When I made my list of haunted travels in store for Haunt Jaunts in 2011 I didn’t list any cruises. I didn’t think we’d be taking a cruise this year. I was looking forward to Vegas, but now it looks like Vegas is a no go and instead we’ll be taking a spontaneous cruise to the Western Caribbean.
WHY THE WESTERN CARIBBEAN
Wayne’s vacation got revoked in December. He still had two weeks due him, but a big project came through at the last minute. (Surprise, surprise. Story of our lives!)
Since we didn’t exactly have set vacation plans, his firm had no qualms about asking him to work. He was supposed to take his two weeks starting this week, but, again, since we were just going to putz around here they said, “Hey, we got this one deal brewing…can you help us out on it?”
That’s when we both said, “If we don’t plan to actually get away somewhere, you’ll never get to take time off.”
About that time Carnival sent us a brochure for a five day Western Caribbean cruise leaving out of Mobile for $279 per person. Since it’s been a real winter here in Nashville, suddenly the idea of getting away to warmer climes and his job seemed super appealing.
FIVE DAYS TURNS INTO SEVEN
However, as I got to looking at the cruises more closely, I came across one that I knew would appeal to Wayne. It was a seven day leaving out of New Orleans (which appealed to me) with port stops in Belize, Isla Roatan, and Cozumel.
Yes, it costs a bit more than the one that first caught our eye, but not that much more. Only about $200 per person more. And the ports sound more exotic. One of the things Wayne wanted to do this year was go somewhere else. Mexico, Brazil, Costa Rice…anywhere Latin with beaches. This one cruise definitely fits that bill.
PICK A PORT
Now we just have to nail down a date, which will determine which port we leave out of.
As much as I’d love to embark from New Orleans, that’s the cruise that’s farthest away date-wise. (February 26th. Wayne wants to leave tomorrow!) Most likely we’ll be sailing from somewhere in Florida.
Which is fine. If that happens, we’ll get another port added on to our itinerary because those cruises add in either Grand Cayman or Costa Maya as well.
Say we stay with a five day cruise from Mobile to Cozumel and either Progresso or Calica (depending on the ship). Guess what? I’d have the chance to see ruins. Mayan ones at that!
Even before all the hubbub surrounding the 2012 Mayan prophecies I’d wanted to see Mayan ruins. It’d be neat to see where those fabled people once roamed and the amazing architecture they left behind.
Anyway, I’m kind of excited. As you might know if you’ve followed my blog for a while now, I love cruising. I never really considered the Western Caribbean before, but I’m glad we looked into it. Because not only will we maybe get to see ruins, but we might get in some good snorkeling. Something else I love doing! (And am hard-pressed to do much of in Tennessee.)
Hopefully I’ll also be able to dig up some neat haunted places while I’m at it. I haven’t covered that region very much.
So…hello 2011. This was a nice first surprise of the year you threw my way!