Lucky reader, Meg Rojahn, won J-14's "Win A Nickelodeon Family Cruise" contest, and she was so excited to share her experience with other readers! From August 9-16, Meg and her fam joined True Jackson, VP's Keke Palmer, Ashley Argota, and Matt Shively on the Freedom of the Seas cruise around the Eastern Caribbean! Check out Meg's cruise diary below!
This ship is the biggest thing I've ever seen! We stayed on deck 8 (out of 14!) The ship has three pools, the Promenade with a Ben and Jerry's, an ice skating rink, a three-story dining room, and lots of lounges. I don't know how it floated!
After dinner in the dining room and a little exploring with my mom and two brothers, we went to the "Big First Day Show" -- that's when we first got to see Matt Shively and Ashley Argota! Matt said he was super excited for the inflatable slide at Coco Cay the next day. I didn't see him there, because I signed up for snorkeling instead of the slide, and I ended up seeing a stingray, lots of fish, and a cute baby shark! That night, I met Ashley! She was super nice and took a picture with all of us non-famous people who were talking outside of their karaoke booth -- she sang "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!"
On day three, we had an "Ultimate Nickelodeon Photo Op." We took pics with Dora, Diego, Spongebob Squarepants, and Patrick -- and then we got slimed! It tasted really bad but was so much fun! The next day, we decided to get ice cream on the pool deck, and we wound up walking right past Keke Palmer! She took a picture with me and gave me an autograph! Keke was looking for the ship's Johnny Rockets restaurant when we ran into her.
We went to San Juan, Puerto Rico, on day five, and my family saw an old church that was really neat, and later we watched Imagine That. But the coolest part of that day -- and possibly the coolest part of the trip -- was the big circus parade down the ship's promenade! The casts of all the ship's shows dressed up like animals and circus people! On day six, I went to a meet-and-greet for the cast of True Jackson, VP and Tom Kenny, the voice of Spongebob Squarepants, at 9:30 a.m. When I got to the front of the line, I saw Keke and Ashley -- and they both remembered me! Then I got to officially meet Matt for the first time. He is even cuter in real life! I gave him a big hug and took a picture with the three of them (that's me on the right!). Later that afternoon, we watched an episode of True Jackson with Ashley, Matt, and Keke -- it was awesome to get to hear them joke around in real life. We were in Nassau, Bahamas, on our last day. Mom and I went shopping, and I got a really pretty Tanzinite necklace. When we got back to the ship, we went to the pool, and mom went to get ice cream again -- and bumped into Matt! He signed my notebook, too. Ice cream turned out to be a good thing for us -- we met a Famous person each time!
I had such a great time and was so sad to see it end!
J-14 reader Meg Rojahn
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Photo: Courtesy of Meg Rojahn