by Brooke P., Age 13 , Grade 8, Holy Trinity Parish School, Louisville , KENTUCKY USA
Teacher: Mrs. Reinhart

 I was sitting in the car so bored and achy. It had already been 8 hours, with 2 more hours to go. Me and my family were on our way to New Orleans, to board the Carnival Glory Cruise. I was so excited, and I had never been on a cruise before. I was listening to music, while my sisters were both asleep. We finally arrived to New Orleans, sadly the cruise didn’t leave till tomorrow, so we had an extra day in New Orleans. We stayed at a hotel, but there was still nothing to do that night. It was rainy and wet outside, there were no movie theaters around, and we were so bored. My mom had an idea to go to The French Quarter.
When we arrived to the French Quarter it was dark and wet outside. It was very sketchy and scary. There were inappropriate things everywhere around. There were people smoking, throwing up, and drinking. There were drunk people everywhere. I had no idea why my parents were taking my sisters and I to this place. They said that it was better in the afternoon. There was crime going on everywhere around me. We finally decided to head back to the hotel. Once we got back to the hotel, we went to bed. I could barely sleep I was so excited to go on the cruise the next day.
The next morning, me and my family woke up. We got dressed and got all of our stuff together. We headed out to the car and started driving. It was only about 30 minutes away to the boat port, so we were pretty close. We got to the port and I saw the boat. It was amazing! It was the coolest thing I had ever seen in my entire life. It was huge! It looked like any regular cruise ship, but the top of the boat had all the activities you could do. Water slides, mini golf, pools, hot tubs, walking path, volleyball court, and a basketball court! The ship didn’t take off until about an hour later. So we went and visited a mall right next to the boat. I was very bored in the mall. Finally an hour later we boarded the ship.
Once we got on the ship. It was massive! There were people everywhere, which I didn’t like. We couldn’t go to our rooms yet, so we went to the top deck of the ship and got seats. We were already in our swimsuits, so my sisters started tanning, while I went on the water slides. My goal was to meet a new friend on the ship, because my sisters are apparently too old to hang out with me. At the water slides, there were some girls that were very friendly. So I hung out with them. I was tired of going on the water slides so I
 went back to our chairs and my parents said that we could go to our rooms. Me and my sisters were in a separate room from my parents, since the rooms were very small. When I got to the room, it was very small and cramped. There was a bunk bed, a fridge, a normal bed, a bathroom, a closet, a desk, and a tv. I unpacked all my clothes, then me and my sister got ice cream. Here were some of the fun things on the ship... swimming, basketball, volleyball, exercise room, 24 hour soft serve ice cream, 24 hour pizza restaurant, waterworks, entertainment stage, all age club, and a game show.
After a while, we went back up to the top deck to layout. Finally, the ship was taking off! You could feel it moving. We went to dinner, and then after dinner we got dessert. There was a dessert buffet, and I got chocolate mousse pie. The food had already been paid for before we got on the ship, so we were allowed to get as much food as we want. Finally it was time for bed. When I got in bed, you could feel the ship moving a lot. It was kind of scary, but very exciting. A few days later, we arrived in Cozumel, Mexico. My family and I decided to go to a beach in Mexico. There were inflatables in the water and me and my sister had a lot of fun. Sadly, I forgot to put on sunscreen and I fell asleep while laying in the sun. Since we were in Mexico I got so sunburnt. After a long time, we got back on the ship and rested. I was so sunburnt I couldn’t walk.
A couple days passed and it was the last night on the ship. We went to this lip sync battle on the ship. It was so cool! It looked like an actual game show for lip syncing. The next day, we packed up and arrived back in New Orleans. I was so sad to leave but I had so much fun.
Now this spring break, my parents are talking about going on another cruise. I’m very excited because if we do I get to invite one of my friends. I really hope my parents decide to go on another cruise! I had so much fun on the last and can’t wait if we go back again!

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