Quincenera's cruise and ball (Part 1)

@miamilady (4923)
United States
July 16, 2007 10:29pm CST
The quincenera cruise is arranged by a travel agency. There are several travel angencies that offer this. Before we started on this adventure, I was under the impression that a Qunicenera cruise would be an entire cruise ship full of people celebrating somebody's 15th birthday. This is not the case. In our group, there were 26 girls. They did not all know eachother. We were brought together by the travel agency. When we made our plans, we did so with another family, so when we started out we knew one other family that was going. Before the cruise, the families had to go to a few rehearsals. On the day of the ball, they had to dance a Waltz with their fathers. Before the dance, the mother and father "presented" their daughter to the audience. A small blurb was read about each girl as she came onto the stage telling about her hobbies, goals etc. Each girl would do a little walk, much like runway models do. When she was done, the mom and dad came up and the girl gave her mom a kiss and a flower and sent her mom on her way. Dad stayed on stage with the girl to do the waltz. The waltz was done by the entire group. There were 26 girls, so the father/daughter pairs were split up into three groups that would take a turn. It reminded me of some scenes I've watched in movies from the old days, when they would have balls. It was sweet to watch. My daughter was telling her cousin about the dance today and it made me realize how much appearances can be deceiving. From where I sat, it all looked quite elegant. My daugther was telling her cousin about the girl who's father got drunk before the dance and was doing everything backwards and about how they were giggling and pointing out eachothers errors onstage. From where I sat, you couldn't see the errors and you weren't aware of the giggling.
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
17 Jul 07
That sounds just wonderful and what a good time for you all to have together and I bet ya met alot of new friends there too. Hope she really enjoyed herself thru all this hugs
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@miamilady (4923)
• United States
17 Jul 07
She made a lot of friends. She had a ton of myspace friends requests the day after we got back. lol Thats how kids down here communicate with eachoher, through myspace. They all exchanged phone numbers and myspace addresses.
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
17 Jul 07
I bet she thinks that is cool just hope she can keep up with who she chooses I have a friend that does myspace I just amd not into that since I have mylot
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• United States
18 Sep 07
That's awesome she made a lot of friends, it's always good to make friends with people that don't necessarily live near you because chatting online with people is fun too.
@mummymo (23707)
17 Jul 07
Wow that sounds like an absolutely amazing experience miamilady - sounds just like a debutante ball! I have seen them on television and the old movies and I have read about them too although I have never, ever been to one! That is a marvellous memory for your daughter to carry through life with and I am sure that she appreciates it! It is good to see that even though mistakes were made they were not obvious to any apart from those on stage! Thank you for sharing this story with us hon - I look forward to reading the rest of the story! xxx
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@miamilady (4923)
• United States
17 Jul 07
Thanks for your response. I think what they (the travel agency) did was combine things from the traditional Quincenera's party, which focuses on one girl, with the American style debutante ball. I've never been to a debutante ball before this and I have only been to two Quincenera parties. One was more elaborate than the other. Both included a choreographed dance with the girl and a "court". Some things are similar to what would happen in a wedding and some things I think are similar to debutante balls. The girl wheres a white dress (no train) and she has a court. In the traditional party. On the cruise it was the girls with their dad's instead of teen boys. The only teen boys particpating were two escorts that would bring the girl out on state on his arm, to be presented. They used a few of the little brothers to help assist the mom's up and down the stairs when it was their turn to go onstage.
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@derek_a (10897)
17 Jul 07
I have only ever been on one cruise down along the coast of Africa and around the Canary Islands. I didn't know whether I would enjoy it or not, because there were ballroom dances every night - but it was really great - as you say, a world apart, just like old movie films. You cruise sounds great too :-)
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@miamilady (4923)
• United States
17 Jul 07
Until this one, I'd never been on a cruise that included a ball. This ball was only for our group though. We had a few private parties. The quincenera's ball took place in the theatre where the cruise did their shows each evening. We had the theatre in the early afternoon. The other cruises I've been on, and this one, included two formal nights. A captains night and a gala night. The captains night included a cocktail party but no ballroom dancing. The cruise you went on sounds very nice. I hadn't heard about the ones that go along the coast of Africa and the Canary Islands. It sounds like a nice experience.
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@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
17 Jul 07
Sounds like you all had a good time anyway. It's something I'm sure she will always remember and you will too.
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@miamilady (4923)
• United States
17 Jul 07
Yes, it was definately memorable. It was a nice time too.
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• United States
17 Jul 07
That sounds very old worldish, must have been an interesting experience. I am not sure I would have liked something like that since I never liked being put on the spot. I also would have been uncomfortable with a bunch of people I didn't know, but youth is very resilient and they recover well.