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Belize Day

 

We woke up around 9 which didn’t seem early the night before, when I set my alarm. It sure did feel extra early when it sounded tho. Our tour was scheduled to meet at the pier in Belize at 11:30. This meant we didn’t really have dilly-dallying time, and we had to get busy. Le Boooooooo.

 

When we were ready to leave the cabin, I asked W where the tender ticket pickup was. He said we should just go to Deck 0 and get off. Um no sir, that doesn’t sound right. That's not how this works. That's not how any of this works. I said "when we tender, we have to go to a place first to get a ticket, I’m just not recalling the place". He just shrugged, and continued to look at me like I had a ferret on my head. Ok den. Let’s just go see shall we?

 

There was a letter left on our bed the night before, that explained the Priority Debarkation process in detail. I grabbed it, and read that we should go to the Red Frog Pub when we were ready, and they will work us onto the next tender. Reading is fundamental.

 

Since we suddenly had more time, we went to eat breakfast really quick. We just got some random items from the buffet, ate expeditiously, then went to the Red Frog.

Freeze. Everybody.clap.your. hands.

 

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We made it to the Red Frog at 10:13. There were 2 Crew Members waiting for Priority Guests when we got there. We were told that it would just be a few minutes and we would go. We were on our tender boat at precisely 10:25. This was a flawless, easy process. No waiting. No nada. When we got on the boat, we were seated downstairs, where we chose seats that had the best view of the Breeze. I got my camera out of the bag, and my lenses were all fogged up from the AC on the ship. I spent the entire ride wiping off my lenses. I got them cleared up right when the boat docked at the port. Holy Guacamole.  I’ve got to look into procuring some type of “ fog be gone” when we went back home. There has to be a way to avoid this foolishness in the future.

 

It started raining also right as we docked. Good thing this was only a passing shower that lasted maybe 10 minutes. We looked around a little, then found a lady holding a sign for our tour right outside of the Diamonds International store. She pointed us inside and told us to wait somewhere in the building. She also said that we could go potty while we waited. W and I both went, then when we came back, we weren’t really sure where we should be. There were people kinda randomly standing around everywhere. I walked back out to the guide to inquire again, and she said to just wait inside the building. What does that even mean? “Inside the building” was too broad for my life. I went back in, and W and I just sat in the middle of the building on a little bench. Looking special (not in a good way).

 

 

A few minutes later, Yvette, who was our guide for the day, came and told us that we could get on the bus.

However, before we could step on the bus, we had to wait for a second generation, twice removed, mature adult to ask Yvette if this was the right bus for her tour. Yvette was very patient and told her 3 times, in 3 different ways, that this was the correct bus. I'm gonna pause here. Somebody come get your Meema, and help her get on this tour. As we were walking on (don’t forget that Yvette had already established that we were all in the right place), Meema turned to me and asked me if I was going on the tour. "Yes ma’am. If we can ever get on the bus, we will all go on the tour".

 

 

The bus pulled out at 11:32. A minute later, there was a guy who came up and said that we were leaving part of his family, who were still tendering over. Yvette told him that they called the ship before we left and were told that no one else was on a tender for our tour. I felt bad for his fam, but the ticket did say to be on a tender by 10:30. I'm also now mentally questioning our choice. Did I pick the short bus excursion??? Maybe. Darn.

 

 

 

Once Yvette got everyone settled and started the tour, I realized that W and I were prolly the youngest people on the bus. We are: Using AOL Disks, and had a Myspace account, years old, but we felt like spring chickens on this tour. Yvette had to say everything loud, and at least twice, for everyone to hear, and comprehend. We would get off of the bus, and peeps would just stand there in the way, waiting for further instructions, that they'd already received. I didn’t get it until halfway in, so the first half for me was full of eye rolls and deep sighs. Once I got it, I got it.

 

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I actually started to enjoy the mature company, since I’m already planning on being loud and wrong, when I grow up too. Seniors don’t care about your feelings one bit, and I can’t wait to be like that! I asked W if he was ok with me being a crazy old lady, and he said yes as long as I didn’t get one of those beehive hairstyles. Bet. I can (not) do that.

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Our first stop was the Belize sign. We were let off the bus, and the seniors started wandering around aimlessly. Right as W was taking my picture, someone meandered into the shot. W waited, and then he took the picture. We took a few photos at this first stop then we got back on the bus.

 

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We drove around and took the slow scenic route to the Travellers Rum Distillery next. The first part of the rum tour was self-guided, and there were samples throughout. We were told that we could drink all of the samples that we wanted.  We tasted everything.  At least twice. This was really the reason that I picked the tour. W loves rum, and I figured he would enjoy tasting a few different flavors. The Rum Cream and Coconut Rum with Pineapple Juice were the best. We kept going back to those. We stayed in there awhile. Those mature bladders needed to be emptied often. There were long bathroom breaks throughout the day.

 

 

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When everyone was accounted for again, we went on the next part of the tour.  We were taken out back to the warehouse, and shown the barrels of rum. We also got to sample more rum,  while we received a history of the rum and the aging process. At the conclusion of this part, we went back into the store in case we’d decided to buy more rum, and/or use the potty.

 

 

When we left there, we went to St. John's Cathedral.  It was very beautiful, but warm inside. We didn’t stay there long. They didn’t have a restroom.

 

 

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After everyone was back on the bus, we went to our last stop, which was a little shop that sold handmade goods. It was kinda tiny inside and W and I walked out to wait. Inside, the seniors were partaking in yet another long bathroom break. Most of the time was spent waiting for that.

 

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On the way back to port, we walked down a little side street, where tables were setup with more of the same trinkets that we saw in the store. W and I pretty much power walked right thru there. We didn’t stop or even pause. We felt like we'd pretty much seen everything that we needed to see. Yvette showed us how to get back into the port next, and it was a little strange. We walked into a “security” room with a scanner and metal detectors. It was hard to say what was going on, but it was easy to say that it had notes of creepiness. There was a couple in there with their son and they were maybe getting searched. When we came in, the “guard” suddenly said "oh we just need to see your cards". Then they let the couple go. Hmmm it seemed like they were about to give them the business, before our senior citizen crew came thru and foiled their evil plan. The way these bladders were setup, any type of deviation would quickly turn to an interesting situation. The "guards" were wise and let us all pass thru. Suddenly I was glad to be with the Nanas and the Papas.

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Back at the port, we perused a few shops then got in line for the tender back. It was around 3 and if we hurried we could make it back before the massive 3:30 food shutdown.

 

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We boarded the tender quick but we had to wait until it filled up, which took about 15 minutes. It took 20 minutes to get back, so we didn’t make it back in time. I wish we could’ve Bippity Boopety Booped ourselves back on the ship. The whole way there, I was trying to get a decent ship picture, but it was hard. Water kept splashing on my lens and the guy in front of us was taking pictures too so  alas, I have many pictures of his sleeve.

 

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Back on the ship, we made a quick stop at 2373 to drop off our bags. We didn’t really need to rush anymore. We knew we would be eating Guy’s. Our burgers were delicious, but I was extremely sleepy as I was chewing.

 

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We finished our food, then went back to the cabin for a nice long nap. I don’t know what it is about cruises, excursions, and blinking that makes me so sleepy, but it comes for me every time. I am powerless against the nap gawd.

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I woke up at 7:30, to an already showered W. I had to force myself to get up. I knew it wouldn’t take that long to get ready since I’d set my stuff out beforehand, so I grabbed a few more z's. W made me get up at 7:45, and I was ready to go right at 8:15. No extra picture taking time for us tonight. Sleep won that round.

 

At dinner our servers Samson, Hazel, and Mititing were waiting for us. Has anyone else noticed that I wrote  Mititing and Magiting for our 3rd server. I can't remember which one is the right one either, or if either of them is right, so  going forward, I will write both. My spell correct took over while I was writing this, and I may or may not have been slightly tipsy when I made these notes.

 

 

  There was no one else at the table when we arrived. Would this be a solo dolo night for W and I? Perhaps.  We waited a few minutes and no one else showed up, so we started our ordering.

 

I had the Peach Soup, Fry Jacks, Salmon Cakes, and the Bacon Mac N Cheese. Everything was wonderful and I couldn’t eat it all. I did my best tho. The servers danced to Uptown Funk  while we were eating. W and I enjoyed having the big table to ourselves. We didn’t have to have “company” manners. We kinda let loose and we might’ve even put our elbows on the table a few times. We weren’t full Shrek and Fiona, but we were close! When it was time to order I ordered the S’mores Parfait and Bitter N Blanc. Y’all know the plan. I was gonna take the Parfait back for my midnight snack. The Bitter N Blanc was hot when they brought it and I let it sit for a while to cool off. It was still hot 10 minutes later. The sauce was a caramel based sauce and not the white chocolate but it was still good. W and I did our best to put a dent in it, but both of us were stuffed. I am honestly starting to think that the glass of wine that I bring to dinner is filling me up. I will test the theory tomorrow night. I hope that’s it, cuz a wine diet is a diet that I can give 110% to. 

 

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After dinner we went back to 2373 to get ready for some late night shenanigans (not that). We were going to the Adult Game Night and The Quest. Since there were no real competing activities we decided to get there early. We were smart as the lounge filled up at 10:15 or so for the 10:30 activity. Quest would immediately follow the Adult Game Night.

 

The Adult Game Night was good. They asked for couple teams and it was funny to watch them. The Quest was off the hook tho. If you haven’t gone to The Quest, Oh my gawd get your life together. Today.

 

We laughed more at The Quest than at any comedy show. It was so wild!  You have to swear that What happens at The Quest, stays at The Quest, so I can't tell you what happens. You will have to attend for yourself. However, if you are sensitive and/or easily offended, it's not for you. Trust and believe. You will be astonished at the antics. If you go, and you take heart medication, make sure you don’t skip it that night.

 

 

After The Quest,  W and I had to “ go”. We couldn’t even make it back to Deck 2. We stopped on 4 cause those were the closest facilities. Later W went to the casino while I read out on the balcony. He didn’t come right back, which means that he was having fun and possibly. Winning.

 

Before I fell asleep I thanked God for rum. Not only does it make us feel fantastic, but it also creates jobs and income. #Score!

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Wildra, thank you so much for this amazing trip report!  I love your reviews!  This is helping to keep me sane while I await word on our Vista cruise this weekend.  If you don't mind, I'd love one of your special prayers to ensure that our cruise does sail!!!  ❤️

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18 hours ago, Hooked! said:

Another fabulous Willdra trip report. Yes, please! 💃

 

Thank you! ☺️

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8 hours ago, smitty89 said:

Wildra, thank you so much for this amazing trip report!  I love your reviews!  This is helping to keep me sane while I await word on our Vista cruise this weekend.  If you don't mind, I'd love one of your special prayers to ensure that our cruise does sail!!!  ❤️

 

Oh no! What’s going on with the Vista? 😱

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13 hours ago, Missusdubbya said:

Loving you review, thank you!

 

Thank you! 🥰

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1 hour ago, willdra said:

 

Oh no! What’s going on with the Vista? 😱

Propulsion issues.  Our cruise was to leave on Saturday, but now is pushed back to a Sunday departure.  We don't know where we're going or when our cruise will end!!  We should know more tomorrow...fingers crossed!

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20 minutes ago, smitty89 said:

Propulsion issues.  Our cruise was to leave on Saturday, but now is pushed back to a Sunday departure.  We don't know where we're going or when our cruise will end!!  We should know more tomorrow...fingers crossed!

 

I'm sorry to hear that! I will send an extra shout out to the man upstairs for y'all. Vista is one of my faves, and we can't have her outchea limping!  That's not a good look (or feel). 

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Roatan Day

 

 

Before we continue on, unfortunately I must make a Public Service Announcement: Bringing food to your cabin, consuming it, then putting the nasty dishes in front of someone else’s door is like surprise slapping someone in the face with a rotten stick of celery. No bueño. Please keep your discards at your own door, or better yet take them back up to the Lido. Thank you so much for your understanding, in this rather unpleasant matter.

 

Now on to the day.

I’m extra embarrassed to report that we woke up at 10:45. I didn’t set an alarm, since we didn’t have a hard agenda. Our only real priority was making breakfast by 12. By those standards, we were right on time.

 

We showered, dressed and made our way to the Lido. It was kinda empty, and we were able to jump in and out. We were making boss moves. We had the usual late risers breakfast of, and for, misfits. While we were eating, W realized that he left his wallet in 2373, so we passed down there to get it. I also took some unnecessary items out of my backpack. I must not have taken enough out, cuz I still felt like I was carrying a buffalo and its babies on my back.

 

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W said he thought the gangway was at Deck 0 Forward so we went there next. We found the gangway, and we were able to just walk off.  When we walked out onto the pier, it was hot but beautiful. It was also buzzing with people. W wanted to shop some, but I told him we should wait out the crowd.

 

 

The beach was packed. We walked all the way down to the end, and we saw no lounges in the shade. Having The Magic and The Breeze in port, meant lots of people were on the beach. W and I are too frugal (cheap) to pay $65 to rent a glorified umbrella, so we found chairs in the sun. We were there maybe 10 minutes when a lady close to us told us she and her friends were moving. We grabbed their chairs when they left which gave us lots of shade. Glory!

 

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Once we were settled in, W got me the Long Island Iced Tea from Fat Tuesday for $15. Refills in the cup were $11 which wasn’t bad either. The L.I.I.T. was pretty strong, and I didn’t think I would need a refill. I laid on my chair sipping on my liquid sunshine, until our peace was disturbed by a child screaming her natural lungs out. I'm talking blood curdling, wake the dead, I'm so glad my kids are grown, felt it in my boom shaka-laka, shrieking. All because she did and/or didn’t want her hair braided. She wanted her hair braided, but she didn’t want the pain that was married to it. I guess the hair braider couldn’t figure out how to separate the braids from the pain. Or maybe it cost extra to get the braids, without the pain.

 

Every time she even got close to her head, the little girl detonated. She was hitting notes that I didn’t think were humanly possible! Basically, she screeched until a responsible (smart) adult appeared, and suggested that maybe the braids were not mandatory after all. Ya think??? They took off with only half of her head braided. The back half. Yes her hair looked like an ostrich nest. Yes, it was a smoking hot mess. It was now quiet tho, so nobody pointed any of that out.

 

After Honey Boo Boo and her entourage left, W went and got in the water, and I eventually got up to take pictures of the ships. The water is always beautiful in Roatan, and I love taking pictures there. After I got the shots that I wanted, I went back to my chair and played a game on my phone until W came back.

 

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When W got back from his water play, he convinced me (it wasn’t hard) to get the refill of L.I.I.T.  I told him if we got it, he would have to help me drink it, or carry me back to the ship. He decided that helping me drink it was the easier option. I agreed. We finished the drink, then got ready to leave.

 

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On the way back, we hit the Dufry and found some good prices. I was able to score a few bottles of alcohol as gifts, for some of my peeps back home. Walking back to the ship was challenging. We were tired, cuz vacay is hard. Back on the Breeze, W wanted to go to Serenity since it was such a nice day out. I agreed and we found our same lounge chair from Sunday open. We camped out there for the rest of the day. We were kinda hoping to get in the hot tub, but it was full all afternoon. I don’t do full hot tubs.

 

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