Just got back from CARNIVAL PARADISE and 3/4 ports we booked excursions on our own. We saved tons of $, and got way better service.
ROATAN we simply walked arounf the town for an hour or so (very poor and 3rd world, people were very friendly). FInally we hired a cab and a english speaking tour guide for $40 total. They took us to anywhere we wanted. We went to 2 beaches, West End village, top og mountain for lookout, etc. She (tour guide) was great. We hung on the beach for an hour or so and they waited around and watched our stuff.
BELIZE we booked with XStream. They were awesome, no hitches what so ever, they met us at the docks, transported us, etc. DON"T BOOK THROUGH CARNIVAL, they load them on on busses, haul them out there and let them go down the river, not personal at all. We paid $60 each, Carnival people paid $80 or $85!!! Xstream has 2 guides, each with groups of 8-12, stop along the walk and explain the vegetations and stop in dry cave to see bats. We floated through 2 caves, Carnival group of 100 or so only did 1. Thomas and Richard (guides) provided fruit and juice afterwards, or for only $5 you get a wicked traditional Belizean meal. (BBQ Chicken or Pork, rive, beans, salad, amazing bread and a muffin)!!!
GRAND CAYMAN we went snorkeling and to the stingray sandabar for $30 each. We used Native Way Watersports. email Sharon Ebanks - firstname.lastname@example.org
She was great. Our ship anchored the other side of island due to weather conditions adn she met us there and drove us to the meeting place. Otherwise we would have spent around $15 on a taxi ride. There was mass confusion and she was there to help us out. Once agian, very personalized tour.
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