Fine tuning the itinerary, continued...

When I finished the post on Friday, Tom and I discussed our options for the ten day gap in Belize (two on the front end, eight on back end). We decided to contact the owner of the little beach house in Placencia asking her if we can extend our stay from 2/1/2013 to 3/31/2013, changing to 1/29/2013-4/8/2013.

When we originally discussed this with her, she suggested we'd most likely want to explore the country for those ten day to see the many tourist areas.  If this were a typical vacation for us, most likely we would have been attracted to this prospect.  

After all, sitting outside the little beach house in beach chairs, overlooking the sea, will get boring after two months. Ha! Are you kidding me? We will happily want an additional ten days!

Those suitcases!  Our nemesis!  Yes, they will inhibit us from freely moving from location to location on a whim.  We accept this reality.  We are not the adventuresome twenty year olds who bravely travel the world with a single backpack they haul, hunched over, with no reservations, no cruises, no fear and a willingness to sleep in a tiny tent in a bug infested jungle. Yeah for them!  Not us!

We'll stay in air conditioned comfort (most of the time), take $5 a day malaria pills (so we don't have side effects), wear Exofficio Bugs Away Clothing, drink purified water, watch movies and TV online at our leisure and keep an otherwise very tight budget to make such these seeming luxuries possible.  

We patiently await hearing back from the owner of the cute little beach house in Belize, hoping to spend the additional ten days at the rental.  If, she is unable to accommodate these dates, we will have no alternative than to find hotels on either end.  We will write back about the outcome.

We have another itinerary change.  Yesterday we added Cruise #7 with Joaquin at Vacationstogo.com.  On 4/9/2013, this cruise, previously booked that picks us on and brings us back to Miami.

7 nights departing April 6, 2013 on
Carnival's Carnival Liberty

Brochure Inside$1,669
Our Inside$429
You Save74%
Brochure Oceanview$1,969
Our Oceanview$539
You Save73%
Brochure Balcony$2,194
Our Balcony$719
You Save67%
Brochure Suite$2,669
Our Suite$1,039
You Save61%
The prices shown are US dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. They include port charges but do not include airfare or (where applicable) airport or government taxes or fees.
ITINERARY
DAYDATEPORTARRIVE  DEPART
SatApr6Miami, FL4:00pm
SunApr7At Sea
MonApr8Cozumel, Mexico7:00am5:00pm
TueApr9Belize City, Belize8:00am5:00pm
WedApr10Roatan, Honduras7:00am3:00pm
ThuApr11Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands10:00am6:00pm
FriApr12At Sea
SatApr13Miami, FL8:00am

Now listen to this crazy plan!  As you can see, we will arrive in Miami on 4/13/2013 at 8 am with a seven day lag in Miami, awaiting our cruise to Barcelona on 4/20/2013. During this lag we can stay in a mid range hotel, rent a car and dine in restaurants for all meals for an estimated cost of $2800 or pester friends, living in Miami to stay with them.  

We are the worst house guests in the world when by feeling overly grateful to stay with friends that we tend to go overboard cooking, cleaning, shopping, buying wine and gifts.  The cost in time, money and effort become greater than a relaxing time in a hotel. Dear friends, please forgive us this peculiarity!  

Thus, we have decided to stay on the above ship, the Carnival Liberty,  in the same Balcony Cabin, on the same day and continue on its seven day cruise to the Caribbean which leaves at 4 PM, not only enjoying another cruise but as you can see from the Balcony Cabin price, save ourselves about $1200.
7 nights departing April 13, 2013 on
Carnival's Carnival Liberty

Brochure Inside$1,669
Our Inside$479
You Save71%
Brochure Oceanview$1,969
Our Oceanview$599
You Save70%
Brochure Balcony$2,194
Our Balcony$814
You Save63%
Brochure Suite$2,669
Our Suite$1,139
You Save57%
The prices shown are US dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. They include port charges but do not include airfare or (where applicable) airport or government taxes or fees.
ITINERARY
DAYDATEPORTARRIVE  DEPART
SatApr13Miami, FL4:00pm
SunApr14Half Moon Cay, Bahamas9:00am5:00pm
MonApr15At Sea
TueApr16St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands9:00am6:00pm
WedApr17San Juan, Puerto Rico7:00am3:30pm
ThuApr18Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands11:00am5:30pm
FriApr19At Sea
SatApr20Miami, FL8:00am

This cruise arrives at the Port of Miami at 8 am on 4/20/2013.  Our next cruise, the Norwegian Epic, departs on the same exact day, at the same exact Port of Miami at exactly 5pm.  In time, as more information is posted, we will know how far we will have to maneuver those dreaded bags to get over to the pier where the Norwegian Epic is docked, to begin our eleven night journey across the sea to Barcelona Spain.  

In total this leg of our journey is a total of 22 days at sea. Who's complaining?

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