Western Caribbean: Cruising Near or Far is a sequel to Travel Near or Far, posted on richlyaged.com on April23,2017.
The April post described our 2015 twenty-day relocation cruise to Rome.
Today’s post concerns a week cruise in the Western Caribbean on Norwegian Cruise Lines.
Both trips were great fun and easily accessible for active adults.
Our most recent trip was just before summer 2017. We travelled with our good friends and neighbors for an easy-going kind of camaderie. Check out this link below.
This trip includes the following ports:
- Depart Tampa, Florida (only a 1.5 hour drive north of our homes.) Smaller ships can travel out of Tampa, as opposed to the Florida east coast ports. The Tampa “Sky Bridge” prohibits ships that are as large as the MSC ship we travelled on to Rome. They are too tall to pass under the bridge. Plus, it’s so easy to find the port in Tampa, park and board the ship.
- Day at sea, with adjoining balconies. Great food, accommodations, entertainment, swimming and balcony views.
- Port: Cozumel, Mexico where we snorkeled off shore and partied on our snorkeling boat. Yes, we saw colorful fish,
and lots of sand and reef. Yes, the margaritas tasted great when we returned to our boat, were hosed down and dried off.
- Port: Costa Maya where we swam with the dolphins in the lagoon, shopped and visited the Fish Spa. The
dolphins were amazing, gentle and so smart. The trainer showed everyone the hand commands and had them try the commands with the dolphins.
In addition, they demonstrated letting the dolphin push you by your foot while you lay on your stomach on a “boogie board.” The second round was grabbing the dolphin’s dorsal fin as they swam by at surprising speed. They are amazing!
- Secondly, in Costa Maya, we visited the Fish Spa and provided the “foot fish food” for the tiny Turkish Groupers. After having our feet scoured and sterilized, these little fish were both tickly and attentive.
- Port: Roatan, Honduras, zip lining. We arrived after an entertaining and
perilously fun bus trip up into the jungle. We were outfitted by a great crew with all our zip line garb. Then we were instructed for our three-mile, twelve separate zip-line runs. Really beautiful, fun and exhilarating.
- Harvest Caye, private island in Belize. Norwegian has
another private island in the Caribbean but this one is new. It’s equipped nicely and laid out well.
It included a beautiful beach, balmy breezes, white sand and fun blow-up water sides. There was also a huge pool with floating bar, fancy umbrella drinks, lots of colorful shops, restaurant buffets. Outdoor showers and misters were randomly placed to keep you cooled off.
- Day at Sea, heading North to Tampa. We were able to try some dancing and entertainment throughout the ship.
- Disembark Tampa. What a great time! Can we go again?
We live in America, a beautiful country with several beautiful seas surrounding us.; Pacific, Atlantic, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. Enjoy these ports rich with
history, tradition and natural beauty.
Consider traveling near and far.
Consider trying new things and making new friends.
We’ve cruised with Norwegian many times and several other cruise lines as well. As I mentioned in my previous post in April, it’s really convenient, easy and economical when you live in southern Florida.
All of these adventures add to being Richly Aged in retirement…and Loving Life.
Leave a comment and tell us about your experiences. Meantime, take care and enjoy smooth sailing!
Dixie , RichlyAged…and Loving life