Last month, my sisters and I went on a 2-night cruise trip to the Grand Bahama Island. It was my first time going on a cruise (and my little sister's), and it will probably be my last (I'll share why at the end).
Despite that, there were some great moments on that trip that I would like to remember—one of which was the Glass Bottom Boat Tour. If any of you reading this plans to book this excursion, note that it requires a minimum number of participants for it to happen.
Thankfully, we had more than enough participants to go on this tour on Friday, June 22nd. So, we got on a bus with several other people that morning and headed over to Port Lucaya Market Place where the boat was docked near. After signing and turning in our release forms, we boarded the boat and were soon on our way to explore the shallow reefs & deeper parts of the ocean surrounding the island.
The water was mesmerizing and all-around beautiful. I mean, look at it! It's so clean and clear (and under control 😜), and you can easily see the fishes and sharks that inhabit it. Ma shaa Allah. #nofilter
The glass bottom part of the boat wasn't how we expected it to be, but the view was still great nevertheless. We got to see different marine life (e.g. jellyfish), Brit's Shipwreck, and Cooper's Medieval Castle. We also got a chance to feed the fish (we got a sandwich-sized bag of food for $1), and our entertaining tour guide baited a hook to draw the sharks to the surface of the water. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this excursion and I would do it again if I ever get the chance to, in shaa Allah.
After the tour, we explored the market place while we waited for a bus to take us back to our cruise ship. During that time, we got [overpriced] t-shirts and a fridge magnet, and we split a coconut among the three of us. We also contemplated on going to the beach at the Grand Lucayan Resort (it was part of our excursion), but we decided not to in the end since it was about to rain.
Other great moments from this trip include . . .
🌊 Looking at the ocean: We sat on lounge chairs outside on one of the upper decks (and inside as well) and just stared at the ocean and sky. It was quite relaxing.
🏀 Playing basketball: There was a game room in the ship so we spent some of our time there playing basketball on Thursday and Friday. The pictures of our scores are from Friday: my little sister scored 312 points first, I scored 239 points, and she scored 402 points right after that.
🔢 Winning a rubber duck: Although arcade claw machines are usually rigged, the Duck Crane machine was not (or so I thought). Both of my sisters won rubber ducks on their first try, so I decided to give it a try too. I grabbed one of the ducks with the claw and pressed the catch button to claim my prize, but when the claw released it, the duck fell back into the pile of other ducks. #fail I had to try at least two times to win a rubber duck and I finally did (with the help of my little sister who won a total of 4 rubber ducks over those two days). I'm not superstitious, but something was definitely up.
😴 Sleeping on a bunk bed: This was a good moment because I got to sleep on my own bed. Plus, it's been years since I've slept on a bunk bed, so it was cool to have that "childhood experience" again.
Wait, it sounds like you had a good time, so why don't you want to go on a cruise again?
Although I'm grateful that I had the opportunity to go on a [almost-all-expenses-paid] cruise to the Grand Bahama Island, I don't plan to go on another cruise simply because cruises aren't for someone like me. They weren't designed for people who are trying to obey and get closer to God. What do I mean? Our cruise ship was filled with alcohol, a casino/gambling, pork and non-zabihah food, semi-nude people, (and God knows what else), which are all things displeasing to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala.
And it wasn't even a party cruise line.
Moreover, we're taught to stay away from places, people, and things that will lead us to commit sins (despite how strong we may think we are). While I'm not claiming that I'm obedient 24/7 (for God knows how disobedient I am), I am striving to be a better servant of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala, so every step towards that goal counts. Additionally, cruises aren't the only option for traveling and exploring the world, so I won't be missing out on anything spectacular by taking away this option.
All in all, I'm thankful for all the noteworthy moments during this trip and I look forward to my next adventure, in shaa Allah.