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Travel Photo Thursday – Mayan Ruins

April 7, 2011 • By
Mayan Ruins

Taking a break from the unmerciful sun, inside a thatched hut

During my first cruise to the Caribbean, we stopped in several ports, Cozumel, Mexico being one of them.  Our tour guide/driver took us to the celebrated Mayan Ruins in San Gervasio, the largest of the 30 Mayan ruins in Cozumel.  It was nice to get a taste of history and learn how advanced that civilization was as far back as 2,000 years ago.  It felt good walking along the paths of such great people who contributed so much to the sciences that we benefit from to this day.

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My First Cruise Is Destined To Be My Last……

December 27, 2008 • By

Why My First Cruise Is Destined To Be My Last……cruiseship

My initial impression of cruising as a potential vacation option wasn’t a very positive one. I envisioned myself being held captive by the crescendoing waves of an aqueous prison with the ship’s captain as the warden.

It was as ominous as the doomed band playing on the lido deck while the Titanic sank and those images played over and over in my mind like a piece of celluloid film stuck in an old Bell and Howell. Not that I have a fear of drowning, it was more so a fear of confinement……of being stuck with no opportunity for my feet to touch terra firma.

Now, having experienced the reality of taking the cruise, it was……..pleasant. We had taken Bonine, a drug to prevent sea-sickness a couple of days before leaving and every day while we were on the ship, so we were fine in that arena. The port stops in Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Ocho Rios, respectively, were phenomenal. The service and fellow passengers on the Carnival Liberty were beyond reproach. Everyone was pleasant, helpful and courteous. The food was delectable, the shows superior, the ocean views unmatched….however…..I realized very early on that cruising was not for me.

It’s not easy to express what went off kilter…I can’t say wrong, because then the experience would become one that I regretted and I didn’t. Besides the obvious feeling of being confined/trapped with no place to go, it’s difficult to explain why I feel that my first cruise is destined to be my last but I will try. I’m not usually the claustrophobic type and although the ship was huge, the fact remained that there was no place to go beyond it during sea days. I know that I’m stating the obvious, but if I want out of my hotel room, it’s easy enough to do. On the boat, you are a captive audience, so I realized that this is something that I can’t compromise on in the future.READ MORE