How You Goin’ Be Mad On Vacation?

We spent day two at sea, and while I loved it, hoping to see whales, dolphins, flying fish and sea lions, and maybe even a mermaid, I saw others who were anxious, upset, silent, and sitting with the boo-boo face.

They were ready to get to Cabo, our first location. Perhaps to go into the hills near the celebrity homes to make their dinner reservations. Perhaps to hit the beach to lay out and tan. Whatever the reason, I wanted badly to tell them their frowns change everyone’s mood, and they need to get their shit together. Learn to have fun on the cruise. Grab a daily schedule. There are meetups, dance lessons, gyms, casinos, pools, decks to watch sunrises and sunsets, concerts and bingo. How dare you be upset.

If you’re going on a cruise, plan accordingly. There is no room for boredom if you do it properly. Make friends with the staff and crew, and get the underground tours they don’t list on the daily schedule. Visit each floor and smile at the people. Make friends.

One of my favorite people on the ship was my Jive Dance partner, Deb from Pennsylvania. She’s 60, full of energy, and such a good spirit every time I ran into her after our dance lesson. Her daughter was awesome, too. I learned a lot about fish that are becoming extinct, and I now know how to Jive Dance.

(titanic pose)

Darnell Lamont Walker, a self-professed traveling foodie, has been found sitting at tables eating baby goat sweetbreads, drinking tequila, and laughing loudly with strangers. The writer, filmmaker, artist, and sometimes photographer puts happiness above all.