Our CEO and CFO took their fifth cruise together in December 2016 on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Jade.
The Jade is a smaller ship in the Norwegian Jewel Class. It was built in 2006, refurbished in 2011 and has a guest capacity of 2,402. Combined with NCL’s Freestyle Cruising, it is the perfect vacation for couples, families and groups. There were four ports of call filled with amazing culture, local food, adventure, and not to mention sunshine!
First Stop: cozumel
The first stop on our Caribbean cruise was Cozumel. Cozumel is a beautiful island with several piers. There was plenty of shopping, restaurants and bars within walking distance of the pier. We chose to visit Chankanaab Beach Park for its beautiful beach, amazing snorkeling, cooking demonstrations (including how to make fresh guacamole), tequila tastings, and a fantastic sea lion show. Lunch was at a restaurant on the beach and we sampled some of the best shrimp fajitas ever!
Second stop: costa maya
The second stop on our Caribbean cruise was Costa Maya. Costa Maya is a relatively new stop for cruise ships. There are many cultural photo ops within walking distance of the pier. We chose to take an excursion to a local beach for the day. After an open air bus ride there, we were greeted by our waiter who found us chairs under an umbrella and kept our glasses full the rest of the afternoon. We slept, swam, took several walks on the beach and enjoyed the amazing views!
third stop: Roatan Bay, Honduras
The third stop on our cruise was Roatan Bay, Honduras. Honduras is a beautiful island, but has not been developed as much as other stops on this cruise. We chose a day of snorkeling and fun on the Jolly Roger Roatan. After a short bus ride to the marina, we were treated to crystal clear water along the coast and saw lots of colorful marine life. Following an hour of snorkeling, a delicious buffet lunch was served along with lots of rum drinks. The crew were amazing!
final stop: belize
The fourth and final stop was Norwegian Cruise Line’s private island in Belize. The island was developed specifically for cruise ship stops and has all the amenities and activities you could hope for. We chose to go parasailing. There were several other couples on the boat with us. As we got away from the port, each couple was harnessed in and went parasailing in tandem. The views were unbelievable as was the surprise dunk into the water before returning to the boat!