Beach Day Rating: Not Rated
We just returned from our Royal Caribbean cruise on Mariner of the Seas. It is our understanding that Mariner will be leaving Galveston and going to Asia in two weeks and Navigator will be replacing it in Galveston. This is going to be a good change, and there are so many things that are alike on both ships, that there will still be the same care and concern for its passengers.
We drove in from Oklahoma and arrived on Saturday evening staying at the Holiday Inn, Webster, Texas. This is a great location to the port. Just a short 30 minute drive the next morning. This hotel was excellent, in a great location for dinner and shopping. This suburb seems fairly new so there were several hotels here that we would use again. We ate breakfast at a local restaurant, then got last minute purchases (water, flea collar, cold medications at a local store before driving to the port.
Roatan was a beautiful place. We chose to take a Beach and Snorkel Excursion thru the ship. I think that this may be part of West Bay Beach. There was an air-conditioned bus that took us to the Resort location with a short drive through town. It was a wonderful Resort and Lunch was part of our excursion. This consisted of Hamburgers, Hot dogs, Cole Slaw, Beans, Watermelon, Mango, Water and Lemonade. All attendants or servers were very nice. Of course, there is a place to tip everyone, but we only tipped the security person that watched our things while we snorkeled. The snorkeling was the best we have ever seen. The water was extremely warm and clear and there were all kinds of fish. Attendants in kayaks were there to let you know when you were getting too close to the coral or riptides. There were plenty of palm trees, chairs and it was not too crowded at this facility. The scenery is very beautiful on the whole island so lots of great pictures. The bathroom facilities were very clean. There were buses that went back to port every 30 minutes. The beach was not too crowded and this was a very enjoyable time. We will do this excursion again.