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eg8r
09-26-2011, 07:45 AM
Well, my wife and I celebrated out 10th anniversary with a 7 day cruise to Mexico, Belize and Honduras. What an awesome trip. One thing I love about cruising is the chance to meet so many people from so many other countries.

I have not been scuba diving in about 17 years and our dive in the Honduras (Roatan) absolutely took my breath away. We dove the barrier reef (second largest in the world) and were stunned. This was my wife's first time diving so she was a bit more worried about getting through the ordeal than actually just swimming around in amazement but we had an awesome time. It was amazing to swim over the edge of the reef and see it drop for 180 feet, only to find out that not much further it drops a couple thousand feet (info from dive instructor). The fish were beautiful and coral was amazing. I have a 210 gallon reef tank at home and it was pretty cool seeing the real thing again after all these years.

Belize was not so great. It was funny to see all the people in the pharmacy going crazy buying Viagra and Cialis for $3/pill. We did not see much of the mainland in Belize because the city is sort of locked down and was not considered "safe" by the cruise lines but many people we talked to had no problems as they ventured into Belize City. The water near the city was atrocious though. We went snorkling in Belize (out far away from the city) and the water was beautiful but the site we went to was not all that exciting. It definitely left us missing Roatan even more.

The two stops in Mexico were exactly as expected. Boring. I just don't care too much about visiting that country. We did not bother to do any excursions on land because it is so darn hot and who wants to be walking on dry hot land when you can just sit at the beach and swim around? We laid low in Cozumel and Costa Maya.

The cruise ship was awesome and we are going again soon and bringing the kids the next time. It was tough being gone without them and not able to call whenever we wanted.

Our bartender was awesome and I think we might be planning a trip to South Africa in the near future. I have always wanted to go there and after talking to the bartender (he is from there) it is something we will definitely be looking into.

Anyways, glad to see everyone kept the board busy while I was off relaxing for a week.

eg8r

Soflasnapper
09-26-2011, 10:27 AM
Nice job avoiding the cartel violence, the gun walkers and the kidnappers!

It was funny to see all the people in the pharmacy going crazy buying Viagra and Cialis for $3/pill.

They never heard of the Canadian pharmacy connection? (Much cheaper than that price.)

eg8r
09-26-2011, 01:23 PM
I had never heard of either. I took a picture of one of the signs in Belize and thought it was hilarious to see these people rushing in to get their drugs. It was pretty crazy to see how they were acting.

eg8r

Gayle in MD
09-27-2011, 11:18 AM
Ed,
I am glad you enjoyed your vacation. Sounds like you had some great fun, and experiences.

Forgive me if I am wrong, but I thought our State Department, warned Americans not to go to Mexico?

My sister went, not long ago, and I was very concerned, and I recall e-mailing her a copy of the warning.

Do you, or anyone know, has that changed?

G.

eg8r
09-27-2011, 12:36 PM
They may have that warning but it was not going to stop me from going to the Honduras. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif I would prefer to never ever step foot in that country ever again. I just don't like it at all. However, it was a mandatory two stops in Mexico to get a shot at scuba diving in Roatan so I took the chance.

Actually, if you are not the adventurous type you could get off the boat, do all your shopping and never leave a Carnival/other cruise ships area. It is all built up in a way that the people on cruises do not even need to leave the port anymore.

eg8r