Xunantunich Mayan Ruins

The Xunantunich ruins excursion was great. It rained all day, but the cool 78 degree weather was a welcome break. Our tour guide, Marisol, was absolutely wonderful…she talked literally for 3.5 hours about Belize and the Xunantunich excavation site and she was entertaining and informative 100% of the time.

The shore excursion description boasted that you would arrive at the Mayan ruins via an “old-fashioned ferry”. That didn’t quite prepare Jody and I for the rickety flatbed wooden float that was manually hand cranked along cables (the cable wheel was a recycled automotive rim) across a river to reach the Mayan site. You should have seen the biceps and forearms on the ferry operator…seriously, he was Popeye the Ferryman!

Lunch was a bit hurried but offered at the “5-star” Windy Hill resort in the Cayo district of Belize. We were guided to a roofed but open-air dining room where we were served fruit punch (made with purified water), red beans and rice cooked in coconut milk and roasted chicken (despite Marisol’s promise that we were having iguana (sometimes called “bamboo chicken”) or gibnut (a large Belizean rodent also known as “The Royal Rat”) Unfortunately, due to the weather, we were running a bit late and literally inhaled lunch and ran to catch the bus.

Yes, I climbed to the very tippy top of this thing to sacrifice myself to the gods…but they wouldn’t have me. It was a wonderful view from heaven, nonetheless.



Caribbean Ports of Call

We just ordered up “Caribbean Ports of Call” because we need to start thinking about our offshore excursions. We need to decide between the Xunantunich Mayan site in Belize or the Mayan Ruins of Tulum (Ultramar) in Cozumel. Once the book arrives we will give you a full report on which Mayan ruins excursion we chose and why!

Welcome to the Caribbean Cruise Journal!

My wife and I usually enjoy vacationing with friends and family, but this year we’ve decided to finally take a trip on our own, just the two of us…our first vacation alone together since our honeymoon 13 years ago.

After going round and round for months about where we should go, we pulled the proverbial trigger and booked a cruise on Carnival Cruise Lines. We’re going to Belize, Cozumel, George Town and Roatan Island. It was relatively inexpensive, considering it included airfare, all of our meals, plus accommodations for the week. And so we thought, what have we got to lose?

The whole idea for this site began when started doing research online, trying to figure out where we wanted to go and how we wanted to get there. We couldn’t find any good resources that told us what to look for (and what to look OUT for) when booking a cruise vacation. It was frustrating, and I got to thinking…Since I am an amateur blogger and photographer, and I do Internet Marketing and PR for a living, wouldn’t it be great to start an online journal and capture the whole cruise experience from start to finish so that others could learn from what we learned!

And so that is the story of how the Grand Caribbean Cruise site was created. We hope that you enjoy it. We’ll let you know how it goes!