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Here's the little shop located at the beach restaurant area.




Rain again...and I had just put my dry clothes on and was forced to walk from the changing room all the way back to the pool area dodging rain bullets.



I had to take a picture of this huge fan. The reason why is that when we remodeled our living room at home, we replaced the normal sized fan for one of these. You talk about air!!!




Can't forget my little scuba diver pic



It was time to start heading back...reluctantly. I just didn't want to go. It was just so beautiful here.



Here's the entrance. We immediately got a cab.




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There's plenty of taxi's waiting.



We were pulling out of Paradise at 4:30pm.








The taxi driver charged us $30 for the ride back...exactly what I had been told the charge would be. Imagine that. He was VERY quiet and didn't say a word all the way back.




We arrived at the port at 4:39pm. It was a 9 minute ride!


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FINAL THOUGHTS ON PARADISE BEACH

As you can probably tell, we absolutely LOVED Paradise Beach.

It was gorgeous there with beautiful landscaping, excellent huge pool, very nice beach and water toys.

It was a perfect way to spend the day...even with it raining off and on. It did not matter and we had a great day.

The food was excellent and I thought it was a pretty good value for what we got.

The $3 admission per person is more than worth it IMO.

The pop was $2.75 each, so a little more expensive than The Money Bar AND it was fountain pop in a small cup...not to mention it kinda tasted funny to me. But, you drink what you got when that's all you got.

I would highly recommend this place. I would love to go back again some day (just probably not our next visit here because, you know me, I have other places to experience and discover )

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More pictures on the way back to the ship.











I didn't even realize there was this small "beach" (lol) area at the port.




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Can't you guys just all get in the same picture? I'm forced to endure a picture for each kid on most things.




When Kam actually poses for a picture, she has this little sideways twist with her arm on her hip and this would be no exception to the rule...even with props.



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Yipee, a picture they can all get in! Finally!



At this point I'm like "everyone in at the same time".



Now we're on a roll and moving quicker.



We finally made it to the building of shopping hell-o



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We headed straight for our bedroom suite on floor 8 and found this as our towel animal




We showered really quick and put on dry clothes and headed for the buffet only to find that it wasn't open.

We were forced to go to the deli.

Sakari would put another one of her rocks there. We would later find out that one of the people on our roll call actually found this one. I was excited to hear this!




I'm not really too fond of the deli food here for some reason. But, I did see someone else with a sandwich that had a pretzel bun. I LOVE pretzel buns here at home with sandwiches.

So, the turkey sandwich came with a pretzel bun and that's what I was having.



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Now I have seen this mentioned before on the boards...the sandwiches are pretty much pre-made now and they just throw the "extras" on it before handing it to you. I have no idea what these "extras" were that they put on this.

They also HEATED the sandwich, which made it completely nasty. I don't like my turkey heated (if it's real turkey then yes, but not on a sandwich). I could only eat 2 bites and I was done. I just didn't care for it.



Sakari decided on a tuna sandwich (which she usually loves), but didn't like it either. The hubby got a grilled cheese and said it was ok. But, I have always noticed that they don't butter the bread. Don't you all butter your bread to cook/grill the outside? They just put a piece of cheese between 2 slices of bread and grill it. I just find that odd.

Since Sakari didn't care for her tuna sandwich, she wanted to go with the kids club to eat dinner. We dropped her off and we watched the sunset from the buffet until it opened and we could get some other food.












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Once the buffet opened, I really didn't see anything that felt like it would please my taste buds and opted for a salad. It was yummy and filling.



I looked over at the window to watch the last minute of the sunset and it was RAINING AND FOGGY! It was so weird how it instantly changed like that.




While we were eating, there was a deaf family sitting next to us. I seen the staff come up to the table and ask if they were done with a plate and he did not realize they were deaf and didn't hear him. He went to grab the plate and dropped it all over her. Oh my! If looks could kill it would have. She was highly upset. He kept apologizing but still didn't realize that she could not hear him. I felt so bad for both of them.

Kendra later showed up, put her Dr Pepper pop can on the table across from us and said "do NOT let them take this away". I guess she had a problem the other day and told the clean up guy not to touch it because she was still drinking it and was going back to the buffet to get more food and he took it anyhow.

It wasn't seconds later and he swooped in like a buzzard and I yell NO! It honestly came out a little louder than I thought. He jumped. He quickly put it down. He quickly backed up and walked away. LOL



After dinner it was time for another comedy show and off we went. This was a guy that called himself Jeff the fun dude or fun guy or fun something. He was ok and we laughed. They said there was another show after him and we decided to stay for that too. I mean we really didn't have anything better to do but spend money or donate it. I was trying to avoid both.

The next show would be the same guy from the night before, but his material was different and he was funny once again. He talked about Belize and Cozumel and shopping. It was great.

We did learn something new about Belize though. I guess I didn't realize that the only reason we have to "park" the ship out so many miles and tender in is because Belize is such a poor and bad country that the last time they actually pulled all the way in, the locals stole the tires off the ship and left it sitting on blocks. Yikes. Now we all know.



After the show we decided to hit up the casino and donate some money. Only when we got there...we had no cards. I guess they didn't hand them back to the hubby after we ordered a drink at the comedy show.

We would trot back to the end of the ship to retrieve them and back to the casino again. I'm sure I had just walked off my salad I just ate and if I had any remaining pounds, I'll work that off pushing the slots button tonight.

Push, push, push...yep



Tonight the casino was CROWDED! Like I have NEVER seen ANY casino on ANY ship this crowded. We were lucky to find any slots open at all. It was ridiculous! I only managed to play 2 games that night and that was after being in the casino for probably over an hour.

I walked out feeling like I had been double ripped off for 1) losing my money and 2) not getting to play much. Double whammy!

We left the casino a few minutes til 10pm and rushed to get Sakari from the kids club. When we arrived to pick her up, we were informed that her cousins had just picked her up. Cousins? I hope you mean her sister otherwise we will have issues. lol.

We would find Sakari wondering the buffet area by herself with an ice cream cone in her hand. Me to Sakari "Where is your sister?!" Sakari "I don't know. I got tired of babysitting her" #facepalm

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Tonight was chips & salsa night at the Blue Iguana. I always love when they have this.





We headed back to the deli for another try and a late night snack.

I got the grilled cheese and they had some home made fries that looked really weird but man they were good!




The hubby had a hot dog and it was loaded with stuff. So loaded that it made everything soggy and he didn't (and couldn't) eat it all.

Sakari opted to stick with her ice cream cone and she left another friendship rock on the table.




She would also leave her favorite dolphin jumping out of the water into the sunset rock that night too. We would also find out later that another person on our roll call found this one. Yippee!




One last rock was put out.



Tomorrow was our day in Belize and we would be arriving at 8am. So, we decided to head off to our suites and turn in for the night. On our way to the room, Sakari started walking funny and holding her chest. She started complaining of "chest pain". She was just carrying herself really weird and she's not a complainer. She's at that age that if she gets hurt in any way, she holds it in and won't cry. She doesn't want to be a "baby" or "crybaby" and she will fight back the tears...even if it involves blood.

Well, she had tears in her eyes, but still refusing to cry. We went back to the room. She continued to complain. When she laid down she could only lay on her side and said it hurt to lay on her back and hard to breathe.

The only thing I could think of is she hurt herself when daddy boosted her up in the air on the water toys. But, she didn't complain at that time and only said that when she landed in the water, she landed on her arm and it stung. She did not have pain until now. It was weird. Maybe she pulled a muscle. Maybe she bruised herself inside some how. Maybe she punctured her lung. Maybe she was having a heart attack. Oh my gosh! What is wrong with my child??? She said she would be ok and just sat there holding her chest. I was honestly worried but she assured me she'd be fine and we decided to wait and see.

So...the problem with Belize is we had booked a Carnival excursion and according to the website when we booked (prior to booking Kam on the cruise), it said no children under 5. Kendra had been trying to get Kam to go to the kids club (school) the last couple of days, but tonight she refused and cried. Kendra was so scared that Kam would refuse to be dropped off in the morning and she would have to stay behind on the ship with her.

Well, she went to customer service and inquired about this and they informed her that she was indeed allowed to go on the excursion and it was FREE! Carnival should probably word their excursions a little better to reflect that children are allowed to go and they are free instead of age restrictions 5 and under. It's very confusing and they have probably missed out on a few families not booking because of this.


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Before going to bed, Sakari just had to draw a picture of some birds...since she had seen birds at Paradise. She did it laying on her "good" side and continuing to hold her chest.




Off to bed we went...of course I couldn't sleep well knowing something was wrong with Sakari. It would be a restless night for me.
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following along, so good to see another Kim and Kendra adventure......
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Originally posted by mitsugirly
Before going to bed, Sakari just had to draw a picture of some birds...since she had seen birds at Paradise. She did it laying on her "good" side and continuing to hold her chest.




Off to bed we went...of course I couldn't sleep well knowing something was wrong with Sakari. It would be a restless night for me.
Another amazing drawing from such a talented girl! My girls like to read over my shoulder and they always enjoy her pictures. They both told me to ask you where and what you bought for painting the rocks. They’ve added “rock painting supplies” to their Christmas wish list. ☺️

I am waiting here anxiously for what is going on with Sakari. I do hope it was nothing serious!
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Originally posted by mykindaparty
following along, so good to see another Kim and Kendra adventure......
Always an adventure.
Originally posted by momof4girls
Another amazing drawing from such a talented girl! My girls like to read over my shoulder and they always enjoy her pictures. They both told me to ask you where and what you bought for painting the rocks. They’ve added “rock painting supplies” to their Christmas wish list. ☺️

I am waiting here anxiously for what is going on with Sakari. I do hope it was nothing serious!
We bought the paint and rocks at our local JoAnn Fabric store. Any craft store should have them.
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BARBADOS:Boatyard
BELIZE:Cavetubing Cavetubing Bannister Shark Ray Alley Goffs Rendezvous
BERMUDA: Horseshoe Snorkel Park Tobacco St Catherines Achilles Jet Ski/boat rental Warwick-Horseshoe Long Bay-Clearwater Tobacco Snorkel Park
COSTA MAYA:Almaplena Maya Chan Nohoch Blue KayBlueKay
COZUMEL:Chankanaab Dolphin Swim Chankanaab Nachi Playa Mia Sanchos Passion Island Palancar Money Bar Paradise
CURACAO Diving
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC:Saona
GRAND CAYMAN:Stingray Sandbar Stingrays, Rum Point
GRAND TURK:BohioGovernorsGibbs
ROATAN: LFKey LFK Maya Key West Bay ZiplineLFK scuba
SAN JUAN:Pamelas
ST KITTS:Reggae Carambola
ST LUCIA: Jalousie
ST MAARTEN:Orient & Maho Mullet Maho Divi Pinel
ST THOMAS:Saphhire Coki Linquist Coki
TORTOLA: Baths
OH
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BELIZE: Tuesday 8-5pm

I had set my alarm for 7am but was wide awake at 6:45am. What is wrong with me? I'm not a morning person. Someone has taken over my body! Kendra was up shortly after me and we all headed down to the buffet for some breakfast.






The scrambled eggs were a little better this morning but I opted for some french toast...just in case. THERE WAS NO BACON POLICE THIS MORNING! Say what??? Did an irate passenger capture them and tie them up for the remainder of the cruise? We could only hope! I loaded up...and no I don't waste any of it. Bacon=heaven and I don't eat a lot of it at home so this is my "treat" week.



We were pulling in on time and the birds were welcoming us. Sakari believes she's a bird whisperer and brought them in closer to the ship.



We headed back to the room to grab our things and knew that we needed to meet in the theater for our excursion.

On the way there, Sakari left another friendship rock.



We needed to meet at 8:30am and I didn't want to be late. Kendra is getting a little better at being closer to "on time" for things these days. Not necessarily "on time" but "close to".

We booked the Snorkeling Wonders of The Barrier Reef Excursion with Carnival. Now everyone knows that I normally DO NOT book excursions with the cruise lines if I don't have to. There has to be a good reason to book with them (for instance in Belize, since it's a tender port, some excursions booked with them will leave directly from the ship and no tender needed).

This excursion did leave directly from the ship and we did not tender over. However, this would not be the reason we decided to book with Carnival. We booked because there was NO local vendors that went to where we wanted to go: Rendezvous Caye. Seriously...no vendors at all other than the cruise ships. I wonder how they managed that!

Previously we booked with a local vendor to go to Goffs Caye, which is very similar to Rendezvous Caye. They both are very tiny little islands situated in the middle of no where. They are very primitive but I believe that Rendezvous did seem a little nicer with more there than Goffs.




So, I just knew I had to go there. The price of the excursion was $74.99 per adult and $59.99 per child. I personally don't think that it's too bad of a price but did know that it didn't include anything other than transporting you there and back and the snorkel equipment if needed. There's no lunch or beverages included. But to experience this place was worth it because I truly enjoyed going to Goffs Caye last time.

The excursion is supposed to be for 4 hours and everyone knows that when you take a ship sponsored tour, traveling to and from is included in that time. Therefore making the time at the island extremely short. This is another reason that I never book ship excursions.

They did have food, snacks and drinks available for purchase there.

It was supposed to be a 40 minute boat ride each way.


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BAHAMAS:Great Stirrup Cay Half Moon Cay Blue Lagoon Melia Junkanoo Paradise
BARBADOS:Boatyard
BELIZE:Cavetubing Cavetubing Bannister Shark Ray Alley Goffs Rendezvous
BERMUDA: Horseshoe Snorkel Park Tobacco St Catherines Achilles Jet Ski/boat rental Warwick-Horseshoe Long Bay-Clearwater Tobacco Snorkel Park
COSTA MAYA:Almaplena Maya Chan Nohoch Blue KayBlueKay
COZUMEL:Chankanaab Dolphin Swim Chankanaab Nachi Playa Mia Sanchos Passion Island Palancar Money Bar Paradise
CURACAO Diving
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC:Saona
GRAND CAYMAN:Stingray Sandbar Stingrays, Rum Point
GRAND TURK:BohioGovernorsGibbs
ROATAN: LFKey LFK Maya Key West Bay ZiplineLFK scuba
SAN JUAN:Pamelas
ST KITTS:Reggae Carambola
ST LUCIA: Jalousie
ST MAARTEN:Orient & Maho Mullet Maho Divi Pinel
ST THOMAS:Saphhire Coki Linquist Coki
TORTOLA: Baths
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Originally posted by mitsugirly
Thanks and glad you are enjoying it. Have a great cruise in January.



It said $20 deposit then listed different prices for the various equipment, which made it seem as if you pay for each piece that was needed. I also have my own equipment, so I never really check these rentals out. I just thought it seemed pretty expensive.



If that's the case, they should probably state it is replacement costs otherwise people will think this is the rental cost (like I did). It could deter from business and people renting equipment if so.

The wristband for the water toys is $18, I do know that. We would learn this later on in the day. I love the ala carte as well.
You photo says “charges for lost or damaged items” - seems clear enough to me.
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We sat in the theater waiting for them to call our excursion. Kam was a little tired. I don't think she's use to getting up this early.



They finally called for our group to head down and off we went.

We boarded the boat that would take us there and everyone was excited...or either faking a smile for the camera.



I don't know if I was still half asleep or what but I totally forgot to take a picture of my watch when we left and arrived. So, I had no idea how long it actually took us to get there. I didn't feel like it was that long of a ride honestly but I'm sure it was around 40 minutes because on the way back I took a picture of us pulling away from the island and one when we pulled up around the ship and that was 41 minutes. Oh well.

My first glance at Rendezvous Caye...








It was beautiful, just like I thought it would be.




I love small little islands like this...even if there's not much there. I don't need anything to please me other than the ocean and sand. Oh and pop, must have pop!




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NCL:
EPIC SPIRIT PEARL STAR JEWEL GETAWAY SUN SKY DAWN BREAKAWAY JADE EPIC
CARNIVAL:
Dream Pride Breeze Fascination Conquest Magic
ARUBA: Arashi Beaches Animals Sites
BAHAMAS:Great Stirrup Cay Half Moon Cay Blue Lagoon Melia Junkanoo Paradise
BARBADOS:Boatyard
BELIZE:Cavetubing Cavetubing Bannister Shark Ray Alley Goffs Rendezvous
BERMUDA: Horseshoe Snorkel Park Tobacco St Catherines Achilles Jet Ski/boat rental Warwick-Horseshoe Long Bay-Clearwater Tobacco Snorkel Park
COSTA MAYA:Almaplena Maya Chan Nohoch Blue KayBlueKay
COZUMEL:Chankanaab Dolphin Swim Chankanaab Nachi Playa Mia Sanchos Passion Island Palancar Money Bar Paradise
CURACAO Diving
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC:Saona
GRAND CAYMAN:Stingray Sandbar Stingrays, Rum Point
GRAND TURK:BohioGovernorsGibbs
ROATAN: LFKey LFK Maya Key West Bay ZiplineLFK scuba
SAN JUAN:Pamelas
ST KITTS:Reggae Carambola
ST LUCIA: Jalousie
ST MAARTEN:Orient & Maho Mullet Maho Divi Pinel
ST THOMAS:Saphhire Coki Linquist Coki
TORTOLA: Baths