We were the youngest in the queue (by far!!) and looking around us at walking canes, wheelchairs etc our excitement was fading. We were asked oh are you the crew?! We boarded the ship, checked out our sea view room and headed for lunch. One of the crew told us we had a choice of five restaurants! All inclusive! We ended up in the dining room where the waiters pulled out our chairs, placed our napkins on our laps and handed us a menu with a lot of options. What had we let ourselves in for! For the remainder of the week we lived in five star luxury. Our room was cleaned twice a day, the bed made up morning and night, fresh towels twice a day, five restaurants and a never ending buffet, room service 24 hours, two pools, a gym, a spa and activities on all day. At night time there was several bars and lounges with different kinds of music, a large stage show, casino, and the Northern Lights nightclub. We found ourselves in here each night with the five other people under the age of forty, and some very energetic 70 year olds. And this is all just on the ship!
Our first stop was Half Moon Cay, Bahamas. Paradise is the only word to describe it. Simple as. Montego Bay, Jamaica was stop two and had all the personality you would imagine, yeah man. Grand Cayman Islands was next up and a beautiful day at seven mile beach. The final stop was the cute town of Key West and ironically is the end of Route One that we had driven on the Californian coast.
To our surprise we were the only two Irish people out of the 2000 passengers onboard. By the end of the week, approximately 1000 of these guests had been introduced to our Irish charms in one way or another ,we did our best in promotion (and the daily cocktails helped too!).
We returned to Fort Lauderdale after our seven days feeling like we had dreamt it all, the luck of the Irish was definitely with us on finding this deal