Finally, last one!
Day 5 was at Roatan Island, a small island off the coast of Honduras, and unfortunately it was our shortest day in port. It was a stunningly beautiful island.
We spent the morning at Gumbalimba Park When I first read about Gumbalimba Park my first instinct was to not go. I just saw pictures of people with parrots and Capuchin monkeys, and I’m just not on board with the whole animals-on-display-for-human-pleasure thing. But looking into it I saw that really wasn’t the case. It’s a preserve and the animals are in their natural habitat.
|A bridge we had to walk across to get from one side of the park to the other. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t just a teensy bit nervous.|
I was impressed as we walked through the park. Yes, they did have tree houses built for the monkeys and big cages (think of a greenhouse with no covering) for the birds, but they were only there for them if they wanted to use them. The doors were open on everything. They weren’t confined and weren’t forced to interact with us in any way. But BOY did these monkeys interact!!! It was quite hilarious.
After leaving the park, we went to Tabyana Beach. It was perfect. It was serene. The water was beautiful. There was live reggae music at a bar behind us. And the bar waitstaff made sure we stayed plenty hydrated while we were out there. 🙂
I could have laid right there on that beach until sunset and been perfectly content, but Carnival had other plans for me. We had to be back on the boat by 3:00 to head out for our fourth and final stop: Grand Cayman Island.
I was SO. NOT. IMPRESSED. with Grand Cayman Island. It was just way too commercial. Seriously, if you weren’t looking to buy jewelry (overpriced jewelry at that, compared to the rest of the Caribbean) then there was nothing here for you. I didn’t lose anything on Grand Cayman Island, so I have no reason to ever go back. The beach was really pretty, but on day six of a cruise it takes more than a pretty beach to impress.
My favorite part of this whole port was the kick-ass candy store.
|Floor-to-ceiling Jelly Beans??? Heaven.|
That night was the second “elegant dining” night, so again we got dressed up and had our pictures taken. These are seriously great photos. It’s our scanner that sucks.
And the last day was another day at sea. We spent the majority of the day poolside and the majority of the evening packing. Really nothing more to say about that.
Overall, we had a nice time. Fantastic time? No. Was it my favorite vacation? Not even close. But it was a week away with my favorite person in the world, and that, my friends, is priceless.