Western Caribbean singles cruise departs
Another of Royal Caribbean’s impressive ships, the Liberty of the Seas exceeds all expectations with a variety of restaurants, activities and entertainment. Ride the waves on the FlowRider surf simulator, take a trip down the Tidal Wave waterslide, splash around at Splashaway Bay, or lounge in a cantilevered whirlpool that extends 12 feet from the ship. The DreamWorks® Experience is featured on every sailing, and will bring your kids an unforgettable experience with their favorite characters from Shrek®, Madagascar™, and Kung Fu Panda®. Sports enthusiasts will love rock-climbing wall, full-size sports court for basketball or volleyball and sports pool. There is also a miniature golf course, ice-skating rink, and fitness center and day spa.
The Royal Promenade is a four-story area that runs through the center of the ship and is the main location for shops, bars and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Bring your appetite because there’s plenty to eat, from a ’50s-style diner, pizza bar and casual buffet to an upscale steakhouse. Evening entertainment includes glitzy shows in the five-story Platinum Theatre, gaming in the casino and drinks and dancing in a variety of bars and lounges. Popular nightspots include Boleros Latin-themed lounge, the nautical Schooner Bar and the sophisticated Vintages wine bar. All cabins are equipped with private bath, mini-bar, sofa and vanity table with an extendable working surface for a laptop computer. A great selection of family staterooms is available for guests who wish to stay together. Options include the Presidential Family Suite and the Royal Family Suite with multiple bedrooms and baths, and Family Oceanview Staterooms and Promenade Family Staterooms, which are larger and sleep more than four guests. Some staterooms also offer panoramic views with floor to ceiling windows.
Belize City, Belize
The longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere fringes Belize City, which makes snorkeling and scuba diving extremely popular here. Recreational pursuits are popular, ranging from inner-tube trips down a jungle river to zip-line tours amid the treetops of a rain forest. Other excursions departing from the Central American city visit Mayan ruins, wildlife preserves and botanical gardens. Or, spend the day at a pristine beach or browsing the delights of Belize City, including its marketplace, cathedrals and restored colonial mansions.
Just off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula sits the island of Cozumel, draped in lush, tropical vegetation. The reefs that fringe the island beckon divers and snorkelers. The most popular shore excursions include snorkeling on famous Palancar Reef or a beginner's dive at Paraiso Reef. A land tour will provide a nice taste of Mexico -- Cozumel has done much to retain its Mexican character. Tourists also may want to take a short trip inland to visit the great pyramids and temples of the Mayas.
Floating 30 miles off the Caribbean coastline of Honduras, in the Bay Islands, Roatan is 29 miles long and two miles wide. Reefs surrounding the islands are teeming with marine life and offer some fantastic scuba-diving and snorkeling opportunities. Idyllic beaches also lure visitors.
Galveston, TX serves as the cruise port for Houston and is located about an hour southeast of Houston. Cruises from Galveston depart year-round.
Situated on the Gulf of Mexico 50 miles southeast of Houston, TX, Galveston is a relaxed beach town with a rich history. Magnificent homes on Broadway, many now museums, recall Galveston's era of wealth and prosperity in the late 1800s.
Continuing its legacy as the city's social center, The Strand is home to art galleries, shopping and seasonal festivals. In The Strand, visitors can explore restaurants, bars and stores housed in picturesque Victorian-era buildings; Post Office Street particularly is known for its art galleries and antiques vendors. Those with a sweet tooth are enticed to enter La King’s Confectionery, a 1920s-style ice cream parlor and candy shop at 2323 Strand St.
Pier 21 is a jumping off point for boat excursions. Offerings from Pier 21 include dolphin spotting cruises and the adrenaline-pumping Jet Boat Thrill Ride. You might search for ancestors at the Texas Seaport Museum’s database, which contains the names of about 133,000 immigrants who entered the U.S. at Galveston from 1846 to 1948. Or climb aboard the 1877 tall ship Elissa, docked at the museum.
Moody Gardens features a rain forest enclosed in a 10-story pyramid, an aquarium and an interactive space exhibit.