All Aboard - My Family Travels


                “WOW, Can you believe were going to the Bahamas?” I asked my sister with my voice ringing from excitement. “NO! Spring break can’t come fast enough!” she replied. I just couldn’t believe we were actually going to be taking a trip outside of the country.

            The day had finally come and I was so anxious, but first we had to ride to Columbus, Georgia to pick up my father’s girlfriend and her two sons. Four hours later we were there and realized my sister didn’t have her I.D. with her. Annoyed, we all got in the car and drove back to Greenville, S.C. Once we finally arrived we slept a couple hours and were back in the car with an eight hour drive to Port Canaveral, Florida ahead of us. The ride was painfully long but we finally arrived. There was a gigantic ship less than a mile away from me and I felt as if I was microscopic to the world.

            The baggage check and embarkation process was dreadful but I knew it was all worth it. Nearly an hour later we were boarding the Royal Caribbean’s Sovereign of the Seas, I felt so relieved. FINALLY! I yelled out. It was huge! There were so many floors with rooms, restaurants, shops and anything else you could possibly think of. My father passed out the room keys and I couldn’t wait to set my bags down so I could go explore! After looking at the rooms we all went to the upper outside deck and watched as the ship was slowly departing the dock.

            After a long night and stressful day my father and his girlfriend decided to retire to their room. However, we were still young and only had one rule, which was to be in our rooms by one o’clock. We were determined to have as much fun as possible until then. After exploring every floor we went back outside and got in the pool. I still had not quite grasped the concept that I was on a huge ship in the middle of all this water. The next morning we arrived at Nassau, Bahamas. After everyone was ready we got off the ship, it was even more beautiful than I imagined. There were shops everywhere and the people were very friendly. We went on a tour and were able to see the grocery stores and neighborhoods.

            This trip has changed my outlook on different experiences. Before going I was only use to people that are just like me that eat the same things as me and talk the same way as me. Going to the Bahamas taught me that were are all different and that there is way more to the world that I have not yet had a chance to see. I see that the world is slowly opening up to me. There are so many more things to learn and I would love to be able to explore those things and learn about the many different cultures. The Bahamas is truly a gorgeous place to be and I definitely recommend it as a vacation for anyone.

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