Saturday, January 07, 2012

Just Cruising

So this last week I went on a cruise with NCL on their Norwegian Jewel. It was an overall fair experience that I think most people should try at least once... much like every other experience we have in the world.

In any case, I'm typing this in the car on the way home after having driven on the highway for a good 2-3 hours. I don't really know how long it was because I had road hypnosis... but more on that later. I'm going to now comment on several events of this cruise that I feel like commenting on.

Since family was opting for cheapness as much as possible on the room (to spend on other things), we had one of the inner ship cabins. No windows. Small space. BUNK BED.

Yes people, this little cabin had a beautiful bunk bed that flipped out of the wall. Did I ever mention how much I loved bunk beds when I was little? Parents never bought me one, which might be way I wanted it so much. Regardless, I only got 2 nights on the bunk bed because my brother, being younger and more entitled to the joys of a bunk bed, called dibs on it.

I should also comment that it was very easy to fall asleep in this little cabin. No moonlight from the window (though I'd admit the romanticness of that if I weren't with my family), very snug and quite nicely warmed. Not to mention the gentle swaying of the ship had a powerful sleep inducing effect.

Gentle swaying of the boat
While I'm on this topic, I should mention that I did not get sea sick as feared! Well not severly that is. Overall I only noticed the ship rockng back and forth if I closed my eyes and focused on it. But one night the waves were esspicially bad and I when I walked it felt as though I was drunk walking because the floor was swaying beneath my feet. Most frightening part would be looking out the window and seeing the ocean horizon raise as though the ship was about to tip over. Luckily, my mom and I were prepared for this and had Gravol ready. Anyone thinking of spending prolonged time on a ship should always bring it as a just-in-case.

The funny thing is that although I didn't feel the ship movement too much for the majority of the trip, after getting OFF the ship I started feeling slightly dizzy. In fact, we took a rest from driving a few moments ago and as I walked I could swear the ground was moving. Maybe I'll look into if the feeling is normal once I'm home and have interweb access, but if this sentence is still here then I probably got too lazy and/or had no time to do so.

We went on a tour in Florida. Saw wild and captured gators. I held one. Was fun. It was quite soft, anyone who hasn't touched an alligator before, I would definately recommend the experience.

Also we went to this zoo like thing. Found a peacock that posed for me and the most adorable little porcupine!

Anyone remember or heard of the kid's show Mystery Hunters? I remember they did an episode about hypnosis that was really quite interesting. Aboard the N. Jewel was the hypnotist Brenda Kaye. She had a show as well as a "Weigh less" hypnosis session. Now it might just be me, but I find there to be similarities between being hypnotized, meditating and in a lucid dream. Mainly I feel as though hypnothesis is prehaps like having a dream while meditating. Not sure if anyone else has experienced all three and can contribute their two-cents, since every hypnosis experience is different dependimg on the person. I feel like I'm going to have an entire post on hypnosis some time later because I do have a lot to say and typing in a car is not the greatest sensation for me.

Private Island
So was the plan at least. Sadly, wind was at its worst that day and so instead of havng 3 days at sea we had 4. Sad because I wanted to go snorkling. Last time family trip to Cuba we had a tour that involved snorkling but due to a misunderstanding on my father's side we didn't bring swim-wear. This time I was very determined to go snorkling. It seems my guardian angel is trying so hard to save me from potential shark attacks.

Because really, all you do on a cruise is eat. It's free anyways. Best part was that there were two rather formal resturants aboard the ship that were also free. Chance to dress up + free food is all I really wanted. That "weigh less" hypnothesis session better have worked since I ate 3 coursed meals three times each day...

This was the most disappointing factor to the vacation (if you haven't already guessed from my comments on the Private Island). Although we were in the Florida to Bahamas area, the temperature rarely went over 20 degrees! I cannot swim without at least 23.4 degrees. Also I packed a large variety of skirts and dresses for the trip. Right now I have a cough. Yes I know the cold doesn't give you the cold but I ought to mention it.

Well this wasn't really part of the cruise but I felt I had to complain slightly about it. I'M SICK! Right now on my way home. My voice is altered from a sore throat and I have occasional coughs. Though I should be happy that I didn't get sick on vacation, I'm now unhappy that I'm sick for the first week back at school. Horrible start to the new semester. {must-be-happy-aura activate!}

Overall I'm glad I went on this cruise. I feel as though this will be the last major vacation I go on with my parents. If I ever come into a thousand dollars or so my plan would be to grab some friends and go to a resort in Cuba or somewhere guaranteed to be warm. Until then, relaxing time over and intense keening time starts again.

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