Cruise journal continued...
Me again. Ok, it's official, seas are usually not this
rough. We talked to someone who has been on a few cruises and she
said the was pretty rough and windy. I hope it calms down for
tomorrow. It will be nice to walk on land again. Last night
we had dinner with a couple from Biloxi, Mississippi. The were
very nice. Their names were Adrian and Cindy. He was from
England, had the accent and everything. He worked for NCL at one
time in one of the casinos. Tonight is the big formal captain's
dinner. I think I'll get the lobster. Better go for
now. Lots more to talk about tomorrow.
(Jen says...) Nov. 16th, 2004
Well I can stop wondering if we
are in the ocean! At about 1:00 AM the occasional listing of the
ship as we rounded corners of the Mississippi became outright rocking
and rolling due to high winds. Apparently we have 12-15 foot
swells, which have both Mark and myself 'seasick'. Mark feels
'funny' in the head, and I feel yucky all over. It feels as if I
have been on a swing for 24 hours or an amusement park ride.
YUCK. I wonder how I would feel if I weren't taking
medicine. Hopefully I can sleep it off tonight and things will be
calmer as we enter the Yucatan Strait. We may be late for Cozumel
in the A.M. and I will certainly have lots to write about tomorrow
night. I had Beef Wellington last night (It's 12:00 AM now) and I am
sure I would have enjoyed it more if I weren't so nauseous! I
also had mushroom bisque. Yummy! Well, gotta go. PS,
did walk on the deck today and lay out in a beach chair.
Chilly because of the wind, but I do feel better in the open air.
The ocean is so deep a blue color...and so powerful. I didn't
last long at the captains dinner. Enough to take a picture, eat
some food, grab some bread, and go back to the stateroom. Mark
stayed for dessert. I am not alone though. There is
evidence of seasickness everywhere...yeah, gross!
Today was wonderful. Got
up and went to have breakfast. While walking on the deck, I
noticed the heat and the sun. Also, the boat was definitely more
calm. After we ate, we laid on deck for a while. The back
to the stateroom to get our bag ready for shore. Alas, again I
fell asleep for an hour. I seem to be tired ALL the time.
Noticed Cancun earlier in the morning, and now saw Cozumel, with its
capital San Miguel coming in to view. Mark and I caught a cab to
Paradise Beach after checking off the ship and getting towels.
The drive was fun, about 10 minutes. Palm tress with
coconuts! The beach is beautiful! Blue green waters that I
dreamed of seeing. We laid out for a while, then got into the
warm ocean waters, which was a joy. So easy to swim and float in,
though it's salty. Then we had lunch. I had a chicken
breast fillet with cheese and bacon and fries, Mark had nachos supreme
which had beans, cheese, meat (beef and chicken), guacamole, and sour
cream. After forcing oneself to eat while seasick, it is so
nice to eat because you are hungry! It tasted excellent! We
then went back to swimming, Mark went snorkeling. I didn't
want to. W then took a cab back to San Miguel to the main shopping
area...a bunch of stores all along one street. We started on one
end and worked our way to the other. Silver, diamond, nic-nacks,
talevera, clothes, so much to see and buy! We bought some stuff
for the kids and ourselves, and it was getting dark so we went back to
the ship, which was due to leave at 7:00 PM. The tour from Tulum
was 30 minutes late though, so we left a little late. We ate a
yummy supper with chicken, and noodles and sat at the back of the ship
waiting for the ship to sail away. The prediction is for 8-10
foot swells, but hopefully I will sleep well and not feel it!
Mark and Jen in Cozumel, posing in front of the ship.
(Mark says) Nov. 17th, 2004
We've done so much in the past
two days. I don't know if I can get it all down on paper. I'll
give it a try. We got in to Cozumel late due to, yet, you guessed
it, rough seas. We couldn't go as fast due to the rough
water. We got in at noon which was 2 hours late. They
bumped out the departure time so we got enough time in port.
Cozumel looks like a busy little town when we pulled up. Lots of
little stores up and down the main drag. We had the day planned
at Paradise Beach which was a 15-20 minute drive south of town.
The cab drivers are very nice. I couldn't imagine driving on
those streets. Narrow, lots of traffic, and pedestrians, bikes,
buggies and horse drawn carriages. I don't know how they do
it. The beach was nice. We swam a little and then had some
lunch at the restaurant there. There were a couple of parrots
there. There was a big inflatable "iceberg" in the water. I
managed to climb up it (not easy) and slide down into the water.
After lunch I decided to go snorkeling. It took a little while to
get used to, but it was fun. Then it was back to do some
shopping. It kind of reminded me of a big strip mall.
Lots of stores and a lot of them were "versions" of the same store,
only blocks away. Not sure why that is. Lots of people
pushing hammocks, blankets, and jewelry on the street. Got back
the boat and watched the rest of the people come down the pier before
we left. We docked in Roaton, Honduras, at around 12:30, just 30
minutes late. Not bad. Roatan definitely looks much less
commercial than Cozumel. We got off the ship and all the buses
were waiting to take us to our various destinations. We were
going to do the canopy tour and the to Tabyana Beach. NCL had the
rights to that beach for the day. They may own or run it, I'm not
certain. The canopy tour was cool. We were in a harness
zipping on a cable from tree to tree in the rain forest. We saw
some birds, an iguana, and quite a few bugs. Not nearly as bad as
MN in the summer. After that we got back to the vans and went to
the beach. Very cool place. We had food and went to the
beach. I went snorkeling again. I saw many more fish that
at Cozumel, maybe I'll describe them later. Jen wants to write,
or go eat, not sure which. On the way back to the ship we stopped
to take a nice picture by a scenic look out. The hills looked
like small mountains. Reminded me of Jurassic Park. More later.
Honduras will probably be one
of my favorite ports ever- a destination that I certainly would go back
to- and hope to even! The people who live there are very
beautiful. Their faces are full of expression, and guileless, it
seems. I read of the internet that it is a poor country, with
many beggars and horrid conditions, and very sad. Certainly the
people are poor- but the didn't seem sad to me. The island itself
is such a contradiction to Cozumel. Commercialism has not struck
here. We were the only ship port, and the town is so
quaint. Houses on stilts, palm trees everywhere, green
water. Just lovely, if not primitive. In Honduras we went
on the canopy tour. (Note, the ship rocked and rolled again last night,
but more experienced cruisers are still saying it is unusual!) I
had to sign a waver saying I am in good health, not pregnant (oops!)
and the company not liable for falls or accidents. The tour
itself is on 11 canopy lines 10-30 feet high, above the trees (so it
doesn't seem so high) and between 100-600 yards long. Some fast,
some slow. Your break is your hand, with a leather glove that you
press down on the line. SOme lines you had to bread a lot, some
they told you not to brake at all or you would be stuck between trees,
pulling yourself in. At the end of each zip line you had to
disconnect and re-connect to the next. I had such fun! I
was never even afraid of the heights, speed, or anything. The
group we were with were such people. The 30 minute drive to the
tour was beautiful. The hibiscus grows like dandelions!
Realty is selling like crazy, and big houses or foreigners are going up
fast (made from all concrete). Our driver on the home pointed out
the different flora for us, and a few animals too. After the
canopy tour we went to Tabyana Beach, a lovely beach with soft sand and
green waters...aqua like the color of Ethan's eyes. There was a
delicious BBQ, and spaghetti and fruit so perfectly ripe and juicy it
was amazing! I even tried my hand at snorkeling, which I gave up
on. I panic when I get under water and see fish and the sand so
far beneath me, so I want to stand up, but it's almost impossible to
tread water with fins on. So I gave my better mask to Mark and
play in the water while he snorkels. Then it's time to go
home. I hate to leave Honduras. I loved it here. But
on to Belize!