Summer Vacation Part 3: The Cruise - Ports of Call
To follow up on my previous posts (read Part 1 here and Part 2 here), I wanted to share with you our experiences at each of the ports we stopped at on our cruise. It was a "7-Day Western Caribbean" cruise through Carnival, with four stops along the way: Cozumel, Belize, Roatan and Grand Cayman. We only opted to do shore excursions at two of the ports (they're expensive!!) and were left to our own devices at the other two. Here's a breakdown of our itinerary and what we did:
- Belize only gained its independence 31 years ago, in 1981. It was a former British Colony and was known as "British Honduras". I asked our guides how they gained their independence, and their response was that they just bugged the queen for long enough that she eventually gave in -- ha!
- Belize is a small country, about the size of Massachusetts, and only has a population of about 320,000.
- Belize City used to be the nation's capital, until a hurricane came through and destroyed much of it. The elevation Belize City is actually 1-4 feet below sea level, so I imagine it was bad. They moved the capital inland, to Belmopan, and the government assumed that businesses would migrate there as well. That didn't really happen, leaving Belize City to be known as the "commercial capital". Our guides made it sound like most people work in Belize City and said that many people get up at 2:30 or 3:00 in the morning to begin their commute into the city. Crazy!
|cool stalactite formation|
|tubing through the cave -- it was super dark, |
so the head lamps were necessary
|View from a little lagoon; we jumped off a little rock ledge|
up there into the water.
|another interesting formation...|
|We also saw a big centipede--I mean a REAL centipede|
on our way out of the cave. Bugs sure are bigger in the jungle!
|Pretty flowers -- I'm told this is "birds of paradise"|
We then proceeded to a series of I think 6 different zip lines. You just go from one platform to another, through the jungle. You go so fast and the zip line is only so long, so you don't really have a chance to see much while you're in there air. It was a fun experience, though!
We had a sail and snorkel excursion planned here, which took up pretty much all of our time on the island. The result is that we didn't see much of the land, but we saw a lot of the coast and a lot of the reefs! The excursion was great -- very relaxing boat ride, where they actually served us lunch and drinks, and a good amount of time snorkeling. They do make you stick pretty close together in a group, but after getting kicked in the face, I tested the limits of how far they'd let me swim out before getting yelled at :)
|The shoreline really was quite beautiful|
|We saw lots of coral and various marine life|
|This was my favorite fish -- a deep indigo blue with almost|
illuminated bright aqua colored spots. Help me identify it please!
|Apparently this is what I look like when I snorkel. Scary.|
|A sea anemone of sorts|
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