Soleaux Doleaux

For the past five or six years, I’ve been desiring and on many occassions planning to go places and attend events but always lacked a traveling companion when the time came. After years of frustration of missing events and wasting time and money, I finally gathered the courage to do something I’ve been debating for years…I went on a Mexican cruise…alone!

I have to admit, I was more than a little scared in the beginning, but as the time came closer and a definitive choice had to be made, excitement took over. By the time I boarded the ship, I was ecstatic and at this moment, I can honestly say, I have no regrets. The trip was surely one of the most amazing times of my life.

I would have never thought that I could have so much fun venturing alone. There was no compromising on what to do, when and what to eat, when to rest, or anything else. I did what I wanted, when I wanted, and for how long I wanted. I hate to toot my own horn, but I was the best company I could have.

Needless to say, I was never really ever alone. I was on a cruise ship with hundreds of other travelers. I shared a dinner table with the same 6 people every night…3 couples who were routine cruisers and very open to offering this first timer tips and pointers. We bonded quite nicely during the week. Breakfast wasn’t assigned dining, but I met a lot of interesting people every morning and bumped into many of them several times throughout the week.

I paraded across the Chacchoben Mayan Ruins and toured the clear waters of the Caribbeans at a depth of 125 feet in a submarine. I attended 3 broadway and several comedy shows. Won a diamond pendant with a gold necklace, learned how to make towel animals, played trivia, shopped, and even joined a casino slot competition. I had a blast. I did everything but touch water (with the exception of bathing). On the last day of sail, my plan was to relax in the spa’s hot tub and soak up the sun while enjoying the view, but the weather turned turbulent and all outside events were cancelled so I spent the day in the casino.

Beyond any of the adventurous fun, this trip allowed me the chance to get in touch with myself by experiencing who I am and what really excites me. It also gave me some much needed time alone from family, friends, work, and school. I love my children, but they knew as well as I did how valuable this time would be for me to take this trip alone as they were my biggest supporters and urgers to go. With the exception of not having someone readily available to take those photographic memories, all else was great. I still got a few great photos, as someone was always around to volunteer to take your picture for you and in return you do the same for them, so there was never really a moment of great loss and I would definitely jump at the chance to cruise solo dolo again. I’ve gotten a taste of total freedom and can’t wait to dine at that table again!

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