Our Trip to Roatan, Costa Maya and Cozumel……Part 3

Finally on Thursday Morning, we were finally going ashore at Costa Maya.  We had been on board since Sunday.  Because of the ship MSC Armonia crashing into the dock at Roatan Honduras, we couldn’t go ashore their.  So finally we arrived at Costa Maya 2 hours late after delivering a sick person to Cozumel.  They have an International Airport to fly the person to the states. It was a beautiful morning.  Rich and I went out on deck to watch the approach and dock.  20180412_083842.jpg

In the distance as we approached, their was a beautiful rainbow.  You can barely see here.  It started at the speck of land which was Costa Maya.  As we got closer a small boat came out from shore.  20180412_090220.jpg

It said Pilot on the side in Spanish.  It got very close and left again.  I assume they dropped someone off.  We got closer and seen their were 2 ships in port.  And which ship do you suppose was their.20180412_090419.jpg

It was the MSC Armonia.  This was the ship that destroyed the dock at Roatan Honduras 2 days ago.  We had heard they had run onto rocks and needed repairs.  We also heard they might need extensive repairs to continue.  Well here it was.  Full of people, continuing its 14 day cruise.20180430_083717.jpg

Looking close you could see the scrape near the bottom and a large patch to the hull.  As people started to realize that this was the ship that caused us to not go the Roatan, they started yelling and making fun of the Captain….” Can’t you drive???”  Of course it was all in fun.  Finally we got ready to leave the ship for the day.  Ron had made plans for an excursion for us all.  10 of us were going, 1 couple decided to stay on board.  Several years ago, Ron and Travis had came to Costa Maya and found this all inclusive beach.  It was a pkg deal on line.  For $50 a person you arrived at this beach and stayed all day until your ship left.  You were supplied with shade umbrellas, lounges, all the drinks and food you wanted.  So this is where we were heading.  We left with our suits on and beach cover ups.  It was around 10 am and the boat was not leaving until 7:30pm.

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So off we went.  Terry took this picture as we left the ship.  It was a very long dock to walk.  But such a beautiful day.20180412_102202.jpg

So here we are.  We sure look like tourists don’t we…..lol…Now as we were walking some one said….Look, Their she is…..During the days at sea, their was a celebrity sighting.  It was Amy Roloff of TV Show, Little People, Big World.  Several of the group had seen her.  Then one day when Rich was sitting down up on the top deck watching the Surfing simulator, near the water slides, Amy just so happened to sit down by him.  She told Rich they wouldn’t let her ride the 2 man raft slide because of the weight requirement.  She did ride the other slide.  Now he had a moment like that and I wasn’t their???…..So so unfair…..It was just a casual conversation, I should have been their.  One evening I was looking out our window down on the Promenade…..And their she was walking by…..Amy and her boyfriend Chris…20180409_193041.jpg

So finally I seen her but their I am upstairs behind glass.  So now here we are at the port and somebody in our group yells “Theirs Amy”20180412_102023.jpg

I looked over and seen her and decided this was my chance.  Probably my only chance to get a picture.  Look, I’m taller than her….lol...I ran over their and introduced myself and mentioned her sitting by Rich.  She acknowledge that she remembered.  I asked for a picture and apologized for bothering her.  Of course she was gracious and agreed.  So finally I accomplished my picture I was after.  I only seen her one other time.  We were in the theater and she entered the other side.  Theresa was able to say hi to her.  So finally we headed into the village to find the Taxi’s to take us to the beach.  The village wound around with only walking traffic…..Many little local shops.  It seemed like we had to walk in circles to get to the Taxis.  We did a little shopping but decided to do more on our way back.  Finally with Ron at the lead, we headed to the taxi’s at the rear of the village.  Ron managed to get a van that we all could fit in.  It was a fun ride to the beach.  This area has not really been taken over yet by commercialism. Their was some destruction still by the hurricanes last year.  We passed some poor areas and seen construction and rebuilding.  We passed jungle and finally turned down a narrow road with buildings on each side.  Some were old homes and some small businesses.  All very colorful.  We finally arrived at our Beach…..Nohoch Kay Beach Club....It was an open beachy restaurant with a thatched roof.  12804764_1046952832010550_3286964961177130164_nReally neat.  Old tables and chairs inside and out.  Their was a bicycle trail between the Club and the beach.  A group of bicyclers rode by.  As you looked toward the beach front you seen a line of awesome thatched umbrellas and lounge chairs in the sand.

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The beautiful blue ocean was beyond the beach.

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Over to the side was a massage table area.  Their was a charge for this.  It looked so inviting.  They had reserved umbrellas and chairs for all of us.  We all settled in.  The bar boy took our first drink orders and the owner asked about food.  He suggested putting a tray of food together with a sampling of many things on the menu.  So it began.  We all went in the water.  It was fairly shallow for a long ways.  It was so warm and clear.

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The bar boy started bringing the drinks.  The guys would order 8 Bahama Mamas at a time.  They would be delivered and the bar boy would get another order of 8…..That is the way the day went.  The food finally arrived…..OMG….20180430_214918.jpg

So much on the platter.  From American Hamburgers and Onion Rings to Mexican Tacos Fajitas etc.  We ate on it all afternoon, but never finished it.

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It was such a relaxing afternoon laying in the lounge chairs.  They also offered kayaks to take out even though we didn’t use them.  And for the guys, the drinking continued….

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They were having a great time….The view from the water to the beach was so pretty.

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The line up of the thatched umbrellas and the Palm trees waving overhead was like being in Paradise.  In the distance you could see the dock with the ships in port.

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It looked close but yet very far. ……AND THE DRINKING CONTINUED…..

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Finally around 4 pm we decided it was time to leave.  It was hard getting them out of the water.  20180412_143112.jpg

The Club called for our van and it finally arrived.  One last look at the beautiful site, and up to the van we went.  It became apparent rather quickly the Rich and Ron were just a little drunk.  They both started slurring their words and talking STUPID.  At first it was funny to watch, but it got old fast.  We managed to get them all in the van…….“THATS THE LAST RICH REMEMBERS OF THAT DAY”.…..I’m not sure were we lost Ron.  The Taxi left us out behind the village.  Rich wanted the drivers grapefruit.  We had to finally take it away from him.  He was barely walking and we had a LOOOooong way to go…..His hand was on my shoulder.  We stumbled along.  Ron was at least walking.  But Theresa had to keep him under control.  At one point he seen a statue of an animal, maybe lion with its mouth wide open.  He ran across the street and put his face and hands in its mouth and went ….. “Rooooaaaaar”…..At that point I knew we were in trouble.  The shopping was canceled as it was a long way back to the ship.  We wandered along through the village sidewalks to the port entrance.  I was on one side of Rich and JT was on the other.  Finally the Port entrance was near.  We had to scan our Sea Pass cards to get through.  Thank goodness Rich’s was around his neck.  Now the Looong walk down the dock to the ship entrance.  We started and it was one step forward…..2 stumbled steps sideways.  Another step forward and so one.  All his weight was now on my shoulder as I not only supported him but pulled him.  Theresa was busy taking care of Ron and she was also worried about her sister….lol….Either side of the dock said….DO NOT CROSS THE RED LINE..…You would be in danger of falling off cause their was no railings…..We stopped a number of times to rest.  Finally we made the final turn to the dock the ship was anchored to.  We had to get our Sea Pass cards ready and I thought ID’s also.  So Travis took over my side for a time while I got out Richs Wallet.  In doing that all his cards fell out…….grrrrrrrrr….but got them all picked up and back.  We got through the first scan area and was then approaching the ship door.  Travis said he would go get a wheel chair.  Oh that would be great.  I was exhausted with all his stumbling.  He just kept muttering stupid non verbal words…..lol….Finally we crossed the ramp into the ship.  I scanned our Sea Pass cards for both of us and their was the wheel chair.  They put him in and had a porter assigned to help us to our room.  Immediately, an officer looked at me straight faced with no humor….“Do You Need Medical?”...”Oh No” I said.  “He just needs a bed”…..lol….He was not laughing.  He wanted to see his Sea Pass Card and took his number.  They put a 24 hour block on his account for alcohol.  I said ‘Sure, that fine’.  So they wheeled us to the elevators.  We got in one side and Ron and Theresa and the others were in the other side.  Ron remembers seeing us and saying something to Rich as the doors closed.  I don’t remember what he said but it would be something only one drunk talking to another drunk would understand.  I so wanted to take a picture of him but the halls were so narrow and we were on the move.  We got to our room and Barrington was their.  20180412_172500.jpg

He opened our door for us and got Rich out of the wheelchair.  Barrington wished us rest and recuperation.  He was down for the count very shortly after that.  After that I decided to go to the Windjammer for dinner.  Then I went out on deck to watch our departure.  Some of our group also came out.  They like to watch the “Dock Runners” the last ones that are running to make the boat.  20180412_184225.jpg

We were suppose to leave by 7:30 but they were still missing people.  Finally just after 8 the last ones boarded. A dad running with a stroller and 2 kids, and his wife lagging behind. I can’t imagine why they would be so late with 2 kids. How irresponsible. I was told many times the ship will leave people of their late.  20180412_184512.jpg

So here is our view of the dock at sunset.  This is the dock we drug the drunks down too reach the ship.  Shame they have no Memory.….We were the last ship to leave…..Finally it was dark, the last people were aboard and we cast off.  As we left, you could not see that many lites.  It definitely is still a small port.  Its to bad we didn’t have time to shop more and explore…...So Tomorrow…..What will it bring…..Cozumel….How will they feel???

 

 

 

Our Trip to Roatan, Costa Maya, & Cozumel….Part 2

Finally we were heading to sea.  We had went to the Heliport to watch our casting off and now we were moving.  As much as I would have liked to have stayed outside and watched us move out through the channel, it was to cold and windy.  So time to go inside and EXPLORE our ship.  Dinner was at 5:30.  Tonite would be dress casual in the formal dinning room.  We had our luggage, but many people did not.  They said it could take up to 7 pm for the late arrivals to get their delivered to their stateroom.  It pays to be one of the first to board.  So therefore that is why dinner was casual.  Everyone has the option to eat in the formal dinning room assigned or just eat at the Windjammer Café Buffet.  We were assigned to the Michelangelo Restaurant on Deck 3 at table #424.  Their are 3 Formal dining rooms, The Botticelli on Deck 5, The Michelangelo on Deck 4, and The Rembrandt on Deck 3.

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This is the interior of our dinning room on Deck 3.  It is so elegant.  The center of the room is open to display all three floors.  In the center is a Beautiful, Stunning Elegant Chandelier.  It is surrounded by beautiful gold columns extending from the bottom to the top.  Beautiful lights and decorations make you feel like your in an Italian Palace.

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At the far end is an elegant circular staircase joining all 3 dinning rooms together.  At the end of our cruise the cooks and waiters filled the stairways and sang several songs and paraded through all 3 dinning rooms…..It was pretty awesome.  So we found our table and were seated.  Linen table clothes and silverware placed for every course.  We were presented with the Menu.  It was clipped to a board and was changed every meal.  We had choices of Appetizer, Main course and Dessert.  You could choose as many as you wanted.  The waiter brought each course and then as we ate, they would take the finished dish and the proper silverware would be taken and the new silverware arranged appropriately.  We had a head waiter as well as his assistant.  They worked in unison together as they took care of their assigned 4 tables.  So that was 32 people.

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By the 2nd nite they not only new your name, but they also remembered what you drank.  Our favorite was Oral C.  The assistant on the right of the photo.  He was so nice, friendly and did his job meticulously.  He always was ready for a joke or small talk if he had time.  They loved their job obviously.  Finally it was time to explore the ship.

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This is one of the 14 elevators on the ship.  They went from Deck 1 to Deck 14.  It was so cool to ride and look out at the Promenade Deck as you rode up.  20180408_163836.jpg

This is the walkway to the Promenade Area, the main street of the ship on Deck 5 This area is full of shopping from clothes, purses, alcohol, to Fine Watches and Diamonds.  It also had many Pubs, Ben and Jerrys Ice Cream, Sorrentos Pizza, A Cupcake shop and tables and chairs set out to sit, converse and just people watch.  20180408_162729.jpg

On the other end is the Platinum Theater.  The stairways were cascading white marble steps with Brass Handrails…So Elegant…They held a program for us newbies in the Theater to Welcome us to the ship and tell as about upcoming events.20180408_142828.jpg

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This is a beautiful Theater.  It also had a balcony and held 1,300 people.  Every nite they held a fabulous show.  They also had bar service and you could order at your seat.  20180408_201030.jpg

This is another view of the Promenade area from the end areas.  Every floor had a crossover to the other side that was open to the Promenade.  Notice Shrek in the foreground.  This is also a “DreamWorks” Cruise.  Many of the characters were out and about everyday.  20180408_201108.jpg

Another view from the end looking down to the entrance of the Platinum Theater.  I am actually standing on Deck 6 and the bottom of the stairs is Deck 3…..20180408_162818.jpg

Another one of the Characters with Ron on the right.  So now down to Deck 3.  20180408_142531.jpg

We walked through the Casino.  Yes if you were a gambler, you could surely enjoy your time here.  Everything available to you in every type of game.  Their is almost 300 slot machines and 19 gaming tables.  We choose not to enjoy this area of the boat.  I would have a hard time stopping, so better not to play.  Their was a number of bars on this level, including a Piano Bar.  They were small and intimate.  A place to relax.  It had been a long day, so time to head back up to Deck 6 and our new home for a week.  We entered and found that the room steward had been their, Turned down our bed, closed the curtains and left us with the new addition of The Cruise Compass.

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It is the daily schedule of everything going on.  All the dinner schedules, entertainment schedules, time we dock if going into port, or anything we needed to know.  Every evening he brought a new one when he turned down the bed.  Every afternoon while at lunch, he would make our bed and change our linens.  We were so pampered.FB_IMG_1524226692181.jpg

This is our Room Steward, Barrington.  He had knocked at our door the first day and introduced himself.  He is from Jamaica and has worked for Royal Caribbean for 19 years.  They work for 10 months and then have 2 months off.  Difficult way to live I think.  Barrington was just Awesome He was so friendly.  His goal to make sure we had fun and enjoyed everyday.  I mentioned to him one afternoon that my shower was leaking at the bottom.  He said he would take care of it.  The next morning during my shower, I noticed it was fixed.  …..Amazing…..I couldn’t believe it was already fixed, and we didn’t even see anyone.  Barrington knew all our names immediately and made us all feel special.  He always seemed to know when we left so that he could do his duties.  20180411_211939.jpg

Many times during the week, we would come into our room to find an animal made out of towels.  This was my favorite.  He put my sunglasses on the BAT.  So as we got ready for bed, we sat their and realized we could feel the gently rocking of the boat.  It wasn’t much, but Rich could feel it.  He had taken a Dramamine that afternoon, just in case it might bother him.  We could hear the Hang tag in the bathroom gently rocking back and forth.  We slept pretty good, in fact I slept longer than normal.  Their was no daylight to tell you what time it was…..lol…In the morning, we explored the TV channels.  Their was very little outside channels.  Just a couple old movie channels.  They had their own RC TV.  You could watch and see what was happening today.  How to shop for Diamonds and Precious Gems on board as well as when you were in Port.  They showed you different Ships they had and the Trips they had available.  Down stairs you could book you Next Cruise with a discount at a considerable savings.  Also, the most important thing on the TV was you could watch your account daily.  Any credits you might have attained on purchasing your tickets were added on as a credit.  Anytime you purchased on board with your Seapass Card were their immediately, and the Daily Gratuity’s of $14.50 each person were also added.  These tips would be divided between the Room Steward and the Dinning room waiters.  Possibly others but not sure.  So it was your option to give extra if you thought they deserved it.  As I mentioned before, this account is either set up as a cash account before hand, or attached to a card of your choice.  In the morning  we slowly got up and headed for the Windjammer for Breakfast.  What an AWESOME selection.  Anything you could imagine.  20180411_105815.jpgWe found a table by the window and enjoyed watching the sea…..The endless water, the swell of the waves flowing up and down.  They said they were about 6 ft, but it sure didn’t look like it.  We were on Deck 11 looking down.  Their were just small white caps.  Nothing was in the distance except for the sea ending in a haze as it met the sky……So this was our next 2 days.  We would be at sea till Wed.  when we docked at Roatan Honduras, our farthest point…..(Or so we thought)….So now time to explore the top decks…..11-14….Ill start at the front of the ship.  Well not really the front but behind the heliport and the Captains Bridge.  We entered the Solarium.  It is the pool area for the over 18 year olds….Now that would be our area.  20180409_131453.jpgIt was a small but beautiful pool…plenty of lounge chairs all around in the sun or shade.  A bar of course.  Adults always have to have a bar near by…..Or you could order by the pool also.  It also had an easy step entrance.  Love it when you don’t have to climb the ladder to get out.   On either side of the ship were 2 huge beautiful half moon spas, lined with windows.  The sun shinned through from all the glass on top.  20180423_104351.jpg1d46326ca12af59e3a011354e359d4fc--royal-caribbean-cruise-royal-caribbean-ships.jpgThey stuck out 12 over the edge of the boat.  The view was just breath taking.  The strangest part was knowing that their was nothing under you for 11 decks down till the sea at the bottom.  One evening I was in the spa when the jets were off.  As you sat their and enjoyed, you would feel the rocking of the boat.  It would rock to one side and the water would fall into the gutters, and then it would rock the other way and fall away….Back and Forth….Back and Forth…. What a strange sensation.  Now behind this bar are several more pools for family’s.  aox7yq.jpgSeveral hot tubs are also in this area.  You can get poolside service here also for drinks of your choice.  Many of the activities took place in this pool.  Sexiest man competition,   Adult Belly Flop Competition, Concerts and Movies on the Big Screen.20180411_194015.jpgOne nite we went up and watched Star Wars.  This area was always busy….Behind this area is the Childrens Area….20180411_154853.jpgThis is the H2O Zone and Kids Pool.  This is a great place for the little kids to have fun.  If you look at the area above with all the windows, This is on Deck 14.20180411_150739.jpgThere is a very nice bar up their.  This is the view from the windows.  You can see the kids area, past the wall is the regular pools and the Solarium pools more up front.

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Now were on the back of the ship.  Their is a rock climbing wall and a basket ball court.

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On the very back is the water slides.   Their are 2 water slides on the left and 1 on the right.  The one on the right is a 2 man raft.  In the center is the Flow Rider, the surfing simulator.  We sat their for a while and watched.  The were giving lessons.  Some people did well, but many wiped out, fell and washed up to the top of the slide.  It looked like fun, but I wouldn’t want everyone watching me make a fool of myself…lol….Also a Mini Golf Course is back here somewhere.  That was something we never came across.  How can something like that be hidden.  There was so many things we really never did see.  It is amazing that all these things are on the top of the ship.  So by Tue. we were excited to be getting close to Roatan Honduras.  We were suppose to dock Wed morning and have all day in town.   Ron had planned trips for all of us.  It was going to be so exciting, some shopping, beach, and tour in the jungle.  Late  that afternoon the Captain made an announcement.  A ship had come into the dock to fast.  Something went wrong and it ran into the dock and destroyed it.  It was the MSC Armonia.  maxresdefault.jpg

It didn’t take long for a video to be on U Tube.  By that evening I think everyone on board had seen the video.  The captain had tried to find another port like maybe Belize.  It just wasn’t going to happen, seems they didn’t have tenders for us.  I believe that is transportation for us from the ship to the village.  So he decided we would just do another day at sea.  We were so disappointed.  So now we would be doing a huge circle until it was time to go to Costa Maya.  Wed evening finally came.  We were going to arrive in the dock at Costa Maya around 7 am Thur. morning and bebark around 8.  Then another announcement.  We suddenly had a medical emergency.  We had to head to Cozumel.  Someone was very ill and they would be taken off the ship.  We would head back north to Cozemel arrive around 2 am. Then head back south to Costa Maya.  So now we will arrive 2 hours late.FB_IMG_1523969851489.jpg

Here is a picture of our tv screen.  We could also always see where we were, how fast we were going and our position.  As you see we were heading to Cozumel after a big circle at sea.  We were traveling over 21 knots which was top speed for the ship.  Our first stop should have been, Roatan Honduras on Wed.  Costa Maya Thur. and Cozumel Fri.  But things change don’t they.  We had another day at sea to enjoy all the activities.  Their was always something to do.  No reason to be bored, just disappointed. We did stop at Cozumel around 2am on Thur. morning, but unless you were awake, you would not have noticed.  We arrived at Costa Maya later Thur morning around 9am.   Ohhhhhh now this will be the best  part of this story….lol….Just a Clue……..“Not everyone Remembers All That Happened This Day”.…..But many of us will NEVER FORGET…..