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Old November 29th, 2008, 09:57 AM
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Default Belize cave tours unsafe? What happened?

I got this off of a review from someone that took a trip late October to Belize

Tuesday was Belize. The cave tubing excursions are all still cancelled until Carnival finds one that they feel will be safe enough after what happened earlier this month.

anyone have any idea? I want to take one, and take our 8 year old son, but trying to figure out what the deal is
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ok not feeling it........ugh

our son is only 8 and I want to keep him
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Though the incident was a truly unfortunate one, please consider the number of cruisers and other visitors that participate in cave tubing excursions without incident. As a Carnival passenger in January 2008, I and my companion participated in the cave tubing excursion through an independent tour operator (not the cruise line). Our group of 8 was escorted by a fantastic guide! We remained together the entire time and were "connected together" to go through the cave as a group. Several of the other tour operators had participants going through the caves "alone", and that seemed very dangerous to me even then. I think that it is as safe as the tour operator makes it (not just about making a buck as many tour operators worldwide are focused on). I booked through the individual tour operator based on ratings on tripadvisor.com. Initially concerned about the high cost of the Carnival excursion, I was pleasantly surprised with the increased level of service I received for the fewer dollars I spent. Please consider this when making a decision about this amazing experience!
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Unfortunately, "what happened"...was that the cruise lines (not just Carnival) groups are so large....they do not "link".

When you go on a private excursion, you are "linked" to a guide. This prevents you from floating off into an area where you don't need to be.

The guide controls you the entire time.

Now the cruise line tours will say "hey link up with someone"....but the private excursions make a TRAIN and you are linked the entire time.

This is the only safe way to do this excursion.

Linking also prevents even the scary times like brushing up against a wall that may have a spider on it etc.

It also needs to be added that the private excursions had pulled their tours for that day....due to the fast water from recent rains.
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Oh... I'm not afraid of an itzy bitzy spider. Or a big one. Just the really dangerous ones like they have in Australia and a few other places.

I went with a cruise ship tour last December (after the accident) and felt perfectly safe.

After the accident, the government came up with all kinds of new standards (supposed to be effective January - after my tour), including hard hats for everyone. I hope that wasn't implemented, or at least not fully.

Frankly, if I were to do it again, I would choose a private tour, not from a safety standpoint, but because those groups were small enough that in slack water the guide would push, pull, or tow the linked group - less work for me!!!! I do think the quality of the private tours is higher than the ship tours.

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We were in Belize this past February 2009 and we to booked our Cave Tubing trip with an independent group.

I am afraid of water over my head and we were perfectly safe.

Yes, it was after the accident and yes, our group was small - the tour guide and the four of us - that was it. We were linked as mentioned above. Never once was I uncomfortable.

The Government did increase measures for the safety of those guests visiting. We had to have 1 certified tour guide with each 8 guests.

There were other companies there with several folks. Groups that were way to big for our liking.

Though this is a difficult decision, just do your homework, do lots of research and do what you feel is right for you/your family.

Whatever way you go - have a wonderful trip.

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We went with an independent company as well and were really happen when our guide had us get out of the water so that the cruise tour could go through. He had started us at a lower point because he said that because of the water level goin higher wasn't safe. We watched people come down and get sucked around a big rock. Our guide went and saved several people until he saw a guide that was with the group. He yelled at them to have someone be there to help their people. I was glad I was with him and a couple of other people because he really was worried about our safety and kept us all together. He always knew where we were.
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would you be so kind as to let me know which company you used?
I also do not like the cattle call type of enviorment of the ship tours.

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