I came home from work a few days ago and wanted to watch Netflix in bed (I mean, a must, right?), but when I powered up my laptop, my worst nightmare came true: it froze, crashed, and now it is forever fried!!! I tried everything to get it to work, and Googled like a mad man, but ultimately I discovered that my best bet is to take it to the Apple Genius Bar and pay $$$ to try and repair it to life. But even that’s not a guarantee. Ugh, sad day.
I’m telling you this because during my flight to New York, I wrote a longgg draft for this blog post about my trip to Mexico. So basically, the file is now lost! Luckily, I think that’s the only major thing that I lost. A while back, I downloaded all of my laptop files on to an external hard drive and also transferred them to my new desktop computer. Hoorah for backups!
So the reason that this post is super late is because I couldn’t save my draft, blah blah blah. Even though I really should be blaming my obvious procrastination-ness..
Ok. Now, enjoy my rewritten version:
I went on a super fun 11 day Mexican Riviera cruise (my first time!) with my family a little over a month ago. We stopped in Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo, Matzatlán, and Cabo. Everyday aboard the ship, we ate all the foods and drank all the drinks. We got to tan poolside at the back of the ship, enjoying the amazing view of the vast Pacific! And I’m not kidding; I ate SO many loaded baked potatoes and plates of chicken Parmesan, all poolside. LOL, so random, but so delicious. There was even an outdoor basketball court on the very top looking out to endless ocean, an outdoor mini golf course, a giant movie screen above the main outdoor pool, live shows, an endless list of activities like Bingo, a gym, a spa, and ice cream and pizza available whenever!
Since the food is all-inclusive (read: unlimited), it felt like everything you ordered was free.. haha and you could order as much as you wanted! At the buffet I would pile up and at our sit-down dinners, I would often order two appetizers, two entrées, and dessert!! But I think one of my favorite parts of the cruise was getting to know all of the crewmembers. They are from all over the world (like Romania, Serbia, Mexico, South Africa, and the Philippines), and they really became our friends! Especially our waiters, because they were assigned to our table for our ENTIRE trip. We miss you Milan and Gabriel!
We got off the ship at each port and it was really cool and interesting to see the culture in each Mexican city. We got to go on tours and went snorkeling in Cabo! Shout out to my favorite and hilarious tour guide Alex!! During our tour of Manzanillo he shouted out “And look! Over there, that’s a local, Bill from Seattle!” as he pointed at a random white guy exiting a grocery store, ha! My other favorite part of the cruise was the authentic Mexican food! SO good. Like the best guac I’ve ever had. Ever.
Unfortunately, the food came at a high cost: my brother, dad, and I all got food poisoning! It was literally the worst food poisoning of my life. It was so bad, the onboard medical practitioner had to come up to our rooms to give us medicine shots in our butts! LOL. Man was that an experience, and the constant rocking of the ship didn’t help either. Our food poisoning was so extreme, they were worried it was a viral or bacterial infection that would spread to other passengers. So we were quarantined in our rooms until they had to PRIVATELY escort us off of the ship when we docked back in San Francisco. I guess, luckily we got sick at the end of our trip, and not in the beginning…
Besides our unfortunate sickness, my first cruise experience was great! But at times, I wanted to be on land when there was no possible way to be. As my brother said once on the ship “um, I’m kind of tired of relaxing..” Lol! And while the average age of the passengers was about 55 (didn’t bother me!), I had a super fun time with my family! Oh, and I like to call it the burnt-n-turnt trip too: we tanned too much, and (almost) drank too much!
And now get ready, here are the rest of my pictures from our trip:
Back to the ship!
Have you taken a cruise before? Would you go again? Or if you haven’t yet, would you try it?
p.s. Happy Thanksgiving everyone! 🙂 I am SO thankful for the opportunity to have this experience and even more thankful to have the best, craziest, funniest family ever to enjoy it with!! Enjoy today (and everyday) with your loved ones!