Breakaway slips gracefully ever southward as we approach Honduras and the small island roughly 35 miles off the mainland called Roatan. We are not due to dock until 10am so we have time to take a leisurely breakfast. We decide to eat in Moderno so we can sit outside. They have a basic breakfast buffet set up but it has all you could want, except Peters fried eggs.
We are sat outside as we sail around the southwestern side of the island to dock in Coxon Hole. Not the prettiest of ports. There is a lot of construction work going on. We later learn they are expanding the port area to modernise it to cater to the voracious cruise market in this corner of the world. Carnival Cruises have their own flashy dock further up the coast at Mahogany Bay and so it looks like Coxon Hole wants to catch up.
Today we are headed to a resort called Turquoise Bay which is about 20 miles away on the western side of Roatan. It’s an NCL excursion and we gather on the dock around 9:30 to join our tour group. There are only 16 of us and we are soon on our way as everyone has turned up promptly. Our guide is Thomas who is full of useful information on the island. He tells us he has been doing this job since he was 9 years old and he is 25 now.
We descend a very bumpy dirt road before arriving at this private hotel and dive resort. We are greeted with Rum Punches which are very refreshing. Thomas then leads us down to the beach area and explains that snacks will be available from 12 till 1pm and lunch from 1:30 to 3pm. All food and drinks are included so we don’t have to shell out any more money.
We find two shaded loungers near the water’s edge where we relax for a short while. We order a couple of frozen cocktails which are very nice. I swim in the sea which is very refreshing as the temperature has risen since we arrived so the sea water and fresh breeze takes the edge of the heat
Snacks are nachos which we enjoy with some local beers. Lunch is either Burger or Hotdogs but there is a more traditional offering of rice and beans, coconut chicken, grilled fish and salad which is what we opt for. It’s all very nice. We spend around 4 hours at the resort enjoying all of its amenities before we have to head back to the ship.
Breakaway departs on time and the powerful bow thruster push us away from the small dock where we then make a 180 turn before sailing west towards Harvest Cay in Belize our port call for tomorrow.
Dinner is in the Manhattan Room tonight which is one of Breakaways complimentary restaurants. Before that we enjoy some drinks on the Waterfront, where the warm balmy air makes it ideal for sitting outside.
We arrive at the restaurant and are seated promptly. Service is friendly and attentive. I start with some Asian Spareribs with Summer Vegetable Rolls and a chilli dipping sauce. Peter has Chicken Lettuce Wraps and we both also have Caesar Salads which were all very good. For main I have Bang Bang Chicken and Shrimp and it definitely has a bang to it from the potent ginger sauce. Very, very good though. Peter has Pork Tenderloin, one of his favourites dishes. Dessert is chocolate brownie for Peter and I opt for some chocolate ice cream. All in all an excellent meal with very good service.
Surprisingly afterwards we both feel very tired. We blame the earlier cocktails but don’t even pretend we are going to stay up later tonight and so we head back to the cabin after what was a very enjoyable day in Roatan, Honduras.