On Saturday, Sept 17th, we drove to the airport. On the way the fog was so thick it covered up all the cars in our view. We could only see the lights. The lights were bright and shinny. It was so early, I woke up at 4:00 am, and we were driving at 5:00am.
On the plane I watched everything. First I got a drink and ate my blueberry muffin. I talked with my Aunt. I then looked out the window and looked for shapes in the clouds below us. I looked beyond the clouds and saw the land forms. We flew over lots of water. I took a nap and when I awoke we had landed at the airport in Ft. Lauderdale.
In Miami we went to the Everglades and learned about the environment. We took an Airboat ride and saw alligators. We each got to hold a real live alligator; I could not believe I held a live alligator. We each got an alligator tooth, it was gross. I can’t wait; tomorrow we get on the ship.
The first day on the ship my Mom and I went to the pool and listened to the band. The pool was 5’8” deep so I could not stand. We went to Cast Away party and danced as our ship left Miami. I met my pen pal Morgan, she is 9 and lives in Kansas City and is also a dancer. We had a fancy dinner the first night and every night of the cruise. I could order anything I wanted. We watched the parade on the Promenade and then at 11 o’clock at night we went to the ice rink Studio B and went skating.
On day 2 we woke up and we were going through Hurricane Rita. The hurricane was named after my mom (Rita). I got my sea legs, but my dad was very sick. The wind was blowing so hard that we would not walk on deck without bending over. Some of the doors were blocked to keep people from going outside. I spent the day at Kids Club where I met lots of new friends, kids from California, and Australia. I was in the 9-11 age group. At kids club we Sumo wrestled, arm wrestled, played tug-a-war, ring toss and toss the plates. In toss the plates you had to toss a plate and get it to land on the table. It was very hard. I stayed at the kids club for Late Night Party Zone.
On day 3 we woke up and were past the hurricane. In the morning we climbed the rock wall, went roller balding and went down the water slide all before lunch. We then went on shore in Puerto Rico. It was my Mom’s birthday and she was telling everyone she was 29 for the 10th time. She is really 39. We went shopping and she got a diamond ring and I got a tanzanite and diamond ring. On the ship we had a nice dinner and we had a birthday cake. We went to family trivia and then to family disco hour where my whole family danced to 70’s music. My favorite song was Dancing Queen.
On the fourth day of the cruise we went to St. Martian. We went to Bikini beach and rented boogie boards. The waves were really high so we tried to body surf. We got caught in the rain on the beach. The rain was cold. When the rain stopped we took a taxi back to the ship. We went to dinner and to Late Night Party Zone. While I was at Kids Club for Late Night Party Zone my mom and dad when shopping on the Promenade.
Our next port was St. Thomas. We took a taxi on St. Thomas to the Red Hook Ferry. We took the Ferry over the St. John; on St. John we took another taxi to Trunk Bay. I thought it was Trump Bay as in Donald Trump, but it is Trunk Bay. It was the most beautiful beach I have ever seen. I have been on 4 cruises and this was the best beach of all. We went snorkeling and saw a huge fish, bigger than my brother Kole. We went also saw a school of fish, there were thousands of them swimming together. After snorkeling we went back to the beach. My brother’s friend Aaron buried me in the sand, and then we buried my brother. He was stuck and we had to dig him out. My Dad saw a jelly fish and the lifeguard picked it up and told us the purple on it is what stings and the jelly fish split into two pieces. The lifeguard said that it did not hurt the jellyfish that it would live like that. We ate lunch and then I looked for shells but did not find any. It was time to go back to the ship. After dinner we went to kids club and played Gaga Ball.
Day 6 was a sea day. I couldn’t believe it was the sixth day already…………but we have so many things to do. It was Kyle’s 12th birthday. I told him happy birthday many times. I spent to morning in Kids club. We did some fun science experiments. I was in the talent competition and had two acts. I danced with Morgan and I sang. I went to the pool with my friend Morgan and her Dad. I went to the kids club in the afternoon. At dinner they had our table decorated with balloons and flower petals. They brought Kyle a big birthday cake. We went to Kids Club after dinner and then met my Mom, Dad and Aunt at Maharaja’s for Family Karaoke. We sang Bohemian Rhapsody. I don’t think we were that good, but they gave us Survivor Buffs as a prize. After that we went back to Kids Club for one more Gaga Ball game, and then met my Mom and Dad for the Midnight Buffet. I got chocolate covered strawberries and cake and took it back to the room to eat it. The food was so cool.
On day seven I made the shell boxes while my Dad and brother and Aaron were in the dodge ball tournament. We then went to Nassau and went to the Atlantis Resort. We went down the water slide, saw the aquariums, went on the lazy river and did more water slides. After that we went to the straw market and had fun trying to get things for a good price. I bought a basket of shells. We went back to the ship and had a great dinner. After dinner we got spray on tattoos. I could not believe our cruise was over. Mom says that means that it is time to plan the next cruise.