You can find the beginning of this review here, DAY 1
I woke up and it was 6:00 AM.
I wished I could have slept longer but as long as I was up I might as well go out and see if I could see land.
My roommate was still asleep, so I slipped out of the room quietly.
When I walked out to the open deck, the sun was peeking out of the clouds behind the whale tail:
During the night we had traveled from Roatan, Honduras to Belize. Here is a rough map of where we were:
I could see a lot of small islands all around us, and our ship was weaving through them for quite a while before we stopped and dropped the anchor. The water was very shallow so the ships could not pull up to the port/dock. We would have to take small boats called "Tenders" to get to Belize.
Another ship had also stopped near ours.
I saw Phyllis and Myron and we made a plan to meet around 8:30 to go into Belize.
I went back to my cabin to get ready for the day and my roommate was up and dressed.
I said good morning to her, and told her is was another beautiful day out.
Her mood seemed fine.
When I looked on my bed I saw my roommate had left me a note and $50.00
Her note thanked me for a nice time yesterday at the cabana.
I appreciated the note and the money. I had been feeling like she was taking advantage of my generosity on this cruise so far, and her note went a long way in helping me feel better.
I had no problem being generous, and I had been sharing everything I had with her on this cruise so far. I just couldn't understand how she could keep accepting the things I was offering, but then still treating me the way she was. There were a lot of things I had given to her/paid for her to do on this cruise (the most recent things I had shared with her were the Steakhouse dinner that I used my onboard credit to pay for, and the Cabana in Roatan that I told her was my treat) and there was much more..................
What I had said (ok, maybe I yelled) at her the night before must have gotten her to think about it, and I was happy she was trying to reconcile.
I didn't need the $50 she had put on my bed but I put it in my pocket anyway. What the heck. Maybe I would use it to treat Phyllis and Myron to lunch that day in Belize.
She said she was going to get off the ship and do some shopping. I told her I was going to do the same thing with Phyllis and Myron and she was welcome to join us if she wanted to.
I also reminded her that with my Special Platinum card, if there was a line to get off the ship, we would have priority and be able to go to the front of the line. She said she was fine on her own so I left it at that.
I ordered room service so I could eat while I was getting ready to go. I had a bagel and some fruit.
Before I left the cabin, I loaded up a bag of laundry and filled out the laundry service card. I put about 8 t-shirts and 3 pairs of shorts in the bag. Since it was one of the free perks with my special platinum status, I might as well use it. I found Ricardo out in the hall and let him know I left a bag of laundry and asked if he would take it for me. He said it would be back later that day.
At 8:30, I met with Phyllis and Myron and we headed downstairs. We were directed to go to the Lobby deck to wait for a tender. There were about 20 other people waiting in the lobby with us. We waited about 15 minutes and we followed the staff member down to the lower deck to get on the tender boat.
After a few minutes, we were loaded up and we were off to Belize!
This pic was taken when we were on the tender and had just pulled away from the ship. I had a good view of some other passengers that were boarding another tender boat.
Looking up at our ship:
We were far enough away that I could photograph the whole ship:
There were actually 4 ships out there that day. Ours was the 2nd from the right:
It was a 15 minute ride to the small pier in Belize:
As I got off the tender, this is what I saw.
Shops and more shops:
We walked around and shopped. There were regular stores and also there were areas with booths (kind of like a craft fair):
It rained twice that morning, for about 10-20 minutes each time. It was a light rain and we were able to stay dry by walking under awnings and staying inside the stores and booths.
When we were hungry for lunch, we found a place called the Wet Lizzard.
It had been really crowded on the lower floor, but there was plenty of room upstairs.
I ordered beef sliders, and they were SO good! I was actually surprised at how good they were, and I got Phyllis to try one of my little burgers. She agreed with me that they were pretty amazing.
On the way out of the Wet Lizard, I took this pic of Phyllis and Myron:
Heading slowly back toward the ship, sightseeing, people watching, and shopping as we walked.
Standing in line waiting for tender boat back to the ship. The line behind us was getting long.
The skies had some dark clouds, but it didn't rain anymore while we were in Belize.It had been a nice warm day out.
We waited in line about 5-10 minutes and we were on a tender boat and heading back to our ship:
Back in the cabin, my laundry was already back! It was folded nicely and left on my bed. I started putting it away and I noticed there were clothes in the pile that didn't belong to me. I was thinking the laundry people had mixed up the laundry, and then I recognized some of my roommates clothes.
She must have added some things to the bag after I had left the cabin that morning. I put her laundry on her bed and put mine away.
I saw that they had totally removed the ink pen stain I had gotten on one of my shirts a few days ago. I was very happy with the laundry service, especially since it was free on this particular cruise. I probably would not have tried it if it hadn't been free. I will definitely use the service again, even though I will have to pay for it until I actually become a Platinum.
I got changed and met Phyllis. We went over to the Water Works area and went up the stairs to the waterslides.
We rode both of the big slides (the orange one and the yellow one). They were both good!
Carnival has put together a fun little water park. We didn't stay up there long, but I was impressed with the area and the slides.
We found Myron and we decided we wanted to go sit in a hot tub for a while.
We went up to the Serenity deck and found a hot tub that had room for the three of us.
There were other people already in the hot tub and we all got to talking and laughing. We were having a pretty good time and we stayed in the hot tub a lot longer than we had intended.
We stayed in the hot tub so long we saw the sunset off the side of the ship. That was a beautiful experience.
We were still in there at sailaway, and that was after the sun had set that night. I'm not sure what time sailaway was supposed to be that day, and I have no idea what time it was while we were in the hot tub.
I think that is one of the things I love about cruising. You don't have to be on any time schedule when you are on the ship. There are a lot of times when I am on the ship and I have absolutely no idea what time it is.
When we got out of the hot tub, we were all starving. We changed out of our swimsuits and met back up to go to the buffet.
We ate our dinner together, and at some point we met up with Jen and Bobby. We told stories about our day, and we talked about plans for tomorrow.
I had no plans for the next day, but I hoped to be able to get off the ship and see what Mexico looks like.
I had already spent the entire day with Myron and Phyllis, and although we all had a wonderful day I didn't want to hang on them too much. I learned it was Phyllis's 50th birthday the next day so I especially wanted to give them their space.
Jen and Bobby invited me to join them on their excursion in Cozumel the next day. It sounded like fun, and I was grateful for the offer. I decided I would really like to join them.
I went down to deck 3 (the Lobby deck) to see if I could book the excursion.
Oh darn, the Shore Excursion deck was already closed for the night. What time is it anyway?? HaHa!
I went to Guest Services to see if they could help me book the excursion. They were happy to help me at Guest Services, but the excursion was already full.
Awww, Darn. I wouldn't be able to join Jen and Bobby in Cozumel the next day (sad face).
I decided I would be brave and get off the ship by myself in the morning and do some shopping in the port area. I shop by myself all the time at home, and I would be fine shopping by myself in Mexico.
It was about 8:30PM and I was back in my cabin with nothing to do. Well, there was plenty to do, but I'm not very adventurous when I'm alone. I wasn't going to go to the Comedy Club, the Night Club, or even any of the big shows in the theater by myself.
I wasn't ready to go to bed, it was still quite early. I hadn't seen my roommate or the neighbors all day. Jen and Bobby were at the Steakhouse that night. I don't remember what Phyllis and Myron were doing that night, but since we had all been together all day, I wanted to give them their space.
I thought about going to the spa, but I had just spent about an hour and a half in the hot tub on serenity deck. I felt hydrated enough for one day!
I had an idea..............I decided to go up to the spa and see if they could redo my nail polish. My stripes and anchors were peeling off and it was beginning to look pretty bad.
I went up to the spa and they gave me an appointment right away. Wow! It was almost 9:00PM and I didn't think they took nail appointments that late.
The gal that did my nails was also named Andrea. We had that in common right off the bat and we had a nice conversation while she did my nails.
Andrea took off my red and blue nail polish and re-painted them a light purple. The appointment took about 30 minutes and I was very happy with the results. They looked much better than they looked when I went in there.
While the game was on, there was nowhere to sit, and really nowhere to stand on deck 11 without blocking someone's view of the screen.
I went down to the casino bar, and ordered a coke. I could smoke in this area, so I sat there and sipped my coke.
The two ladies next to me struck up a conversation, so I spent about an hour talking with them.
I saw the neighbors, and we talked for a few minutes. They hadn't gotten off the ship at all that day in Belize. I'm not sure why. They said it was raining that morning and they didn't want to get wet, but it really hadn't rained very long.
We talked about plans for the next day in Mexico and they told me they planned to get off the ship and do some shopping. Since that was my plan too, I asked them if I could join them. None of us had seen my roommate all day, so we didn't know what her plans were.
We decided to meet at 9:30AM to get off the ship. We thought that would be enough time for the first wave of people to be off the ship, and maybe less crowded for us when we got off.
I went back to the cabin and my roommate still wasn't there. I was just beginning to wonder if she had even made it back on the ship that day when I noticed her tender ticket on her bed. She must be on the ship somewhere.
I ordered room service, a BLT and some chocolate cake.
I was pretty lonely after spending most of my evening by myself. Well, I talked to people here and there all night, but I still felt very much alone.
I must admit, I had had a GREAT day with Phyllis and Myron (THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR BELIZE DAY WITH ME PHYLLIS AND MYRON! I WILL NEVER FORGET THAT DAY!)
I had a good time going to get my nails done and then talking with the gals in the casino. Yes, I was having a good time and enjoying the ship, but I just wished I had someone to enjoy it with me.
My room service came, and my sandwich was very good.
My roommate showed up sometime after that.
She was in a good mood, and I was glad for some company. We shared what we did that day and she ordered herself a sandwich from room service too.
I told her I had seen the neighbors and we had made a plan to meet at 9:30AM to get off the ship to shop. My roommate wanted to join us, but she thought we should meet earlier than 9:30.
She got a hold of the neighbors and they changed the time to 8:30AM.
I was fine with the earlier time, but I was surprised my roommate wanted to go that early.
I knew I'd be up early anyway and I really was just glad I wasn't going to have to spend the day in Mexico alone.
That night we had another cute towel animal left for us by Ricardo:
We watched TV and fell asleep around midnight.
DAY 8 is HERE!