Thursday, February 11, 2010

Western Carribean Cruise 2010

Good Morning all. Hope you are all shovelled out from all of the record snowfall all over the US. Luckily New Hampshire was spared and we only got an inch or so yesterday and nothing at all from last weeks blast. We were also very lucky to not have our connecting flight home through DC like we did last year, although we did have a few concerns about Newark but managed to get home from our vacation without a whole lot of trouble.

The cruise was wonderful. 80 degree weather all week, mostly sun but we had a couple spells where we had rain and/or clouds. Still, no complaints from this lady. I was perfectly happy to be in the tropics.

We started out in Miami, which I found a little chilly.

The skies were overcast but the city was bustling due to the Pro Bowl football game and preparations for the Super Bowl game on the following Sunday.

We found our Stateroom to be cozy and we had a spacious balcony to watch the world go by. I got myself a fruity drink with an umbrella and let the festivities begin.

After unpacking and taking a quick walk around the ship we got ready for dinner. The dining room was beautiful.

We met our week long dining partners, Larry and Chris from Ohio. Very nice folks who helped make our week a lot of fun. As we got to know them over the next 7 days, we found we had a lot in common and we became fast friends. Even our head server thought we were long time friends and had trouble believing we had just met.

Speaking of our head server, Zuzannah is from Hungary and really made our dining experience on the Carnival Valor a wonderful experience. We had plenty of dishes to choose from such as lobster, prime rib, shrimp, baby back ribs, talipia, salmon, various pasta dishes, and George's favorite Flat Iron Steak with baked potato. I tried something different every night and my favorite meal by far was the ribs. Messy but delish. I also enjoyed the different desserts, one was the baked alaska and the other a rich and decadent chocolate espresso cake.

Here are a few pics taken from around the ship. Notice the exquisite art work.

First port of call was Grand Cayman. We woke up to a glorious sunrise and quickly showered and headed to the breakfast buffet.

Lovely area, clean and very nice and accomodating people. George and I walked around and shopped for a few hours. We ran into Big Black Dick and learned about his claim to fame. I thought it was hilarious and had to take pics to share.

Next stop...Roatan Hondurous. We couldn't dock at our original port because of the high winds so we had to dock at another spot. We were warned that the area might not be the most safe but there was lots of nice shops to enjoy as long as we stayed within the secured area. George and I also decided that with the storm clouds approaching, we weren't going to venture too far anyway. We did enjoy some of the native dances and did a little shopping.

I found that Santa even has a workshop in the Carribean.

We left Roatan around 6pm and George took these beautiful pictures of the sunset.
Isn't that a pretty sight?

In the evenings, after a wonderful dinner, we usually took in a show on board the ship. Unfortunately cameras aren't allowed in the theatre but we did see some really funny comedians, a magician and an awesome juggler. Imagine juggling on rocky seas. That poor guy had quite a challenge but he was really good.

Next stop...Belize. Lovely city and we visited my favorite store.

We sampled some rumcakes...yummm. Then stopped for a Belizian?? beer at Bandito's. This husband and wife entertained the crowd with some local music.

I really would have liked to have been able to spend more time in Belize. There is so much history there and I would like to be able to explore the ruins there one day. Several of the shore excursions that were offered to tour the ruins were 5-6 hours long and we had to pick and choose as to what we could fit in. We opted for a 1 hour tour around the city which just made me want to see more. Definitely plan to visit Belize again.

My favorite port of call though was Puerta Maya Cozumel. I really enjoyed my time there and would have enjoyed spending another day or two there. The beach was pristine, the water just a perfect shade of turquoise and the weather was perfect. We walked around and did a lot of shopping, we had a drink at the Three Amigos Bar and just enjoyed the day.

We left Cozumel on Friday and headed back to Florida. We had been hearing about all the snow being dumped on the mid Atlantic states and hoped we would actually be able to get into and out of the airports. As it turned out, we had no problems. Larry and Chris, our new cruise buddies, were not as lucky. They ended up landing in Indianapolis but had to stay at a hotel because the roads were impassible after 15 inches of snow. Several of the major highways were closed so their vacation continued for one more day. LOL
Anyway, we got back to cold New England and reality late Sunday night. Not sure when we will get away like that again so I made sure to enjoy every second of it. It was really nice and relaxing and spending our 1st wedding anniversary on a cruise was a wonderful second honeymoon. I hope you enjoyed hearing about our adventure and seeing the pictures. We took about 300 pictures so it was hard to pick and choose the better ones. I hope I did the whole trip justice.

On our last night on board, we managed to get a few nice sunset shots. Kind of makes me want to go cruising again real soon. On that note...enjoy.


Lynn said...

Oh wow Lainie, you will be able to make one big special scrap book for that trip alone, I loved seeing the beautiful pictures, I could look at those all day, and wow the ship is just magnificent, I have never been on a cruise but maybe one day, I start feeling to anxious thinking about being out there on the water, but seeing your pictures really makes me wanna go. I think I would have been weary about going on land that one spot where they said might not be too safe LOL..Im so glad you had so much fun and I hope you get to go again soon and maybe next time stay more in Belize like you would hope to :o) thanks for sharing I loved it...HUGS...and welcome back home, glad you two had a safe trip.

AliceKay said...

Great pics, Lainie. The colors in them are just beautiful. I'm glad you and George had such a nice vacation away from the cold and snow. Also happy to hear you didn't have any flight problems on your way back home.

The cruise ship looked really nice and spacious. I've never been on a cruise (and won't ever go on one for a few reasons) but they look fun. Thanks for sharing your pictures with us. (i saw some on your FB...very nice pics)

Happy belated Anniversary to you and George. *hugs*

Intense Guy said...

I think your pictures did plenty of justice... It looks like you had a truly marvelous time! You and George look so good too with the sunglasses on - so relaxed and comfortable!

I hope you get back to Belize too!

I enjoyed the story of Big Black Dick - I've never heard of the dude before.

I'm glad you were spared the travel woes too! It doesn't take much aggrevation to ruin a trip - and your new friends seem to understand sometimes you just have to take things in stride.

Hugs - welcome home!

junyah said...

Ok so now i know about the Cruise. lol lainie goes on a cruise and meets Big Black Dick . i couldn't stop laughing lol. Well anyway looks like you had your-selfves a fine ole time.Thats great i'm glad you got to see some of the world to the south. I was in the Carribien while i was in the Navy it was ok ,because we didn't stop where the crusie lines do, but i did get to Kingston Jarmakia and Gitmo Cuba stayed there for eight weeks too. then we sailed back to Boston and it was still Febuary..looks like you had a great time.. Thanks for the share.. JR

Deanna said...

You are killing me here!!!! I just looked outside at the snow and told Jim, "damn I wish we were on a cruis ship right now"... and BOOM, I check blogs and see your post. We've been to most of the ports you mentioned and I'll have to say, we loved Cozumel. We usually brave it on our own and have locals give tours - and we have never been disappointed! Oh how I wish I was in the Caribean right now!

ChicagoLady said...

Welcome home!!! I'm so glad you had a nice time, and the pictures are fabulous! I haven't gotten a lot of the snow that hit the east coast, but I'm still very eager for spring. You and George looked so relaxed. Congratulations on your one year ann'y.

LadyStyx said...

Such a lucky puppy! Hubby keeps saying he wants to go on a cruise sometime.

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