Until a few months before we boarded, it was the largest ship in the world, by Royal Caribbean. Then, it was pushed to second place as Symphony surpassed her by some gross tonnage, but not in length. Someone like me would never really notice the difference.
With this knowledge, I was still not motivated enough to get on a cruise because I’m not a water lover and I dreaded getting stuck in the middle of the sea for a week. Titanic is still in my mind. But, my husband assured me that I would not have to look at the water during the night and, after a lot of research, showed me a few activities that we could busy ourselves with there. I tried not to think about the Titanic and agreed with an open and positive mind.
We took more than 20 hours to reach Miami, Florida, from Bangalore, India and then rested on that rainy evening. A couple of days later, we drove to Fort Lauderdale to board the Harmony of the Seas. I was in awe of this humongous vessel. We entered the check-in area and grazed through the security check before we walked a few meters to the ship. We had to wait a while before we were allotted our rooms and given our App codes.
And then, I began writing down everything I got to know on the ship. All of us do not go through the official websites, before a holiday, now do we?
But, on port days, I did not find enough time (7 hours only) to explore the cities (Labadee in Haiti, Falmouth in Jamaica and Cozumel in Mexico) properly. Then I realized it was probably a teaser for one to decide whether they wanted to come back separately and visit the rest of the city another time.
Though I felt like I was stuck in a mall hotel in the middle of the sea, it was pretty amazing to be with various types of people for a week. We met some Spanish women, Indian men and witnessed some awesome grinding and twerking sessions at the club nights. Because I’m a foodie, I was very happy with the quality of food served all over the ship. Every crew member was aware on how to guide a guest in case he was lost, this included the waiters at the restaurants too. The ‘Daily Planner’ was very helpful by itself though I did not find the time to go through it in the midst of organizing kids and deciding which parties and activities to attend while the kids were away.
On the whole, the cruise holiday was quite an experience for someone who has never been on one before. Have you been on a cruise before? What was your experience like? Did you like it, love it or hate it?
Some of the pictures from the cruise holiday.
#LetsBlogwithPri is a Blog Train hosted by Prisha Lalwani, Author at Mummasaurus. It helps us produce articles more regularly than we could when not sitting in the blog train. I wholeheartedly thank Sneha Jubin, Author at Its a Twinning Story, for introducing me in her blog about a safe home. Also, I would like to introduce Jameela Soni, Author at Jamees Trait. Do read her latest blog post here.