TBT – Cruising From New Orleans March 2011

A Throwback Thursday post from 2011, a cruise out of New Orleans .

I am thinking I should have named this what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, but this ain’t Vegas.  We are cruising into international waters on the NCL Spirit.  We departed at 5:00, but first we had to meet up with Gord and Cheryl, who arrived in New Orleans at midnight on the 19th.  We had our breakfast, made contact and headed off for our ship.  Arrived at about 11, were processed by noon and on board by 1.  The day ended in Y so it was time for a drink.  We found the pool, and made friends very quickly with one of the servers and proceeded to explore the beer menu.  It was extensive.  One bucket of Red Stripe (buy 5, get 1 free) later, Gord came up with a suggestion.  There is a pub crawl tomorrow, let’s do that.  (I’m thinkin’ Gord likes drinkin’).  After 6 beer,  that  sounded great, sign me up.  As all things do, the day was moving on and it appeared that it was time to find our staterooms and get ready for dinner.

The beauty of NCL is the freestyle dining.  Casual dress, no schedule, eat when you want from a large and varied menu.  The food was excellent throughout the trip.  Prior to dinner though, it was deck time to do the traditional wave to all the people on shore who could care less (probably thinking we are bunch of saps) that we are leaving.  Yes the ship was leaving.  And leaving, and leaving, and leaving.  Apparently, it takes a while to reach the Gulf of Mexico from New Orleans.  This got fairly old in a hurry, this leaving stuff, so we left the leaving.  Suppertime.

As we sat for supper in the Windows dining room, we could look out the aforementioned windows and marvel at the scene.  We were still leaving.  We ate, had dessert, chatted, got up and left.  It was now 4 hours after we had left, and, believe it or not, we were still leaving.  Apparently it takes one heck of a long time to reach the gulf.

One more stroll on deck, then a show.  Predictably, the show was really the cruise lines version of the Home Shopping Channel, but we were there, and some people like listening to Cruise Director’s talk about how great the shopping is on board.   After an hour of excruciating pre-shopping , it ended.  We decided to head back on deck to check things out, and we were pleased to see that we were no longer leaving, we had reached open water.  Feeling satisfied, we headed off for bed.

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The Past – Belize – 2011

When Lori and I were perusing possible excursions, we came across one in Belize that looked a bit different.  River tubing through caves.  I don’t believe there are to many places in the world that this combination would exist, so, we had to try it.  We book excursions for 1 main reason, not missing the ship’s s departure.  Apparently they will wait for late returning excursions if booked through them, but will not for people who book independently.  The reason being they  have no idea where you are on a private excursion, but know when you book their system.  Basically cheap insurance.

We arrived in Belize City and were surprised to learn that the cruise ships cannot dock there.  Not a problem in any way, just interesting.  Shuttle boats took us to shore, about a 5 mile run.

The Road to Belize City

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