First off today, I would like to apologize for being a bit on the quiet side lately. I went on a vacation a few weeks ago with my mom and I work two jobs on top of everything else.
Speaking of vacations though, I really wanted to share my experience with everyone! First, my vacation was the first cruise my mom and I have ever been on! We were on the Carnival Cruise ship the Elation for five days and sailed from New Orleans, LA to Cozumel, Mexico for a day then Yucatan, Mexico for another day before heading back home!
I have to say that if any of my readers have never been on a cruise, I highly recommend it! My mom and I absolutely loved it and had the best time together 🙂 . I can honestly say it was the best and most relaxing yet fun-filled vacation we have ever taken. We loved it so much we are even planning another trip for next year!
Our first day on board was really us exploring and figuring out where things were and how everything worked, but that was exciting and adventurous! We actually got to board way earlier than we expected as well so we got even more time on the ship! J We had our first drinks, ate a nice lunch and dinner, watched a show and even enjoyed some dancing in the nightclub. Our second day was even better! At this point we were already in the middle of the ocean where all you could see for miles was nothing was deep blue ocean. We took advantage of the views and all the different shades of blues we could see. We also spent some most of our day by the pool soaking up the sun! In between we ate of course and played some more on the ship! Needless to say, we ate a lot of good food and there is something available to you literally 24 hours a day!
Our third day was probably the most exciting…this is when we ported in Cozumel, Mexico! Everything was beautiful, the town, shops and the water was literally see though Turquoise. After doing a little sight-seeing, we lined up to go on our shore excursion we had booked which was a high speed boat ride, along with some 360 degree turns, to a beautiful private beach area called Isle Pasion. There were shops, where mom and I got t-shirts, places to get henna tattoos, which we also did, authentic Mexican food, hammocks and beach chairs and tables with umbrellas, of course pretty blue-green water to swim in and even water trampolines for us to play on! It was a peaceful yet exciting day for mom and I and after our beach time was over, we walked around the town some before getting back on our ship. That night we were so worn out from our day, we fell asleep after dinner and slept until 6:30am the next day!
On our journey so far, we had made quite a few friends and met new people while on board, which makes it even more fun!
Our next day in port in Yucatan, Mexico was filled with shopping, enjoying more food and having some drinks with the friends we had made! Mom and I got a lot of good stuff for good prices since people love to bargain over there. We found us a fun bar and had some beers and daiquiris. I did the wobble dance (lol) and at the end of the day had to carry a random guy back to the ship 😀 (haha) he was drunk!
Our last play day on the ship before returning home was spent all over, by the pool, playing in the casino, shopping and watching shows! Mom and I were not ready to come home at all!
Upon porting back in New Orleans the next day, mom and I enjoyed breakfast as we had done every other morning (it was delicious), we filled our souvenir cups up and sat on the deck until it was our turn to board off. We said hello and goodbye to our friends and went through all the steps to departing ways with the best vacation we had ever been on! We got our luggage and were greeted with hugs and kisses from my dad and my boyfriend, then loaded up to come back reality!
Before getting off the ship so many people had said “go back to reality,” and the morning we had to leave, it hit me, the more I thought about it, the more people saying that made sense…it is literally the best description of having to come back home. Everything is different on the ship, you really feel like you’re just in a totally different world of existence. And through this world, I learned how peaceful and uplifting it is not to have to worry about phones and social media and technology and to have conversations at breakfast and dinner instead of resting your nose on the screen of a phone the entire time.
I asked my mom what her favorite part about the vacation in general was and she said the exact same thing I did…not having to be bothered with phones ringing and messages coming through. We absolutely loved not having access to technology and beforehand I had told myself I couldn’t survive without my phone and I’m sure many of you have had the same thought…so to put this simply, if given the option, I would do all over again and even now, when I go certain places, I put my phone away and enjoy life that much more!
I hope this post has inspired everyone to see the bigger picture in things and I say once again that everyone should take a cruise at least once in their life!
Thanks for reading Ladybugs and Manbugs! 🙂