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#DarkowPolo Takes Over the Caribbean

By: Kristen Darkow

 

Hello there! It’s hard to believe, but our cruise is over. We had the best time making our way around the Caribbean with 14 other family members, and I’m here today to recap the trip with all the photos I took! Amanda is still on the second leg of her trip, so I’m sure when she gets back she’ll have more cruise photos to share, plus some from week 2 of her vacation!

We kicked off the trip by driving to the Milwaukee airport with Andrew’s parents and had to kick it off with a vacation selfie. 🙂

It was a long travel day, but we made it to Miami in the late evening, and woke up the next morning ready to board our ship – the Norwegian Escape. Once we got settled, we explored the ship and enjoyed a Corona on the sun deck.

The ship left Miami around 5:00 that evening to make its way to Honduras. This meant that we were at sea for all of Saturday night and Sunday, and made it to Roatan, Honduras on Monday. We weren’t able to get off the ship until late morning, so we spent the morning getting some sun on the top of the ship and reading! It was perfection. 🙂

The port in Honduras wasn’t glamorous by any means, but it was definitely an authentic experience, which I enjoyed! Here are a few pictures I snapped as we walked around the town:

We boarded the ship just before sunset. I happened to visit the spa this afternoon and wound up getting about 8 inches cut off my hair! Ha!

I snapped this photo of the sunset, and some of our group did the ropes course and zip line on the ship.

I snapped one more photo of Honduras before we left port that night. So pretty!

The chandelier on our ship was beautiful, and constantly changing colors!

On tuesday, our ship ported in Harvest Caye, Belize! It’s the cruiseline’s own private island, but it was perfect for a beach day and the weather was beautiful! This was one of my favorite parts of the trip!

Wednesday’s stop was Costa Maya, Mexico and it was beautiful! We had another day of perfect weather, and we just had so much fun at this port.
We hadn’t planned on swimming with dolphins, but when we saw the opportunity, we couldn’t resist! It’s never a bad day when you get to hug a dolphin. 🙂

A margarita by the ocean is my happy place. 🙂

We saw these iguanas everywhere in Costa Maya!

Our last stop was Cozumel, Mexico on Thursday. We had an excursion planned this day – tequila tasting and tacos at Jose Cuervo! We learned how to sip tequila and enjoy it and to tell the difference between the different colors and tastes. It was really interesting!

We enjoyed some delicious margaritas (in a hand-painted vase that we bought!), Mexican beer, and amazing tacos with handmade tortillas. This meal was so good!

With bellies full of tacos and tequila, we were off to explore Cozumel!

Look at how blue and clear this water is! Sooo pretty. Also, that’s our cruise ship wayyyy off in the distance. We weren’t able to stop right at the port, so we had to take a boat from our boat. 🙂

That night, Andrew and I had a reservation at the French restaurant, Le Bistro. This was the only photo I took of one of our reservation meals, but earlier in the trip all 16 of us had dinner reservations at a Japanese hibachi restaurant and a Brazilian restaurant.

Since Cozumel on Thursday was our last stop, we spent all day Friday at sea making our way back to Miami. Andrew and I grabbed Coronas and caught the sunset from the back of the boat. Is this perfection or what?

Andrew and I had our last dinner reservation that night (Valentine’s Day) at the Italian restaurant – this meal was amazing! After, we snapped some photos in front of the chandelier. 🙂

And just like that, the cruise was over! We were up bright and early on Saturday to disembark and then fly back home. As I’m writing this, I’m watching a snow storm out the window and wondering why we don’t just move to Belize? 🙂

Have you taken a cruise before? What cruise line did you take and where did it stop? We’d love to hear about it! Share with us in the comments below!

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