmarks in the beautiful city of Key West.
My favorite destination had to be Cozumel. I’d never seen such clear waters in my entire life. We went on a party boat in which a catamaran took us sailing through the Caribbean. The skies were endless and so were the margaritas for my parents. It took us to a private beach where we could kayak or just relax in the hammocks.
The only bad thing about the cruise was that it only lasted seven days. My family was finally able to bond under a great big palm tree without the everyday stresses. No worries for a week did wonders for our family and I would recommend a cruise as the perfect cure for stress and the best place for togetherness.
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