On November 19, the MS Symphony of the Seas , world’s biggest passenger ship, visited Roatan’s dock. The 228,000 tonnage French-built ship has a garden with 20,000 tropical plants, an ice rink, and full size basketball court. It began sailing in the spring of 2018 and its crew of 2,200 can tend to as many as 6,680 passengers, more than twice of the capacity of Titanic. Roatan government officials and press visited the behemoth and exchanged plaques and gifts with Symphony’s captain. Jeffry Thomas (Second in command staff captain), Kester Bodden, Patricia Lardizabal, Nichole Brady, Emsly Hynd, Rob Hempstead (Captain of Symphony of the Seas), Guillermo Orellana (vice minister of tourism), Abe Hughes (Cruise Director), Fernando Jorge (Hotel Director), Ciara Ambrose (PHOTO: Gustavo Clymire).
The Lionfish Tournament Party at Lionfish Louie’s was a place to be on October 14. Catching the biggest and smallest Lionfish was the most impressive and most widely applauded achievement at Lionfish Louie’s. A four-man team, ‘Fishers of Men’ form Oak Ridge, was the winner with the impressive, smallest (54 mm) lionfish baby. The restaurant at Havana Beach presented a check for $4,917.53 to CATTLEYA.
On October 9 at Fantasy island, Elena Gonzales, Dawn Hyde, and Suleyma Santos helped Soda Stream employees and Roatan school volunteers in cleaning up Roatan’s beaches. The Bay Islands Coastal Cleanup (BICCU) leaders coordinated department-wide clean-up efforts that lasted a week and engaged 3,000 volunteers. After a morning clean up: Elena Gonzales, Dawn Hyde, Suleyma Santos.
A New Pirate is Here
Trico Bar in Jonesville Point was the staging place for the re-christening of the sailboat “Reflection.’ This sailboat has been a home to Captain Michael Brown, who weathered hurricane Michael and braveda pirate attack near Puerto Cortez in 2017. “I want to personalize her,” said Brown about his vessel, soon to depart for Fiji. There was dancing, music, and grog to celebrate the arrival of ‘Anne Bonny’on October 30: Angie Dilbert, Kathy Hardy, Virgilio Fedrick, Mark Hardy, Joanna Comier, Capt. Ed Hille, Bella Chemberting, Capt. Michael Brown.