My family loves going on vacation, and cruises are something we can always agree upon. I especially love the fact that cruises provide the opportunity to travel to multiple destinations on one trip, with the ease of plopping your suitcase in one location, and without the hassle of constantly boarding planes or wasting vacation time on the train/bus. When you’re female you end up with a heavy suitcase no matter where and how long you go for! The past few years we had been going on cruises to the Caribbean, but my mom decided that this year we would be going to Canada? Not a common cruise destination in my book, but the ship itself is always a good time. The cruise was leaving out of the city, making it rather
convenient for us New Yorkers.
We boarded the ship and decided to have some lunch at the buffet. Cruises are all about the food people!!! Free flowing food (including ice cream!) at all hours of the day, who can’t resist that?! After our first of many meals, we went up to the top deck to see the ship depart from NYC. We had so much fun with this, with the strong winds blowing in our hair. And finally, after what felt like forever, we left! The skyline was oh so pretty that day, and we took so many pictures. We passed right by the statue of liberty and went right under the Brooklyn bridge, missing the bridge by what looked like only a few inches! We observed the “goodbye” party held by the ship’s staff, and watched my dad partake in the dancing. That’s always a fun sight!
We spent the next few hours exploring the ship, and of course indulged in our first of many ice cream cones (it was hard to resist)! The next few hours were spent unpacking, exploring some more, possibly eating MORE ice cream, and partaking in the safety evacuation drill. My sister Ali and I always have too much fun with our lifejackets, although it is actually very difficult to walk down x amount of flights of stairs to get to the proper deck. You can see our tiny interior cabin in the picture as well. It was livable though; we made do. I can’t quite remember the rest of the night’s activities, so I will begin with a new day.
Our days at sea comprised of laying around the pool, lunch at the buffet, more ice cream, yummy drinks in fun cups, and just enjoying life. My dad participated in the hairy chest contest, which turned out to be more than just that. The men had to dance and sing, and act like animals as they gained applause from the crowd. Of course my dad chose to act like a monkey- the crowd got a kick out of it! The whole thing was hilarious. If I remember correctly, my dad came in second place, not bad! We also watched an ice carving that was incredible. Imagine looking at a block of ice, then looking back a few minutes later, and vwah-lah, it transforms into a unicorn! The man chipping away at the ice was pretty spectacular, since he did not need a stencil to carve out the unicorn. The picture below does not do the ice carving justice. Just trust me. Unfortunately, the unicorn starting melting away in the sun moments after it was completed.
We took a walk along one of the nearby paths, and looked out for seals. Unfortunately we were there the wrong time of year, and were unable to see any. That’s our boat in the background, if you couldn’t tell because of the horrible fog.