I already talk/write too much as it is, what can a few more paragraphs hurt? I will be sharing a full recap soon, but for now, this condensed 'senses' recap, if you please.
I heard: Every little thing. Every slammed door, every footstep, every time someone dragged their balcony furniture instead of, I don't know, picking it up and moving it instead of dragging? But seriously. The walls are not thick on a cruise. This was not good for naps or early bedtimes (because we are 80 apparently). We also heard lots of live music, happy squeals from children and adults alike, and of course - the sound of the ocean, which never gets old.
I tasted: Everything. Seriously. I ate everything. And guess what? I gained 0 lbs. WTF? Of course, I gained plenty before we left, so that might have cushioned the blow, but yeah. I ate all the food, and drank all the fruity cocktails.
I smelled: The ocean. Food. Cigarettes. Sunscreen. BO. Alcohol. Any time I smelled something bad, I just brought a cocktail closer to my nose. Just kidding.
I saw: Lots of sunburned people, no matter how much sunscreen they put on - self included. Other than that, every single thing we saw was pretty much amazing and beautiful.
I touched: Real books. I didn't touch my kindle once, oops! I tell you what I did not touch, I did not touch a sea turtle because the guides told us not to. They were amazing to watch and of course there were some people in the group who could not resist reaching a hand out, but then every one else in the group yelled at them and the turtles were safe from idiots.
I felt: Not sea sick! Great, right? Except, I am apparently sea sick now. KC and I both have not stopped swaying (or feeling like we are swaying) since we got back and it's very disorienting. Also, I gained weight before the cruise instead of losing it, oh well, but honestly, I gave zero shits while we were there. I felt comfortable and confident and happy to be alive and uninjured. I do not recommend you have a truck hit you a week before holiday, but it definitely helped me. Jk.
Of course, it could have been the alcohol helping with the feeling comfortable and confident thing as well.
The cruise was very relaxing and we had a great time, though it was not like anything we've done before. We are very go, go, go, go people, and then we crash (early) at night. We are not really people who go out at night, and we do not sleep in. I'm not trying to be oh look at us or anything, just saying how we are. We like to do a lot, and then we like to do a lot of nothing. So doing a lot of nothing, and then trying to do more nothing at night kind of threw us for a loop. I normally sleep so well on holiday because I'm exhausted, but I didn't exhaust myself enough on the cruise, because we were just relaxing. Which is fine, relaxing is great, but it doesn't help me sleep. I'm not complaining at all, just putting down thoughts and feelings about our holiday. We really did have a good time, even if I am ridiculously dizzy right now.
After the cruise, the girls and I were supposed to go to Vegas for a weekend, but it was cancelled/postponed. My next trip is in September, mum is coming to the US (with a good friend of hers and mine) and I am flying to meet them and we are hitting LA and Vegas. After that, I won't be travelling again until our girls trip early next year, but basically our next big trip is THE big one. Australia & New Zealand. Let the planning begin (because of course I haven't already planned all of it, right?)! That will make it 3 years since I have been home, and who knows when we will be able to go back after that. So gotta make the most of it!
Have you been on a cruise? Did you enjoy it?