The Carribean - My Family Travels

A bright sunny day but nevertheless to early to get up, it was March 19th, 2008 with my eyes partly closed I threw myself in a car and off my family and myself went.  I looked up only to see a strange man driving a car that’s when it finally hit me; I was on my way to the all-new Holland America Noordam Cruise Ship.  My mom had planned this vacation for a year and a half and I thought it would never get here but today I proved it did.


I could not wait to spend ten days in the amazing Caribbean, after bragging to my friends for the past week, it better be up to every expectation I raved about.   As the car approached the pier from a distance I gazed at the vast ship in awe and as we got closer I could not even imagine how this floating hotel actually floated. 


The massive vessel was bound for Turks and Caicos, Puerto Rico, Tortola, St. Marten, and last but not least St. Thomas.  Everything was amazing, the décor, the people, the staff, well almost everything I got quizzy at first but forced myself into a healthy state of mind because nothing was going to ruin my vacation.


My first and foremost learning experience not to be sarcastic was this:  I was not allergic to shellfish like I thought I was for fourteen years.  It was the best learning experience of my life.  For fourteen years I have been asking my mom if I could eat shrimp and her answer was always no, for fear I would have an allergic reaction like I once did as a child.


This cruise of a lifetime was not only fun but also the food was to die for.  Not literally I hope!   The staff served everything from junk food to exotic foods.  At first I was reluctant to eating any shellfish but my mom told me to try and she would be ready to rush me to the ships doctor, after I nagged her for about a thousand hours. 


I started out eating shrimp and when nothing happened went to muscles, then oysters, then clams.  I was in shellfish heaven.  I found I was no longer allergic to shellfish and that to me was the best learning experience of a lifetime, in the best College I could have ever went to called Holland America’s  “Noordam University”.  This change made me happy now eating all the shellfish I desired.


My vacation also gave me the opportunity to have a banana daiquiri with rum in it.  As I proceeded to ask for a virgin daiquiri the bartender made me a regular one and who was I to argue with him to take it back.  Well let’s just say to walk a straight line was challenging.


This was a very educational vacation with eating and drinking.  And oh by the way, the islands were all beautiful and the people warm and friendly.  With much poverty on many islands the people were always upbeat with a wonderful attitude, which taught me to appreciate the things we are given.


Pulling up to the pier and stepping off the ship was a little of a downer but I have to keep kicking myself and reminding myself now I know what to eat and what not to drink.  With all kidding aside I will always remember this story to pass on, as I grow old.

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