On March 5th, we flew to Miami where we stayed in a Hampton Inn hotel aiport. On March 6th, we boarded the Carnival Cruise ship Valor bound for four Caribbean destinations over a one-week period. We stop first at Grand Cayman Island, next at Isle Roatan (Honduras,) next at Belize, and finally at Cozumel, Mexico before we head back to Miami.
|Newark Airport - Who is this guy?!||Miami Skyline from Our Ship|
Video: Departing Miami, March 6
This small island nation, part of the British Commonwealth is best known for its large banking industry but also has wonderful beaches, snorkeling and scuba diving. We chose to visit a "turtle farm" where large green sea turtles are grown from hatchlings. The turtles are a local delicacy in soup and stews. The largest turtle there was a 75-year old matriarch that weighed 600 pounds!
This was the most incredible experience! We got to play and snorkel with the dolphins after a trainer introduced us.
This excursion required a two hour bus ride from the port of Belize city to a place near the border with Guatemala. Our guides were wonderful and taught us a lot about Belize, for example, I didn't know their native language is English!
Well, I was a bit disappointed that heavy winds forced cancellation of my scuba trip. Grace insisted that I, at least, pose for a photo under the sign where we met for the (cancelled) excursion. We did have a relaxing day browsing thru local shops and using WiFi at a coffee shop. I think we probably needed the "down day". We did meet some "locals" (see below) who posed for a quick photo with us :-)
After a final 36 hour relaxing cruise from Cozumel, Mexico to Miami, Florida, we disembarked early Sunday morning and took a bus to a place in Everglades National Park where you can take a ride in a "swamp buggy" (air boat.) It was really cool! Monday morning we fly back home to New Jersey - it's been a lot of fun but we're both ready to get home!