As we set sail, Hurricane Ida was quickly approaching. We had to leave port a few hours early because they were getting ready to close the Mississippi River to ships. Although we avoided the hurricane, we did encounter some cloudy weather and very rough seas on the first day, which was an "at sea" day. Many of the activities were canceled the first day because of the rough waters, but they were rescheduled for later in the week.
The first port was Costa Maya, Mexico. Costa Maya is known for its beautiful beaches, but many of them are littered with trash from winter storms. So, in Costa Maya, we participated in a beach clean up.
The next stop was Belize City, Belize. Belize is known for it's barrier reef and great snorkeling. We took an excursion that included snorkeling and a visit to Ambergris Caye, the largest island in Belize. The sky was cloudy and the sea a bit choppy for excellent snorkeling, although we did see many sting-rays in the reef.
Roatan, Honduras came next, with visit to Gumbalimba Park, which is a bird and monkey sanctuary. We then headed to a nearby private beach. The weather was still a bit iffy, with the after-effects of the hurricane. The water looked far too choppy for a pleasant swim and we scurried onto a shuttle back to the ship when a sudden rain storm blew in.
Cozumel, Mexico was our final stop. Cozumel is a tourist island and many cruise ships stop here. Instead of taking an excursion, we opted to visit a beach on the opposite side of the island. We relaxed in the warm water, snorkeling, drinking margaritas and visiting with friends old and new.