Fred found a bar, in September when he was in Costa Maya, that he really liked. We wondered through the maze of shops until we found the stairs leading up to The Flavor of Mexico. It was an interested restaurant/bar and the drink menu was printed on an an oval shaped wooden palette. Each of the booths had swings for seats, there was a colorful mural, hearts hanging from the ceiling and a wonderful 180 degree view of the port and the cruise ships. We found a table over looking the dolphins playing. While they played with their balls we enjoyed drinks. We could hear the birds from the Aviarius and watch the waves of the sea. An Aviarius is a collection of elevated bird enclosures connected by a series of bridges. For $12 you travel over the bridges to each hut (bird cage) to feed and interact with hundreds …
Our 3rd stop on this cruise was Costa Maya. We had breakfast in the dining room, then spent a couple of hours in the hot tubs. Most of the people had gotten off the ship so the tubs were pretty empty. We did have a nice conversation with a couple from Canada, before going to lunch in Savor, one of the main dining rooms. After lunch we made our way off the ship. We had been to Costa Maya before and had not found any excursions we were interested in doing. Seems like the last time we were in Costa Maya we tendered, took a small boat, to shore. This time a brand new and very long pier stretched out along the water. We could walk or be transported via a complimentary shuttle, to a new entrance into the shopping area. We took the shuttle. Once off the shuttle, a friendly …
We arrived at Harvest Caye, Belize and was very surprised to find that we were not on the mainland of Belize. The last time we were in Belize, we had tendered to the port, which was your usual cruise ship experience. There was nothing usual about this beautiful cruise port. It is owned exclusively by Norwegian Cruise Line. It took four years and $50 million to creating this paradise.  The materials used to construct port were sourced locally from Belize. Our ship docked and there was a long canopied pier connecting us from the ship to the port. It was a good 15 minute walk down the pier or there were carts to take passengers to the port entrance. On arriving at the port, we were greeted by the lush greens of Belize’s forests, The paved paths lead to different facilities available on the island, starting with the shopping area …
Local artist were commissioned to create wood carvings featuring Belize wildlife. Carving of a large iguana side by side with a smaller iguana is huge, it’s about 5′ high at the head of the iguana and 10′ long from head to tail of the larger iguana. Iguanas are a common sight throughout the Caribbean. This elaborate carving is one of a series of wood sculptures depicting the wildlife of Belize. We were amazed at all the unusual plants on Harvest Caye. The variety of flowering plants included Hibiscus, Jatropha, Jasmine, Ixora, and Heliconia
Before we got off the ship to visit the shops, we spent some time on the balconies. Fred had his magic tool to open the dividers between our cabins. This allowed us to have room for all four of us to see and chat with each other. We watched some divers, some men standing in the harbor holding up a tarp and fellow shipmates trying to walk on water in a ball. After we spent some time off the ship once again, we settled in on our balconies. The same divers, men holding up the tarp and people trying to walk on water were still working at it. We never figured out exactly what the divers were doing. At times the rain got heavy but they kept working. But they finally pulled the boat back towards the tarp and the men closed in the opening of the tarp. They were …
The cruise ship terminal at Port of Roatan is called “Town Center” because it is located in Coxen Hole’s town center. The port sits on 6.5 acres and is the capital of Roatan. As soon you step onto the pier, you see lots of shops. There are stands with local souvenirs, gifts, food and drinks. We had been here before, so we were happy just to wonder around the streets and take in the sights and sounds.
After walking around the shops at the mall complex, we found the Drinky Monkey. We wondered up the stairs and found a table next to the railing with a great view overlooking the harbor and our cruise ship.  Steve and Fred had the local beer at $4 a bottle, while Dee had a Toasted Almond and I had a Miami Vice. This was a great place to sit and watch people scurry to the ship with off and on light rain.
Burn The Floor is a production on three of the NCL ships, the Getaway, Breakaway and the Epic. We first saw the show on the Breakaway about three years ago. There was little difference between the two shows. In each one, the scenes were disjointed and the sets didn’t change.There were spiraling steel staircases for the dancers to move on and off the stage as needed. Spotlights took your attention to different performers as they become the star of each scene. The opening begins with the traditional ballroom waltz, followed by a rebellious gang as grunge rockers dressed in black leather take the stage. The next group is lead by a scorching leading lady in a cocktail dress and arm length gloves, dancing in a smoky jazz club.
After having lunch, we found the Sugarcane Mojito Bar. It was a bar that served mainly mojitos and very limited on other type of drinks. We learned to make a mojito at Bar Tending School several years ago. It is a drink we like and have always said Dee makes the best! The mojito is a beautiful, very refreshing rum-based cocktail born in Havan. A traditional mojito is made with white rum, simple syrup, lime juice, sparkling water and mint. It is garnished with mint leaves and lime wedges. The Sugar Cane Bar offered a large range of mojitos to include Bacardi, Spicy Passion, Pineapple Coconut, Jalapeno Cucumber, Raspberry Guava, Coco, Pisco Punch, Porton Mate, Pacific Ocean and Pimm’s No 8 cup. There was a nice couch in the corner by the window and a band playing Cuban music.  Our first drinks were Raspberry Guava, Pisco Punch and Bacardi Mojitos. …
This was our 12th cruise and our 8th on Norwegian Cruise Line (Getaway). When we first started with NCL we were getting double loyalty points for the cruises. This moved us up the ladder to Platinum level for this cruise. As a Platinum members, we have an exclusive check in line at the embarkation port. Once we checked in we got our boarding number, not realizing we did not need one. Our number was eight and they hadn’t even called one yet. Fred, having checked in on his cruise in September as a Platinum member, knew this wasn’t right. So he went out to find the Platinum boarding. In just a few minutes he was back and we were off to embark on the Getaway. One minor problem, Dee had not reached Platinum yet. But with a few words from Steve and Fred we were on our way to the …
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