My wife and I had a great wedding. Family and friends on a gorgeous
afternoon in the month of May. It couldn't have gone better and as far
as we're concerned it was the best wedding we have ever been to. But
then everyone says that about their wedding, probably even the people
who send their wedding videos to those wedding bloopers shows.
But I digress. We chose to go on a cruise for our honeymoon, which
turned out to be a lot of fun for both of us as neither of us had ever
been on a cruise before. We cruised on one of the Fun Ships from
Carnival Cruise Lines out of Port Orlando Florida. Now many of you
experienced cruisers out there know all this but for us first timers
going on a cruise was a new and novel experience.
Cruise ships are big, and the ship we were on was only considered
medium sized. Trying to find our way around took a little getting used
to, but by the second day it was pretty hard to get lost. The first
thing we did was find our state room and drop of our carry on bags and
then we were off to the lunch buffet up on the main pool deck.
Now here's where it gets a little confusing for the first time
cruiser. Standing in the line at the buffet it suddenly dawned on me
that like most cruises this one was all inclusive, except for alcoholic
drinks. That meant I could get as much food from the buffet and it was
already paid for. Not only that I could come back as many times as I
wanted, not that I did. Realizing that we didn't have to carry money
with us was kind of liberating. All we really needed was our room key
which doubled as a kind of charge card for things, such as alcoholic
drinks, that weren't part of the all inclusive package.
After lunch it was time to explore the ship and see what it had to
offer. I won't go into big detail here other than to say there was a lot
to be done on a cruise ship. On the upper main deck at the back of the
ship was the casual dining establishment. It was always open and always
had food available. Now as we walked through I noticed towards the back
of the dining area a large kiosk. As we approached and came around it
from behind it was like a dream come true.
A soft serve ice-cream machine. You know, like the ones at Dairy
Queen. It took me a moment to realize that just like the lunch buffet
back on the main pool deck this ice cream was absolutely free. Do you
get that, for 5 days and 4 nights I could come and get either vanilla,
chocolate, or, and this is the best part, chocolate vanilla swirl ice
cream anytime I wanted.
And right next to the bowls and spoons was every topping imaginable.
They had chocolate, caramel, sprinkles, hot fudge, peanuts, cherries and
whipped topping. It was like getting locked inside a Dairy Queen for the
night, only the night lasted for 5 days. I mean, come one, that ice
cream machine was more than worth the price of the entire honeymoon
So if you ever get a chance to go on a cruise make sure to find out
if the ship you want to go on has a soft serve ice-cream machine. I know
I'm looking forward to the next time my wife and I go on a cruise just
for that simple fact.
About the Author
Andrew Bicknell has gone on a
honeymoon cruise and partook of the soft serve ice-cream
machine. For more information about honeymoons and cruises
check out his website