What can be more exciting than a Day Cruise to the Bahamas? During our visit to Florida, Darren and I hopped on Discovery Cruise Line and headed for the pristine sands of the Bahamian beaches that are softly caressed by the aqua waters of the North Atlantic Ocean. Our cruise included two all-you-can-eat buffet meals, a swimming pool and sundecks, entertainment including music and a video disc jockey, cruise bingo, movies, games, bars, clubs, a video arcade, dancing, live music, cruise shows and contests, a casino with slots, Craps, Blackjack & Roulette, and did I mention all-inclusive drinks? We may have enjoyed the outdoors on the sun decks, took a dip in the pool, and ate a hearty breakfast, but it was the all-inclusive drinks that encouraged me to participate in a limbo contest at 9am, a dance contest with Darren on the main deck at 10am, and a “photo shoot” at 12pm. Our cheap, Discovery Cruise ended up being one of the most memorable days of our lives together.
Last call for boarding was at 7am and if you know me, that means I like to be there at least two hours early to make sure we don’t have problems in the line or issues with being late. We first stepped on the ship at 6:15am and breakfast wasn’t being served until 8am. What could we possibly do from 6:15-8? After doing a quick tour of the boat we realized that the main sundeck was already handing out drinks like Halloween candy so we took advantage of the “drunk-all-day” option that is usually only supported by young, college students.
Our 8am breakfast was washed down with several “Brilliant Sunset” drinks, orange juice, orange, maraschino cherries, grenadine, vodka, and ice. Then, we found our way back to the main deck because the limbo was about to begin and I had liquid courage.
I was surprised when Darren said he didn’t want to participate but I happily just asked him to take pictures as I made my way to the back of the line. Let me just say that several morning drinks and a dress do not equal good limbo skills.
I was back to the table 4 rounds later and we laughed about my inability to get down while trying not to flash everyone on the deck. I had my bikini on under my dress but I opted for the more classy limbo version in a dress.
Bingo followed the limbo and was too tame for our liking. We took that time to fully explore the ship and our options. Little did we know that there was another, equally large, deck serving drinks and having a dance party. Initially, we didn’t join in the crowd. We found seats off the the side and became onlookers, but the same courage I exhibited to participate in the limbo encouraged Darren to break out his best moves for me. he didn’t bother to join the others on what was a clearly marked dance floor. Nope! Not required I guess. Instead, he brought his best moves out where he was actually way more obvious and noticeable.
We took turns showing our best moves and taking pictures, completely oblivious to anyone else around us. We had always had fun together but this was the adventurous, free-spirited Darren that I knew existed and I laughed harder than ever before. It was most likely a combination of drinks, not knowing anyone, and being comfortable around each other that encouraged his new found freedom but I knew I had found my perfect match and we would have a lifetime of fun together.
Exhausted from dancing, we made our way to the bow of the ship where the breeze would be the strongest. Several, hilarious, jumping-action shots were taken before we actually took a break and enjoyed the views of the ocean while listening to the waves crash below.
We were about to set foot on new land and discover a new place, but I was quite content right where I was. It wasn’t the actual time spent in the Bahamas that made my day perfect; it was the new memories we made with each other that will last a lifetime.