Belize City, Belize

After Honduras, we went to Belize.  I spent the morning at Starfish Island and yes I did see starfish.

This was my first experience with starfish, so of course I had to touch them.  I was surprised they didn’t react at all.  They just laid there doing their starfish stuff.

The afternoon was spent wondering around Belize City, which is the capital of Belize.

 

The Bahamas – Nassau

Nassau was my favorite place to visit while in The Bahamas.  I wish I could have spent more time at this port.  Oh well, I guess I will just have to go back for another visit.

Nassau is full of cute little shops.  I felt like we went into a hundred different stores, but I enjoyed each one of them.

Malia and I went to the Nassau Library and Museum.  The building was originally used as a jail, so the layout was rather unique.  The one thing that really caught my attention was their card catalog system.  I was completely enthralled and just stood there running my fingers along the wooden cabinet and the cards.  I wish I had photos, but pictures were not allowed inside the building.

We also encountered statues and posters dedicated to the woman of The Bahamas.  They were praised for their hard work and sacrifice during the nation’s difficult times.  They were admired for their willingness to give of themselves in an effort to create a better life for all citizens.

I cannot talk about Nassau without mentioning the beaches and the beautiful ocean.  The water was a clear blue and I could watch the fish as they swam near the docks.  The fish I saw had yellow and black strips, so I called them bumblebee fish.

 

 

The Bahamas – Freeport

Our first stop in The Bahamas was Freeport.  Malia hired a taxi driver to give us a tour of the city.

The driver provided historical information on what we were viewing.  She also answered all our questions and was a wonderful tour guide.

I learned about the government, which is democratic in nature.  I also learned about the health care system for the citizens.  The cost for medical care is dedicated from their paychecks in the form of taxes.

The predominate religions are Catholic and Baptist.  The driver explained how God comes first in their lives and government.

Talking to her was educational and enjoyable.  I am glad Malia persuaded me to join her on the tour.

The Cruise Ship – Carnival Elation

Malia and I boarded Carnival Elation around 11:00 on Thursday Morning.  The ship was bigger and better than I could have ever imagined.

There were so many things to do on board: swimming, hanging out in the hot tubs, playing mini golf, attending one of the numerous shows, viewing the art gallery, playing the scheduled trivia games or contest, watching other boats near the shores or out in the ocean, sitting on the deck to enjoy the ocean view, gambling at the ship’s casino, and of course there was tons of delicious food to eat.

The staff was friendly and helpful.  I especially enjoyed how our cleaning staff always created animals out of the towels they left in our room.  It was absolutely adorable.

Just being on the cruise ship was an amazing experience that I will never forget.