04.10.2015 - 11.10.2015
This cruise was unusual for a few reasons. First, we were skirting along avoiding the huge Hurricane Joaquin. The sea was rough and the ship rocked, even though it is as big as a small city. It defies logic that something that big can actually float. We cruised along for a few days and then the next unusual event occurred. The Captain came over the loudspeaker and announced we had to veer off course during the night. We had backtracked and were off the coast of South Carolina. There was a medical emergency on board and someone had to be media-vaced off the ship. Sure enough, a short while later, a Coast Guard boat circled around us in the water and a helicopter hovered over head. Someone was lowered onto the deck. More announcements warned us against photography OF ANY KIND. No wonder. I'm sure they don't want this sort of stuff to be publicized. After the poor soul was lifted onto the helicopter, the engines started and we were off. Our arrival in Bermuda was set for afternoon and had been delayed by our unscheduled stop.
Drowning my sorrows in lobster and tiramisu, it was consoling to notice that the air had turned balmy and humid. Hanging on our balcony, I looked forward to three days in Bermuda. That was the other unusual feature of this cruise. Instead of hopping off and on in various ports, we got to stay in the harbor in Bermuda for three days enjoying the Island's gorgeous beaches, such as Elbow Beach, and Horseshoe Bay, as well as the town of Hamilton. By the time we arrived, the Hurricane was a vague memory and Bermuda had been spared.
There are shows on board to enjoy, a bit of gambling, endless meals and a few cocktails. All in all, in spite of a shaky start and Hurricane Joaquin, I loved my first cruise. I might even be persuaded to do another. Someday.