Thanksgiving Vacation | My Family Travels
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For Thanksgiving break of my seventh grade year, my grandparents decided they would take my mother and I on a cruise with them. I had never been on a cruise before so I was ecstatic to be able to go. I was looking forward to the cruise more than I had ever looked forward to anything else. The cruise we had planned was a 5 day cruise on a ship called the Holiday. We would be sailing to Jamaica first, the Cayman Islands and then to Cozumel, Mexico.

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We drove to Galveston Island early the morning that the cruise was set to start and boarded later on that afternoon. The ship had so many different places to go and lots of activities to participate in. There were clubs, shows, stores and even 24 hour pizza and ice cream bars. There was never a dull moment during the on board part of the cruise.

Dinners were one of the most amazing parts of the whole vacation. You had a specified time and dining room you were to eat and the menu had the widest variety of foods to choose from. You could order whatever and however much you wanted, and most of the food was incredible. I’m not picky so I tried as much as I could, but some things are better left not to try; like duck for instance. I learned that I shouldn’t order that entrée again.

The day that we stopped in Jamaica we had two excursions planned out. First we were going to climb a beautiful Jamaican waterfall, and after we were scheduled to swim with dolphins. At the waterfall climb you were in a big line and helped one another up the waterfall. It was hard work but one of the most exciting and exhilarating experiences. Once you reached the top you got your picture taken, and I still have that picture to this day. After was swimming with dolphins. They were beautiful and such sweet animals. I was so glad that I had the chance to be able to swim with dolphins, and even had a picture taken kissing one.

In the Cayman Islands our excursion for the day was swimming with stingrays and snorkeling. We went out on a boat out in the middle of the water and jumped in. The water was absolutely breathtaking. We got to swim around and look at all the fish and coral in the water, and also swim with the stingrays. There incredible creatures and have the silkiest skin ever. It was a little bit of an adrenaline rush because stingrays can kill you, but I wouldn’t trade the feeling for anything.

Our last stop was Cozumel, Mexico. First we ate at Carlos and Charlie’s and then started off on our shopping adventure. We went all over town buying jewelry, shoes, souvenirs and etc. My grandpa even bought me a very rare teddy bear that I still have to this day. We had such a nice relaxing day.

On the last day of our cruise I was sad because I didn’t want the vacation to end. I had the best time and was so grateful that my grandparents took my mom and I. That cruise was one of the best vacations I’ve ever had and I will never forget it.

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