Mexico/Central America Cruise (Nov. 2014)

 

This page details information about the cruise we took on Norwegian Cruise Lines (CCL) from 11/15/14 to 11/22/14 for 7 days out of the seaport in Houston (Bayport), Texas.

We opted for a inside cabin and purchased the cruise during a double discount period; we received a discounted price from NCL during the last 30 days before the sail date, plus another discount for being a past guest with NCL. We were lucky to get this cruise for $779.28 total cost for two adults (including cruise, port charges, and govt. taxes). The advertised price for this cabin in the NCL brochure was $1,399.00 per person (not including any of the add on charges). During the last month or so you can often get a cruise at 70 to 85% off of the brochure rate. So it can pay off in big ways if you can hang on for the huge sales that occur during the last month or weeks before a particular sail date.

Since our RV was parked at Four Girls RV Ranch RV Storage in Willis, TX at a cost of $15.00 for 7 days parking with 120v electric hook-up; we simply drove our SUV to the port parking lot in Houston (Bayport), TX. We went online and prepaid our parking through Bayport Cruise Parking for an additional savings. Cost for parking for this cruise is $75.00 if prepaid online versus $80.00 if a person waits until they get to the port and opts to park at the Port of Houston (Bayport) parking lot. A $5.00 savings simply by pre-purchasing the parking ticket online is a pretty easy way to save money on the total cost of your cruise.

Our retirement goal is to take one or two cruises per year. Anytime we are near a cruise port, we plan on trying to capture some last minute deals. We love cruising and want to go on many of them while retired. Cruises we have been on in the past (before taking this cruise) include Alaska, Hawaii, Bahamas, Eastern Caribbean, Western Caribbean, Southern Caribbean, and twice to the Mexican Riviera. We are more than happy to go to the same cruise areas numerous times. We feel that cruising, especially at a discount, is one of the best bangs for the buck since cruises include your room, meals, entertainment, and most soft drinks. The only thing not included in a regular cruise package is alcohol, soda, day tours, and specialty restaurants. If you have never been on a cruise, you absolutely need to go on one. As full-time RVers, cruising makes for a great vacation destination that you really should take advantage of. You should be able to acquire most cruises at a discount price of $40 to $100 per person per day; port charges, taxes, and gratuities will always be extra so have some fun finding the best cruise deals you can.

Ship Stats for Norwegian Jewel (for additional info about this cruise ship on Cruise Critic, click here: Norwegian Jewel)
 
Crew: 1,154
Launched: 2005
Decks: 15
Tonnage: 93,502
Passengers: 2,376
Registry: Bahamas
Ship's Star Rating (1 star lowest/6 stars highest): 4.5

 

Norwegian Jewel

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Balcony Stateroom

Norwegian Jewel

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Itinerary for this cruise:

 


Date

Port

Arrive

Depart

Sat., Nov. 15

Houston (Bayport),
TX

 

4:00 p.m.

Sun., Nov. 16

Cruising at sea

 

 

Mon., Nov. 17

Cozumel, Mexico

8:00 a.m.

5:00 p.m.

Tues., Nov. 18

Belize City, Belize

8:00 a.m.

6:00 p.m.

Weds., Nov. 19

Banana Coast (Trujillo), Honduras

8:00 a.m.

4:00 p.m.

Thurs., Nov 20

Cruising at sea

 

 

Fri., Nov. 21

Cruising at sea

 

 

Sat., Nov. 22

Houston (Bayport), TX

 8:00 a.m.

 

 

Some of the wonderful destinations during this cruise:

 

Cozumel, Mexico:

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.

Belize City, Belize:

Belize has been attracting steadily increasing numbers of visitors as it has become better known as a reasonably priced destination offering some of the best diving in the Caribbean. It also continues to increase in popularity as a cruise destination and is often included as one of the ports-of-call on Western Caribbean itineraries.


Banana Coast (Trujillo), Honduras:

Banana Coast sits 32 miles south of Roatan, and is well equipped with a shopping area, tender dock, and transportation area. This port is a vacation hub that boasts soft adventure trips and eco-tours. Visitors can take excursions to see the Spanish colonial heritage of Trujillo, as well as trips to the nearby rainforest and 10-acre beach front.
   


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