My First Cruise

I dont know if I ever mentioned this, but I used to have this huge fear of going on a cruise. Why? 3 reasons: I was afraid of getting sick (I hear norovirus is a bitch); I was afraid to fall overboard or get left behind; and I was afraid of being assaulted at sea, since you are in international waters most crimes are never prosecuted.

Anyway, my girl LM and I decided to book a 3-day cruise on a whim about a month ago. We sailed on the Carnival Sensation, and it was from Port Canaveral to the Bahamas. LM had been on a cruise before, so that made me feel better about the whole thing.

Going with Carnival for my first cruise was a great experience. The website was easy to use and it helped walk us through all the paperwork and stuff we would need. On the day we embarked, the process was real easy. Parking @ Port Canaveral was expensive though. And the “security” area was too small, I think they should add a lane. But checking it and everything went super fast, and we were on the boat about 20 mins after we parked & dropped off our luggage.

Of course, the first thing we did was eat. I ate the entire 3 days, and everything was good for the most part. I got to sample pretty much everything, including the pizza. The best meals were at dinner, and they had this amazing chocolate molten cake w/ice cream that was so freaking good, it was a shame. The only thing that wasn’t that great was the breakfast buffet, cause breakfast food is not good when its cold. They even had sushi, which was really good.

On the day that we docked in the Bahamas we took a shore excursion to Sandals resort. Talk about beautiful! We had a great time on the beach, in the pool, and eating and drinking. We went kayaking, which was a lot of fun, even though we were having a hard time going straight. And we did some snorkling. It was amazing to me how clear the water was, you could see all the way down to the bottom and you could see the fish swimming around and stuff. I will definitely keep Sandals & Beaches (the adults only resort) in mind for my next vacation. One thing that did strike me as kinda odd was how ALL of the staff was Black, but the majority of the guests were White. Hmm….

LM and I spent a lot of time on the deck and the beach laying out, and thanks to all that sun I got a lovely sunburn, which didn’t show up until we got back. But my tan is beautiful, I got really dark, especially on my arms & shoulders.

The boat wasn’t super huge, but it seemed big to me. We got an ocean view room, and it was big enough for the two of us with no problems. And it was a trip to look out the window and see nothing but water. The boat moving didn’t bother me at all, but I did have an adjustment period when I got back. Everything was still “moving” to me.

Overall I had a great time and I would definitely do another cruise.

  • Jubilance

    When you first get on the boat, you have a drill, and you have to go to your room, get your lifejackets, and then go to your designated area. There they teach you how to put on the lifevest and talk about the lifeboats and whatnot. That happens before the boat departs.

  • Tunde

    thats whats up. i’m glad you had a good time. i want to go on a cruise as well. i did have a fear of going on one because i can’t swim. it would be my luck that the cruise i would be on would hit an iceberg and pull a titanic in the caribbeans. lol. anyway i’ll have to look into it.