Sea Swing Sensation 2010

Back in January Kevin and I taught on a cruise with Nikki & Shesha Marvin . We left out of Los Angeles, went down to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Cabo San Lucas, and then back to Los Angeles.

I had never been on a cruise before and I wasn’t quite sure if it was going to be for me, but within an hour of being on the boat, I was having such a great time. Kevin and I had a cabin on the inside of the ship which made it awesome for sleeping, but not so awesome for waking up. The shower in our room was pretty awesome as well. Nikki & Shesha had a room with a window and so did Kevin’s parents (his family came along).

Kevin and I taught a few classes while we on board, otherwise we worked out at the awesome gym (which during sea swells made me nauseous), had spa treatments, did internet (but only 250 minutes worth…that was a $100 package….eeek!), rehearsed, and ate. Speaking of which, there is LOTS of eating. Good heavens, so much eating. I think you can eat at every hour of the day on board and there are soooooo many different options. Furthermore, there were a lot of overweight people on board (I am talking clinically obese) and having access to food the way we did I think was a little overwhelming and lead to lots of people eating irresponsibly (I was also totally guilty of that).

Ok, so all that aside, I had a great time. I got to hang out with Kevin and his family (they are super awesome), Nikki & Shesha and their baby girl (I adore all of them), went zip lining (thanks Shesha!!), met some great people, got to dress up (a favorite!) ate some great food (thanks Chuck!), and performed with part of The Atomic Cherry Bombs. Here are some pictures from my trip.

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Pictures from Cat Cetrone, Jesse Mergenthaler, and Steve Wilcox.

QLL – cruises are awesome

Why did I not know this before this week? To be honest, I was thinking this cruise gig was going to be a total bust, but low and behold, within an hour of being on the ship (we hadn’t even left port yet), I was sold. I am a believer!

Now, I am sure that cruising isn’t for everyone, but it is for me. Relatively they aren’t all that expensive. For the price of a hotel room for 6 nights, you can take a 7 day cruise, get fed until you have to be rolled back to your room, order room service, go on water slides, watch movies on the big screen, escape the winter weather (depending on where you’re going), play splashy-splashy in the middle of January, play games (i.e. putt-putt golf, bingo, cards, shuffle board, trivia challenges, etc.) watch dance shows, and more! My favorite things: being completely surrounded by ocean and nothing else, a great gym (which is surprisingly empty), an awesome spa, and a killer shower in the room.

Life lesson: cruises are a blast, and they might be for you. If you decide to go on one, bring someone you’ d like to spend time with, sunscreen, outfits for theme nights, and a carefree attitude. Oh yeah, and if you need to do internet, just suck it up and buy the biggest package, chances are you’ll need it. Yes it’s expensive, but it beats being out of communication when can need to connect.