After a week on the boat and having everything served to you day and night can really spoil you! Being on the ship is nice because you can do anything and everything or nothing at all and still have a good time. You don’t have to worry about what’s for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, because if you’re hungry, you just eat!
This was the second cruise I have been on. The first cruise I ever took was to Alaska about ten years ago on the Norwegian Star. I don’t plan on waiting another ten years to take another cruise because I’ve discovered that cruising is the ideal vacation! The destinations are exotic. the food is plentiful (and mostly pretty good depending on what ship you’re on), and the activities abundant. There really is something for everyone aboard each ship.With several thousand passengers, each vessel becomes your own self-sufficient floating home taking you from destination to destination.
The last day of the cruise was the third and last “fun day” at sea sailing back to Galveston. After getting rocked to sleep by the high waves and winds, it was another late lazy morning, too late for breakfast, but perfect for brunch!
Brunch on the Magic is incredible! The wide breakfast selection included many hearty breakfast items variety of other brunch items, some with a twist (like Frosted Flakes-coated french toast). I got a fruit plate, eggs Benedict with potatoes and hash browns (didn’t realize it already came with breakfast potatoes), french toast, and cheesecake for dessert. The waiter looked at me when he was taking the order and was like “you can eat all that?” and I sure did, enjoying every bite of it!
Our last island stop before returning back to reality was Cozumel, Mexico. Cozumel is the one place all the ships in the Caribbean seem to stop. Like all the other islands, it’s primary economy is tourism. But Cocuzumel is by far the most developed, busiest, and the most prosperous of the three islands we visited. The island has its own airport, many resorts, parks, beaches, shopping, and snorkeling. At the time, there were seven ships docked at Cozumel.
Our second port of call on the Carnival Magic brought us to the largest city of Belize and the formal capital to British Honduras, Belize City. It is one of the few countries in the region that speak English as their official language. There’s also a mix of Creole and Spanish as well. In the days leading up to our disembarkation and tender to the Belize shoreline, we were a bit apprehensive about this port of call. We had heard various things from other passengers about this being a crappy, rundown, and potentially dangerous (beyond the immediate port) port. Unlike most stops, this port was too shallow for cruise ships to venture, so we had to anchor off shore and take tender boats to actually get into Belize and find a tour to join. Continue reading Day 5 on the Magic: Belize it or Not→