White sand beaches, the hot sun beating down, and crystal-clear water were what I had longed for. Destination Paradise! A cruise to The Bahamas was just the vacation I dreamed of. The Bahamas were full of culture, friendly people, and exotic foods.
My favorite section was the adventure given through the ship excursions. In both Freeport and Nassau, my Girl Scout Troop and I split into smaller groups. In Freeport, I swam with a group of massive dolphins, but they were incredibly placid. Touching the hair on their back, and the dorsal fins made me want to explore more of the ocean. In Nassau, I jumped into snorkeling, in a tranquil and rocky cove. I was able to experience stingrays as massive as five feet, varies species of crabs, and brightly colored fish. It was, however, not all fun and games.
Though the cruise was a well-planned vacation, complications did occur. Every flight on the journey home was delayed. In Florida, the plane was rescheduled for two hours later, and the airport would not take our luggage due to security risks. Between Florida and Atlanta, a plane ran off the runway forcing us to land in a small town of Macon for fuel. That short one hour flight became a four hour nightmare. In Atlanta, the flight was delayed so long that I changed into my pajamas, and slept on the airport floor. Through the good and bad, this Bahamian cruise changed me.
The excursions and flight delays both played a critical part in the changing of my personality this summer. Touching the stingrays and dolphins made the biggest impact. It made me realize that the world is an enormous place and everybody has a place and should participate in keeping it healthy. Also, there is so much we do not understand about the ocean and ocean life because we have not experienced it. People should take the time to learn more about different aspects of the planet. Next, the flight delays taught me patience. There were times I wanted to break down and cry, but that would not solve anything. The only thing to do was wait. Lastly, the Bahamian people had a lesson to teach. I learned to relax and appreciate life more. They smiled, talked to strangers, and did not worry about time or accomplishing tasks.
The cruise to The Bahamas, with my Girl Scout Troop, was one of the best experiences of my life. Trough the ship excursions, to the flight delays and forever being changed, I would not change a single aspect of this trip. It truly was Destination Paradise.
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