Fortunately, our children have all extricated themselves from my bosoms and I am once again a separate entity. Also, we have some amazing friends who
So we did this:
Things you might not know:
1. We don't enjoy crowds.
2. We don't like feeling like tourists.
3. We fancy ourselves mild foodies.
4. We don't drink or smoke.
5. We don't gamble.
Seems like it might be a recipe for disaster, eh? Well, it's not all that bad, but I don't think we'll cruise again. At least not with Carnival. Having said that, we had a FANTASTIC TIME! But I completely attribute that to the company of my husband.
Canon S95) for the trip because I was not about to lug a huge camera around with me. It turned out to be a great choice and every picture you'll see was taken with it.
We are fairly certain that most people headed straight to the bar the moment they stepped on the boat. While we didn't witness any scenes of awful public drunkenness, there were A LOT of people walking around with alcohol. As early as 8am. Beer with your breakfast, much?
Dinner, however, was (again, for the most part) another story. We ate every night in the Main Dining Room. And the food was interesting and delicious. Again, the desserts were heavenly!
We opted to splurge and get a balcony room. It was worth it. Gorgeous views like this?
There were two "Formal Nights" where you're supposed to get dressed up super fancy. Some people wore tuxes. Some people wore khakis. We were middle of the road. There were also photographers around EVERY SINGLE corner trying to lure you onto their cheesy background for a photograph. Pass. We didn't have a single one of those pictures taken. No way.
Stressed? Yeah, see... the husband had heard that it was a big waste of money to book your excursions through Carnival. A simple thing like "going to the beach" becomes a $100 affair. So, his plan was to wait. Get off the boat, and then decide what to do. Did you know that I'm a bit of a control freak? Just wingin' it? Doesn't work well for me. So, Sunday evening I had a totally tearful breakdown wherein I confessed my fear that "we were headed all the way to another country with no plans and what if we didn't get to do the things we'd hoped for and ended up having a lousy time?"
Good thing I married a man who can talk me down. He assured me that it would work out. I'm so glad I have him.
Have I mentioned that I brought knitting? Because of course I did!
I'll be back tomorrow to discuss our first Port: Cozumel.