My Thanksgiving cruise started as all great cruises always do, with a sail-away party on the pool deck
complete with a steel drum band
and a bon voyage cocktail crowned by a cheerful paper umbrella.
For the first time ever, we had a window in our cabin. What a treat!
The food was fabulous. We tried some new dishes, like these alligator fritters
and feasted on all our favorites, like this lobster tail during formal night dinner.
The ship docked on Monday in Grand Cayman and on Tuesday Cozumel. I wanted to swim with dolphins and parasail and go shopping but my budget wouldn't allow any of that. Instead, we wasted away in Margaritaville in Grand Cayman
and on the beach in Cozumel.
And when we couldn't take any more sunshine, we sought shelter at Senor Frog's.
We made some new friends
|He stole Nathan's sunglasses!|
|Mary Beth and Tony, who shared our table at dinner.|
but this was the closest I came to holiday romance.
|This dude was fine for a day, but he was no Jack Sparrow.|
I'm not big on the Las Vegas style shows and comedy acts, but I danced at every available opportunity--at the sail away party, at the midnight Mexican buffet, and in the disco--doing all my favorites: the electric slide, the Cupid shuffle, the cha-cha slide. I even learned something new.
If I ever get married again, we are SO doing the wobble at the reception.
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I have had some amazing cruise experiences over the years. I have gone behind the scenes with staff members, done some thrilling shore excursions, brought home beautiful jewelry, pottery and artwork. Once I even fell in love with and eventually became engaged to a stranger I danced with at a deck party. I wouldn't have missed any of that. But the boring truth is that this was the most restful, relaxing cruise I have ever been on. I whiled away many happy hours simply simply lying by the pool, reading and dozing. Somehow, it was enough to relax deeply and bring nothing home but memories, to simply BE on a cruise. I think there is a powerful lesson there.
And you know what else I learned? I may wobble but I won't fall down.