Two spring breaks ago I had the best vacation of my life. Aside from going on our normal vacation to Ocean City, we decided to take a cruise to Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Jamaica. I was introduced to different cultures, foods, and entertainment. It was wonderful to see how my way of life differs from the Jamaicans’ way of life. Traveling on the ocean made me realize how much more was out there for me to experience. Getting away from Maryland was great, needless to say, my horizons were broadened. Ever since we got back from the cruise I’ve thought about how lucky I was to really get out there and see how different groups of people interact, how they dress, and what entertainment is for them. For example, in Cozumel groups of people wore Indian-like outfits and danced around to their own beat. People in Jamaica have fun climbing the Dunn’s River Falls. What was outstanding about this River was the fact that it was a beautiful waterfall that had a pathway of rocks for people to climb up. It was exciting that I had the opportunity to participate climbing up the river.
Going to the beaches was unforgettable. When I’m used to seeing ocean water that’s more so dark green than blue, I was blown away by the color of the water at those three places. I remember at Cozumel the water was almost clear. The sight of the color fish swimming by fascinated me. I’ve never been able to see my feet through the ocean water yet alone gorgeous fish! The beaches weren’t dirty and the sand was soft. It really looked like the people living on these islands took care of their home. I know that where I’m from people don’t really care about littering and few people spend time cleaning up their communities. Visiting these places during my cruise allowed me to see the importance of putting effort into keeping up with a clean environment. The ocean water there proves it! I hope others can have the opportunity that I did to see that there’s a lot more out there than just their hometown.
Life for a week on the cruise ship itself wasn’t so bad either. Every night they had something for everyone on the ship to do. One night my family I went to an extraordinary magic show, another night we got to wear formal dresses for the Captain’s dinner. The cruise ship was huge; anything I could imagine to be on a cruise ship was there. It even had activities that people would normally do at home. For example, there were working out classes, church, a library, even places to shop! On the top most deck of the ship there was a track and on the middle deck there was a casino. There were dance clubs for people over twenty one and even an underage club for the teenagers. To me, this place was perfect. It truly was a home away from home. Employees on the ship did as much as they could to make the guests feel comfortable. Even when room service came to make your bed they would put your towels in the shape of animals. There was never a dull moment the entire week I was on the cruise.
My eyes were opened up to new things. Being on this cruise was a home away from home. I hope that others have the opportunity that I did to go out and broaden their own experiences. It’s beyond exciting to think about what you’ll see when you actually travel.
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