Jan 21, 2012

Cruise: Level 1

The company Randal worked for this summer, HomeShield took us on a cruise.  It was my first and I had a really good time.  We got some cheap souvenirs and I even got a massage for 15 bucks (kinda).  It was so nice to be away and enjoy a vacation together.  After the Everglades, we headed to the Port of Miami and got on our cruise ship.  It was crazy how big it was.  The workers took our baggage at check in and put it in our rooms for us so we just had to get on the ship and go have lunch and not have to worry.

Our first picture on the boat.  We were just happy to have a bed after the Everglades.

Could not get a decent picture of the theatre. 
The giant tv screen where we could watch movies.  The boys liked watching the football games here.

Port 1: Cozumel, Mexico
After a "fun day at sea"  we made it to our first port.  We rented a scooter and drove around the island until we found a beach to snorkel.  We brought our own gear and it was nice to be able to dive right in.  We decided to have a boat and guide take us out to a National Park with lots of reef to snorkel some more.  We saw a HUGE lobster, like massive, tons of fish and some sting rays.  It was worth it except we went with a group of like 10 people and the guide kept making us stay with him.  Our cameras both died this day so we don't have a ton of pictures from Cozumel.

Beautiful double rainbow as we were leaving. 

It went straight to another cruise ship.
Randal is convinced that we need to sell this picture to them. ha! 
In front of our ship.

After snorkeling.

Taking the boat out with the group snorkeling.

Ridin dirty.

Some place in Mexico.

Port 2: Costa Maya, Mexico
We were scheduled to go to Belize and I couldn't wait.  But as we were boarding our boat we found out that it would be too congested and that they rerouted us to go to Costa Maya.  Everyone was bummed but it ended up being a good time.  Basically the whole HomeShield group went to a beach and played volleyball and swam.  It was nice to just relax.  I got my massage on the beach by some lady and Randal talked her down to 15 dollars for 45 minutes.  It felt really nice but I accidentally gave her 21 dollars instead.  Oh well, it was the tip.
While we were there I left early with a group to go back and look at the souvenir shops while Randal stayed behind.  We got magnets from each place we went, so I got that, a bracelet and a mini sombrero for Sally (picture at the end of the post).  So funny.
I went and got on the ship and Randal was still out for a little bit longer.  I thought he was just soaking it all in but little did I know he was purchasing some jewelry for me.  He found a necklace that matches my wedding ring.  Same shape, same design, similar color.  He swears that it was the same color in the shop, but when he gave it to me it was a nice pink color.  I still loved it but it was definitely pink.  The weird thing is that sometimes it is yellow not pink at all.  It changes colors, for real.  In natural light, or maybe indirect light it is yellow, but in artificial or direct light it is pink.  It's weird but I love it.  He did good.
The little port town had a huge pool so Randal took a swim before we left.
Where we hung out for the day.  Not too shabby!

Port 3: Roatan Island, Honduras

This was by far our favorite stop.  Mexico was flat, but Honduras was so beautiful.  So many mountains and hills, and the people were amazing.  We went with a group of about 10 zip-lining.  We found a tour guide and a van and off we went.  Our guide stayed with us all day and kept us on schedule with when we needed to be back to the bus.  For our zip lining we went up a hill and were met by a group of young men who helped us get in our harnesses.  We took a STEEP ride up the mountain in the back of a truck with our 3 zip lining guides.  We went for about an hour going from platform to platform.  I even did a front flip off of one!  Randal did a handstand off one too.  These guys were so crazy and it was so much fun.  When we were done we were taking our harnesses off and one of the guys tells us to go check out the monkeys.  We walked behind the building and there were like 7 monkeys!  They got them out of the cages and we were allowed to hold them and feed them bottles, it was so dang cute.  Our zip lining tour was amazing, but I was surprised at the lack of carefulness they had compared to other places.  We didn't have to wear helmets, we could just play with the monkeys without real supervision, it was just crazy, but so fun.
We then went to the beach and snorkeled some more.  We found a guide to take us out on his boat for some snorkeling away from shore at a good spot.  I assumed the guy making the deal would be the one taking us out, but no.  Two young boys, maybe 10-13 took us out and even snorkeled with us.  It was so different than our group snorkeling in Cozumel.  Roatan was so laid back.

The Wilders

Sketchy bridge we walked on after our tour was over.  The guy behind me fell through it and had his leg trapped haha.

Ready to Zip!

How we got to the top. Our guides are in the back.

So beautiful.

The truck only took us up so far.  Our hike all the way up.

Luke and Randal running off to explore.  View down at our ship.

This vine Randal thought he could swing on.    The picture below proves otherwise.

The vine fell out of the tree after 10 seconds of him being on it and he fell into a prickly bush.  Those things are in their DEEP.  He still, a week later, has nasty wounds from that.

Zip lining being brave.  I later did a front flip! 

Port 4: Cayman Islands

I was not a huge fan of Cayman Islands.  Everything was so...developed.  After being in Mexico and Honduras, I was excited for local culture, but no.  There was a Harley Davidson and a Hard Rock Cafe.  Not really my thing.  We just stayed close to the boat, but the snorkeling was pretty good.  We snorkled while some other guys in our group scuba dived in the same place.  It was pretty good.

Taking the boat over to the Island.

This port didn't have a walkway like the others so we had to take boats over.

The group we scuba dived/snorkeled with. 
A bunch of the boys found these shells.  They were so cool.  

We had a really fun time with everyone.  Saw some fun shows; an insane/intense/bizarre magic and dance show where the guy at the end came from the ceiling down a rope but fell at the last minute haha, a hilarious Newlywed game show, and Randal even got hypnotized.  I liked that we got a sampling of different places and we really hope to go back to Roatan someday.

Sally's Sombrero.  I'll take a picture when she will actually sit still for me to put it on.


  1. Looks like you guys had an awesome time!! Nicks dad owns property on Roatan!! We should all go down there!!

  2. You are kidding! Okay. Decision made. We ARE going there. Did you know Delta goes into there too?? Just tell me when and we are so there!


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