Took off with a terribly rough start. We disembarked at the port of Southhampton, England on Sunday (fun fact: same port that the Titanic disembarked from). They decided to leave port earlier than planned due to an approaching storm, but the storm still caught us and followed us for three days and two nights. The ship was constantly shaking, rocking, jolting, to the point that it was impossible to walk the hallways or stairs without falling. In fact the rocking was so violent that it splashed every drop of water out of our 10 ft pool! Oh yea, and every single person got sea sick. Not even exaggerating..every person. I haven’t met nor heard of a single soul who made it through that storm unscathed. Professors were sprinting out of classes mid-lecture to go to the bathroom, students slept all day (myself included, Laurel and I slept until 5:30 pm the first day because we physically couldn’t get out of bed). There were stacks of barf bags in every hall and every room for people to grab in case they couldn’t make it to the bathroom in time. The worst part about it was that they closed the decks because of the storm, so we were trapped inside and didn’t get an ounce of fresh air for three days. It was miserable! But those who have sailed with SAS before say they’ve never had it this bad, so I’m hoping it was just an odd occurrence and wont happen again.
The waters finally became smooth and we have been allowed outside on the decks. Yesterday I stood at the front of the ship as we crossed from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. To my right I could see Africa, and to my left I could see Spain. So cool!
Today I’m laying out on the back deck with friends doing homework in between classes.There’s not a cloud in the sky and the Med is as blue as it gets. So far we’ve spotted dolphins, whales, and sharks!!
I still can’t believe this is real life. The ship is luxurious (I'll add pictures soon), the professors are incredible, the classes are super fun, and life is great. Despite the rough start, I'm totally loving life at sea.
Italy in 2 days!!