You wanna know a secret? I cry at least twice every time we go on a cruise. It’s something I just can’t control. I know you must be thinking that I’ve lost my mind, but my emotions just get the best of me. Let me explain…
Leaving the Port
This is one of the times when sunglasses come in handy to hide my tears. The excitement of knowing what lies ahead in the upcoming days fill me with emotions. All the planning and coordinating leads up to that moment of pulling out of port and I can finally relax.
We like to find a spot outside on one of the top decks to say farewell. The views are always incredible and the girls love waving goodbye – whether or not there are people on the shores. And then I take a step back and see this…
And that’s when the waterworks begin… I guess you could call them ‘excited’ tears as we begin a fun-filled trip. I’m overwhelmed with joy and I’m always incredibly thankful that I can experience this trip with my children. Exploring ports, eating great food and having fun on the ship – waving goodbye is just the beginning of the fun.
Our Farewell Dinner
Each night at the end of dinner service in the dining room, the servers and staff have “Showtime” – where they sing and dance to a selected song and it’s always a fun way to end dinner.
After such a fancy dinner, I love to see my server dancing around the room… and fellow cruisers are welcome to dance along and we do! One night, the song was Pharrell’s “Happy”, one night it was a Black Eyed Peas song and it is always a highlight of our day.
On the final night of the cruise, the servers always end the meal serenading everyone with a song that instantly makes me cry – thanking us for sailing with Carnival and wishing us safe travels back home. “You’re leaving on a Fun Ship. We hope to see you back again…” Ugh. It gets me every time. I’m crying just thinking about it. Here’s a video I found on YouTube —
So yep, there you have it… I cry on cruise ships. And I’m not ashamed… just emotional. I love the memories we make together as a family on Carnival cruises – they are trips that my girls will remember forever. I just hope they don’t remember Mom crying all the time too.
Tell me I’m not crazy… please!
** My family and I were invited guests of Carnival Cruise Lines. They did not ask me to write this post, I’m sharing my story with you because I want to, not because I was asked to do so. Thoughts (and tears) are my own. **