I was on vacation, so it couldn’t be that bad.

I had to choose between editing photos from my cruise and cleaning my apartment that I trashed in the process of packing for said cruise. Um, I picked photo editing. Duh.

So, here I am, no longer on a boat, and still trying to figure out what exactly I want to tell all you lovely people reading this right now. I’m pretty much a dork, so when I got back, one of my first thoughts was “What am I going to write on my blog??” This question crossed my mind because I don’t have a raving review for you. I am torn between being upbeat and positive, providing a little escapism for you via descriptions of a delightful and sunny vacation, or just being honest with you about the things that weren’t so great. I don’t think this blog would be worth reading if I fake how I feel about things, so how about I be honest first, and then I’ll throw a little positivity into the mix to make sure I don’t depress you on an already rainy Tuesday.

Honest Wendy:

I don’t think cruises are my thing. There is not much to do besides gamble (Did this a little–don’t worry, Mom, not alot–and lost. Losing sucks.), drink, and wander aimlessly around a packed lido deck, realizing sadly that you will never find an open chair to enjoy the semi-warm sun. Oh, and add to that the unseasonably cold weather, not leaving the Tampa marina til 11:00 on the first night instead of 4:00, feeling dizzy most of the time from the rocking boat, and the general lack of classy people (It’s Spring Break time. Should have known.), and not-working amenities (ie, the hot tubs were all broken)…let’s just say I was less than impressed.

So, not thrilled with this choise of vacay. I won’t lie to you, I’m not known for being the most positive person. In fact, I have to work hard in situations like that to not just pout and be basically miserable to be around. I wish I was more of a glass-half-full kind of girl, but I’m not–unless I work at it, hard. I have to put a little extra effort into being positive, which is what I’m going to use the rest of this blog to do. It will be like therapy…I will stop complaining about what I didn’t like about the cruise, since I got that off my chest already, and I will share some of the truly good moments of the trip.

Positive Wendy:

First of all, this guy. He’s pretty awesome, and his hat was the coolest on the ship. I think he wore it every waking moment, and even during some naps.

The inside of the ship was….interesting. I expected opulence, but not necessarily the “Vegas-on-acid” kind. However, positive point: That elevator was see-through, and I like see-through elevators.

When we got to my room, I was giddy with excitement over the portholes! It was always fun to be able look over and see the ocean racing by.

While we were stuck in the Tampa harbor on the first day, our view was a shipyard repair area. Sounds blah, but at night you could see welding sparks dancing off the bows of ships, and the spotlights made a gorgeous reflection on the water. You can’t see it in this photo, but the moon was also HUGE and orange, and it was really peaceful watching it as we waited for sail away.

When we docked in Cozumel, it was early in the morning and pretty cloudy outside. The clouds actually made for a really striking background as I snapped shots of our ship, so I’m glad it wasn’t perfectly blue skies. And how amazingly huge is that boat?? It was a little surreal to stand beside the boat, trying to take it all in at once. How in the world does that thing float??

I love me some sun rays coming through clouds. Combine that with the bow of a giant ship, and I’m a happy girl.


I love the details on ships. I’ve always been a sucker for anything ship/sea-related…probably because The Voyage of the Dawn Treader was my favorite book when I was little.

Fun details in Mexico as we made our way through the touristy shopping district.

Ah, the beach. The water really was that blue, and crystal clear. Positive thing to note: Even though I didn’t bring a towel (dumb, I know), I managed to find that blue cushion thing I’m laying on, and it basically saved my day. Sooo comfortable…I took a couple of naps on it, and they were heavenly.

The beach in Cozumel was all-inclusive–all you can eat and drink. One of the best things about the cruise was the abundance of super delicious, super fruity drinks. This pina colada was YUM.

When I wasn’t sipping fruity deliciousness, napping in a hammock, eating Mexican food, or getting a massage (that’s right, I got a massage on the beach, and it was divine), I was wandering around the beach with my camera.

Last but not least, my favorite lemonade-from-lemons moment. On the last day at sea, the pool area was so crowded that I truly couldn’t find anywhere to sit. So, I went back to my cabin and made a  nest in the porthole window-seat. I curled up with a book (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas), determined that if I couldn’t sit in the sun by the pool, I would sit with a view of the ocean and enjoy the sun streaming through the portholes. It was actually quite lovely and possibly the most relaxing moment I had on the ship.

I’ll borrow Todd’s explanation of the whole experience: “It was ok, not great. But hey, I was on vacation, so it couldn’t be that bad.” 🙂


0 thoughts on “I was on vacation, so it couldn’t be that bad.

  1. Once_a_King

    Glad for the good, sad for the bad.

    Bodes ill for me. I always wanted to cruise the Caribbean and thought “the ships are so big you can’t even feel it.” But if one can feel it at all — and you got dizzy — then I get violently ill.

    I have used transderm scoplamine patches to MIRACULOUS effect before and wonder if those would keep me comfortable on a cruise. You can wear them for three days straight but if you do your eye muscles get anesthetized and you can’t focus — weird! So, at $10 a pop (ouch) I would probably take them off and put them back on based on shore leave or actual cruising.

    Speaking of — can you sketch out a complete “cruising and beaching” schedule for the trip? I would be interested. Did the boat stay in port at Cozumel for, like, two nights? Any night life in Cozumel?

    1. Wendy Norman

      Yeah, you would NOT survive a cruise. I took ginger pills, and that kept me from feeling sick, but I did feel dizzy kind of off and on. I could feel the boat rocking for sure.

      So, the cruise went like this:

      Day 1: Board the ship at noon, supposed to set sail at 4pm, didn’t leave til 11pm.
      Day 2: Day at sea…layed out on the pool deck and roamed around the ship. Formal dinner that night.
      Day 3: Docked in Cozumel at 6am, got off the boat around 8:30 or so, at a private beach from about 9:30-5:30. Boarded the boat again around 6, then set sail at 8. Never actually saw Cozumel, which was one of my biggest disappointments. There were actually excursions (expensive ones) that let you do an “Amazing Race” style adventure around the city. But the trip was planned for me, and I was never given a choice in the matter. That will NOT happen again. The beach was ok, but come on…we have beaches in FL. Mega lame in comparison to a race around Cozumel solving clues and doing challenges.
      Day 4: Another Day at sea…this was the day I couldn’t find a pool chair, so I read in my porthole window-seat, played some craps and slots in the casino, ate alot of food, and took a nap. We arrived back in Tampa the next morning at 6, got off the boat at 8, and drove back in time to get to work before noon. that was SUPER disorienting…I think I needed one more day off! lol

      So, there you have it…the cruise schedule in a nutshell!


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