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BOSS: BOSS members cruise to Mexico over holiday

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October 14, 2010 | Leisure
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Fort Hood BOSS program members enjoyed a formal dinner during their cruise to Mexico over Columbus Day weekend. Thirty-one Soldiers made the weekend trip through the BOSS program. Courtesy photo
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On the morning of Oct. 7, 31 Soldiers from the Fort Hood Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program started on their journey to Port Galveston to embark on a five-day, four-night cruise to Cozumel, Mexico.

From the moment the Soldiers stepped onto Carnival’s Ecstasy cruise ship, it was a whirlwind of activities that started with a safety brief. As the ship made its way out of port, most cell phones were turned off. It was time to forget about reality and enjoy the time at sea.

A majority of the group spent the first day exploring the ship, but as the day turned into night everyone made their way to Stripes, a dance club aboard the ship, and partied the night away. With a 24-hour pizzeria, deli, ice cream and room service, there was no concern about making it to the dining rooms on time.

During the days at sea there was plenty to do, including bingo games, shopping, swimming, hot tubs, comedy shows, clubs, a putt-putt golf course, a casino, karaoke, sun tanning, water slides, a spa with a variety of massage packages, a gym which offered Pilates classes and ab-blast sessions, and even a hairy man contest.

The second night of the cruise was a formal dinner.

Everyone was dressed to impress in dresses or tuxedos and, with professional photographers on hand, everyone had the opportunity to take away many pictures from the cruise.

As the ship docked in Cozumel, many Soldiers already had plans to go on shore excursions that included either swimming with dolphins, zip lines, snorkeling, high-speed boats, private island visits, beach parties, shopping or a combination of all those activities. With only eight hours on land, time was limited. In addition to shore excursions, opportunities included going to the public beach, taking a horse-drawn carriage, riding a buggy, and more.

After returning from shore it was time to relax and get ready to enjoy our last night on the ship, where events included a karaoke toga party and all-night dancing. Before returning to Fort Hood Monday, everyone had plenty to remember.
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