If you’re anything like me, then you have a deep interest for traveling, but you don’t necessarily have the bank account to support it. Last fall my sister Hope asked if me and my best friend Brandie, if we would like to go on a cruise with her, during spring break. Knowing that if I didn’t go I would be stuck in snowy Pittsburgh all week, I said yes immediately.
Since I am still in college and both Hope and Brandie have jobs, they got to go down to Miami a few days before the cruise, while I stayed for classes 😦 . The cruise started in Miami, then to Cozumel, and lastly Key West. Hope, Brandie, and I shared an interior room on Royal Caribbean’s Empress of the Seas.
The first two days of our trip were spent at sea. Being that none of us have been on a cruise before, we got a little sea sick. Nevertheless, the sun was out, the weather was beautiful, and this was vacation. We decided to spend the whole day soaking up the rays and taking the occasional dip in the pool.
On the third day, we arrived in Cozumel, Mexico. As soon as we stepped off the boat onto the port, there were numerous shore excursions to choose from. We wanted to experience as much of the island as possible, so we first went to the Mayan ruins, then to a beach club, and lastly some shore shopping.
Once we got back on the boat, we quickly got showered, nicely dressed, and then headed to dinner at the Starlight Dining Room; this was something we made reservations for every single night. Each night featured a different three-course meal theme. There was Italian, Mexican, American, and French food. Since we prepaid for meals, we could have as much food as we wanted… “two entrées and two desserts, please and thank you!”
The next day was spent at sea, and to ensure that you get a pool chair, you must wake up early…like really early. We got room service at 6:30 a.m., and then ran to the pool deck to reserve chairs for our group.
The next day, we arrived at Key West, Florida. This place was GORGEOUS!!!! They had the cutest pastel painted buildings, docks full of cool boats, delicious key lime pie (duh, its Key West), amazing beaches, and did I mention it is the southernmost point of America… I mean how cool is that! While here, we got to walk through an abandoned fort that was turned into an eccentric garden, right next to the beach. Although there were cars, many people used golf carts, mopeds, and trolleys for transportation. We rented a six-seat golf cart and explored as much of the area as possible.
Looking back, I am so happy that I went on this trip with my best friend and sister. If you are ever hesitant about going on a trip, just take the opportunity and go. Visiting new places and experiencing new things brings such joy and hopefully this is just the start of the many trips.