Mary Ann Bellinger
Instructor McKoy -Taylor
My First Cruise
I remember like it was yesterday the year I decided to take my first vacation without the kids. My fiancé and I went on a week long cruise to Mexico. Neither one of us had ever been on a cruise so it was a new experience for the both of us. We needed to be in New Orleans for departure so we drove the six hours from Jonesboro, Arkansas to New Orleans, Louisiana. My fiancé and I used this time to talk, make plans for the future and fantasize about our week away from the kids and work.
We left before the sun was fully up when the sky is blue with fluffy white clouds and not a sign of rain anywhere not to mention Hurricane Irene. We enjoyed the night on bourbon street eating famous Louisiana gumbo and poor boy sandwiches, drinking wine and sight seeing. We rode the trolley through the famous ...view middle of the document...
After the brief introduction the passengers were free to roam. Of course, everyone went on deck to see the boat leave and wave goodbye to those seeing us off on a safe journey. That was a scene from the t.v. series The Love Boat or when the titanic set sail for the first time. Everyone was waving, taking pictures, or shouting their goodbyes and have fun.
The picture was surreal being on deck looking down at the water as the boat cut through the waves while speeding to our destination. Seeing an occasional dolphin swim along side the boat without a care in the world. Everyone cheering and shouting as we come along another cruise ship sailing to destinations unknown. I was so happy I had a smile from ear to ear but I was also sea sick. I had to take After a trip to the infirmary I was wearing patches and taking pills the rest of the trip. There was a day I spent the whole morning in bed because of being nauseated. Two days into the cruise we happen upon hurricane Irene now I was terrified. The boat was rocking more than usual, you can see the waves crashing higher up the side of the boat. The sky was so dark it looks like night at ten o'clock in the morning. The crew tried to take everyone's mind off the storm by playing games and just keeping the guests busy.
Later the Capitan invited everyone on board to a formal dinner where we had to dress up. The menu had orange chicken, peking duck, lemon fish, smother lamb I had to try something new. During dinner the Capitan came around and introduce himself and took pictures with the guests. After dinner we attended a Broadway show that looked and felt like we were back in Louisiana. There was singing and dancing, they blew horns and beat on garbage cans and threw beads, it was a scene from madi gras. The show was a helpful distraction from the storm until it was over and I was back in my cabin. The cruise had to take a detour from what we now know as hurricane Irene. Needless to say the family was worried about us because they knew we were out there with the storm. I'm happy to say the cruise ended without incident and we manage to steer clear of the storm to make it home safely.