So, it started out early to catch the plane. It was on a Sunday at 5 o’clock in the morning I had to wake up. Crazy! When we finally got to Ft. Lauderdale, FL we had to wait in even more lines to just get onto the ship. The ship was huge, Carnival Freedom. When we finally saw our room, it was three in the afternoon. I was starving! Considering all I had was coffee at the airport at six in the morning. Like I said before, crazy! Then we explored the ship. It had three salt water pools, four hot tubs, a water slide (it went faster if you were on your stomach), a spa, a gym, a casino, a piano bar (where I spent most of my nights with my mum), and much, much more. It was great!
The second day we spent at the Key West Islands, the last place in the U.S. before we were in continental waters. We went snuba along a reef. Snuba is like scuba diving and snorkeling put together. I’ll tell you right now, I cannot breath under water. I felt as if I was hyperventilating. No matter how much I tried to control my breathing, I just kept gasping rapidly. We saw a bunch of fish and my younger brother saw lobsters. I touched some plant-thing (I don’t know what it was called, haha) and also a pretty shell that had an animal in it. Tuesday was a day at sea.
Wednesday we went to the Cayman Islands where we… Wait for it… SWAM WITH DOLPHINS AND STINGRAYS!!! It was soooo cool! The best day of my life! The dolphin my family swam with was called Pepe. He was 13 years old. I rode on his back and held him and also kissed him. He also stuck his tongue out at me. It was great. After that we went swimming with the stingrays. I was scared at first, because I didn’t want to get shocked by their tails, but they’re actually very genuine and gentle creatures. I actually kissed it too! Supposedly, it’s seven years good luck if you kiss a stingray.
Thursday we were in Ochos Rios, Jamaica. There I climbed the Dunns River Falls. It was beautiful and fun too. Then we went to a Jamaican beach party. I’ll tell you right now, their rum and beer was disgusting, haha. Their music was good and the water was nice and calm.
Friday was another day at sea.
Then Saturday came. The day to say goodbye. They wanted us off the ship by 8 o’clock in the morning and our flight wasn’t until noon. Luckily I brought my notebook so I was able to write to waste the time. I got really tan, which is always good. And I hope to go again soon, maybe this time in Europe. Though I hear those cruises are like three weeks long.
I still feel the rocking of the sea if I stay still for a moment in a quite room and close my eyes. It’s peaceful, I love this feeling. You know, you spend the whole day swimming in the ocean and that night when you go to bed, you feel as if you’re being rocked to sleep. Love it.
Well, maybe I’ll have pictures up soon. I hope you all had a great fourth of July for those who celebrate.