My First Cruise — An Unforgettable Vacation

As a veteran of 20 cruises it is so exciting to relive the first cruise with our travel writer, Deidre Niece

My First Cruise – An Unforgettable Vacation

The perfect vacation doesn’t have to be filled with beautiful views, decadent food,or activities galore.

Who am I kidding? This is the perfect vacation everyone dreams of having. In thefall of 2010 my dreams came true when I stepped foot on the Carnival Inspiration, with my fiancé and soon to be in-laws.

Leaving from Tampa, Florida we made way to the Grand Cayman, followed by Cozumel. I was already in pure bliss knowing I was venturing to two beautiful places all in one week. The added bonus was nightly shows, formal dinners and the endless ocean view was the icing on the cake.

Leaving Tampa

In Grand Cayman we explored the town and had a couple of drinks at the local Margaretville. This was my first experience being in an English colony and that meant driving on the opposite side of the road. This may seem like nothing special but I found it fascinating coming from America. Our visit in Cozumel consisted of lounging on the lovely Mexican sand and touring the town square. The shopping was also very new to me because prices were not set in stone, and haggling was encouraged.

Arriving at Grand Cayman


After settling into our cabin it was time to explore the ship. It was filled with decks upon decks of things to occupy oneself for hours. Casinos, bars, pools, shopping and let’s not forget about the food. The food was a divine experience all by itself. Buffets, casual dining, and signature dining areas were only a few places where you could taste some of the best food imaginable. Every night our taste buds experienced something new. Chicken A La Grecque, New York Sirloin, Bitter and Blanc, and the Strawberry Soup was to die for. With all the excitement we had to schedule time to relax. Sailing days were the perfect time
to do just that. Schedule a day at the spa, or claim a spot on a lounge chair and take in the ocean breeze. My evenings were spent with my significant other; strolling the deck. Finding time to spend with everyone was never a problem because the ship offered many family oriented events. We always attended dinner and shows with the parents.

It was a trip of no worries, or dull moments. The exotic places and the food captured my heart, and when stepping back on land I could only wish it lasted longer. Time really does fly by when you’re having fun. I would welcome the chance to go back and experience everything again, especially Cozumel’s Mayan Ruins, and another relaxing day at the beach. We’d love to hear your experiences on Carnival Cruises or about your first cruise. If you would like to learn more about cruises, please contact Best Cruises and Travel Now at 203-221-3171 or toll free at 888-499-7245 or email me at:

Photos and Blogpost by Deidrea Niece, Travel Writer for Best Cruises and Travel Now


About evagreenwald

I co-own Best Cruises and Travel Now, a full service, home-based travel agency. Our customers save a lot of time, a lot of money, a lot of aggravation from travel mistakes, while we give them expert, personalized travel advice and excellent customer service. Since we are affiliated with Cruise Planners/American Express, our clients can pay for part or all of their trip using their American Express Reward points! We specialize in specialty and theme cruises and trips, honeymoons and destination weddings, corporate travel and sales incentive trips, family and school reunions and friends getaways. We will exceed your expectations!
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