A little over a week ago, I went on a cruise with my family. I was definitely excited leading up to it, but definitely nervous that four of us would be in a 159 sq ft room for seven days. Were we all going to fit? Were we going kill each other? Plus, we were going with seven other members of my extended family. Will eleven people at dinner be too much? I had never been on a cruise before so I also wasn’t sure if I was going to be nauseous or not! I was nauseous for a few hours then it went away thanks to Dramamine. In typical Kenya fashion, I was worrying. But, those fears went away immediately by day one.
Once we were on the ship (never call it a boat or the staff will immediately correct you!), I was amazed at all of the cool things on it and shocked at the sheer size. A cruise ship is HUGE! We were on Royal Caribbean: Freedom of the Seas. There was an ice skating rink, miniature golf and casino, just to name a few amenities. We docked at four locations: Labadee, Haiti; Falmouth, Jamaica; Georgetown, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico. During the week, we went on amazing excursions. Horse-back riding in Jamaica was by far the best while being attacked by mosquitoes at the Mayan Ruins was the worst! I ate a ton of food. There is ALWAYS food available and at dinner I had an appetizer, salad, entrée and dessert every night…because I could. I’m pretty sure I gained a few happy lbs. You are surrounded by thousands of people all day so I also made sure to find some time to relax by myself. I got a lovely massage and walked around by myself in Grand Cayman.
The staff on the ship was amazing. Most of the people that work on the ship have multiple jobs.They spend months away from their family at a time and many said it was difficult to be away from them for so long. I was fortunate that on this trip, I was able to spend some one-on-one time with my mom, sister and niece. The four of us are all very different but we complement each other well. We all learn things from one another, care for one another and we help each other be better people. I LOVE my family and I do not think I realized how much they meant to me until I moved away. Being able to spend time with the people you love, outside of a holiday or major event, is much more fun. The cruise with my family was amazing…and we didn’t kill each other. I think it made us closer! Family vacations shouldn’t stop once your kids grow up. We don’t stop being family once we grow up, right?! Ok family, so where are going next year??!!