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The Cruise

Shuan talks about taking a cruise in the Caribbean with his family.

Todd: Hey, Shuan, it's good to see you. How was your break?

Shuan: Ah, it was great Ted. I went to, I went on actually, a Caribbean cruise with my friend Jason.

Todd: No, way, you went on a cruise?

Shuan: Yeah, it was, it was a hectic cruise mind you.

Todd: Oh, man, I've always wanted to go on a cruise. So what's it like?

Shuan: Well, I mean, we started out in Florida and that's when I met up with, well, that's when my family met up with Jason's family. Jason's the name of my friend, and while we were in Florida, in, I can't remember the name, but we went jet-skiing, and that was really, really fun.

Todd: Wait a minute. You were on a cruise and you go jet skiing?

Shuan: Oh, before we actually went on the cruise boat.

Todd: Oh, OK.

Shuan: Yeah, we were just in the harbor and then we decided to go have some fun so we rented a couple of jet skis, and we went around the harbor.

Todd: Oh, that's cool man. Actually, when you get the jet skis, do you have to take a test of anything? Do they just give them to you?

Shuan: Ah, you don't have to take a test because it was in an enclosed area pretty much.

Todd: Oh, OK.

Shuan: They set out an area for learners to use jet skis.

Todd: Oh, nice, but from the harbor you got on the cruise ship. What was the cruise ship like?

Shuan: Oh, it was absolutely massive. It was about 8 stories high. And the first two stories we just for cabins, I'm sorry the first three stories were for cabins and the next story was all shops and then the story above that, it was night club, a casino, an art exhibit an indoor pool and on the top deck of course was the outdoor pool, bar and another night club, and few more pools, and it was the biggest ship I think I've ever seen.

Todd: That sounds awesome.
So how do you spend you time on a cruise ship? Like, what's a typical day on a cruise ship?

Shuan: A typical day, you wake up probably hung over at around noon and then you head to the top deck to sunbathe for a few hours and as soon as you start to get red you head in, have another few drinks, maybe swim in the pool for a bit, head down to the arcade room, play a few games and head to the pizzeria, have some lunch, late lunch, and then it would be back outside on the deck and play some deck games.

Todd: So on the ship did you see any shows or anything?

Shuan: Yes, that's actually one of the biggest rooms on the ship is the theatre room. It's about two stories high. We say magic shows. We saw even a play, oh and also stand up comedy which was pretty good.

Todd: Oh, man that's great. Well, so how much did the cruise cost in total?

Shuan: I have no idea. I got my parents to pay for that.

Todd: Man, sounds like a good deal.

Learn vocabulary from the lesson!


We went on a cruise, and it was really a hectic cruise.

When something is 'hectic,' there is a lot of activity and not much time to relax. Notice the following:

  1. Having 10 7-year-olds at the house will make it a very hectic party.
  2. Life is always so hectic around the holidays.

enclosed area

They set out an enclosed area for learners to use jet skis.

When an area is 'enclosed,' it has either walls or fences around it. Notice the following:

  1. There is an enclosed part of the ice for people who have skating lessons.
  2. The park has an enclosed area where you can let your dog run around.


The cruise ship was absolutely massive and was about 8 stories high.

Something 'massive' is very, very big. Notice the following:

  1. There is a massive lake close to my house where we can go swimming.
  2. These shoes are massive. Whose are they?

hung over

We usually woke up hung over at around noon.

When you drink too much alcohol one night and you wake up feeling sick or have a headache the next day, you can say that you are 'hung over' or that you have a 'hangover.' Notice the following:

  1. Make sure to drink a lot of water before you go to bed, or you will certainly be hung over tomorrow.
  2. I only had one glass of wine last night. I can't believe I'm hung over.

head in

After sunbathing at the top deck, you head in and have drinks or lunch.

'Head in' is an informal way to say 'go inside.' Notice the following:

  1. The sun will set soon, so we should probably start heading in.
  2. It's too cold out here for me. I'm going to head in.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

Vocabulary Quiz

hectic • enclosed • massive
hung over • head in
  1. We have to keep the dog in an area of the house, because if we leave her alone, she causes destruction.
  2. She always makes such dinners that I can't finish everything on my plate.
  3. You can go out with your friends tonight, but I don't want you to be tomorrow.
  4. Why don't we all so I can start making dinner.
  5. Today is kind of for me. Do you have time to get together tomorrow?


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