We arrived at our first port, Roatan, Honduras on Wednesday, February 13.
Patsy, Rich, Sherry, Steve, Katie, and I had all signed up for the 9:00 AM
Roatan West Side Island & Culture shore tour. It was advertised, “Visit the
oldest communities in Roatan and learn all about the rich heritage, people,
and culture. Travel to Avonlea a secluded tropical garden in Sandy Bay and
discover rare species of local tropical plants and palms from around the world.”
We went to an old fisherman village of West End with many shops and restaurants
along the beach. I purchased a nice shell bracelet.
After our break, we went to the old community of Flowers Bay to visit a historical
church constructed during the 17th century out of white lime.
There was an old stone oven with dinner cooking across from the church. But,
the main reason we girls signed up for this trip was to visit Stone Castle
Cameo factory in Gravel Bay, where we found skillfully carved jewelry and
other items made by famous Melvin, a local artist.
I already have a cameo of a woman’s face, so I got a palm tree cameo for $30.00.
That was cheap in comparison to what some of the others bought.
From the Cameo factory we could see our ship a few miles away. We boarded in
time to enjoy lunch in the Windjammer.
Bruce and Page did their own thing.
Dinner that evening was informal dress. Everyone got temporary stick on tattoos and heart puzzles.