February 13, 2018

PHOTO BOOK ~ ROAD TRIP 2017

I am so excited!  I just ordered my new photo book from MIXBOOKS.



I have to admit that this is one of my favorite books.  Maybe because most of my books have been of my travels in Europe and the Caribbean and this time I got to use moose stickers and old wood backdrops.  I have had so much fun creating this photo album.  You can see the entire book HERE.

You can see my post about my road trip to Minnesota and the North shore HERE.

January 22, 2018

LAMANAI MAYAN RUINS & RIVER BOAT SAFAIRI ~ CARNIVAL BELIZE EXCURIONS





We just returned from a cruise to Honduras, Belize, and Cozumel.  We cruised on the Carnival Breeze and had an amazing time.  

We wanted to visit some Mayan Ruins while in Belize and chose to book the Lamanai Mayan Ruins & River Boat Safari through Carnival.  The tour was great and I highly recommend this excursions but the phrasing used in some of these excursions can be a little misleading.  Hopefully the information below will help you be a little more prepared for you visit.


Belize is a tender port so you will take a ferry from the ship to the dock.  You will read varying times that it takes the ferry to get from the ship to the dock but I clocked it both directions and it took 15 minutes both times.


December 31, 2017

REVIEW OF THE CARNIVAL BREEZE

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The Carnival Breeze is a 3,690 passenger ship and can hold 4,724 guest when every bed is occupied. That is one crowded ship. The last cruise on the Breeze that I took was filled to capacity and I will be leaving again in a month and it is shows all rooms filled except for the most expensive suites.  



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Carnival Breeze is definitely not for those looking for a calm, relaxing time at sea.  You will stand in long lines the popular food joints such as Guy's Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse, Guy's Burger Joint and the Comfort Kitchen buffet.  The pools will be so crowded that swimming is not an option but will work if you like standing in one spot just to cool off.  

December 29, 2017

HOW I CRUISE FOR FREE!


I just got back from a an eight day cruise to the Caribbean and it cost me absolutely nothing.  That's right.  It was FREE.  

How did I do this?  I used credit card reward points.  I used 35,000 points to get $550.00 off my cruise.  Since my ticket was $463 (oceanview in the off season), I used the rest of the money to pay toward my grandsons ticket.  



December 6, 2017

CARNIVAL CRUISE PORT ~ MAHOGANY BAY, ROATAN (HONDURAS)



Carnival Cruise ships dock at the Mahogany Bay Cruise Center, located in Dixon Cove east of Coxen Hole.  There are a few shops in port along with several restaurants, bars, and souvenir shops.  Adjacent to the cruise center is 10 acre Mahogany Beach.  It's a little walk but you can take the "Magic Flying Beach Chair" for $14 (unlimited rides for the day).




Mahogany Bay is a great ports because you have the option of hanging out in port without spending a penny.  Of course there is shopping and restaurants available but you can still enjoy the beach without having to pay for an excursion.

December 5, 2017

HENRY MORGAN BEACH RESORT ~ ROATAN, HONDURAS


There is no arguing that the beach here is beautiful.  We did not book an excursion here but hired a driver/guide outside of the Carnival cruise port.  We requested to visit a nice beach and they brought us to the Henry Morgan Resort.  The cost was $10 to get in which gave us clean restrooms and a beach chair. 


We were only there about 3 hours so I can not personally give you information on the food or lodging but you will find a lot of information on Tripadvisor.  Overall, most of the bad reviews of this resort is in the area of food.  The beach is public so I'm sure you could have a great place to eat nearby.