On April 17, the Woodmore seniors loaded the bus and made their way to the Bahamas. After a 22-hour bus ride, they reached Port Canaveral in Florida. After getting through security checks, students began their experience of a life time aboard the Carnival cruise ship “Sensation.”
After being on the road for so long, the seniors made themselves right at home on the ship, changing into swimsuits and tank tops. Within just a few hours, the students were in the pool and hot tubs soaking up the sun.
There were several activities on the ship. The top deck had hundreds of chairs for tanning, a pool with hot tubs on each end, water slides near the back of the ship and a putt-putt golf course in the front. The inside of the ship offered a variety of things for students. Students had a chance to go to dance clubs and late night stand-up comedians. The Woodmore students even had their own fun at a private karaoke party.
When the ship reached the island Nassau on April 19, they were taken by a ferry to Blue Lagoon Island. This island featured a dolphin encounter, where some students had the opportunity to swim with the dolphins. Those who did not swim with dolphins enjoyed some fun at the beach, playing on “fotos,” which are big inflatables with straps to climb and play on.
“I think the only thing I didn’t like was that the kids swimming with the dolphins didn’t get to have fun on the beach due to time constraints,” said trip adviser Angie Balduf.
The group then returned to Nassau and shopped at the straw market, where they purchased items like cheap sunglasses and other souvenirs.
Every night they had dinner at 8:15 with hundreds of other passengers. Students could try new types of food like duck and escargot (snail).
“The food was amazing, I tired stuff I never thought I would ever eat in my life,” said student Zach Brossia.
When the ship returned to the dock the fun didn’t stop. Students shopped at the Coco Beach Ron Jon Surf Shop, where they bought even more souvenirs and Andy Shrewsbury even bought a long board.
The seniors returned to Woodmore on April 22, grateful to their advisers for taking them on their adventure, with many memories and tons of souvenirs.
(— reprinted with permission from the May issue of Window To Woodmore, a student publication).