The Cruise Connection – 1
I know it’s a cliche title but I couldn’t think any better right now. Am still sailing on the Star Cruise Aquarius. Yes, that’s right! We (me+hubby+in-laws) went on Star Cruise for 3 days and 2 nights on Friday.
I had been on such cruise before but hadn’t freaked out so much last time. We boarded the cruise on Friday evening. Didn’t do much that evening, just roamed through the cruise, checking out the restaurants, swimming pool, entertainment stuff, the activities and got ourselves acquainted with the cruise. Had dinner at the Spices Restaurant which was no less than a 5 star hotel with lots of Indian food on menu.
Saturday began early in the morning. Since they had fixed time for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you cannot afford to be late otherwise the meal is over and buffet rapped up. After a typical American breakfast (chicken sausages, omelet, bread, tea/coffee/juice), we went for the first activity for the day. We went for Laughter Yoga with the cruise staff. The activity made us laugh till our stomach ached. The concept of laughter yoga is developed by an Indian physician Dr. Madan Kataria. It’s a combination of yoga breathing with laughter. The concept being based on a fact that the body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter. The physiological and psychological benefits and effects are the same.
Enough gyan. So we did this laughter yoga. After basic yoga steps, we were taught different types of laugh, the motorcycle laugh, the witch laugh, the dog laugh and finally the Star Cruise Aquarius laugh. It was a very relaxing session and a stress-buster. In the end we were asked to come up with our own kind of laugh. We formed groups and everyone had to perform their laugh, at the end of which a winner would be declared. We came up with the Indian Fisherman’s laugh. We did the typical fisherman dance steps and laughed to its tune. And we won!!!