It was the morning of October 22nd. The terminal soon filled with eager passengers awaiting their departure on the Rhapsody of the Seas. The ship began filling up with families, newlyweds, and friends.
The music traversed across all of the ship bringing out the fun side in everyone. People gathered at the bow of the ship as its horns blew loud and strong as it pulled away from the dock later that afternoon. Our venturous voyage had begun and many adventures and lessons lay before us.
The first night was one to remember. There was dancing, singing, and laughter surrounding the pool area as the pool games began. After hours of fun and festivity, passengers made their way to the Edelweiss Dining Room for a feast never experienced before.
Food from all across the world was listed on the menu. Food from India, China, Italy, and many other places excited our group and open up so many possibilities. It was a feast that I would never forget.
Day two began with a beautiful sunrise at 7:11 a.m. that morning. We started our morning with a delicious buffet breakfast at the Windjammer Cafe. At 9:00 a.m. the ship came alive with open shops and other various activities.
The ping pong tables were a big hit to the young and old alike. It was always a place filled with social activity. My friend James and I were always in the Solarium eating pizza, hamburgers and hot dogs all day long.
It was formal night at the Edelweiss Dining Room and everyone was in their best attire. The dinner was amazing. It was one of the best of the entire week.
Lobster and rich steaks were included on tonight’s menu along with several other sophisticated meals. Tuesday we arrived at Key West. The streets were crowded and the shops were full.
We spent the day shopping among the various shops around the area. We stopped at Hard Rock Cafe and had a wonderful meal. The night drew to a close as the tired passengers made their way back to their rooms to rest their tired eyes and to dream of what tomorrow will offer.
The crew and passengers spent the next day at sea as we made our way towards Georgetown, Grand Cayman. The day was filled with several exciting events including the Cocktail Seminar, International Belly Flop Competition, ‘Win-A-Cruise’ Bingo, and Rhapsody Quest Adult Game Show. Late that night, the Country Hoe Down allowed everyone to two-step their way to a fun night of music and dancing.
The passengers got up early that morning as we pulled in to Georgetown at 7:00 a.m. Thursday morning. It was day five of our adventure and the fun was no where near its end. Our group had been scheduled for a snorkeling trip.
We loaded up on the boat and off we went. Our first snorkeling spot was at this sunken ship. There were so many fish, plain and rainbow colored fish were everywhere. After about 45 minutes of snorkeling we departed to another area. This time it was a large coral reef. The water in the area had an average depth of 25 feet. Our group encountered many sea turtles along with a few eels. It was a very exciting experience for me.
We returned to the dock later that day to catch a tender back to the boat. After a long day of swimming, the group was tired and decided to get some shut eye so it would be ready for tomorrow’s port, Cozumel Mexico. Cozumel was a laid back day as the group just went to the beach and went shopping. We just told jokes and laughed until it was time to depart back to Galveston.
Our last day was a sad one. We knew that the fun would end by tomorrow afternoon, but we did not let that slow us down. We participated in the Classic Rock Show, Shuffleboard Tournament, and the Trivia Challenge, some of today’s biggest events.
Later that night, we had our last dinner together on the ship. It was the best yet. The next morning was a sad one. We packed our things and began moving out. The week was one of the best weeks ever and we plan on continuing it sometime within the next couple of years. Our group had a blast and we are currently booked for another cruise in January, making it number five for me.
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