My family & I kicked off our summer vacation with a Carnival Cruise of out of New Orleans, La. We traveled to Roatan, Belize, and Cozumel. Being a travel agent I tend to look beyond just the vacation itself and observe more things like the staff, boat cleanliness, food quality, other travelers remarks I hear in passing, and so on.
We started off our cruise with two days at sea where my teenage girls ran from one end of the boat to the other doing as many activities offered as possible. They played trivia, bingo, cards, watched both evening shows in the theater, ate ice cream galore (which is free self serve on the ships), and just had a great time having a little freedom. One thing that made this easier for me to allow them to go some places on the ship without us is that Carnival implemented a chat feature app. For $5 a phone we would all text/chat each other back and forth with our location or where to meet next, etc. I was really glad to see they started offering some form of communication that doesn't cost a small fortune.
Our first port stop was Roatan which I have stayed on this island for several weeks before. It is always my favorite port and I was so excited to be here for the day! We got a day pass to Infinity Bay which is the resort we stay at the times we have flown to the island. It was so nice being back snorkeling right off the beach in some of the prettiest water you have ever seen, lounging in the infinity pool that overlooks the Caribbean, and drinking their famous Monkey La La drinks that are "oh so" delicious. As always, Roatan did not disappoint. Our second port stop was Belize where I planned a private island excursion which was exactly what it was....a private island with just my family and one other family from the cruise ship. We were able to use the paddle boards, kayaks, beach chairs, and fresh water showers. They chef on the island cooked us lunch and it was wonderful. It was so quiet and relaxing! There were four bungalow style houses on the island that you can rent as well. After talking and getting some information from the island manager I can now book my clients to this private island and it is an all inclusive AND they have a sister property in the jungle region of Belize so you can do a split stay between the properties. This is going to be a perfect vacation for many families, honeymooners, anniversary travelers, or just a getaway! Needless to say, I was excited leaving this excursion with the new information I had acquired to pass on to my clients. Our third port was Cozumel where I booked a day pass to the Occidental Grand which is also an all inclusive property. The grounds at the resort were beautifully landscaped, they had all day activities by the pool, the food was very good as were the drinks. If Cozumel is a place you have been wanting to travel to this resort would be a good choice.
We have cruised many times with different cruise lines. This cruise was what I expected as far as quality, service, activity options, etc. All in all my family had a wonderful time being together and that is what our main goal of going on vacation is. Make memories with your loved ones while you can. I would love to help you and your family with your next vacation whether it is a cruise, an all inclusive resort, Disney, or someplace else.
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