What’s getting me through this last week and a half of schoolwork and finals is knowing that, in less than two weeks, I will be in vacation bliss. Yes!! The day after my last final, my husband and I are booking it to New Orleans to then board a cruise heading to Progreso and Cozumel. To say I’m really excited would be an understatement. The idea of a cruise has seemed magical to me since childhood. Being on a big ship full of fun, all-inclusive things, devouring delicious, all-you-can-eat food whilst traveling to soon-to-be-explored foreign lands….It’s a fascination that’s stayed very much alive throughout the years. On top of fun on a big boat and exploring beautiful parts of Mexico, I’m also stoked to be visiting New Orleans for the first time. Being married to a Boudreaux has given me a taste of both the thrilling Cajun environment and the scrumptious eats, so I’m definitely joyfully anticipating the entirety of this trip.
The crazy thing is, I had originally booked a cruise in April, leaving from Galveston, Tx. Almost immediately following my booking, the same ship I had booked was stranded, full of passengers, in the middle of the ocean. Clearly, I’m really lucky with this timing stuff. All passengers were okay, but, to say the least, it didn’t make for a fun next several days for them. Needless to say, there were some maintenance problems to be dealt with on this particular ship, and my first booking was cancelled. I booked another cruise for May on the same exact ship, (I figured surely they wouldn’t let the same thing happen again?) and a couple of weeks later, got an email saying Carnival was still working on maintenance stuff. This booking was also cancelled. At this point, I was annoyed, bummed and about ready to postpone fulfilling this cruise resolution of mine. Then, while perusing the internet one day, I came across an online ad for a Carnival cruise ship leaving from New Orleans. A light-bulb went off. I could visit a new-to-me and wildly popular U.S. city AND leave the country on an entertainment-filled ship to arrive at what looks very much like paradise? All in the same week!? Yes, yes please. I quickly called and booked the cruise. Y’all. It gets better. Because the cruise line had now cancelled my cruise plans twice, my husband and I will also be receiving $200 towards our on-board expenses to do with whatever we so please. Since most everything is already all-inclusive, I’m thinking a shore excursion, plenty of alcoholic beverages and maybe even a spa day? Oh, the possibilities….
All’s well that ends well, yeah? LESS THAN TWO WEEKS, GUYS!