|Michael and I missed getting our pic taken by the ship's people on the first formal night, so we took this one ourselves, in the lobby outside our cabin.
Tuesday, 13 Jan 04
We got up today and did open seating breakfast in the Elation Dining Room. Then we went back to the room to ready ourselves for our big tour!
At about 9am, the ship docked out in the rainy harbor of Belize. Because of the reefs, we had to "tender" into the port. This means that we got out of our ship and into these little speedboats which ferried us the 15 mins over to the port. Quite exciting!
Our tour was the Babboon Sanctary tour. Though these creatures are actually howling monkeys and not babboons at all, the locals still call them babboons.
The rain made the bus ride a mess, with the dirt roads turning to mud, the water-mud splashing up onto the windows, obscuring our views of the city.
But that wasn't as much of a mess as we encountered once we got to the site. ;) Our guide showed us lots of plants and trees, leaf-cutter ants and their huge hills, iguanas in the trees, and, finally, the howler monkeys!
Though I was pretty sick with this cold all day, I managed to muddle through it. I think that tonight will be another early night for us, though!
It rained and so i only took one pic in Belize, tried, anyway. This is as good as I could get of the howler monkeys at the sanctuary.
Wed 14 Jan 04
If it's Wednesday, it must be Isla Roatan! This day it is raining again, and I'm still suffering with this cold. After breakfast, we got on the West Island tour, which included a visit to the Butterfly Garden and Botanical Garden. At this port, we were docked, and there were dancers out on the dock. It was a lovely island, but the rain prevented us from taking very many photos.
The tour was good, though we both thoguht that Indy's butterfly exhibit at the White River Gardens is even better. :) After the butterflies, we walked through some rain forest and got the low-down on the various plants and their uses.
The small boats pictured in 25 are the tender boats which took us to shore.