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postheadericon Cruising to Honduras {Roatan/Mahogany Bay}

The breathtakingly beautiful Island of Roatan, Honduras

 

Arriving at the port of Roatan, Honduras in the wee hours of morning made way for beautiful pictures of the uninhabited and unspoiled port…that is before the gobs of cruise passengers filled it to the max ūüėČ

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postheadericon Western Caribbean Cruise

Carnival Legend


Isn’t the¬†concept of cruising appealing?!¬† You pack once and wake up in a different country almost every day.¬† You can eat around the clock and never have to worry about paying the bill or tipping anyone.¬† You can see a show or participate in an activity almost whenever you want.¬† If you have kids you can utilize the ships camp program where they get to have their own fun while you enjoy a little adult time…for free!¬† You can relax by the pool and have the attendants get you drinks all day long…who wouldn’t want to do that?!¬†

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postheadericon Grand Cayman Islands – Stingray City

Our 4th and final port of the trip was to the Grand Cayman Islands and we went to Stingray City.  Fisherman used to gather and clean their catch on this sandbar and the stingrays would get the scraps.  They got used to associating the boat motors with a free meal and eventually  it became the tourist hotspot it is today.  There are many boat excursions that will take you out here where you stand in waist high, clear water and feed and interact with the rays.  We booked the Buccaneer Stingray City Catamaran Excursion and went to 3 stops: Stingray City, Coral Gardens, and the Cayman Barrier Reef.  We got to hold, pet, feed, and even smooch with the giant rays at the sandbar and then snorkel with tropical fish at two other locations.  My girls had no problem jumping in the water with sharks, but the sight of these enormous rays made them have second thoughts about getting in the water!   After all, some were as large as 5 feet across!  That eventually passed and once in the water they warmed right up to the gentle, tame sea creatures.  I am also happy to say that the rays are not debarbed, either.  They are completely free to come and go as they wish and really just love getting fed and pet by everyone!!

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postheadericon Roatan, Honduras

 

Our third port of the cruise was to Carnival’s private island; Mahogany Bay.¬† Mahogany Bay is on the island of Roatan, one of the Honduras Bay Islands in the Caribbean Sea.¬† The port has duty free shopping, bars, restaurants, excursion options, and ofcourse a private beach.

For this port we booked a private tour of the entire island.¬† We wanted to get the true feeling of this country rather than just staying at Carnival’s little Disneyland!¬† In fact, independent tour operators are not even allowed into the terminal area to pick up passengers.¬† You need to walk up a big hill and exit the security gate if you’ve booked privately….and so we did!¬† After leaving the cruise port terminal the island definitely boasts a more rustic feel, especially in comparison to the other ports on this journey.¬† There is a lot of elevation and the island has very lush jungles!¬† There is one main road that takes you from end to end with all of the side roads off of that.

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