I am so excited to share with you the events of last week. I had the opportunity to cruise the Western Caribbean with my husband and other family members and I have to say what a wonderful trip it was!
We took Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas leaving from Galveston and cruising to Roatan , Costa Maya and Cozamel. The ship itself was amazing with an incredible shopping mall, ice skating rink and magnificent shows and entertainment. For the younger crowd there were some fantastic looking slides, a zip line and even a Flowrider which is a surf simulator. I cannot imagine anyone being bored on this astonishing ship!
Personally, I spent most of my time relaxing and reading in the adult area pool and spa. However, if I had been traveling with children or teens to cheer me on, I think I would have ventured out and at least tried one of the slides. I am really just a child at heart!
Our first port was Roatan, an island off Honduras, known for it's beautiful, pristine beaches and magnificent snorkeling, coral reef and dive sights. The morning we pulled in to port, I awoke to the most breathtaking sunrise!
I am rarely one to leap from my bed at sunrise, but that's exactly what I did as we were pulling into port, with camera in hand ready to capture every moment. Perhaps if I awoke to this kind of beauty every morning it would be easier for me to hop out of bed!
Our plan had been to zipline though the jungles of Roatan, but as we departed the ship the skies opened and the rains poured down, and our excursion was cancelled. I have to admit I was a bit relieved as I was feeling squeamish about the prospect of ziplining. I have a definite concern for heights!
We regrouped, grabbed a taxi, and headed to the northwestern end of the island to West End Village. West End has something of a bohemian vibe and is filled with restaurants, bars and scuba shops. This area is where a majority of the scuba diving, fishing and water-based outfitters are located. It is a fun area to visit and wander around, however the better beaches are up the road in West Bay.
Our next stop was West Bay Beach, a dream location filled with beautiful, white sandy beaches. West Bay is surrounded by the second largest reef barrier in the world and is considered to be one of the best beaches for snorkeling. My husband and I visited this spot a few years back and it definitely features some amazing turquoise, blue water and excellent snorkeling full of marine life. However, since it was a cloudy day and we had planned to zipline, we opted not to snorkel and just enjoy the laid back beach vibe.
I really wish we had a bit more time to explore West End and West Beach. It's my second trip to Roatan, and if you are a beach lover and especially if you're interested in the incredible marine life it is a spot not to miss!
I will return soon with more on our cruise. Up next the Chacchoben Ruins in Costa Maya!
Until then, happy cruising! xxoo Gerri