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Mexico & Caribbean Cruising

  • March 10, 2015
  • By 50 Shades
  • 16 Comments

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In just over four weeks time my hubby and I are off on a cruise sailing the jewell seas off the coast of Mexico and The Caribbean. It is a holiday experience that we have been thinking about for a while. We have never been sure whether cruises are our ‘thing’. However from all of the feedback we have received, it will be the holiday of a lifetime!

Our ship, the Norwegian Dawn, says that is was “built with freedom in mind”, offering a choice of 17 delicious dining options, 12 fun bars and lounges, the fitness center and spa, casino and swimming pools. It also has a shopping mall and a cinema! It is really like a big floating holiday resort. Check out the latest cruise deals and prices.

This is our lady of the sea:

Norwegian Dawn

Norwegian Dawn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our cruise departs from New Orleans and this is our itinerary:

New Orleans, Louisiana (EMBARK)
Day 1 At Sea
Day 2 Cozumel, Mexico
Day 3 Belize City, Belize
Day 4 Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras
Day 5 Costa Maya, Mexico
Day 6 At Sea
Day 7 New Orleans, Louisiana
Day 8 At Sea
Day 9 At Sea
Day 10 At Sea
Day 11 Oranjestad, Aruba
Day 12 Willemstad, Curacao
Day 13 At Sea
Day 14 Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Day 15 St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
Day 16 At Sea
Day 17 At Sea
Day 18 At Sea
Day 19 Boston, Massachusetts (DISEMBARK)

My biggest concern has been sea sickness (as I suffer terribly from any form of travel sickness), however I have been assured that the seas are very calm where we are headed. Otherwise I was worried about what we are going to do with ourselves during the ‘at sea’ days. However once again I have been assured that there is plenty of entertainment aboard the ship (apart from eating and drinking oneself into oblivion!)

This will be me:

woman-hammock-caribbean-680

Things to do aboard the ship include shows like ‘Rock of Ages’ or ‘Legally Blonde’, comedy performances, a casino, dancing the night away at one of the Nightclubs, a spa treatment, gym classes, swimming pools and aqua parks, movies, mini golf, rock climbing wall, shopping and did I mention eating and drinking?

Then there are the shore excursions at the various ports. You can select from touring Mayan ruins, snorkelling and scuba diving, kayaking, marine life encounters, island sightseeing tours, shopping at local markets, Salsa cooking and dancing, ATV jungle tours and cave tours.

Mayan-Ruin-Cozumel

 

We disembark at Boston, which will provide us with not only a change in climate, but a chance to explore one of the oldest cities in the USA. It’s history includes the American Revolution, with events such as the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, the Battle of Bunker Hill, and the Siege of Boston. Historically it will be a very interesting place to visit.

Naturally I will be keeping a journal of my travels and will be taking plenty of photos. So stay tuned for some holiday stories of the cruise and of course New Orleans and Boston.

Have you been on a cruise? Where was it to and what did you think of it as a holiday experience?

 

 

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By 50 Shades, March 10, 2015 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

16 Comments
  • Michelle Weaver (@pinkypoinker)
    March 10, 2015

    I’m afraid to go on a cruise for the same reason. I get car sick and sea sick. I don’t think I’d survive. I saw an advertisement for holidays to the Caribbean on Netflix just last night and commented to my husband how inviting it looks. Looking forward to your interesting posts Kathy!

    • Kathy
      March 10, 2015

      I think if I get the medication I should be ok. There would be nothing worse than having constant nausea. I also don’t particularly want to ‘feed the fish’! Fingers crossed I will be ok. :)

  • Life Images by Jill
    March 10, 2015

    We have never been on a cruise either. Although we are considering it sometime in the next few years. There are so many fabulous options on offer. Have a great time. I look forward to seeing and hearing more. Enjoy!

    • Kathy
      March 10, 2015

      Thanks Jill. I must admit I am still having reservations about it. I have been more used to big wide open spaces travelling around Australia in a caravan, so I am not sure how being cooped up on a ship will go. It should be fun hopefully! :)

  • Janet aka Middle Aged Mama
    March 10, 2015

    Make sure you get some Avomine from the chemist before you leave. Your cruise sounds fabulous – 51 days til we fly to Europe for our next one!

    • Kathy
      March 10, 2015

      Ok thanks for the tip Janet, I think I will get the medication just in case. The cruise does sound idyllic – I hope I will enjoy it. :)

  • Johanna
    March 10, 2015

    Wow how exciting. It looks as if you’ll have plenty to keep you occupied on the ship, and I’m sure it will be pretty smooth so you’ll be okay. Me too, I’m looking forward to reading your posts about what a cruise is really like for our age group as I have to admit that it’s something we’ve put off and not thought too much about up till now – although there is a hankering in me to find out what it’s really like! Have fun!

    • Kathy
      March 11, 2015

      It’s rather funny that our age group is a bit hesitant about cruising as we tend to think of ourselves as a bit young for that type of holiday. That has certainly been my opinion up until recently. Many of our friends have been on cruises and absolutely love them so we thought we should give it a go. I’m sure we will have a lot of fun and I know the scenery will be fabulous. :)

  • jennyandstephenmilan
    March 10, 2015

    Kathy that list of places sounds so exotic. I’ve never wanted to go on a cruise because I’m sure I would suffer from seasickness so I’ll be very interested to hear how you go. I’m looking forward to following your adventures on board.

    • Kathy
      March 11, 2015

      Please don’t mention the seasickness! That is my biggest concern. I have been recommended medication and also been told that the seas are very calm in the Caribbean, so fingers crossed I will be ok. So many of our friends have been on numerous cruises and enjoyed the experience immensely, so we thought we should give it a go. At least the scenery will be spectacular!

  • budgettraveltalk
    March 10, 2015

    I’d love to visit Boston. Like you I have never been on a cruise. I look forward to hearing all about it!

    • Kathy
      March 11, 2015

      I am looking forward to spending a few days in Boston as it sounds like an interesting place. Also New Orleans will be a blast as it is hosting a music festival whilst we are there. As for the cruise, I’m sure I will enjoy it!

  • Rae Hilhorst
    March 11, 2015

    How fantastic, I get dreadfully sea sick. What worked for me is those writs bands, tablets and being very occupied with activites to take you mind off the sea xx

    • Kathy
      March 11, 2015

      I will take all that on board Rae. I couldn’t think of anything worse than being seasick for the whole cruise. I hope I will enjoy it!

  • Red Nomad OZ
    March 14, 2015

    I was a child on the only cruises I’ve ever been on – so I never worried about what to do because it was all a big adventure! It’ll probably be the same as an adult, right??!?! I’ll be interested to hear how it all turns out for you!!

    • Kathy
      March 15, 2015

      I’m hoping it will be a big adventure. I’ve heard nothing but good things about cruising so I’m confident it will be fun. I’m just a little concerned about being confined on a ship during the ‘at sea’ days. It shouldn’t be any different to being cooped up in a caravan – right?

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