Vacation pics! Carnival Western Caribbean Cruise

I'm finally getting a chance to blog about my cruise last month! I have been exceptionally busy since long before we went on vacation, so I without further ado, let's take a look at the Caribbean!

Who: Me & my huband Patrick and some friends from Savannah
What: Carnival Cruise ship Glory bound to the Western Caribbean
When: September 6th, 2008
Where: Cozumel, Honduras, Belize, the Bahamas
Why: Because life needs vacations.

It was beautiful! Probably the most beautiful water we saw on our entire cruise. Patrick went scuba diving with his friend Jeremy while I hung out with the girls and did a little shopping. I got some silver earrings and after we met up with the guys at Carlos & Charlies - that is one crazy place. Before you knew what hit you, the guys that work there are practically forcing you to get up and dance. And before you know it, you have a balloon hat on and you're doing the YMCA.

In the shopping area of Cozumel, a guy was set up with all these birds. For a donation, he would take your photo with the birds. Several different poses. It was all supposed to go to conservation efforts for the birds. It was really cool! Those birds are heavier than they look!

This was pretty cool too. The Golden Mariachi guy wasn't even breaking a sweat and it must have been 110 degrees in the shade in Cozumel!

Our friend Jeremey poses at Carlos & Charlies. You can see more Carlos & Charlie's madness on my flicker page.

Day at Sea:
The days at sea were relaxing. It was time for sleeping in just a bit and checking out all the amazing food. The fancy dinner nights were also after the days at sea, so you had plenty of time to get ready.

Patrick all dressed up at sea. Pinkies out! Now, that's fancy!

Here is the entire Barr party of 8 at dinner! Fancy!

Roatan, Honduras:
Our plan for Roatan, Honduras included the Jolly Roger excursion to Gumbalina Park and then a Catamaran snorkeling trip. The park was pretty cool! We got to hold and play with a monkey. Monkeys are awesome. The snorkeling didn't go so well for me because the water was a bit rough, and I'd never snorkeled before. This wasn't exactly a beginner snorkel tour. So, after being totally freaked out, I got back on the boat and relaxed a while and got some sun.

On our way to the park. Lots of great views in Roatan.

Patrick and I with the lazy monkey. He was pretty amazing.

Our excursion for Belize was for the Mayan ruins of Xunantunich about a 2 hour drive from port. On our way there, the tour lady gave us all the background of Belize. It's pretty interesting. The official language of Belize is English. They have several Amish (German, American, and Cananadian) communities there and we saw an Amish guy selling produce on the side of the road. Very interesting culture. Modern in areas, but the ruins were near a river where the village women still wash their clothes. We saw huge iguanas in the wild and we also saw some Howler monkeys hanging out in the surrounding area. We were less than one mile from Guatamala. This was my favorite excursion of the trip!

A truly amazing site! The steps on this thing are HUGE. Many of us had to climb up on hands and knees because each step is about 3 times as high as a normal step. This is the largest pyramid "El Castillo" or The Castle. It stands 130 feet in the air.

Freeport, Bahamas:
I wasn't terribly impressed with the excursion selection at the Bahamas, so we went to an "all-inclusive" resort. The beach was rocky, the food wasn't cooked, and there were people trying to sell us crap. We weren't really happy about it, but I still had a great time on this cruise and that experience won't stop me from going again.

If you go on a cruise, get your portrait made! The quality is excellent, and you'll never be able to get professional photography at this low of a price! Patrick and I had ours made and bought these prints.

To take a closer look at any of these photos, or see more from out trip, you can take a look at my flickr page:



Melissa said...

I WANT TO GO ON A CRUISE! I went on one back when I was 16, but I'd love to go again. Rob doesn't like the idea though. He sees it as being "stuck on a boat" even though I've told him it's nothing like that. After reading your post, I want to go right now!

devon spec said...

it's so "young and the restless!"

seriously though, really pretty mary!

Mary said...

LOL Devon - you are totally right! It is very Y&R-ish hahahhahaha!

cruise deals said...

What a huge fun! :) Your posted photo-blog just got me decided that I need some vacation too. any place in the cruise for me too?

Anonymous said...

Hello! I'm about to go on a Carnival Cruise that stops at Cozumel and I came across your blog. Do you remember the name of the place you went shopping in Cozumel where you had your photo taken with the colorful birds? How about the monkey? I just think it's the coolest thing!

Mary said...

Hi Anonymous! I'm not sure if the area in Cozumel has a name or not, but as soon as you get off the boat, you'll see a shopping area and that is where that photo was taken.It's hard to miss! The photo with the monkey was taken in Honduras (Roatan) as Gumbalina park. It was an excursion option on our cruise - if you are going to that port, I suggest it! It was fun. The Cozumel area was not an excursion...just a short jot from the boat! Have fun! :)

Anonymous said...

Okay! Thanks so much for replying! I will be on the lookout when we get off the boat! :)