I recently participated on a Royal Caribbean cruise and boy, it was quite a ride! I went with my younger brother and my father to Nassau, Bahamas and Cocoa Kay, Bahamas. Cruises mean a great deal to me due to the fact that I rarely go on cruises, so it was definitely a treat. Also, I simply adore the cruising atmosphere and it allows me to exist in a tranquil state. We entered the ship and walked into our stateroom. Two double beds and two bunk beds were staring at us as we attempted to maneuver ourselves and luggage into our temporary home. The room was extremely miniscule for three large males and to top that, our luggage wouldn't fit anywhere. This didn't work one bit, but we had to deal with it for the next five days. The ship was beautiful to say the least and our room was on the same floor as the pool so that worked out in my favor! I met a plethora of unique people with completely different backgrounds and this gave me an idea of how unique this cruise was with different groups of people from other cultures. The most intriquing thing about all these different races of people was how facile it was to engage in conversation and how friendly they were! For instance, during the dinner nights, my waiter was from Peru and two of our table guests were from China and Britain. We were constantly cracking jokes and it felt as if I've known them for years.
One thing I've learned on this trip was how to be social. If you wanted to meet people on the cruise, you had to converse more than usual. This allows you to be less shy back at home because you practice sociability on the ship. Think of it this way, you are never going to see any of these people again so why not set aside the fear of rejection and have fun! It definitely helped me break out of my shell and now I'm an outgoing individual.
All in all, despite my small room, I had a truly magnificient time on my cruise. Though, I didn't tell you everything, I told you what meant the most to me. This cruise changed me positively because now I realize how short life really is and you shouldn't be keep to yourself all the time. You should be meeting and involving yourself with different people because nothing beats being connected to the world then to evolve with diverse people. The point is, sure vacations are meant for relaxation, but not only should we be relaxing, we should be constantly changing our views on everything. To me, that is a true and successful vacation, to acquaint and change.
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