Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Cruising In The Caribbean

cruise ship

We just returned from our cruise in the Caribbean to Belize, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Key West. The weather was warm and lovely except in Belize. It was raining and windy in Belize and since we had not planned any excursions in advance, we did not get off the ship. It was sunny and beautiful in all of the other stops. 

friends for dinner on cruise

The ship, Celebrity Apex, according to Celebrity is "the second ship in our revolutionary Edge® Series, is a Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Rated resort at sea." 

One of the shows at the nightclub after dinner

It truly is a beautiful ship with lovely crystal chandeliers, fancy dining facilities, lovely spa areas, and incredible lounges. It felt elegant, was extremely clean and the service was excellent. The food was much better than other Celebrity ships we have traveled on. 

I was delighted that the menus in every dining area were labeled with identifications for allergies such as gluten-free, dairy, nuts, etc. It made life much easier (and safer) for me. 

Just a pretty lounge to sit and read 

There were many options at the buffet. They had one section for vegans with two gluten free entrees. In addition there was an Asian section on the buffet with choices of both Indian and Chinese cuisine, both which were often vegan and GF. 

Beautiful flowers around the ship

Of course there were plenty of salads, meat, fishes, and lots of other choices that I didn't eat. 

Beautiful desserts on the buffet everyday ( some GF)

Gluten-free bread, GF muffins, and Gf rolls were readily available at every meal. I ate gluten-free toast with avocado, capers, tomatoes, and sliced cucumber for breakfast. 

We cruised with three other couples that have been good friends for years. It was a good way to get together and have and stress-free vacation. We went out to port to the beaches during the day, came back early and played mah Jong or Canasta (there were four couples - two tables) and then showered for dinner and a show. 

All and all we had a great time being with friends, enjoying the islands, the beautiful luxurious cruise ship, and just relaxing. 

It was a second reunion and we are already talking about a 3rd!


  1. Well Judee that all sounds just perfectly charming and wow what wonderful memories! Hope you enjoy a relaxing holiday season throughout and that everyone is well! xoxo

  2. I also love when somewhere has things easy to find and eat. That's the best.
    The light is sooo pretty. I'm thrilled you had an excellent time. Cheers!

  3. Awesome that you had a great time with your friends, Judee.

  4. It looks like a lovely time. I've never sailed on a Celebrity ship.

  5. So glad you had a good time. I love holidays that are relaxing like that.
    from Tandy I Lavender and Lime

  6. I'm happy to hear you had a wonderful cruise with your friends!

  7. Looks like allot of fun. In my Mom's later years her and her girlfriend too allot of cruises they really enjoyed them, and she said there was always lots of food.
    Merry Christmas Kathy

  8. What a wonderful trip! The ship is stunning, and I love the colorful Cozumel sign! 🚢🌈🌊

  9. Planning a trip like that looks like an amazing accomplishment. Great to see that you and your friends managed to do it and have such a great time.
    best, mae at


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