Ten years ago, for our 20th wedding anniversary, Mr UR, his brother and wife, and I went on a cruise. We were going to the Western Caribbean, but then Hurricane Emily swooped in and changed our plans. We made it to one of our expected ports but there was no power, trees down over the road and mangled billboards. Carnival then re-routed us for other ports. We still had a wonderful time but this year for our 30th anniversary we decided to do a "do-over" and try to get to those ports we missed last time. And not in hurricane season!
Our cruise set sail out of Miami, Florida and was for 7 days. The Glory had 2 days at sea and visited the ports of Cozumel, Mexico, Belize City, Belize, Roatan, Honduras and Costa Maya, Mexico. We had perfect weather - in the 80's and sunny everyday.
The Glory holds about 3000 people. It has a main pool, an adults only pool, a smaller pool, 7 hot tubs and a waterslide. There is a kids club on board for supervised kid activities and a walking/jogging track and basketball court. There is also an adults only area called Serenity with cushioned chairs, and most importantly, quiet. It also has 2 main restaurants, a Guy Fieri burger bar (including burgers with his yummy donkey sauce ), the Blue Iguana mexican restaurant, a cafeteria and 24 hour pizza and ice cream.
There is a big screen theater for dive-in movies, a casino, gift shops, bingo, 2 theaters, and too many bars and lounges to count. And there is always something going on if you want to join in - hairy chest contests, nightly movies with popcorn, ping-pong to play, and line dancing on the deck.
And I haven't even mentioned the George Lopez Comedy Club with nightly shows. Plus singing and dancing shows. Are you starting to get the idea that it is hard to be bored while cruising?
On the other hand, you can choose to just lay on a lounge chair and order room service all week, too.
There are alot of people out there who know that cruising isn't for them - it's too crowded, they feel like part of a herd, and some just don't like water or boats.And there are those who won't cruise for environmental or exploitation reasons.( That's a whole article in itself) But whether you want a week of relaxation or non-stop things to do, consider a cruise. For the money, we paid about $80 per day per person for food, room and travel, it can be a great value( If I were to pay to fly to Honduras, it would be more than I paid to go on the cruise.)
Mr. UR travels for work, driving an average of 800 miles per week. So for us, a cruise is a way for him to relax while someone else is doing the driving and getting to see new places. Not to mention that we unplugged for the whole week also, which was awesome. We don't cruise often but for a fun and relaxing week away, this celebratory cruise worked out perfectly for us. In fact, I'm ready to go again! Anybody wanna come with?
How about you? What's your opinion of cruising? Have you ever cruised? Would you consider going on one? I'm interested in hearing people's ideas about cruising so let me know what you think. And stay tuned as I cover each port that we visited!
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