It all started when I walked into my old job to say hello to my former coworkers. Monique hugged me and said that her family was going to be going on a weekend cruise and I should come if I was free. Almost without missing a beat I said "Sure! I mean, if you're serious I'll third wheel the shit outta that trip!"
She gave me the details and I booked the trip. I went on a cruise piggy backing someone else's family vacation only knowing one person. Sometimes crazy adventures are just that simple.
I'm glad I went. I had a fantastic time and I made friends with everyone in the group. They made me feel like family and I'd do it all again in a heartbeat.
Riviera Beach Port.
People enjoying the hot tub as we left the port.
Colorful kiddie pool juxtaposed in front of the industrial port.
Kiki, Kelly, Antoine, and Monique.
Antoine and Kelly.
Monique and I.
One of my favorite places to be on a cruise is the bow of the ship. On this particular ship the bow was extremely difficult to find. Tucked away on an almost private floor through a hallway of the most exclusive rooms. At the end of the hallway there was a small wooden door without a label. Through the door was a small balcony just above the bow area and the most breathtaking view of the full moon over the open ocean.
Pulling into the Bahamas in the early hours of the morning.
On the bus to the beach.
The whole group: (Standing left to right) Toni, Kurt, Mike, Antoine, Dennis. (Sitting left to right) Monique, Kelly, Rosezitta, Kiki, and J.T.
Our beach trip in the Bahamas included a floating trampoline and inflated obstacle course.
Rosezitta, Toni and I ready to head back to the ship.
Kelly leading the charge and turning the bus ride into an all out party.
Antoine with Bahamanian drummer.
Leaving the Bahamas.
Leaning over the side of the boat watching the patterns in the churning wake.
Mike, Kelly, Antoine, and Toni relaxing on the deck.
On the bow again watching the moon over a cloudier sky on the way back home.