Alas, my days at sea are over, and I am on solid ground once again. It was so wonderful to spend seven long days in the middle of the ocean with my two best friends and our wonderful mamas (who planned the entire trip). This summer vacation with Carnival Cruise Lines included one-day stops in Jamaica, Cozumel, and the Cayman Islands. But the ship itself offered complete relaxation and serenity, two things that I can't seem to get enough of these days. And even though we occupied most of our time on the ship by eating, sleeping, and sun-bathing, the experience was no less than surreal when I stopped to smell the salty sea air and lose myself in the beautiful views.