I’m realizing slowly that I’m falling way behind on keeping up with writing [I’ve got adventures from before what I’m writing about now to cover still…oops]. Writing is one of the ways that I relax and unwind. I have had a few busy weeks, not to mention I’m stuck on island time. I escaped the foothills and went back to the sea for spring break. By far, this has been the best spring break that I’ve ever been on and I wish every second that I could go back. Keep on reading to get a glimpse into what we did for spring break!
One of my best friends, Abby, and I were talking about spring break in one of our classes in the last few weeks of fall semester. We talked about going to Key West, looked at some cruises, talked about going back to my beachside hometown, and more. One day, Abby came to me and told me that was told about a cruise that was 5 days long and had a huge group of Clemson students going on it! We did a little more research on the cruise, and before you know it, we had booked our spring break cruise on the Emerald Princess! The ship left out of Fort Lauderdale and went to Princess Cay (Princess Cruise Line’s private island in the Bahamas) and Grand Turk, the capital of Turks and Caicos. The ship was by far the most beautiful ship I have ever been on [I’ve been on many cruises with family and friends].
When we booked our room, we picked an exterior room on the 8th floor because it was discounted significantly for an “obstructed view.” We figured it wouldn’t matter since we would barely be in the room anyways because we’re broke college students that saved up all our money for this cruise. When we got to our room, the “obstructed view” was nothing like we were expecting. See for yourself:
Besides one pole to the right of this image, and a lifeboat far off to the right, this was our stateroom view. Pretty incredible for a so-called blocked view.
We spent a day and a half at sea before our first port of call. Both Abby and I [and most of the college students on the cruise] had purchased the ultimate drink package which allowed unlimited amounts of any beverage under $10, everything from coffee to cocktails was included. It was very reasonably priced when you consider each drink is $10. We spent the day at sea at the pool, went to dinner in the dining room, went to the casino, and the nightclub with all of our Clemson friends that were on the ship with us.
Our first port of call was Princess Cay, which is Princess Cruise Line’s private island. One benefit of being on this island, even though we were not immersed in the culture of the Bahamas, we were able to utilize all of our benefits of being on the cruise ship itself including our drink package and free meals. Any souvenirs that were purchased on the island were charged to your shipboard account, which made things not only run faster but also made things easier. We spent the day on the beach and in the waist-deep water. We were blessed with perfect weather and warm water.
The next day we had another day at sea spent by the pool deck. The nighttime, however, was different this day because it was our formal night. I love any excuse to get dressed up in my best. My family always tells me that I’m an old soul, and I always feel this to be true on days or nights when I can dress up. I wore the dress that I bought for my sorority’s formal again, and I would wear it 100 times again because I love it so much.
Our second port of call was Grand Turk in Turks and Caicos. We decided to book an excursion through Princess to go snorkeling and swimming with sting rays. We got a short boat tour of the area, then proceeded to a snorkel spot over a coral reef. We saw everything from sting rays and squids to barracudas and parrot fish. The water was incredibly blue and pristine, and was the perfect temperature. It was definitely the perfect day for snorkeling.
After our snorkel, we travelled from the reef to a small island known as Gibb’s Cay. There we were able to explore the small island as well as hold and kiss a stingray! Incase you aren’t aware, it is good luck to kiss a stingray – 7 years of good luck to be exact. It was such a neat experience to be able to interact with the wild animals, especially considering the fact that I want to study veterinary medicine.
After our snorkeling and stingray adventure, we went to Margaritaville at the port and got lunch. We spent the rest of the day there with our Clemson friends and had a great time with all the entertainment that they offered.
Our last day at sea was definitely one to remember. I had not known anyone except Abby and one other person before the cruise. By the last day, I knew everyone and we were all having a great time. We all had a blast and headed along our way after the day at sea back to our homes or Clemson.
By a landslide, this has definitely been the best spring break that I have ever been on, for many reasons. Freshman year I had sun poisoning while in Key West with sisters, sophomore year I just went home for break [don’t get me wrong, I love home]. This spring break finally felt like a true spring break should feel. I can’t wait until next years spring break to see how it compares to this one! I have included a video below from my YouTube channel that encompasses some of the highlights of our trip, including the “Mr. Sexy Legs Competition” that [proudly] one of our Clemson boys won!
Go find your paradise!