I love being a mom but at the same time, I don’t want motherhood to define who I am. I am so much more than that. Sometimes you need to step away from everyday life to reconnect with yourself. Not only that, sometimes mama needs to take a break from school runs, homework and managing doctor’s visits. Self-care is a must.
So, when MSC Cruises offered me an all-expenses-paid trip, I knew that it was an offer that I couldn’t refuse. Okay, I’ll be honest, that was not my immediate reaction. It took me about four weeks to accept the offer. I was worried that my household would fall apart if I were away for one week. A WHOLE WEEK!!!! Who was going to take the kids to their extramural activities? Who will cook dinner? What if they get sick, who’ll take care of them? My head was spinning! In fact, I didn’t want to go. I had an entire month to respond and on the very last day, I accepted the offer. I’m not sure what happened but I just woke up that morning, and I knew that I needed that time away. Actually, I DESERVED IT! I work so hard at home and in my business, I have earned this time away. And that is how my one week of pure bliss began.
Our journey from Durban to Pomene, Mozambique, began on Monday the 24th of February, with approximately 3000 passengers onboard. At this point, I had no idea what to expect. All I knew is that I was looking forward to sleeping in, reading a book, and spending a copious amount of time doing absolutely nothing! And it turned out to be so much more than what I expected.
Now, if you’ve never been on a cruise ship, it’s essentially massive hotel cruising on the ocean. But not just any hotel, it’s the kind of hotel that you never want to leave. The MSC Orchestra has a fully equipped gym, several bars on different floors, a spa, multiple restaurants, a club, a hair salon, an elaborate pool area, a casino and a massive theatre. The gym on the 14th floor, which is on the last level on the ship, was probably one of my favourite spots. It has the most incredible views!
The meals are all included in the holiday packages, but you have to pay for your drinks. They’ve outdone themselves when it comes to entertainment—they cater for everyone. They have kids entertainment clubs for all age groups – from babies to teens – to keep them busy while the adults have fun. They have trained childminders who take care of the babies. Not only that, they offer various activities throughout the day to entertain the adults.
We arrived at the beautiful Pomene Island on Wednesday the 26th. I’m an early bird, so I chose to disembark the ship with the first set of passengers at around 7 am. The island is covered with white beach sand and it’s filled with lush green palm trees. It has a charming island vibe.
We spent the day bathing in the warm deep blue sea and napping under an umbrella. Pure bliss! You also have the option to book one of the one-day excursions offered but we chose to enjoy the island at our own pace.
Later that evening, we started making our way back to Durban. I used the second leg of the trip to wind down. I spent most of my time enjoying the scenic view from my room and exploring the ship. As I mentioned, there were 3000 other passengers on the ship, so it was essential for me to enjoy some time alone.
And that is how this mama got her groove back. I know that a one-week holiday might be a little extravagant but a one-night stay at your local hotel will also do the trick. You deserve it!
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