It was a good thing that Nassau was the last full day of sun exposure because my skin was HURTING the next day, which happened to be New Year’s Eve. I spent our first morning homebound reading my other book, “Yes Please” by Amy Poehler, in many indoor locations while trying to move as little as possible. I sat in the library for a while to get some peace and quiet during the shows that took place on the pool deck and in the main room in the middle of the ship.
There is something incredibly tranquil about being up against the window of a moving ship and watching the waves pass (once your fear of sinking goes away, that is).
In the afternoon I worked my way to the outdoor lounges and split my time between reading and playing shuffleboard with my mom and Erin.
I also found out that I am SO GOOD at gambling later that afternoon! We all went to the casino before dinner to play some slot machines and I won a whole penny! Check out my pics!
Anyway, before I get ahead of myself and head to Foxwoods, I’ll continue my story. That night, the family got dressed up and we went to another steakhouse, where I obviously had another delicious steak, this time accompanied with a rose wine.
After dinner we made our way to the main room of the ship, where rows of chairs were set up in front of the screen for families to wait for the countdown to midnight. Crowns and lei necklaces were given out, and live music was being performed on the dance floor. The ship employees came around with little glasses of sparking champagne for everyone. On the ceiling a tarp filled with hundreds of balloons hung waiting to be dropped at midnight.
The countdown began and at 12:00 sharp the boat went crazy. The captain of the ship wished us a happy new year as the balloons fell from the ceiling. People cheered, kissed, and hugged their families. Although we were at sea, we only knew each other, and there was no way for me to wish any of my family or friends back home a happy new year due to little cell reception, I somehow still felt so full.
The next morning we got our things ready to get off the ship and spent our time doing all of the things we hadn’t gotten to yet. We had breakfast on the top deck and watched the the wake of the boat fade behind us, and we spent our afternoon in the gift shops. The great thing about cruise ship gift ships is that during the duration of the trip, more and more things go on sale. We stocked ourselves up with jewelry, sweatshirts, and souvenirs for family and friends back home.
It was not long before it was time to drag ourselves off the ship. Before we knew it we were back in the car on our way home. Every one in my family was exhausted and worn out, but in the best way. I think each one of us spent our time exactly how we wanted. The girls spent time relaxing, sun-bathing, and reading, and the boys spent their time at the cigar bar and exploring the physical activities on the ship. All five of us left with incredible memories that we were so eager to share once we got home. As I unpacked my things once I got home, I displayed my conch shells in my room as a token of the greatest tropical vacation I have ever been on.