What a Trip! - My Family Travels


Steady snowfall for hours on end, temperatures below 30 degrees, and dropping, mounds of snow heaped up on the sides of the roads, and it just so happened that as the state of New Jersey was experiencing these weather conditions, I was midair headed to Florida for a cruise with family and friends.

A friend of mine unexpectedly invited me and my parents on a cruise on board the Navigator of the Seas, to celebrate hers and my birthday. So while our friends and family stayed behind in the immensely cold New Jersey weather, we were all headed to Fort Lauderdale for a luxurious cruise to The Cayman Islands, and Cozumel Mexico.

First stop: The Cayman Islands

                While on a cruise one has the ability to go on many different kinds of excursions located on the island. For the first stop, though, I decided to instead spend the day with my parents on the island.  Eager to exit the ship and head to Grand Cayman, we were only faced with obstacles ending in disappointment. Unable to get off at the port, small boats were arranged to take the ships passengers from the boat to the island. Being handicap though, this arrangement prohibited my mom from exiting the ship and going onto the island. Extremely upset, I wanted to stay on the ship with her, but she encouraged me and my dad to go on without her.

I am very glad we did because the experience was enlightening and I enjoyed it. While there I learned that gas was already over six dollars a gallon! During this time gas hadn’t even reached 4 dollars a gallon yet in Jersey and we were still complaining. This just proves how unaware and self-centered we tend to be sometimes. I also learned that a single gallon of milk cost about eight dollars, which in my opinion is even more outrageous than their gas prices.One other thing I took note of was that the best looking areas were tourist’s areas.

                As we were headed into Grand Cayman, my dad and I took note of the KFC we saw. What made it stand out even more, was how there were live chickens running around outside of it. It took me a minute to put two and two together but when I did, all I could think was, “at least you know the chicken you’re getting is fresh.”

Second Stop: Cozumel, Mexico

Thankfully my mom was able to get off the ship in Cozumel, Mexico. So while my parents explored Cozumel together, I tagged along with my friend and her family to the zip lining and snorkeling excursion. I had a blast zip lining even though I am afraid of heights. The beautiful view of the beach and ocean made zip lining even better! Even though it was fun, I was glad when it was finally over.

Overall it was a fantastic trip. Little bumps in the road, but nothing too intense. Having never been on a cruise before, I appreciated every second of my time on the trip and hope to be able to go on another one again soon.

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