I figure its best to begin by describing myself and my lovely wife first! We are both "punk rockers", not like the kind you have seen on wife swap, we don't have coffin couches and stripper poles in our house. My wife's company sends top performing managers on a trip once a year. Her store is always one of the best in the country so we always are able to go on these trips.
This years trip was a cruise, we had never been on a cruise never wanted to be on a cruise, and never thought we would be on a cruise. Needless to say we arrived in Miami with some semi pre-conceived notions of what to expect or not to expect on the ship. Our only form of reference was Titanic.
So here we go, we arrived in Miami, we got on a coach bus, headed for the port. We arrived at the port, and went through what seemed like 800 check points, we were then told that, the trip was no longer all inclusive, (that's the company's fault not the cruise ships)we were under the assumption that all the food, drinks, and booze were paid for (they asked us if we wanted the alcohol package). We went through 2 more checkpoints, got our picture taken once together, and then once by ourselves. We then went through 1 more checkpoint! At this point I was ready to just hang out in Miami but we pushed on, we got on the boat, and were greeted by yet another photographer! We blew past him this time learned our lesson from the last time, we proceeded to our room, we looked at pictures online, and floor plans of the room as well, they were nothing like the pictures, or the floor plans! It worked out to our benefit though because we kept asking all the other people from her company if they had couches too.
The rooms looked like a old RV bedroom with a tiny TV on the wall, we noticed a small paper on the bed, that had the days activities for the boat, along with pictures of the important staff members. We decided based on his picture that were going to stay as far away as we could from the cruise director. Even his picture looked like he had way too much energy and he need a chill pill!
We went up to the pool, there was 8 million (literally) people sitting poolside, so we just walked around, we found a lounge on the 14th floor of the poop deck, we went up there and hung out for a bit. We bought our first drinks for only 9.95 each! (this is getting to be an expensive trip already)
Her company had a meet and greet a few hours after we got on the boat, we went to that and took full advantage of the free drinks while we could. After the meet and greet, we went to the Casino, I won a grand playing blackjack (might cover our bar tab now). We went to some Latin bar, and then back to the pool at 4am, we went swimming and found out the pool was salt water. not a big deal just a shock!
We ported in the Nassau Bahamas, the next morning, we stumbled off the boat, at around 9am, and jumped in a taxi, we went to a pirate museum and then went to a beach with all you could drink drinks for 20 bucks! We also missed the boat, we went poolside, and hung out with people we knew! Got dressed up fancy for dinner went to the dinning room, avoided what seemed like thousands of photographers, got into our table sat with strangers, it was awesome, my wife is a vegetarian, she ate a house salad and some mashed potatoes! that's all they had on the menu for her! We meet up with friends started drinking All the sudden it was 3:30am.
Next day was Co Co Cay, this was weak it was like Disney built a themed island and then charged crazy money for everything! We hung out on the beach for a few hours on Co Co Cay, went to the "barbeque" got cold food, threw it away and took the ferry back to the boat, and ordered room service!
We went to the pool, wound up going to karaoke we both sang, we figured out how to get stronger drinks! We went to the "dance club" made fun of people for a while, went back to the room and crashed at 4am!
Key West, we got up at 8, went and walked around key west for a bit, found a Irish pub, got smashed, went back on the boat, ate dinner, went to the comedy and magic show, left after 10 min. wasn't comedy or magic, it was terrible. Went back to the casino wife won 300 playing slots, I won another 400 playing blackjack!
Al in all we wound up having fun, at first we were worried about the rooms but we were never in them! I think the fact that her company had 70% of the boat taken up added to the fun, because most of the store managers are cool! We would do it again!