It’s day 4 and it is again a port day – this time the island of Roatan off the coast of mainland Honduras. Unlike the previous port of Cozumel, we took an organized tour to visit the Gumbalimba Nature reserve. But first, here are the dailies for Celebrity day 4.
The port that Celebrity uses at Roatan is very focused on receiving its one cruise ship a day and fairly efficiently dispersing tourist to various tours. The port shopping area is extremely small, but therefore manageable. It can easily be covered within 15 minutes of walking off the ship.
Gumbalimba is a nice nature reserve to visit, although there is a fair amount of walking and some grades and steps. The highlight of the trip is “monkey town” where you can have a local monkey in training sit on your head, steal your hat, or do other monkey things while someone gets the event on film. Its actually great for nature or animal lovers. There are also parrots which are tame, more monkeys which are wild, lots of hummingbirds flitting about plus lots more flora and fauna. It was an enjoyable outing.
All in all, it was a pleasant outing.
Back on the ship, we had planned an evening at the specialty restaurant Tuscan Grille, our first dinner outside of the Silhouette Dining room. After freshening up, we went to Cellar Masters, where, as luck would have it, they were featuring a “Viva Italia: Italian Wine Tasting”. They actually have wine tastings every night, usually from a different region each evening. Tonight was Italian night and we were headed to the Tuscan Grill – serendipity indeed. The wine tasting is usually two whites and two reds from the region, with a range from subtle to powerful if appropriate. We had a round and listened to music from the foyer orchestra. Cellar Masters, as I had previously mentioned, is open to the foyer and one can hear the music from the floor below while sipping wine. A good time.
Our dinner that evening at Tuscan Grille was spectacular. The best way to re-enforce this is that we went back two more times during the cruise. From the moment you are offered an assortment of breads, cheeses, prosciutto, and other antipasti, all the way to dessert, service, presentation, flavors and ambiance were all top notch. We tried the arancini and mushroom ravioli, yum, we tried small portions of 4 other pastas, yum, we tried a filet with garlic mashed potatoes, yum, and we had a chocolate fondue and hazelnut ice cream for dessert, yum. Come hungry, come open to suggestions and conversations with your servers, come open to listening to Eros Ramazzotti in the background and you’ll come away with a wonderful experience.