Week 9 – Two Princesses on the Costa Cruise

The past five days has been such an amazing blessing. Everything about living on a cruise ship was beyond royalty treatment. I am so sad to be writing this on my last day of the cruise because I don’t ever want to leave. The people, the environment and the lifestyle on here are so different than the life I know. Being here feels like I’ve been placed out of time or have been transported to another time space. It was like mentally and physically being taken away from the outside world, especially since I had no Internet on the cruise.

Screen Shot 2013-12-27 at 12.16.56 AM(Overpriced cruise photos that we took photos of)

Screen Shot 2013-12-27 at 12.20.47 AM(Will remember these memories forever)

Everyday I woke up to the most amazing views of the sunrise, ones that peaked over the mountains or from the water. Every night, I would watch the best sunsets I’ve ever seen. There would always be clear blue water with the mountains afar, yet no matter how often I would look at the view, I could not get enough. It was breathtaking, every single moment of it. Being on that boat staring at the magnificent view, reflecting back on the blessings of my life, was the greatest feeling in the world.

Screen Shot 2013-12-27 at 12.14.58 AM(Sunrise over Santorini, Greece around 6:30am view… these pictures are so INCOMPARABLE to the real view) 

Screen Shot 2013-12-27 at 12.15.16 AM(Sunrise over Santorini, Greece around 8am view)

Screen Shot 2013-12-27 at 12.17.38 AM(Sunset over Izmir, Turkey… me trying to spy on “O Captain My Captain” on our balcony)

Screen Shot 2013-12-27 at 12.17.57 AM(Jersey enjoying her wine during the Turkey sunset on our private balcony)

Screen Shot 2013-12-27 at 12.18.14 AM(Sunset over Athens, Greece)

Screen Shot 2013-12-27 at 12.18.43 AM(Such an instagram photo, but don’t have an account. Sunset over Athens, Greece)

Screen Shot 2013-12-27 at 12.19.37 AM(Vertical panoramic view of the sunrise over Olympia, Greece around 6am)

Screen Shot 2013-12-27 at 12.20.08 AM(Passing by one of Mediterranean Sea’s many islands)

Screen Shot 2013-12-27 at 12.22.12 AM(I think this is Sicily…)

What I thought of cruise ships before getting on here has changed drastically now. Before, I imagined feeling “stuck” on the ship until the next destination and that even at the next port, you don’t have enough time to really enjoy the stay. Now, I think cruises are the best thing that has ever happened to my traveling. I don’t think I ever want to do the plane-hotel or spontaneous get-on-train-to-wherever anymore. It’s just amazing how much you can get by living on a ship. There were over 3000 people on deck, including the staff, so you meet a lot of people from all over the world. There is rich culture to explore even just within the ship. Then, there was also the fact that everyday you wake up in a new city/country. Not only that, but you don’t have to worry about carrying your luggage around from hotel to hotel.

Every night was a five-course sit-down dinner. Every night, I had a chance to try things that I would have never ordered in restaurants. My Facebook album is going to max out on the food and drink photos. I don’t think I ever ate anything on the ship that I did not like. The best was the duck I had on our last night on the ship.

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Screen Shot 2013-12-27 at 12.17.22 AM(Best duck I’ve ever had)

Screen Shot 2013-12-27 at 12.17.30 AM(Appetizer)

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Screen Shot 2013-12-27 at 12.20.41 AM(Dessert)

Screen Shot 2013-12-27 at 12.22.05 AM(Breakfast smoked salmon)

Screen Shot 2013-12-27 at 12.22.45 AM(Can’t remember what this was, but it was probably delicious)

It has only been five nights that I have been on this ship, but it feels much longer than that. I wish it were much longer than that. Jersey and I are actually disembarking early in Rome, rather than staying to get off at Savona/Genoa. That was my stupid mistake. I figured since we can’t get back to Lyon since it’s All Saints Weekend (French national holiday weekend where EVERYTHING is closed), we could spend a weekend in Rome. I am regretting so much that we are disembarking early. I cannot even describe how much I am going to miss it. I feel like a celebrity here and I don’t want my fifteen minutes of fame to end.

I think what really got me to love my experience here though is the staff members. Living on the ship has got me to know a little taste of fame and royalty and my goodness it was good. Jersey and I definitely got special treatments from everyone because we were the “pretty American girls” on board. Even beyond that, every single person I have met on the ship was so wonderful and amiable. Every time I pass down a hall or enter a new part of the ship, the people already knew who we were. Some even greeted us by our names because they were so familiar with us: they knew where we lived, they knew what we liked to drink and they knew we were the happiest girls on the ship. For example, when Jersey and I walked into the dinner restaurant, everyone always greeted us with lines like, “good evening beautiful girls,” and “you look lovely tonight, as always.” Even when we were late, the host would say, “the beautiful American girls, late again.” We had the same waiters and they were SO nice to us. They knew which wines we wanted (Jersey always had Pinot Grigio and I always had the Bordeaux) and was always so happy to serve us. Even on our last night, the F&B Director came over to our table just to let us know that we were his favorite girls. How sweet :)

Screen Shot 2013-12-27 at 12.19.15 AM(Jersey sitting on the other side of the table trying to act like she’s 12)

Screen Shot 2013-12-27 at 12.20.29 AM(During Italia night when everyone was up and dancing during dinner)

Screen Shot 2013-12-27 at 12.22.56 AM(Me and Jersey with the cutest little Korean girl that sat with us at dinner)

Screen Shot 2013-12-27 at 12.23.03 AM(Me and Jersey with our favorite waiter and the F&B Director)

I know that for Jersey, she really found a new home in Greece; she really loved it there. As for me, I felt that in these five days, I found myself a new home too… on the cruise. It’s the perfect combination of travel and work that I’ve always wanted. It’s perfect for a nomad like me. I don’t think my parents would be too happy to hear it, but I really am considering a position on board. How amazing would it be to wake up everyday in a new city! I honestly can’t wait to finish school now so that I can hop on sea for my next chapter in life.

Screen Shot 2013-12-27 at 12.19.56 AM(I wonder what she’s dreaming about…)

Screen Shot 2013-12-27 at 12.20.01 AM(This should be illegal)

Xoxo from Costa Mediterranea,

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