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Waiting on a taxi in Cozumel.

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Every Spring Break since I was in kindergarten my family and I have packed up the family minivan and headed south to Florida. After 18 long, cramped hours, we would arrive at the sandy beaches of St. Pete Beach. This year, however, my parents decided for my brother’s senior year we would be going on a cruise with some of his senior friends. Being the skeptical person I am, I was not thrilled about the new cruise idea.

I lightened up as the date of the cruise drew near. On the other hand, I also found that I was hardly looking forward to traveling outside of the country for my first time. Thankfully I can say that I was joyfully surprised. Overall, I would rate the cruise a 8 out of 10.  The cruise offered many different activities that peaked my interests.

Anyone that went on this cruise will agree with me; the food was one of the best parts of the whole trip. Food was found at all times of the day and was easily accessible. Since the main foods were already prepaid, I could get as much or as little food as I wanted without worrying about the price. The buffet style food lines and a couple of restaurant lines were located on the Lido Deck, the busiest deck during the daytime hours right next to the main tanning deck and main pools, how convenient. A few of the most popular eateries loved by the cruisers included a burger shack and taco bar. This was proven by the long excessive lines that would wrap around the deck. The food on the Lido Deck was open six hours a day with the exception of 24-hour all you can eat soft serve ice cream and the Pizza Pirate which offered mediocre at best pizza.

Fellow cruiser Brannyn Spencer was not impressed either. “The pizza was not very good. The cheese should have been distributed more evenly and the crust was very hard.”

The real dining happened as the sun was going down. While I attended dinner in the dining room, I was almost waited on hand and foot while being served a delicious 3-course meal. The menu changed every night and would even offer a “Port of Call” section. This would differ based on which port we just left including New Orleans, Cozumel (the tacos were delicious), and Progresso.

The cruise was also filled with many organized activities led by a perky director, Jess from the US! She was always found jumping around and full of energy. The cruise offered numerous different trivia categories throughout the week ranging from 70s & 80s music all the way to superheroes and Harry Potter trivia. Cruisers would line the staircases overlooking the main lobby just to be a part of the most popular trivia, the 70s & 80s music. A winner was awarded a golden ship on a stick. Don Young himself came out on top during the NCAA trivia. He stunned the crowd with some of his correct answers and left his competitors in the dust. Sadly, I did not have the same success as my father did. I contributed comic relief during the stressful basketball round with my continuous laughter.

By the time night rolled around, the shows began. Comedy clubs were filled to the brim to watch hilarious comedian Azeem and theaters were at max capacity to watch magicians. Azeem is famous for pulling people out of the audience to be the butt of his jokes. Our very own Drew Cornell was pulled on stage during one of Azeem’s shows and gave everybody a good laugh. Karaoke was also a crowd favorite and had many attendees every night. Aaron Willison, Shelly Crozier, and John Boucher teamed up to sing “Low Places” by Garth Brooks which is no doubt a crowd favorite.

Looking back my only complaints were probably being on a boat without being able to access a beach whenever I wanted. The pools were filled with salt water which was a big surprise after going down the water slide, and the amount of people on the deck at the same time. The Lido Deck was always very crowded and made it hard to find a place to catch rays.

Overall the cruise was a great experience. It allowed me to try something new for spring break as well as travel outside of the United States. I climbed out of my comfort zone and tried new foods thanks to being aboard the ship. Maybe in a couple of years, I will try again.

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  1. McKayla Ramsey on April 12th, 2018 8:27 am

    I also went on a cruise and I can say that this review is very accurate! For me, the cruise was my second and I believe it’s more fun the second time around. I do agree with you that the constant lines are a bit of a hassle but overall I really liked cruising! Great article!

  2. Brannyn Spencer on April 16th, 2018 7:15 pm

    This is a great article Hannah. I loved the cruise. It was something great to experience. I like how you explained some of the activities offered on the cruise and specifically the comedy club. Great job!

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