When I graduated high school, my two best friends and I went on a cruise to the Bahamas. We flew from D.C. to Miami to board our Norwegian Cruise. This was my first (and only) cruise experience and I will never forget it.
We visited four different islands during the excursion: Grand Bahama Island, Nassau, Atlantis Paradise Island, and ended on a small private island owned by Norwegian. At each island the ship would dock and we were all allowed off the boat for a number of hours to explore each tropical paradise.
Over the course of the trip, my friends and I ate an unsightly amount of delectable food, relaxed in the hot tubs, tanned by the crystal blue pools, saw comedy shows and played games. We explored the islands and soaked up the sun on the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. We even made a few friends on the ship who later became very useful for pushing us around on our floats when we were relaxing in the cove near the cruiseline’s private island.
I have such fond memories of this picturesque trip. The ocean water was the purest blue and turquoise I had ever seen and the sand was soft and warm on every beach. The islanders were always smiling and ready to hand you delicious, fruity drinks served in fresh coconuts. It was a perfect way to celebrate a milestone in our lives transitioning from high school to college.
I wouldn’t consider myself to be a “cruise person”; I prefer visiting places by land and not traveling from place to place via ship. But I do think it is a form of travel everyone should try at least once, if they have an interest. Cruising is a unique and comfortable way to see new places and explore. There has been some bad press for a few cruiselines over the last couple of years, so it is actually a great time to book a cruise for practically nothing.