After several hours of researching cruise lines, I decided on a four day cruise through the Western Caribbean. The thought of a cruise sparked excitement through me. Many of my friends had taken cruises before, and now it was my turn to experience the luxury that cruises boast about. It was my turn to taste the enticing cuisine which my friends had bragged about. This was my time to see what made cruises one of the most yearned for vacation.
The disembarkation of the massive Imagination was not as spectacular as those in movies. No dolphins swam in front of us. No Big crowds waved us off. Instead of dolphins, stingrays, which first appeared as shadows in the water, kept pace with the ship and led us out to sea before suddenly disappearing. As the buildings slowly slipped past, a sensation of a carefree life slowly washed over me. Leaving all hair graying problems behind, I could relax without any unexpected interruptions.
The relaxing atmosphere was not the only perk about the cruise; the delicious food was another remarkable feature. Each day our personal waiter brought a menu with different main dishes that varied from stakes, lamb chops, duck, and grilled swordfish. The desserts, however, remained the same. The first night, my family ordered the strawberry cheesecake, a melted chocolate cake, an ice cream brownie combination, and a key-lime pie for dessert. After treating my taste buds to the melted cake, which was like hot fudge yet more tantalizing, I would not even consider the other desserts. The last night the big gold and black dinning room came alive as the waiters performed, singing and dancing around the tables while encouraging guests’ participation. Gathering in the Captain’s dinning room, everyone viewed a spectacular display of culinary art. When walking into the room, I was met by a 3-D image and the name, Imagination, which the chefs had elaborately out of watermelon. An enormous ice sculpture was chiseled into a six foot oriental dragon and surrounded by colorful flowers and birds created from chocolates, cheeses, and fruits half way down the fifty foot buffet table. A four foot cake proudly sat at the end of the table with hard white chocolate pieces that had carefully been molded to look like tulle, creating a bride’s veil affect. If you wished, you could help devour some of the best food on board the vessel.
The Imagination offered clubs for different ages which let you mingle with people your own age who have similar interests. It is equipped with innumerous things to spend countless hours on: the spa, the running tack, the nine-hole mini golf, the art museum, and the arcade room. All of this was there for my use, yet I neglected to use it to my full advantage. I never used the pools. They were always over crowded, and being shy, the crowds deterred me from diving head first. Looking back, I wished I had dove in, because when else will I have the chance to swim on a cruise ship? I also wish I had taken advantage of the open deck and sea breeze. Instead, I stayed inside the cool air-conditioned lounge, sitting next to a window watching the ocean pass. You can always lounge around at home, but you can never wonder around deck with the sun kissing your skin, and the sea breeze gently blowing your hair on a cruise ship surrounded by the endless ocean.
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