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Caribbean Cruise On Carnival Vista by MyChoiceVacation (A collaboration)

“I think my new found love is cruising. I enjoyed every moment on this cruise.

From my time on sea to my time on the port. Everything was amazing – the service, the food, onboard activities, my cabin and so much more. I had pondered on the best way to write this post that will drive home the awesomeness of this cruise and I concluded I’ll just segment various aspects of the experience.

The Cabin

If you remember during the planning stage as I stated in my earlier post, I picked the interior guarantee cabin. This was basically the least priced room and I have to say it surpassed my expectation. The room and washroom were spacious, clean, and full of basic amenities that anyone would require for a nice stay. The amenities included a smart TV, bed, safe, mirrors in the room and washroom, working table and chair, different socket points (with universal points), blanket, fridge, cupboard, phone, towels and so on.

I was particularly impressed with the smart TV. It was linked to my onboard account meaning aside watching news and movies, you can access your onboard account, catch up on what is happening on board, be informed 24/7, check out your onboard pictures, daily plans/activities and so much more.

Room service was at its peak. You could order your food and it was brought to you all inclusive in your cost. Also if you needed to do any washing, there was a launderette down the hall that had a washer, dryer and iron.

The Onboard activities 

So basically, it is not possible to get bored on the ship because there was an activity almost every 15 minutes. There is always something going on onboard for different age brackets and interests. There was food 24/7, a skyride, obstacle course, lounge (inside and by the sea), a world class spa, shops (I’m talking major shopping), basketball court, game room, Jacuzzi, pool and so much more.

However, if all you want to do is have some peace and quiet while overlooking the ocean and reading a book, Carnival vista planned for you too. There is a section on the boat called ‘Serenity’. It is basically a quiet spot where you can just sunbathe and relax.

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But if either of these ranges of activities or ‘serenity’ opportunities isn’t your forte, you can occupy yourself with other 24/7 services provided on board.

The Food

If I had to pick a title for this part of the cruise, I would call it “Food in excess”.

There was a ton of food on this ship. Sadly, I am not a foodie and I don’t have the best eating habit but I can confidently say the meals were made to perfection! You will think that providing meals for about 4000 guests and about a 1000 crew members will result in the food being industrialized and tasteless. Nope! It wasn’t.

Also food was available 24/7 and in all kinds of variety. The one thing I couldn’t get enough of was ice-cream and frozen yogurt. At some point I was having frozen yogurt every hour but I reduced it by the third day.

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My best meals were at the Reflection Restaurant where we had our dinner (if you didn’t want a buffet). The meals here were excellent and memorable.  I had lobster, crab cake, jerk chicken, tomato rice (jollof), prawns curry, grilled fish, amongst many other yummy dishes. I even went as far as having a meal that was made with pineapple. I was trying to be as adventurous as I could with food (which to be honest wasn’t a lot). But how can I forget the desert! I was totally adventurous with the desert too and I wasn’t disappointed once. Do you know I had a four course meal every evening?

The food on the cruise gets an ‘A’ from me and my friends on board totally agreed and all the meals are cost inclusive too.

The Port days

We had three port stops. Ocho Rios in Jamaica, Cayman Island in  Grand Cayman and Cozumel in Mexico with about 8 hours onshore at each stop. Ensure that your phone is on airplane mode and set to the ship time so that you don’t miss your cruise.

The ship offers onshore excursion. If it is your first time or you are interested in a particular adventure that you won’t want to miss, I will advise you to get the onshore excursions offered onboard.

The cruise claims to guarantee the best prices and also ensures you get priority disembarking from the ship as well as making it back on time. However, if you want to save money and be flexible with your itinerary you can wait till you get to the port where you will meet a lot of locals with more discounted tour/excursion packages. Writing about my port experience on this post will only make this post too lengthy. So watch out for the next post where I will break down every adventure onshore step by step!

Onboard entertainment

I love stage plays.

Last year I think I went to the cinema once in January but I saw about six stage plays. Let me not digress here. The point I am trying to make is that I enjoy stage plays a lot and every play on the ship was great. I was so impressed. They were delivered to perfection. I was captivated every time.

My best performance was a stage played called “FLICK”. If I had to pick three words for the show it would be  ‘My Oh My’!

Fortunately, I was in the first seat during the show and at that point I didn’t know I would be blown away. At every point when I thought I was blown away I would look around the room to see if anyone was as excited as I was. Maybe I was that gingered because I hadn’t seen anything like it before but the “Flick” was freaking amazing. After the show, off course I took pictures with the cast.

I also enjoyed going for an R+ rated comedy show. It was one of those comedy shows where the comedian tells a joke for about 15 minutes and spends the rest of the time using the audience for his jokes. I kept praying he won’t pick on me. You had to be a good sport because the more difficult you are about the jokes, the more he will make fun of you.

On one of the nights, I jumped from one cruise entertainment to the other. I started with a play production, live R&B 90s soul music, live Latin music and ended the night with a movie and popcorn outside, right next to the pool. I actually had a few nights when this happened.

I also enjoyed the Michael Jackson night. It made me remember why MJ is such a legend. Did I mention there is a club onboard? I spent about an hour there. I actually just found myself in the club because it was the same place as the MJ blast and turned into the club afterwards.

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Other fun aspects on the ship

▪ We had dress codes on three separate evenings onboard. On two of the evenings,  we had to dress elegantly (It was called ‘Elegant Night’) and the on other evening the dress code was all-white (it was an All-White Affair) which was classy. For some reason, I didn’t get the memo of the dress code before boarding but luckily I had a white dress and two sort of fancy dresses. The dress code is not compulsory.

▪ Best cruise director ever – Mark! He was so friendly and fun and was truly the best director anyone on the ship could have hoped for. Our sail away party was a blast and every other party onboard. Mark was definitely an awesome ship host.

▪ The ship was like a town on sea. You will need to remind yourself sometimes that you are actually in the middle of the ocean. The ocean looks so calm from the ship.

Camp Ocean is a daycare for kids. It is also cost inclusive and I think it makes a family vacation on the ship really fun. The kids could go on with their activities while adults were out having fun. The camps were open till 1am and the kids actually enjoy Camp Ocean. I think a cruise is the best option for a family vacation especially if you have young kids.

▪ There are amazing photographers onboard ready to make help you document your fun times. The photographers are so good that you can actually take professionals family pictures onboard the ship (seem like a number of people did).

I know I had the perfect experience on my first cruise, but the other guests who had been on other cruises reminded me that another cruise ship experience might be a little different. When I asked other guests on the cruise if it would be fair to judge other cruise experiences based on my Carnival vista experience, 3 out of 4 said NO! Here is why. The Carnival Vista is the newest of the ships in the Carnival line. Plus, it is only eight months old. With that, I want to specifically say that this was my CARNIVAL VISTA cruise experience. I met a-lot of cruisers and they all had nothing but good experiences on the different ships/cruises they had been on.

I honestly had a blast! I can’t wait to get on another cruise. I am thinking somewhere in Asia, port start; Indonesia. My first night was a little rough though. I felt like I was in a rocky/water bed. This is because my cabin was on deck 9 so I could feel the waves of the sea on the ship. So I was a little bit frightened but it all went away by the second night when I realized all was well. If your fist night is similar, don’t freak out o! The ship was not in any distress. I was only feeling the movement of the waves.

I could write so much more about my cruise experience but I really tried to keep it as short as possible (which didn’t happen). So if you have any question for me, feel free to write it in the comments section and I would answer them to the best of my knowledge.

If you can’t wait for the next blog post to catch up on my adventures at the three ports then you can have a sneak peek on my instagram page @mychoicevacaction

Hope you enjoyed the read ☺”

Mychoicevacation is passionate about all things travels. She is a Financial analyst by day and a wanderlust 24/7. She aims to create a wanderlust community by showing that travelling is not cheap but it is very affordable. Follow her on instragram and facebook for numerous travel adventures. Don’t forget to subscribe to her blog. The focus is on see the world😘

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Tour Dubai on a Budget

Hi guys, so I posted a video Dubai on a budget on my YouTube channel NdatseNdomo TV and a lot of people asked me for things to do in Dubai that cost little to nothing and having lived in the Middle East for close to 6 years now, I’m here to give you all the tea 💁so, here goes…

1. Visit the dancing fountain which shows in the evenings in Dubai Mall by Burj Khalifa. There’s a Dubai Mall metro station which can help you save taxi fare.

Here’s a video Dancing Fountain.

2. Walk by the lake in Jumeirah Lake Towers, there are chairs and beautiful views for you to take pictures and just relax. There are also lots of coffee shops and outlets if you get hungry.

3. Visit any of the beaches in Dubai, most of them are free. Find out if there are private timings for women beforehand though.

4. Stroll around JBR and marina walk. There are street shops and carnival like atmosphere around some parts. There are also usually activities you can watch and enjoy. Hold some cash if you want some food, Ice cream, dessert 🍨 etc

5. Visit the Global Village. It is closed for some months during the year so find out here before you go Global Village Dubai. Tickets are just 15 AED approx $4.1 to go. This activity along can take almost a whole day and it’s fun too.

6. Visit the Amazing Miracle Garden. You have to visit to see it for yourself. I can not even begin to describe how beautiful it is. I absolutely love going there. It is closed for some months during the year so definitely find out here Dubai Miracle Garden ahead of your trip. Entrance fees are less then $10

7. Please do not leave Dubai without visiting the Butterfly 🦋 Garden 😱😱 it is super beautiful guys I can not even begin to tell you. Nature at its finest. 100s of species of butterflies and flowers and everything OMG. Check ahead of your trip here Dubai Butterfly Garden
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one on my face. Lol kidding.I painted this as part of my creative makeup

8. Grab some food or frozen yoghurt around Box Park Dubai, budget for $10 for your coffee and snack. It’s great for catching up with your friends or fellow travel partners for coffee and shiii lol. If you are a solo traveler, don’t worry the people are quite friendly 😊

9. If you can handle it, go for some exciting bumpy ride in the Dubai Desert Safari. It’s a package that comes with food, entertainment like belly dancing around the campfire, camel riding and lots more. It’s definitely something you will want to try once at least. There are various service providers of these services but it should honestly not cost you more than $35 if you surf for a good deal.

10. Take the metro and just have a beautiful view of the city as far as the metro goes. Also read up on the culture and history of the country so you have a feel of it.

So that’s it guys, while a lot of what I have mentioned here are free, the rest of the activities when I total them are not up to $100 so make sure you have fun and be sure to tag me on your social media and message me as well or comment here if my tips have helped you.

Fortunately I won’t be giving you a cost on your Air flights and such because that varies so much but Dubai has peak seasons when flights and hotels tend to be more expensive like Christmas, shopping festival etc so be sure to plan ahead and book ahead.

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Ankara – with a twist…

Do you know how much I love versatile fashion? I mean, I LOVE! to play with the same item and create multiple ways to wear and style… I really really just love that.

The amazing CEO of https://www.instagram.com/ako_africa/ sent me this, trusting I will do blog worthy pictures of it. She wasn’t wrong. It was also a very early birthday gift (my birthday is 27th November).

#HowIRockMyAko: I styled it barefeet, with my green pumps and of course with my beautiful boots.

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Dress designer: https://www.instagram.com/ako_africa/

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Quote of the day: ”When sin demanded justice, mercy said no” Pascal Amanfo

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We went African

Definitely want to showcase a piece of each continent. Lets call this part 1 – Africa!

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Creative designer and Styling: https://www.instagram.com/byjaru/

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Hair: https://www.instagram.com/avasachair/

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Habits every entrepreneur MUST practise

 

  1. Make use of your most productive time of the day.

Whatever yours may be, I always advocate for getting up earlier in the day when there are little to no distractions and doing something that develops you. It could be reading books, researching, meditating, praying or even exercising (even if you are not a morning person). Just do anything to ensure your day is started right and you are in a good frame of mind.

People have different times of the day when they are able to maximise their thought processes. Some people are morning people and others are not. Identify yours and use it ideally to brainstorm and document your ideas.

2. Read books.

This is one habit that is essential for personal development. To be a successful entrepreneur you need to set out time study and read books. Get your hands on that will develop you as a person and your trade. Never stop seeking knowledge and never stop learning. Set a target for each week to read at least a chapter or two per day, gather the books you need to read that month and keep them in a visible place to remind you of your daily target. If you don’t like to read hardcopies, look out for audiobooks. Just read, read, read.

3. Network.

Maintain a good network and grow it, I always say your network determines your net worth. Keep the right set of people around you; people with whom you feel comfortable sharing your goals and dreams. Network with people you can also partner with. Connect with like-minded individuals who tell you your dreams are too small. Connect with those that will motivate you when things are not looking up.

4. Have mentors.

Identify someone who really challenges you to do better, act better and be better. I have 2 mentors, one who mentors me in my industry and I really look up to for his excellent leadership qualities and technical skills, who knows me personally and believes in me, gives me great advice and always encourages me. And my second mentor (T.D. Jakes) whom I have never met but I look up to him and admire him so much, read his books, watch his videos and follow him on social media. I personally think he is one of the wisest people around. I still have a lot more people I admire and look up to, but those are the two who mentor me. Having people mentor you is really important for you and your trade, I think it is important for every entrepreneur to have these two type of mentors at the least. They give you a direction, coach you, are honest with you, help identify your strengths and help with your personal development.

5. Be disciplined.

Start by being disciplined in any aspect of your life – it could be as simple as training yourself to go to the gym each morning – and make no excuses for yourself, from that one aspect, you can translate that to other areas of your life.

The importance of being a disciplined individual cannot be over-emphasized. When you are self-disciplined, you are able to be much more diligent, effective and successful. This will inadvertently tell on your trade and the way you do things. Be committed to what you do and have zero-tolerance for indiscipline which leads to mediocrity. Also be disciplined with your time and time management. It irks me when people use the term ‘African Time’ and expect it to be generally accepted, this leads to a culture of indiscipline.

6. Take risks.

As an entrepreneur, you will probably be turned down on some opportunities, don’t get put off by hearing ‘No’, all you need to do is keep pushing on. When your ‘light bulb’ idea gets turned down in some places., remember the light bulb (LOL).

Every entrepreneur is a risk-taker. Sometime calculated, sometimes not even calculated, sometimes we just go with our gut-feeling (I try to back mine up by research though) I once read an article on Mark Zuckerberg and he said he didn’t even expect Facebook to become what it is today, someone was willing to invest thousands of dollars on his site and he was willing to take the risk.

I hope these habits are able to help someone out there.

Here’s to making the best of 2017!

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Sustainability in businesses

Hello readers,

I know I’m long overdue for a new post so here goes:

Ever wondered why you see businesses you once thought successful fold up? Today’s topic, Sustainability in Business, is on my mind and here are a few points to keep in mind when creating and sustaining a successful business, I hope you learn a few things from it.

  1. Try to create a business that can be sustained in your physical absence. A business that requires you to be there before things move smoothly needs to be re-structured to ensure long term sustainability.
  2. Focus on building a global brand name for the purpose of (but not limited to) franchising; think what contributes to McDonald’s success (trust me on this one, I’ve done a couple of their  financial analysis). You would not only benefit from a sustainable and reputable brand name, you would also benefit financially from this.
  3. Closely monitor economic trends, if there’s industry changes, you would want to know the causes and determine if you should strategically move with the big players; think why Kodak failed. Also, for instance in the next 15 years the world would be relying on sources of alternative and sustainable energy, oil might be no where and at that point Oil industry players should be moving towards where the patterns are leading.
  4. Don’t undermine the power of your competitors even if you are an industry leader; pay close attention to market trends.
  5. Make realistic financial projections. Expecting to break even too soon can sometimes be the cause of financial stress on a business. Not breaking even or making profit in the first few years is not an indicator of an unsustainable business.
  6. Engage your customers. Pay close attention to feedback and be particular about customer service. They are why you are in business. As much as you can, pursue brand loyalty.
  7. Partner with people that believe in your brand. Successful businesses are not smooth sailing all the time but having partners and strategic alliances who support you makes it easier.

Creating sustainability in your business requires much more than can be outlined in one post but keeping these in mind is a great place to start and always refer to. Overtime, I would also be writing about specific topics. I’m also open to writing on topics you suggest.

Thank you readers and have a great week ahead. Cheers. xx

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No jobs??! But WHY?!

Hello readers,

I’d like to pick up from my last post regarding finance and earnings.

I’m sure the title of today’s post has gotten you wondering.

Overtime I’ve heard able and capable bodied folks murmur and complain about their jobs, job situation or simply the lack of gainful employment. I personally am guilty of one of these at various points in my life. One day I got reflecting over things and started recalling things I’d learned from a couple of entrepreneurship books in time past.

I thought to myself, if the majority of the world (research says 97% of the people are employed by the 3% who took risks to become employers) depends upon these 3% for gainful employment, how many people of the world population can they actually satisfactorily serve?

Well, I have a short answer  to the title of this blog post: You are not creating one.

As a job seeker you can become a job provider? We usually sit and create limitations in our head or blame other people for where we are today but guess what? We are our own limitation and I proceed to invalidate some of our excuses below:

  1. No capital! I’m sorry but this very popular excuse holds no weight whatsoever. You can start any business with as little capital as possible. No amount of capital is ever too small. If you dream of owning an airline in the next 10 years, I have news for you, its the little businesses you start from now that will help you achieve it. The coca cola you know so well is the outcome of a $2300 investment in 1889.
  2. We doubt our abilities! A lot of the time I find many of us doubt our ability to pursue and achieve our dreams. Many times we see good success as a far reaching dream, one our minds can’t comprehend, we tend to believe its only for a chosen few and put barriers on how far we let our dreams take us. Hey! It really is okay to have dreams and goals so big that they scare you. If your dreams don’t scare you then you haven’t started dreaming. The Louis Vuitton you know so well was once a peasant and box maker who left home in search of greener pastures. He believed in himself and even as a box maker, he was one of the best and most innovative in that field.
  3. We give up too soon! Often times we have great ideas in our mind we want to try out or even tried out once or twice and gave up due to setbacks. Sometimes we even give up before we attempt to try. Maybe you have a business idea and you find lots of people are in that sector already. In our minds we think ”too many people are already doing it, there’s no space for me.” Well, there must be a reason why every one is doing it so why don’t you try? There’s more than enough people in the world needing products or services and the ‘too many people already doing it’ can’t serve them all. The Walt Disney you know was once sacked for ‘lacking imagination’ and had several failed businesses. Henry Ford failed and lost money a couple of times, Harrison Ford was told he would never be successful at making movies and Stephen King thrashed an early draft of his book. Even Steve Jobs was once unseated from Apple. Instant success is not the only kind of success.

These points, though few, are the major reasons why most of us never see past our comfort zones and take risks. Outline your dreams in the near and far future, come up with action plans and strategies. Quit the lazy, excuses-making attitude and grow beyond your self doubts. Replace your idle time with self-development and improvement. Get on your feet and put your mind to good use. A lot of people are waiting on you to take advantage of the power God has given you to make wealth. Stop waiting for everything to be handed to you. Create something. Do something. Be something.

PS: Having a job to do is wonderful, but do not let the lack of one cause you to be idle.

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