Diary of a Cruiser Chapter 5 Breathtaking Infinity Bay Roatan

When I awoke this morning, the Carnival Glory had already been firmly secured to the Mahogany Bay pier in Roatan, Honduras for quite a while. I have been to this port once before and only ventured as far as the Mahogany Bay Beach adjacent the port.

Today, we are heading to Infinity Beach and Resort, a brand new experience. I love that my friend, Carl, has arranged all the details to and from and all that, he is very good and I trust his plan as it has always been a good time!

…”From chuckles to full on guffaws that make your eyes water and you lose your breath is what you get from this group of friends. There is not much in life that can match that. I am so very grateful for those moments and those people, all of which have been forever stamped on my heart.”

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I woke up a little later than I should have because I was up late doing some pretty fun stuff such as the Love and Marriage Show, Quest Show, and Casino time on the ship. I definitely need to pick up a coffee before anything. It is a good thing I don’t need any math skills for a Beach Day!

The Atrium is the perfect place to wait for other people from our group. With my coffee, I sat down in the big orange chair. Goosebumps appear on my legs because the chair is cold where the jean shorts end and my skin touches the pretend leather. On the other hand, it’s nice to have warm hands from the coffee.

I am excited and a little nervous to visit Infinity Beach. I have been to Roatan before, but I’ve never left port. It has either been Coxen hole port shopping, just never beyond the gate where they post a sign leave at your own risk. That has always been in the back of my mind, and it has deterred me from wanting to adventure farther. The other time, I spent a glorious day at the Mahogany Bay Beach, you don’t leave the port for that either. So this is a very new experience for me. I know it’s usually a lot of worry without any substantial backing, but that is the real me, I do worry.

My thoughts go to my friends, I can’t help think of the fun I’ve already had on this cruise. From laughs to full on guffaws that make your eyes water and you lose your breath is what you get from this group of friends. There is not much in life that can match that. I am so very grateful for those moments and those people, all of which have been forever stamped on my heart.

It wasn’t long and we were all ready and off the ship. The air is warm and the sunshine greets me like an old friend. It’s a beautiful port. Lush and green, to the right you can see the port beach and the ski lift chairs in the sky and to the left is the Duty Free shop where you cannot see beyond because of the trees.

Mahogany Bay

In this port, like many others they force you through the duty free shop. It is air conditioned with lots of goods and snacks, it’s actually a nice looking shop, I just did not need anything and was carrying plenty already.

I passed the Mahogany Bay welcome sign up the path from the Duty Free Shop and then continue up the slight incline to the port area. This really is a nice area if you do not want to leave and just shop or go to the beach with direct access from this port. I love the beach area here, it is so very nice, clean, safe, and beautiful. It’s just a walk down the hill through the jungle looking trees, there are benches along the way and natural photo op spots. It’s also a great place to get a nice picture of the ship from the ocean. See my pictures from my last trip to Mahogany Bay.

The port is one of the nicest I have seen, there are wide paths to walk, places to sit, really cool stores, and a couple places for drinks or food. I think you could see a few Diamonds International type shops, but many others too.

Mahogany Bay Port

It is hot and muggy out today, I am already warm and I have quite a trek ahead of me. I am heading all the way through the other side of the port past the taxi and bus area, up the hill, out of the secure port area to meet the privately arranged taxi. Whew! It was definitely a little hike, but well worth it, we reached our guy at the bottom of the hill. I will endure this minor headache to see what lies ahead and a little water will help. Although, so would that advil I stuck in my beach bag, oh wait, I didn’t so there’s that. I brought the largest water from the ship so that I could have plenty and my head thanks me.

The taxi was a van and many from our group were coming along, it has quite a few seats so its roomy but only because we did not fill the whole van. I think there was a sigh of relief when there was air conditioning.

And we are off on the small roads of Roatan. It seems they are working on improving a lot of the roads, I saw construction and some of the buildings are being rebuilt. We stopped at a couple overlooks where you could see a couple of ships – Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas and the Norwegian Dawn. It was neat seeing the ships from on top this hill or small mountain. Colorful shops lined the edge of the parking space and vendors young and old were trying to entice anyone to come look at their goods.

We also drove by what is called West Beach. This is an obvious tourist area. There are people walking and shopping, crisscrossing the street as the cars slowly drive by. A few restaurants out on piers over the ocean mixed in with watercraft rentals, water taxis, and beachy things shop. It was super cute and nothing unsafe about it. You could tell many tourists come here to spend their day and I completely understand why.

Soon we arrived at Infinity Bay Resort. They have a swim day pass for $20 all day, pool and beach. Out the door of the resort and down the hill I was greeted by a huge infinity pool, it is clean and bright, flowers and plants line the area where they have loungers and sitting chairs with tables. There is a bridge that cuts the pool in half with “Infinity Bay” written across it. Looking past the pool you can see the ocean, and it definitely calls to my heart.

The beach is incredible, the water is that light blue for the entire beach, it turns darker out a ways where some of my friends snorkels that day. I am so excited to get in that water. I found my way back to the group to check in and pay for our wristband, but not before I was stopped 3 or 4 times by beach vendors. I almost bought a bracelet as they are very convincing that I should take their deal. They had some cute ones with turtles or shark teeth. It was a good deal I am sure, I just don’t think I need anything. Off to find our chair and get in the water. They offer food and drink in their bar area right off the beach, too.

Infinity Bay Beach

The water was cool, and my feet were filled with delight to feel the sand under my toes. No shells!! I love this beach, to my right as I walked in was a pier with a couple small boats, to my left I saw a blow up water slide and underwater space masks as an excursion. I was right where I needed to be, the sun warm on my face and the cool of the water surrounding me. I believe I was out there over an hour before coming back in.

I found the bathroom which was near the bridge over the pool, its down the stairs. I nearly fell as the tile was slippery, that would have been a surprise. I could only imagine breaking something on vacation! Thankfully, it was no big deal. Shake it off!!

I decided to sit on a chair near the pool to dry off and reapply sun lotion. The weather today couldn’t be more perfect, the company of friends also had me smiling. It’s so good to vacation with amazing people. This is absolutely one of my favorite things about cruising.

A couple of lizards or iguanas blessed me with their presence before quickly making their escape in the nearby greenery. I find it so odd to see those large creatures at a pool just feet away from me, yet it must be so normal here, in this little slice of paradise.

I’ve dried off enough and I would like to try that pool. It’s so intriguing, there is a waterfall at the bridge and it is curvy and interesting, plus, you can go to the edge and look out at the crystal clear water. If you stand back it looks like the pool is connected to the ocean, so your crystal clear blue green keeps going and going as far as you can see.

Infinity Bay Pool

Climbing in the pool was not hard there were steps and railings to help. After the near fall I may have been a bit more careful than I needed. I spend the next hour at the pool, soaking and visiting. It was exactly what I needed today.

It’s back to the ship for all of us. I can feel I got a little sun, but it’s not bad. It is 130pm and I am hungry, we all are. I chose not to eat at that restaurant on the beach and will eat back on the ship. The taxi was able to drop us right at the port so we didnt have to make the trek up the steep hill. A small walk through the port shopping, and I won’t lie, that Mahogany Bay Beach was calling me. If I wasn’t tired and hungry I would have gone, and I may regret it, that beach is lovely. I feel it is one of the prettiest beaches at a cruise port I have been to with such a breeze to get to, just down a path from the ship. Maybe soon I will be back to enjoy that for the day.

Carnival Glory at Mahogany Bay Port
Sunset in Roatan

Back in the room, I stretched out on the bed, here I had a moment to think, this day really was a highlight of my week. Good times, good friends, and making memories, that’s what it’s all about. Finally showered and changed, I am all ready for the evening.

I was a little early to meet everyone for drinks at the Alchemy Bar, so my husband, Brian, and I played a little in the casino, we ended up ahead a couple hundred dollars after just a few minutes and hitting a good bonus. That’s exciting! What a great way to start the evening!

Just a short walk from the casino, is the Alchemy Bar. It looks like a science lab, with flasks and drawers for ingredients. We sit around a round counter on high stools watching what appear to be science experiments. One French Kiss for me, drink that is, although I cannot say I mind the other. My drink is red and it has berries at the bottom, sparkling wine and lime juice. It’s a sip and snack all on one! We also enjoy a complimentary tray of nuts, cheese, and olives a clever combination when you eat them together. Chatting turns to laughing as the first drink sinks in. We all clink and drink, cheers! I would say we are all in a good place when it’s time for dinner.

There is a steel drum and band playing as we walk past the casino, down to level 3 to main dining room. It’s nice to have music in various places on the ship, there is easy listening music in the Atrium Lobby too.

Once we arrive at the restaurant,we are shown to the table near the back. I have pre-ordered my meal, as a gluten free vegetarian. It’s an Indian Dish with chickpea, basmati rice, and thin rice cracker, plus the chocolate melting cake, very good.

There is a hum of chit chat and laughing in the dining room. No doubt, people reliving the day, the adventures they went on or spending the most relaxing day at the edge of the pool. Our table was not excluded from that chatter, not all of us went to the beach and there were stories to told on both sides. Also, I think I may have caught an almost proposal happening among the conversations. Sometimes I just sit back and let everyone do the talking, I love seeing people interact and I am taking in every moment, and I am so lucky to be here at this moment with these people, so very lucky.

Of course I never mind dinner takes a while with friends, it is longer than usual, which is fine. I’m so full I don’t think I can move a whole lot anyways, but if I sit, I may fall asleep.

After dinner, it’s to the casino, it’s time to see if we can repeat our Max bet group pull. All of us get our turn to hit the button. This is so much fun with friends, the excitement is high, we are cheering each other on, and happy even with small wins. We did not come out winners, but the smiles on our faces show that we are winners, in friendship, that counts for something, right? Better luck next time.

I am getting tired, so I go and sit by the windows on the couches bear the casino. This is a neat spot and you can people watch. Often there is a band playing on the small stage near the casino bar. It’s nice to relax a bit.

After a short visit, I decide to head to bed, it’s another nice sea day tomorrow, and I am looking forward to it!

What an amazing day in Roatan with friends!

Infinity Bay Roatan

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Diary of a Cruiser Chapter 4 Carnival Glory Costa Maya Mexico

I couldn’t resist rolling over with the fluffy blanket and catching a few more minutes of sleep this morning. The room is pitch black, except for the blue light coming from my usb charging block on the vanity counter, so I guess other than that it’s quite dark. I’ve often thought I should put some black tape over that one glowing button. I don’t normally get to or can sleep in, so this was nice there was no rush to get going today.

It is a casual schedule today of walking around and shopping in the port of Costa Maya, Mexico. I did not plan on any excursion; however there are plenty of things to pick from. We docked together with 3 mega cruise ships, Royal Caribbeans Harmony of the Seas, the Celebrity Edge, and Norwegian’s Escape. Our ship looks like a baby next to these giants of the sea. I love seeing all the ships while in port.

“…cruising is a great way to get out there and find something you like.”

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I had some veggie tacos at Blue Iguana up on the Lido Deck and sat by the window to see the NCL Escape. This wonder of a ship has a special place in my heart as my first cruise ship ever. First cruise is the sweetest! It was such a surprise to see it and brought back some happy memories. Someday I would love to get back on that ship!

The wind is strong here, it always is here in Costa Maya. I noticed the Harmony of the Seas docking once breakfast was finished and went up the stairs by the pool to deck 10 to see the ship come in. They had closed the pier while the Harmony pulls in for safety, so if you were not off yet you were waiting at least 30 minutes.

I pushed in between a couple of lounge chairs to get to the railing. It looks like a people zoo on the other ship, or maybe we were the people zoo from their perspective. Many people sitting in their balcony lounge chairs, some people inside their cabins, some up on top having breakfast, or waving at all of us looking at them. I am really surprised how much we could see into the other ship. People are very comfortable inside their balcony cabins with their curtains open. It is such a grand ship, and looking at it from our top deck with several decks still towering over me is such a humbling moment. Seriously, it’s fun to see the neighbor ships at the ports.

I am meeting everyone down in the Atrium at 1030 am today because we are all just taking our time to get off the ship. Some of us have been here before and really we just want to walk around the port shopping area. But first, coffee, so nice to get free coffee with the drinks package, so it was a vanilla almond milk latte for me. Yum!!

The Atrium is quiet, but there is still a buzz of excitement. It’s fun watching people and groups come in, sit a while then leave, or get a drink from the Atrium Bar. Maybe an exciting chapter of Costa Maya will be written in their life story today. Could it be an ATV adventure, ziplining, tequila tasting, dolphin swimming, or maybe a relaxing beach day massage with a 2 for 1 beer special? Whatever it is, cruising is a great way to get out there and find something you like. I absolutely love that about cruising, something for everyone!

Time to go to the port, I gather all the important things and head to deck zero. The breeze might catch a hat or two today, hang on to your things! Costa Maya would not feel the same without it.

It’s a little walk down the pier, our ship is next to the Harmony of the Seas which is a mega ship. It feels like I am going through a tunnel between these two ships. This place is humming with activity with people sharing the same pier to get off. I have a feeling that this port is going to be super busy. I have never seen 4 ships here at one time. I don’t think this port really can handle all those people. It will be an interesting thing to see.

Costa Maya Pier – Harmony of the Seas and Carnival Glory

It’s always fun to take pictures of the water here, even though it’s not calm, it’s really pretty and the chaos of the crashing waves has a charm. Who doesn’t appreciate a little beautiful chaos.

I enter into an area with just a few vendors, a sign with large letters spelling Costa Maya, another multi directional sign for various things at this port, and an excursion sign up if you are looking for something to do today. To the right of the entrance are people dressed in native Mexican garb of elaborate feathers and leather, drumming and dancing. Of course, you can also can get your picture with them for a small fee or tip.

Costa Maya Port Entrance

Through an open building to the main port shopping area. Brightly colored hats, bags, clothing and collectibles seem to pop from the vendor shops. Above the shops there is a rope bridge throughout the whole port, you can pay a little extra to walk above everyone for a new perspective. People going in and out of shops and passionate sales people asking if you would like to come check out their things.

There is a show in the main courtyard with traditional Mexican Dancers atop a tall spinning pole, only to make their way down to the ground while they play flutes without safety harnesses. That scene is a little unnerving to me and probably a lot of people but we watch anyways.

Costa Maya Mexican Pole Dance

People seem to meander through the streets looking for that perfect gift or souvenir to bring home. I like to walk by the shops to catch some air conditioning. It’s the truth! I think the jewelry shops have the coldest air wafting from their stores. I think they know what they are doing, people want to be cool, so maybe they will want to stand a look and of course buy jewelry. So many people shoulder to shoulder here today. It is really warm and sticky and there is not much of a breeze coming through at all.

All the benches and stone wall ledges are packed with people. An actual people jam slows everyone down in a squeezy spot on the path near a large pool. It’s the one way through. That pool actually looks very inviting, its bright and sparkly since the sun is out. There are lounge chairs to claim and pool music if you just want to have a fun, relaxing pool day. Many palm trees are scattered through the seating area offering much needed shade from the hot sun.

Across the pool, people are enjoying their authentic Mexican food and margaritas at an open air restaurant with colorful wooden chairs. There are lots of additional restaurants throughout as well, although today it’s very packed. Down the path behind the pool there are flamingos, parrots, a chocolate company with samples, and many places to try some tequila. Visitors are also swimming with the dolphins. Just past the dolphin pool I caught a glimpse of the ships in port. The Carnival Glory is hiding, but it’s there.

The whole port layout looks more complicated than it is. The paths curve and turn, go around a pool and various things, but in the end it leads you back to the entrance and reveals that the port is actually not that huge. The back exit is the taxi and excursion area, this time I did not go back there, it was just fun just wandering these streets.

Time to head back to the ship, it’s a long walk and its so nice when the air conditioning hits you as you enter the ship!! It was really hot out. I got back to the ship and grabbed a rice bowl from Blue Iguana Cantina and met all our friends in the Buffet. The buffet has a sailing theme, sailboats and blue and tan colors. I think we all drank a bunch of water after being out in the hot air.

Time to head back to the ship, it’s a long walk and its so nice when the air conditioning hits you as you enter the ship!! It was really hot out. What a neat view to see our ship from this side of the port.

I got back to the ship and grabbed a rice bowl from Blue Iguana Cantina and met all our friends in the Buffet. The buffet has a sailing theme, sailboats and blue and tan colors. I think we all drank a bunch of water after being out in the hot air.

The rice bowl filled me up and I need to cool off so I head to my room. Once I had time to freshen up, I decided to stop at the coffee shop for vitamin water and hot water for tee. My throat felt a little scratchy and I wanted to try and prevent it from getting worse. I sat on the couches between the Alchemy Bar and the casino, the the grand Harmony of the Seas is outside the window. This is a really good day.

There is country music trivia in the Atrium and our group is going to do their best to get a ship on the stick. I am afraid I am not much help here, I can think of song titles but artist names are tough.

Before it starts, I cannot resist the temptation to go out on deck 3 and see the ocean. The Norwegian Escape has left port and sails into the evening. Adios, my fair ship! The Celebrity Edge is next and then us. Deck 3 has a few chairs but is mostly open for walking, and a railing to lean on and see the ocean, it is nice it is not full plexi-glass so I can feel that Costa Maya wind, its feels great!

It’s time for trivia. I will be the first to admit, for me anyways, some trivia games are quite dry and not very exciting. This one was so much fun. Our group teamed up and knew the answers! It was a jolly good time singing along with the songs. So it is trivia that brings us all together. Who knew? It came down to a tie breaker with another team and ours, and Josh from my team won! Yay for the ship on a stick. And yay for good times with good friends which happens to be one of my favorite things on a cruise!

Somehow the day has quickly escaped me and it is late into the evening. Up next is the Love and Marriage Show. This is absolutely a do not miss event. It really is a good time, at least for the audience. The theater is lit in colors of love. On stage, brave couples with varied lengths of marriage answer embarrassing questions to see which couple knows each other best and gets the best match. Do you know your Boo? I couldn’t go up on stage like that and reveal all those things in front of everyone! This time, the cruise director made it quite entertaining calling the room of one of the couples to speak to a sister and another time asking the older couple some questions to make the older lady blush, but it is all in good fun. Champagne prizes and hugs and kisses by each couple ends the show and we head out of the theater which cheeks hurting from laughing.

The night is not over even this show was, it is time for the adult scavenger hunt game called Quest. Lots of laughs found here! If you haven’t seen it once you should. The room is split into teams and they must find creative ways to bring things the leader asks for to get team points. There are things like a fruit, a bra on a man, lipstick; however, beware it can get crazy. It is not for the easily offended audience.

It is late after the Quest show but most of us hit the casino for just a bit before heading to bed. It is now past 1 am and I am exhausted!

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Infinity Bay Roatan

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