For my last college spring break, my friends and I wanted to take a trip somewhere warm where we could meet plenty of other college students while staying within a budget. We traveled to Daytona Beach, Florida for the previous spring break because of a great deal we received on a hotel. However, everything around Daytona Beach, including restaurants and bars, were charging outrageous prices and covers just to enter. Cabs were also very expensive if we wanted to travel a few miles away from the hotel. We didn’t want to get nickeled and dimed this vacation and knew that the price of the cruise included all of our lodging, food, and almost all entertainment.
We decided to cruise on the Carnival Inspiration for a five night cruise that stopped at Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands and Cozumel, Mexico. I have been on several cruises before, and while this ship wasn’t the largest one I have been on, there was certainly plenty to do. The ship was recently remodeled and included new amenities such as a water slide and mini golf, both of which were a ton of fun! There was plenty of space to lie out in the sun with a Corona in hand and meet other college students. We estimated that roughly half of the people on our ship were between 18-23 and spring breakers, which made for some great times!
Along with soaking up the rays and talking with fellow spring breakers from all over the world, we also participated in several different activities that Carnival had to offer. We entered several contests, including Beatles trivia and bingo, which were tons of fun. There were also special cocktail hours and drinks for past cruisers, and the cruise staff was lenient on allowing more than 1 guest to accompany a past cruiser to these events. There was also plenty of shopping on the cruise ship to cover any interest. I picked up a great pair of aviator sunglasses that weren’t very expensive and duty free! They also had great deals on jewelry, clothing, and alcohol with no tax on any purchases!
In the evenings, we usually had dinner in the main dining room, since it was a great way for everyone in our group to meet up for the night. We usually made a stop in the casino, which offered an energetic atmosphere with a great variety of table games and slots. The entertainment was phenomenal with great shows and hysterical comedy. After the show and our time in the casino, we made our way over to the Rock and Roll Dance Club where everyone was dancing, ordering drinks, and having a great time. I guess you could say the club was poppin’—even in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean! I would guess that 90% of the people at these clubs were college students. And the best part about nightlife on the ship? There was no need to walk far distances or get lost and have to pay for an expensive taxi back to the hotel.
We stopped in Grand Cayman for the morning and early afternoon and made the best out of our brief stop. There were plenty of opportunities to go shopping, and we picked up a few souvenirs. We spent the majority of the time lying out on the beach with a drink in hand. Our stop in Cozumel, Mexico was more centered on having a good time at Señor Frogs. It was a fun place to meet up with several friends from the cruise ship and catch up on stories from the previous nights.
Our overall experience on the Carnival Inspiration was great. If you are looking for ideas for your next spring break vacation, I highly recommend looking at cruises. While it might appear to be very expensive, keep in mind that the price includes all of your lodging costs and you don’t have to pay for food, most entertainment, cover to clubs, or taxis. The only thing you need to pay for is alcohol, and prices were slightly more expensive on the boat than at the clubs and bars in Daytona Beach. A cruise is a great choice for a spring break vacation and you’ll get the best bang for your buck!
Adam Bruk is an online marketing specialist for Socks4Life where he follows retail trends in diabetic sock. When he’s not busy analyzing retail trends, he enjoys traveling and tries to visit a new place every chance he gets!