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Return from Paradise – Part 2

Costa Maya was our first port of call.  Next, Belize.

We dropped anchor at Belize City the next morning and the PA system started announcing departure times for the small boats (tenders) that would take us in to the dockside area.   It was a small adventure, whizzing along in the tender
across 5 miles of water to the Belize City dock.  Again, we were just
intending to stroll around the dock area to see what there was in the way
of shops, etc, but after we arrived we decided to take a van tour around
the city and also see some of the countryside.  And, you know, it was a
lot different from things we see around here, no big surprise – it’s
ANOTHER COUNTRY  🙂  The city was old, had very narrow streets,
and seemed to have way more pelicans than Indiana.  We were driving around
at noontime and our driver pointed out that things may seem a little slow
right now, it’s SIESTA time!  Sounds good to me!  We drove through the
town then out into the country.  The wildlife is pretty much the same as
ours, not counting the howler monkeys, crocodiles (caiman, I think), huge
iguanas.  We liked the tour, gave us a feel for Belize.

When we got back to town we went looking for The Wet Lizard, which was a refreshment emporium that Kate had seen in a travel brochure.  We were kinda thirsty by this time, and were eager to check it out.  Soon, there it was!  We
climbed to the second floor, a location which made the sea breezes even
more pronounced. and gave us a good overlook.  Amazingly, they had NACHOS,
too!  WOW, neat place!  🙂  Actually, we had some kind of chalupa things,
which were also quite good.  And, of course, it’s required that you try
the local brew, Belikan.  One of the locals said it was pronounced
“Belly-a-Kan”, if you happen to be Aztec or whatever.  No, it wasn’t
“Belly-Achin”  – we had no discomfort after imbibing a sample

We were supposed to have a total of 4 ports, as you can see by our
itinerary on the previous post, but we were not able to dock at Roatan,
Honduras, due to high winds in the bay.  As you may remember, Kate was
planning for us to visit an orphanage there, drop off some school
supplies, groceries, etc, but of course that all fell by the wayside.  A
nice lady at the customer desk on the ship took the suitcase from us and
said they would arrange to drop off the donation the following week when
the ship would (hopefully) be able to dock.  So, we had an extra day at
sea to enjoy the shipboard activities.  My favorite activity was to stand
at the railing and gaze at the sea – this was not always consistent with
Kate’s ideas of fun on a cruise ship  🙂  But, we really enjoyed the whole
shipboard thing, no matter what we did.   (psssst, you should GO!)  🙂

Following Belize, and skipping Roatan, our last port of call (Friday, Jan
27th) was the island of Cozumel.  What a nice place!  Yes, it’s VERY
touristy, but we were tourists, so that’s OK.  There were lots of shops to
stroll through, a main street of town within walking distance for further
explorations, so we had a good visit there.  We picked up a couple of
souvenirs, thirsty work, then went in quest of Jimmy Buffet’s
Margaritaville Cozumel.  We went in, found a table, and after a short
discussion with the waiter we wound up with a MOUNTAIN-SIZE plate of, yep,
you guessed it, NACHOS!  Maybe we’re just not adventurous enough on our
food choices, ya think?  A shrimp cocktail, some nice brew, some Mexican
music playing in the background – it was like being on vacation!  🙂  We
didn’t see Jimmy Buffet while we were there, I guess he was washing dishes
or mopping, or something.  The skies opened up while we were enjoying our
little meal, and it was a TORRENTIAL rainfall.  So glad we were inside.

Lots of good memories of Cozumel, and of Margaritaville
So, that was our cruise week in the Western Caribbean.  Great fun!  Who
knows, maybe we’ll do it again sometime.  This is the second time we’ve
taken this exact cruise, and we were not bored at all!  It was like
visiting old friends.
Come with us next time, OK?  🙂


Caribbean Cruise Wrapup

That’s about it for photos, are ya glad to hear it?  🙂  We took lots and lots more, but there’s no way to include them all.  Mainly I wanted to share with everyone the places we went, the people we met, the marvelous ship we were on.  We’re still in a happy daze about the whole thing.  We went, we saw, we were conquered by the beauty of it all.  Truly, we could have walked down the gangplank then straight back onto the ship and done it again without any qualms.

We don’t know what we might do next – the main limiting factor is the number of vacation days that Kate has.  So, we’ll likely be doing some 3-day getaways for the foreseeable future, explore some more of Indiana and Kentucky.  We certainly do want to cruise again, but for now, we’ll just stay kinda local.  We hope you were happy vicariously enjoying our cruise – we loved all of it!

Cruise Photos Day 4 Belize

Our second port of call, in Belize.  Again, wonderful weather, warm Caribbean breezes – great!  For this stop we signed up for a 2-part shore excursion – a river trip up the Old River, followed by a tour of the Mayan ruins at Altun Ha.  As you’ll see by the photos we stopped at the end of the boat trip and had a noon meal before boarding the bus to head for the ruins.  Great day all ’round, we loved it.  I’m sure it had to do with the time of year, but we were not bothered at all by mosquitoes – perhaps February is the bestest time to tour the jungle, ya think??  🙂

OK, here’s Belize:

I included a few ‘property’ photos along the river, thought son-in-law John would be interested – maybe he’d like to buy one, have a hangout down there as a base for scuba adventures.  We’ll wait for feedback on that  🙂


Cruise Photos Day 3 Costa Maya Mexico

Our third day of the cruise and our first port of call, Costa Maya, Mexico.  At each of our 4 ports we had arranged (paid for) a ‘shore excursion’ to see various (mostly historical) sites.  At Costa Maya we chose a guided tour of some Mayan ruins, and our tour guide was Sergio – you’ll see some pictures of him here.  I’ve included several pictures of the tour so you can get a feel of what’s it like to follow your guide around to see the various things.

Also, from time to time you’ll see individual photos of people and you may wonder, “hmmm, who in the world is *that*?”.  Well, these are people we met, chatted with, borrowed money from, enjoyed.  I was handing out our “social cards” I had made up that were basically like business cards but had our pictures, our address, phone numbers, blog URL’s, etc. so the folks who wanted to could keep in touch.

So, here’s Costa Maya:

A few notes:

1. In one of the pictures you can see an interior shot that shows that you are looking at Deck 5 (our deck) and our cabin was through that doorway and just to the right.

2. All of these photos have been reduced to about 800 x 600 pixels for ease in uploading.  If you see one that kinda gives you that WOW feeling and you’d like to receive the full-size version, drop me a line.

3.  Some of the photos suffered in quality because they were shot from a moving bus, but I kept them in so you’d at least see some of the things of interest we were passing.

4.  That photo showing the thatched huts, the pool, the ship in the distance – it has NOT been Photo-Shopped or enhanced.  Yes, it really DID look like that!