Positive And, Unfortunately, Negative Thoughts On My Very First Cruise…

Positive And, Unfortunately, Negative Thoughts On My Very First Cruise…

Last weekend, the girls and I drove down to Miami, hopped on Majesty of the Seas, and headed for the Bahamas. This was my first cruise. I don’t like touristy things when traveling and I don’t like being stuck in one place with limited options on what I can do. A friend told me I wouldn’t mind being “stuck” on a boat that size because it’s a floating city.

Photos are below.

MY FAVORITE PARTS

  • The people we were with. Our future daughter-in-law, Mary, has an awesome, cool and fun mom (Kathi) and very fun and friendly friends. The good news is…nobody got arrested! 😉
  • The water color! Oh my! Every shade of blue, from almost-clear-aqua to deep, dark blue. The water was breathtaking!
  • Snorkeling! I hadn’t snorkeled since I was a teenager (in the Cayman Islands) and it was absolutely magical! I never wanted to leave the water. And, I now want to take scuba lessons!
  • The people watching. Boy oh boy…
  • The service. Every employee treated us like queens. Even the service at the cruise line’s private island (Coco Cay) and at the restaurants in Nassau (Bahamas) were beyond compare.
  • The nightlife. The fake Village People were very entertaining. Karaoke, adult game shows, the casino, dancing and more. It really was an adult playground and we all had a blast. I think I got 12 hours of sleep the entire 3 nights!

MY LEAST FAVORITE PARTS

  • The food. I know it’s difficult cooking that many meals a day but serving ice cold escargot can be extremely dangerous. The person in our party who ate all of theirs did not feel well that night. The scallop dish on the first night was also cold. Almost all of the desserts had a gelatinous consistency (gag). The lamb and pork were good. The garlic tiger shrimp was amazing. The rest was…blah. I expected better food from a cruise but I was mistaken.
  • Nassau. I was NOT impressed with Nassau. The people were nice but the town is dirty, run-down, and just gave me a bad vibe. Lots of homeless people shouted out at us as we walked, most of it unintelligible. I suspect some of them were strung out on drugs. Some places were downright scary. I found myself wishing Richard had come with us on the cruise for protection. Again, the people we talked to were nice (including a police officer we asked about a lunch recommendation). We saw one person being arrested. Others in our party who were not near us saw an arrest as well (a different one). I guess I assumed if large cruise ships stop at a place that it’s nice and clean and safe. Nassau (at least the part near the coast where the cruise ships come in) was not pleasant and we will not be returning there.

We arrived back on Monday afternoon and, after telling Richard and the boys of our adventures, I crawled into bed and slept like a rock for several hours. Despite the yucky Nassau excursion, we had an awesome weekend! And, I would go on another cruise…as long as it isn’t stopping in Nassau and as long as it has an excellent reputation for food.

Below are some photos from our cruise.

 

Ali and I had a lot of fun playing slots and blackjack!

Ali and I had a lot of fun playing slots and blackjack!

 

At one point, Ali and I got separated. I found her...rocking out on the poolside dance floor. So much fun!!

At one point, Ali and I got separated. I found her…rocking out on the poolside dance floor. So much fun!!

 

I could have happily and peacefully stared at those multiple and impossibly beautiful layers of aqua blue for the rest of my life...

I could have happily and peacefully stared at those multiple and impossibly beautiful layers of aqua blue for the rest of my life…

 

The fake "Village People" were awesome! It was so cute when the shirtless, sweaty ones went down and danced with grandmothers.

The fake “Village People” were awesome! It was so cute when the shirtless, sweaty ones went down and danced with grandmothers.

 

The ship. Very old and soon to be retired. The interior looked like it dated back to the 70's. When we stepped on board, we felt we'd stepped back in time. The disco theme that night fit right in!

The ship. Very old and soon to be retired. The interior looked like it dated back to the 70’s. When we stepped on board, we felt we’d stepped back in time. The disco theme that night fit right in!

 

One example of a "gelatinous" dessert. This one had what I call a "poop smear" as well. Why do restaurants do that with chocolate syrup? Yucko!! ;)

One example of a “gelatinous” dessert. This one had what I call a “poop smear” as well. Why do restaurants do that with chocolate syrup? Yucko!! 😉

 

THIS WEEK’S MASONISM

“I saw the barber shaving someone’s eyebrows.”

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