A Cruisin' We Shall Go | My Family Travels
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One of the most memorable trips I have ever taken would have to be my cruise to the Bahamas. During this trip, I was able to show my responsibility to myself and others, have fun with some friends at the time, and experience some mind-blowing activities

            While preparing for our cruise to the Bahamas, I was given the opportunity to help make all of the necessary arrangements. We booked our five day four night cruise through Carnival Cruise Lines, leaving out of Jacksonville, Florida, and stopping in Freeport and Nassau.  Soon after this, we learned we would be boarding the ship known as the Celebration, which is one of the oldest ships still sailing. From here, we began making decisions about what we would like to do while we were in port, as well as on the ship. Being able to take part in these plans helped me to better enjoy my cruise.
            I have always wanted to be a marine biologist, so the decision to do a water activity was perfect to me. Snorkeling was our activity of choice. During this, we were taken out into a channel on a smaller boat. Located in this channel was a small reef full of beautiful fish and other sea creatures. The sights we saw here were absolutely amazing! Our group got to meet some people from different places around the country and made some new friends while swimming with these new people and animals. The personnel on board were nice and helpful. They made sure we were well informed about the different safety measures that we could possibly need on the water.
            Though that was the most fun part of the trip to me, we experienced things on the Celebration that were nothing like the things I had ever been a part of in a small town. One day, many of us went to a show entitled, “Battle of the Sexes”. To get the show started, three couples were picked from the audience and asked to come onto the stage. The host began to get everything rolling by asking the couples how long they had been married. One couple had been married for 60 years, another 15, and the third couple was getting married the following day while on board the ship. After learning this, more detail oriented questions were asked. Some of the answers to these questions embarrassed one member of the audience, who we found out later was the daughter of one of the onstage couples.
            Another one of our shore excursions took place in Freeport, Bahamas. We took part in a guided tour around the town. Our bus driver was a native to the island and had lived in Freeport for many years. The man drove us around taking us to many key buildings and areas, telling us the history of them along the way. The man had been around tourists for so long that he had picked up his own version of the different accents to use during the tour. For me, the tour ended up being an educational journey as well as an insight into the Bahamian lifestyle at Freeport.
            All in all, the trip proved to be educational and fun all at the same time. Many things were learned and many memories were gained and can never be replaced. If given the chance to do the same trip again, I would without hesitation. I would also advise anyone to take this cruise and make their own fun memories.

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