Thinking about taking your first cruise – how about this one?


Photo credit: Blue Bahia, Sandy Bay, Roatan, Honduras via photopin (license)

Cruises used to get a bad rap – especially from the younger crowd. Things have certainly changed, and these days your fellow passengers are just as likely to be your age or younger. Not only that, but there are now themed cruises to suit just about any taste – how about a stand-up comedy cruise?

You may not be aware of this, but such cruises actually helped launch the careers of many now-famous comedians so you may well catch the next big thing while sailing the ocean.

Other options include arranging to stay longer at one of the destinations, thus combining a cruise with a regular holiday.

So let’s say you are sold on the idea of a cruise – perhaps your first one? In any case, there is such a wide range of cruises that I thought I might help you out a little.

First of all, choose a reputable company. I’ve done this but for you. Then, choose the right itinerary. I’ve done this bit, too, actually – leave the Caribbean to the rest of the cruise crowd and head for Central America – this amazing trip gives you perfect beaches and incredible historical sights:

We start in Jamaica – I advise arriving a few days in advance to make the most of this wonderful island. Don’t forget to visit Dunn’s River Falls, the legendary James Bond Dr No location. Then it’s time to board…

From Montego Bay the first day is spent at sea. Explore the ship and enjoy all that food and drink in the different restaurants.

The first stop is Roatan in Honduras – be ready for white sand beaches and lush rainforest. You’ll have the whole day here, so take a half day trip to make the most of it. You can spend the rest of the afternoon kayaking or snorkelling in the clear waters.


Photo credit: Flooded Forest via photopin (license)

Back on board at sunset and off to Belize. The British influence is still strong here and it might bring back memories of home. Well, slightly…

Take an airboat ride over the marshes and a cruise on the New River.

Costa Maya in Mexico is next on the agenda – more Mayan sites and perfect beaches await. Visit ruins and do some kayaking – these ones have clear bottoms so you can watch the marine life below you…

Day 6 means it’s time for Cozumel – visit the pyramid of El Castillo on a guided tour around Chichen Itza.

There’s a full day at sea afterwards so make the most of that boat.

With that you’ll return to Montego Bay in Jamaica.

Spend a few more days there before returning home with a suitcase full of magical memories.

Tempted? I certainly am…

Andy Higgs
Andy Higgs

I know what it's like to go from being a crazy backpacker without a care in the world, via being a vaguely sensible parent to being an adventurer once more. In other words, evolving into a Grown-up Traveller.

Like everyone else, I love to travel, have visited a lot of countries and all that but my big thing is Africa.

I also own and run The Grown-up Travel Company as a travel designer creating personalised African itineraries for experienced adventurers

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