Rock Me On The Water

You might think it’s a lonely idea to go on a cruise by yourself. But that’s exactly what I did last week, thanks to Shannon’s generous Christmas gift. She knew how much I loved the sea, and how much I needed a break from the stress and complexities of life.

Shannon and I had traveled the world together on commercial cruise ships, mostly on assignments, but we never went on a mega-ship cruise.

I/we always preferred the smaller, more intimate vessels that offered more luxury and privacy.

But Shannon wanted me to experience something different, something grand. She booked me a ticket on the Regal Princess, a massive ship that could hold over 3,000 passengers and 1,000 crew members. It was like a floating city, with everything from casinos to theaters to spas.

I was a bit hesitant at first, not sure if I would enjoy the crowds and the noise. I was also recovering from Covid, and I didn’t feel very energetic.

So I packed my bags and boarded the Regal Princess in Galveston, Texas. The ship was heading to the Caribbean, stopping at ports like Cozumel, Costa Maya, and Roatan. I was amazed by the size and the beauty of the ship, and by the variety of activities and entertainment it offered. I decided to give it a try and see what the mega-ship cruise was all about.

I soon found myself having a blast. I met some interesting people at the dining table and poolside., and even got some flirtatious glances from a few of them. I enjoyed the vibe, the music, and the food. I explored the ship and the ports, taking in the sights and the sounds. I felt like a kid again, having fun and being adventurous.

For my three days at sea, I wandered around the ship, photographing everything and anything.

But I also appreciated the quiet moments, when I could retreat to my cabin and watch re-runs of the “Love Boat”, the classic TV show that featured Princess Cruises. I loved the gentle rocking of the waves and the soothing sound of the water. I felt relaxed and peaceful like I hadn’t felt in a long time.

I also took a lot of photos, capturing the memories of the trip. But more importantly, I wrote a lot. I wrote about my feelings, my thoughts, my dreams. I wrote about my past, my present, and my future. I wrote like I was Ernest Hemingway, pouring my soul onto the paper.

This trip changed my thinking a bit. It made me realize what I wanted in the now. And what I needed.
I’m so glad I went on this solo cruise. It was the best thing that ever happened to me in a while.

More to come. I promise.




Jack Hollingsworth