Some people travel to the most amazing places and learn so much from different cultures and different experiences that they have. The most amazing travel experience that I had was in the summer of 2008 when I was 16 years old. My family and I went on a Disney Cruise but it wasn’t your typical cruise. This cruise was 15 days and it left from Los Angeles and returned to Cape Canaveral, Florida. On this cruise the ports of call were Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco, the Panama Canal, Colombia and Aruba.
One of my favorite stops was Puerto Vallarta. Here, my family and I went on a canopy tour and zip lined through the rain forest. This was the most thrilling experience of my life. It looks easy when you watch it but it is very nerve wracking. My mother discovered her fear of heights during this excursion. When you zip line from tree to tree there are little platforms on the trees about 1 foot wide. One silly step and you could fall hundreds of feet into the depths of the rainforest. My mom was the one who planned the excursion and was really excited. She also was the one screaming and holding onto the tree for dear life when we were there. From then on when she talks about her fear of heights we call her a tree hugger because she literally hugged the tree while she was waiting for her turn to come to leave the tree and zip line away. I will never forget this experience because it was pouring severely while we were in the trees. The men who came along with us who worked there were saying how they hoped it didn’t thunder or lightning while we were in the middle of zip lining. All I thought to myself was great I am standing on a 100 foot tree and it is about to thunder and lightning and what if the tree catches fire. Thank God it didn’t but the rain made this experience very interesting and got me soaked.
The next cool experience was going through the Panama Canal. We had to wake up at 4 in the morning to get up on deck to get a good seat to see the Bridge of the Americas at sunrise. When we got on deck it was still very dark and I was very tired. I found a chair and then took a nice nap. It was very nice until it began to rain while I was sleeping. For some reason I attracted the rain on this vacation and at the most inconvenient times. All in all, the Panama Canal was beautiful and it was amazing to think that someone actually built this engineering. Not everyone gets the opportunity to see the Panama Canal and I was very lucky to experience it.
The next place we stopped at that I enjoyed was Cartagena, Colombia. In Colombia when we walked off the ship, a local news station was interviewing passengers because the Disney magic was one of the first cruise ships to visit Cartagena in a very long time. I was interviewed and I was very excited. I don’t know if it ended up on Colombian news but it was still really cool.
This trip was a very enriching experience. I was able to travel to various exotic locations from the comfort of a Disney Cruise ship. Every day I was either lying in the sun or experiencing different cultures. This was a cruise of a life time and I am very happy that I was able to experience it.
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