There is nothing that can compare to a beautiful vacation aboard a cruise ship. Sailing has always been my preferred method of travel. In fact, I have not even been on a plane in over 30 years. If I had my druthers, I would live on a yacht as opposed to being on land. There is something so tranquil and calming that the ebb and flow the ocean provides. It can rock me to sleep like a mother gently rocking a cradle. The beautiful salt air from the sea soothes my soul. It would seem for me, the roughest days I have experienced at sea were still more relaxing than the calmest of days on land. Let me not forget to mention the glorious sunrises and sunsets at sea. The horizon unfiltered by the congestion of buildings and clutter of man….simply stunning.
Granted, planning a vacation at sea can be a bit nerve wrecking at times. Especially when hurricanes are involved. Last year’s hurricanes devastated many of the ports which cruise lines frequent. Several of our cruise ports were shifted. For me, this is honestly not a matter; I feel worse for those who have suffered living at the regions affected, and find it incredibly selfish when those who are vacationing complain about not being able to travel to these destinations. A vacation is a vacation, regardless of where you go. This was the second time I had a plan to visit San Juan, Puerto Rico that was altered due to a hurricane. The last time was in ’98. Eventually, I will visit Puerto Rico. In the interim, however, I am praying for those who live there and the horror they have experienced after the devastating effects of the 2017 hurricane season. And to the passengers who insist on complaining, I offer you this; imagine, for a moment, that you were on the ship during the hurricane. Redirection of ports is not that horrible, it is inevitable. Nature happens.
In all of my years of cruising, and there are many, I must say NCL is by far the best cruise line I have ever been blessed to sail on. They have, what I believe to be, the friendliest and most talented of staff. NCL’s crew always make us feel like family. Being an OCD neat freak, I must add that NCL is also the cleanest line. A spec of dust cannot be found! NCL has become our preferred choice for sailing for 14 years now. I cannot recommend them enough to anyone who is considering a vacation at sea. I realize have had been a little bit annoyed at times with the experience as a Latitudes member, (example is our cruise this past Thanksgiving, article click here) however, overall no other line comes even close to the wonderful vacationing experience NCL provides.
Now, some may say my daughter is pampered. I mean, how many 14 year olds can tout that they have taken fourteen 7-14 day cruises in their life time? We have incorporated these cruises into Kira’s home school lessons, however! Each port has a rich history. Even the ship provides education. We loved Kira’s questioning the knots to miles conversion! There is a learning opportunity everywhere you look.
From the significance of Horses in Aruba………
the impact Truman had on Key West, Florida….
to the relations of the United States of America and The Cayman Islands!
Not to say that we did not manage to have a little bit of fun amidst Kira’s cultural/historical and artistic educational experience. After all, the entire point behind this specific holiday was the celebration of our little girl turning 14!!!
And NCL helped us by having our cabin fully decorated with cake ready when we first arrived!!
We had a glorious 11 days at sea in celebration of Kira’s turning 14. The only down side was we are all sick now. Evidently, someone on board (actually several someones) were ill. Upon our arrival to land, we all fell ill. Kira’s fever finally broke at 102.4 the other late evening/early morning. I, myself, have been in bed non-stop. We feel a bit miserable, but it is quite worth our epic adventure. After all, without the bad, how can you truly appreciate the good?? I finally felt able to move to my computer and try to post. I have managed to fall quite behind on things in my illness stupor!
There is a big artistic significance behind this vacation as well. I will for now, however, leave that for a separate post.