Second Port – Belize

Lorraine Jordan and Julie King have agreed to send along a bluegrass travelogue this week from the First Quality Bluegrass Cruise, underway now in the Caribbean. To read all of their reports, just follow this link.

Another fine day of rest was had by all in Belize. If you’ve never toured that island, you have to take a dinghy almost a 30 minute ride to the mainland from where the ship ports. Crystal clear waters kept us anchored in 40 feet of water, above the world’s most acclaimed coral reef all day. Again, some shopped, while others visited ancient ruins, and some, the Belize Natural Zoo.

Everyone made it back in time to port at 6pm, to get prepared for the onboard Halloween costume contest and bluegrass concert, hosted by Larry and Lisa Efaw and The Bluegrass Mountaineers. James King and Band kicked off the evening, next with Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road, and eventually finished up the evening with Goldwing Express.

Ghouls and gals, freaks and geeks, all running around the ship, either ‘tricking’ or ‘treating’ anyone in sight. A three year old won the fan portion of our competition, dressed as Tinkerbell, and James King took the prize for best artist costume, as the Cowardly Lion.

We’ve traveled during the night, and now have ported in Costa Maya. Its a comfortable 72 degrees, with 86% humidity. Hurricane Sandy shortened our journey by a day, so this is the last port of the cruise. Very short port-of-call today. We have from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. (ship’s time, not island), then it’s another Fun Day at Sea back to Cape Canaveral, FL.

Again, our deepest thoughts are with the fans and families that experienced difficulties during the hurricane.

I have included photos from last night’s Halloween show.

Best for now,

Julie King