I sure would appreciate any input if you have gone to the Western Caribbean on the Pride. Our family (probably 14 of us) are going on a cruise together this May. I am suppose to finalize arrangements next week. My ONLY concern right now is WHAT is there to do at some of the ports of call, i.e. Belize, Progreso & Cozumel - if you don't snorkel? We have such a wide range of ages going with us. Particularly would like suggestions for (2) 17 yr. old guys, and (2) guys in their mid-20's. Thanks! Donna
There is lots to do on this trip. Hubby is diving, Mom and I are going to the ruins in Belize. In Cozumel Mom and I are shopping and hubby is diving again. In Progreso we are renting a car and going to the ruins there also. Call Carnival and have them send you the list of shore excursions that will give you an idea of what is available.
There is lots to do on this trip. Hubby is diving, Mom and I are going to the ruins in Belize. In Cozumel Mom and I are shopping and hubby is diving again. In Progreso we are renting a car and going to the ruins there also. Call Carnival and have them send you the list of shore excursions that will give you an idea of what is available.
There is soooo much to do in these ports that caters to the interests of the whole family!! In Belize (other than snorkeling) you can visit ruins and take a riverboat trip all in one excursion. We did that and had a blast!! Got caught in a little storm on the boat...what an adventure...saw a HUGE crocodile!! There is also an excursion to a baboon sanctuary.
In Progreso, there is a moderate bike tour, a bus-ride overview of Merida, an all day all inclusive "beach break", more vists to ruins, too.
There are other tours too...but these are what I remember....just got back today and still trying to adjust to LAND LIFE!!
We just got back and had fun. The Chichen Itza tour from progresso was great, despite the 2 hr bus ride.
In Cozumel we went fishing on a charter we set up on our own. It was a tad rough and the fish weren't biting but may would be much better fishing and is Marlin and Tuna high season I think...
If you want the name of the charter co. I'd be happy to give it to you. They found us another guy to split it with.....
And about the Croc....."He was a BIGGGG bloak by krike!"
We just came back from our Pride cruise...it was our 2nd Carnival cruise...we had cruised the Imagination in March 2000.
Both were tons of fun...but since this was a brand new ship...I think alot of the Floridians heard the hype about it awhile back and booked the first few (maybe more!?) cruises of this ship. The average age on this ship was about 60. This was fine...but not something I would have expected on Carnival.
I think I may have said this in another post, but Troy the cruise director is so wonderful!! I even met the captain one night outside of Butterflies Lounge!! (VERY attractive and VERY Italian!!) Although I must say when he had to say a few words at some of the intro meetings, introducing his crew, it seemed like it was the LAST place he wanted to be.
Here is the Carnival Shore tours for Carnival Pride Western Carribbean. I copied them exactly as sent. KEY WEST, FLORIDA
Historical Key West Trolley Tour Price per adult: $23.00 - child: $12.00 (ages 2-15) Duration: 1 hour
This tour is a must for all first time visitors to Key West. Enjoy a full 1-hour narrated tour of over 100 historical points of interest in your choice of either a comfortable trolley bus or the unique conch train. Your driver/ guide will point out famous sights such as Ernest Hemingway's Home and Museum, Audobon House and the retreat referred to as "The Little White House", where Harry S. Truman relaxed from the pressures of the presidency. Next on your tour, you will pass the famous marker indicating the Southern Most Point of the Continental United States. Many other sites can be seen as your trolley or conch train drives through the historical residential areas of this quaint city. After your tour returns you to the pier side area which is very handy to the town center, you may decide to take your own personal tour to one of the many locations previously pointed out or just wander around the many shops within walking distance of the dock.
Glass Bottom Boat Tour Price per adult: $26.00 - child: $13.00 (ages 5-12) Duration: 2 hours
Visit the only living coral reef in the Continental United States! This fully narrated excursion aboard the comfortable Fireball will take you 7 1/2-miles to the eastern dry rocks reef. Numerous colorful tropical fish and an array of coral species can easily be viewed from the comfort of the glass bottom boat. The Fireball experience is a beautiful introduction to the fascinating wonders of the Caribbean.
Catamaran Sail and Snorkel Tour Price per person: $40.00 Duration: 3 hours
Your sailing adventure begins as you board the Fury, a 65' state-of-the-art catamaran, the finest, most luxurious sailing catamarans in Key West. Feel the excitement as you sail out to North America's only living Coral Reef, where the wonders of Mother Nature await your arrival. For the ultimate in sailing comfort, the Fury catamaran features a stairway to the sea, spacious bathrooms, fresh water showers, shaded lounge area and a large sun deck. Your snorkeling adventure will be complete with first-class snorkeling gear and professional instruction by the friendly crew to make your time in the water most enjoyable. Complimentary beverages will be served on the return trip.
Ripley's Believe It Or Not Tour Price per adult: $10.95 - child: $7.95 (ages 4-12) Duration: at guest's leisure
Enter a world of the unusual, the odd and amazing. This is an entertaining passage into the macabre, the bizarre and the mutated. Over 40 years, the adventurous Robert Ripley explored the uncanny and amazing mysteries of the earth. His travels took him around the world, from New Zealand to Tibet in search of the unbelievable and inexplicable. This fun-filled adventure will peek your curiosity, awe and amaze you. Incredible displays of craftsmanship, record setting collections and things never imagined...all awaiting you at Ripley's Believe It Or Not!
Key West Bike Tour Price per person: $25.00 Duration: 2 hours
This tour is approximately 2 hours and covers roughly 2 1/2-miles. It goes over the very flat terrain of Key West's historic "Old Town". The highest point on the island is only 16'. Many stops are made to discuss points of interest and the stops take about 40% of the time. Although the tour is extensive, it is considered to be of moderate exercise. Learn unique tidbits of history on the bike tour of "Old Town". Wind your way through tree-shrouded streets and quiet lanes. Pass through picturesque neighborhoods with tropical flowers, fruit trees, grand mansions and small cottages. Feel the breeze, smell the air and hear the quiet sounds. Learn how cigar making, sponging, piracy, treasure salvaging and the Civil War all contributed to Key West's unique history. You will hear of the times when Key West was the wealthiest city per capita in the United States and when it was the poorest.
Key West Nature Kayak Tour Price per person: $55.00 Duration: 2 1/2 hours.
This is a soft adventure and is suitable for all ages. One can see many species of birds, including white herons, egrets, eagles and marine life such as bone fish, star fish, sponges and even an occasional manatee. After leaving the marina, you will paddle the short distance across Cow's Bay Channel, the main channel that separates Key West from the rest of the Keys. As you proceed into the Riviera Canal, a great many homes can be seen including the home of the famous Jimmy Buffet. A short paddle into the narrow winding mangroves and the famous salt ponds of Key West is the highlight of the trip. There is a selection of single and double kayaks; included in the fleet are 2 canoes for those who like the traditional experience. These large sea kayaks are equipped with rudders capable of multi-day rough water trips. Experienced and professional guides will provide you with an educational and fun kayaking adventure. This short kayak tour is a great way to enjoy a little light physical exercise, explore the waters of Key West and still have lots of time for shopping. Each person will be provided a bottle of water. NOTE: Guests should bring an extra pair of shorts, a hat and sunscreen; personal belongings will be locked at the marina; there are restrooms/changing rooms available at the marina.
Key West Cup Regatta Price per person: $65.00 Duration: 3 hours
Experience the most exciting sporting event in Key West featuring some of the fastest racing catamarans in the Caribbean. You will be competing in an actual yacht race under the watchful eyes of your captain. Participants need no prior experience, just the desire to win! Whether it is sheeting in, guarding the winch, manning the helm or watching the clock, you will be part of the team. Your captain will explain the positions in detail and then set out for a practice session. When the horn is sounded, it's race time. Be sure to reserve your crew spot in the Key West Cup for a unique adventure. Beverages will be served on board. NOTE: Must wear white-sole shoes.
Snuba Adventure Price per person: $59.00 Duration: 2 hours.
Are you ready to take the next step beyond snorkeling but not sure about scuba diving? Then Snuba is just for you. It is a combination of snorkeling and scuba diving. You will be introduced to the amazing underwater world without all the cumbersome equipment necessary to go scuba diving. It's fun, safe and easy. You have not experienced the Mayan Caribbean unless you have seen what its underwater world has to offer. You will be taken to visit lobsters, parrot fish and pairing angelfish. You will be fascinated with the myriad of brilliant colors that surround you in this incredible underwater world. After approximately 15 minutes of instruction, your dive master will take you into shallow water where you will be able to try out your skills and build your confidence. Once you are ready, you will proceed out to deeper water (15-18') where you will find schooling fish and brilliant coral formations. You will spend approximately 25 minutes in the water during your Snuba dive. NOTE: Must be 12 years of age or older to participate; all equipment and transportation is included; certain medical requirements must be met in order to participate and the tour operator will make the decision based on a medical questionnaire.
Passion Island Adventure Price per person: $64.00 Duration: 5 hours
Escape to the secluded beauty of a private island beach paradise. Passion Island, the perfect place to relax and enjoy the Caribbean at its best! The day begins when you are met by an English-speaking guide at the pier who will give you a brief overview of Cozumel and Passion Island on a 35-minute air-conditioned bus ride to Bahia Ciega Pier. Here you may choose to cross to Passion Island on a 4-person canoe or a spacious motorized tender. Once in paradise, you are invited to submerge yourself in a world only available to cruise ship guests including a gorgeous white sandy beach, palm and pine trees, hammocks, floating beds, picnic tables, volleyball and other games on the beach. Fresh water showers and restrooms are available. This is a great trip for everyone. Lunch includes a delicious buffet and a domestic open-bar. Soft drinks and purified water is served throughout your stay in Cozumel's Passion Island paradise.
The Mermaid Sub-Ocean View Tour Price per person: $39.00 Duration: 1 1/2 hours
The Ocean-View Explorer is a popular underwater viewing craft that lets you enjoy the panoramic views of the Caribbean without leaving the surface. This vessel has been built according to the U.S. Coast Guard's requirements and regulations to ensure the safety and security of all passengers. It has 44 seats that have been designed to ensure the passenger's comfort during this enjoyable trip. Crystal clear panels are located in front of each seat giving incredible views of the Caribbean underwater world. The adventure begins as you board the Explorer and sit 4' below the surface of the water. Prepare yourself for the most beautiful views of the Caribbean marine life. You will spend approximately one hour and fifteen minutes through the most breath- taking coral reefs in Cozumel. A few minutes after the departure, the Ocean- View Explorer will approach the sunken plane that was originally placed there for a Mexican disaster film. View the large selection of brilliantly colored fish that have made their home within the nooks and crannies of the corroded metal body. The Ocean-View Explorer will speed off to Paraiso Reef where the incredible view of coral formations is accented with colorful tropical fish at every turn. This is the perfect tour for people who want to see the Caribbean underwater world without getting their feet wet.
Island Adventure Snorkeling Tour Price per person: $31.00 Duration: 2 hours.
You will be picked up at the tender pier by one of the most exciting snorkeling boats in Cozumel. You will sail to Villablanca Reef where you will see sea fans, soft coral and a paradise of marine life with a great variety of tropical fish. A certified snorkeling instructor will review safety tips, use of equipment and will stay with you during your snorkel tour. Soft drinks and beer will be provided after the snorkeling experience.
Horse Back Ride the Mayan Frontier Price per person: $71.00 Duration: 3 1/2 hours
Saddle up and travel back through time to the sacred land of the Mayans, the oldest and mysterious civilizations in the world. Discover the hidden tropical savannah of Cozumel where nature and man become one. The adventure begins as you board an air-conditioned bus and take a scenic island drive to the Buena Vista Ranch which is situated in the heart of the tropical savannah. Your English-speaking guide will give you instructions on how to ride a horse and what you will be doing and seeing on the tour. You will also be assigned a horse that is appropriate for your riding ability and experience. Then the guide escort you into depths of the low savannah where the Mayans used to worship their Gods. Ride around ruins that are more than 1500 years old, view replicas of Mayan villages and remains of Mayan murals and idols. Also, take notice of the natural sounds and sights around you. This natural paradise has lived on past the Mayan age and lives in harmony with the lost remains of a once great civilization. After the Mayan exploration, you will visit a ranch stocked with cattle, ponies, turkey and other native creatures. Then it is on to the cantina where you will enjoy a cold complimentary beverage. Happy Trails! NOTE: Pregnant women are not permitted to participate on this tour.
Fiesta Party Boat Price per person: $39.00 Duration: 4 hours
Join the excitement aboard the famous triple-decker party boat, the most popular Mexican party cruise. Enjoy complimentary tropical fruit punch and soft drinks along with live music that will soothe your senses and lift your spirits. Welcome the tantalizing breezes and warm glow of the sun as the Fiesta takes you on a naturally exotic Caribbean voyage to Playa Sol, the most popular beach club in Cozumel. When the Fiesta arrives at Playa Sol, get ready for the best fun under the sun. If you choose to snorkel, you will be in search of ancient Mayan treasures that have made their home in the ocean floor. View famous Mayan remains of ancient murals, figures of famous Gods and even an aged sunken boat. Relax by the beautiful sandy white beaches on a lounge chair or take a leisurely swim in the soothing Caribbean waters. Lay beside the freshwater swimming pool, join in a game of beach volleyball or just relax during your stay at Playa Sol. The Fiesta adventure ends with a festive party scene with a continuous open-bar, popular Mexican dances and entertaining games until the fun ends at the cruise ship pier.
Dolphin Encounter Price per person: $99.00 Duration: 3 hours
The experience of a lifetime. You will be met by a tour guide on the dock and after a short taxi transfer to Chankanaab National Park, you will meet one of the dolphin instructors for a short educational orientation and then to the water. In the water, you will start with the dolphin kiss on the submerged platform where you will be during the encounter. You will touch, pet and learn a lot about the dolphin as you go through selected exciting behaviors with the dolphin. During the free time portion of the tour, you will visit the beautiful blue ocean, comfortable beaches, jungle, botanical gardens, Blue Lagoon, archaeological ruins and restaurant located in the park. Free time in the National Park will be enjoyed before or after the 35-minute Encounter.
Cozumel's Marine Park Price per person: $32.00 Duration: 2 hours
Cozumel's only snorkel tour inside the Marine Park. Your admission fee into the park is included with this tour along with unlimited snorkeling time. Stay as long as you like, since your roundtrip transportation is provided too. A tour guide will meet you at the gangway. From there, you will be transported to the beach location and given a site and equipment orientation by your PADI dive master. Once you have received your equipment, you will enter the warm crystal clear waters of the Mayan Caribbean. Come and enjoy the spectacular coral the friendly fish. All ages and all experience levels will enjoy this tour. Don't forget your towel, swimsuit and sunscreen. No visit to Cozumel is complete without seeing the incredible underwater world. There are drinks and food available for purchase at the beach.
Fiesta Sunset Cruise Price per person: $39.00 Duration: 2 hours
View one of the most beautiful sunsets in the Caribbean as you glide over the lucid waters of the Caribbean Sea. The Fiesta Party Boat is the original party boat of Mexico equipped with 3 decks, open-bars, a dance floor and a moon deck that is perfect for a romantic view of the starlit sky and the lights of Cozumel's shoreline. The fun begins as you board the Fiesta where your bilingual entertainers will greet you. Then it's off for an evening of fun and excitement. Enjoy complimentary drinks as you listen to the live band. Join in the great dancing and games as the zany staff gets the party started right. The boat will cruise along the shoreline of Cozumel so you can enjoy a view of the illuminated city lights as the party progresses. Midway through, you will see one of the most spectacular sunsets ever, as the sun goes down over the vividly colored Caribbean. On the return trip, you will enjoy the incredible display of lights from nearby hotels and restaurants as the band plays the perfect tune. You will have the option to disembark at your ship or accept the invitation of staying on board for a ride to the center of town where you will be on your own to explore the sights of downtown. The Sunset Cruise...the perfect way to end your day and begin your night!
Atlantis Submarine Price per adult: $71.00 - child: $36.00 (ages 2-12) Duration: 1 3/4 hours
You are invited to experience why Cozumel is one of the top 5 dive destinations in the world. Enjoy the magic on board a real U.S. Coast Guard certified submarine as you cruise the ocean floor as no one else will at the island's most famous and unique attraction, Chankanaab. An environmentally protected marine park, Chankanaab is home to a huge variety of sea life until now seen only by divers. Your dive adventure begins on board the ferry Ana that will take you on a 10-minute cruise along Cozumel's west coast. Upon arriving at the Chankanaab dive site, you are transferred to the Atlantis Submarine where you will have the opportunity to view this underwater paradise through large windows in air-conditioned comfort. Marvel at the huge variety of tropical fish including parrot fish, grunts and grouper as the captain expertly navigates through magnificent 30' coral heads. Throughout your voyage, an informative live narration is provided by an experienced co-pilot who will be happy to answer your questions. You will not want to forget your cameras for a once-in-a-lifetime glance into this amazing undersea world. After your 40-minute dive, the submarine will resurface where the ferry is waiting to return you to your pick-up point. NOTE: Children must be over 36" tall to participate.
Catamaran Sail, Snorkel and Beach Party Price per person: $42.00 Duration: 3 1/2 hours
This luxurious 65' catamaran has it all: spacious sun decks, a shaded lounge and a friendly crew that will provide professional instructions on the use of first-class snorkel equipment. Crew members accompany you into the crystal blue waters where you will discover stunning coral formations and a spectacular array of colorful marine life. After snorkeling, it's free, all-you- can-drink ice cold beer, zesty margaritas, sodas and purified water as you cruise to the fabulous white-powder sand beach. While there, simply relax in a palapa covered hammock or enjoy the complimentary kayaks, beach floats and volleyball. This beach party provides everything for a perfect day of enjoyment.
Scuba Diving - Beginners Price per person: $78.00 Duration: 2 hours
You could be scuba diving in the warmest and most amazingly clear shallow waters. Scuba diving is not only for the experienced diver. This tour is designed for the non-certified diver who has never been diving before. A team of PADI instructors are dedicated to take you step-by-step through an introductory course that will teach you how to breathe freely and swim under- water. Beginning with approximately 45-minutes of instruction and orientation, you will be ready to gear up in full scuba and enter the water directly from the beach. A few minutes are spent in waist deep water getting used to this new feeling of breathing underwater. The instructor is with you at all times, guiding you and exploring this new and amazing world of fish and coral in a fantasy of shapes and colors. The dive site reaches a maximum of 25'. The coral reefs are home for schools of snapper, pairing angelfish and lobster. The student to instructor ratio is 6 to 1, allowing the instructor to give each participant individual attention throughout the entire course and dive. Cozumel, with its warm and exceptionally clear waters offers an outstanding opportunity for people to have their first dive be a remarkable one.
Scuba Diving - Certified Price per person: $65.00 Duration: 4 hours
Come dive in the crystal clear turquoise waters of the Mexican Caribbean. Enjoy the warm waters and warm hospitality aboard a comfortable dive boat. You will be greeted on the pier and escorted to your awaiting dive boat. Upon boarding, your dive masters will begin to prepare you for your first dive. Your dive will be at any one of several world-class dive locations. Your second dive will be a shallow dive of approximately 50'. There will be refreshments served at the surface interval. Tanks, weights and weight belts are provided. Equipment is available for rental: b.c. and regulator for $5 each.
Playa Sol Beach Break Price per adult: $19.00 - child: $14.00 (ages 3-12) Duration: at guest's leisure
Take a tropical beach break at Playa Sol, one of Cozumel's newest beach clubs with the look and feel of a first-class Caribbean resort. The popular beach club is located approximately 10 miles south of the hustle and bustle of San Miguel, the only existing town in Cozumel. Simply hop in a taxi and ask the driver to take you to Playa Sol Beach Club. Taxi transportation is at your own expense. Spend the day experiencing the beauty and comfort that has made Playa Sol famous as one of the most popular beach clubs on the island. Once you arrive at Playa Sol, you will be directed to the activities desk where you will be greeted and given an orientation packet which states the facilities available and what is included in your ticket. A domestic open-bar is included throughout your stay at Playa Sol along with the use of beach and pool facilities. There is a fun entertainment team that will organize beach activities. Swim in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean or take a refreshing dip in the fresh water swimming pool. Soak up some sun on the beach that is equipped with lounge chairs or join a friendly game of volleyball. For the adventuresome type, non-motorized water toys such as kayaks, sun fish sailboats, water trampolines and beach floats are available.
BELIZE CITY, BELIZE
City Walking and Shopping Tour Price per person: $15.00 Duration: 2 hours For the visitor who does not care to board a vehicle or a boat to go on a tour somewhere, but simply wants to see a little of the port, this tour taken with a walking guide will show you some of the flavor of old colonial Belize within a relatively short distance. And then, the shopping takes place - there is the National Handicraft Center or the Bazaar at the Memorial Park or perhaps gifts of gold or silver from downtown Belize City. NOTE: The tour covers 7 to 8 city blocks.
Mangrove Wonderlands and City Tour Price per person: $45.00 Duration: 4 1/2 hours
A comfortable water taxi will start you off just right into the great Haulover Creek at the bay's entrance, through Belize City, under 3 of its bridges; one bridge is so low that you better duck! Soon, you will enter a canopy of mangroves whose roots and odd shapes create a cathedral-like atmosphere. Angry complaining King Fishers will zoom ahead, objecting to the invasion of their hunting turf. The herons will swoop off with a nod of their heads and a honk. Look out for the elusive Morelet's crocodile or the land based Coatimundi and iguana. Then, the boat breaks out of the mangrove cathedrals and into the great Belize River where you will meet your bus for a tour of Belize City and shopping. Included: Air-conditioned buses; bottled water.
City and Shopping Tour Price per person: $28.00 Duration: 3 hours
Belize City is the grand lady of the colonial era of Belize when the English baymen decided to establish themselves firmly on the coast in spite of attempts by the Spaniards to dislodge them. Old wooden colonial homes, mixed in with modern cement structures and the narrow streets typical of ports of that day, combine to give the city a flavor that has attracted many - it now boasts a population of 70,000 people. Of course, the many landmarks, such as the 200 year old cathedral where Mosquito Kings were crowned, the famous lighthouse marking the grave of a Portuguese baron who left a great deal of his fortune to Belize, and others, are great attractions to visitors. Shopping is excellent. Included: Air-conditioned buses; guides; bottled water.
Goff's Caye Snorkeling Price per person: $48.00 Duration: 5 hours
Can this be Gilligan's Island, a mere 12-miles east of Belize City? Well, it is a little small, about half the size of a football field but a magnificent coral island complete with coconut trees and it sits right on top of the great barrier reef of Belize. The snorkeling from the island takes place right from the beach. Abundant reef life, great coral formations, crystal clear water, combined with wind and sun, and there you have paradise found! Your guide will take you on a snorkeling tour practically around most of the island - you may want to have that waterproof camera handy and ready. Included: Snorkel gear; bottled water.
Community Baboon Sanctuary Price per person: $45.00 Duration: 4 1/2 hours
A number of farmers of the Belize District living in villages with names like Bermudian Landing and Lemonal, came together and with the assistance of the Audubon Society, created an excellent concept - the Community Baboon Sanctuary. Currently, Howler Monkeys live in a perfect habitat in the wild, the riverine forests of the fertile Belize River area. Prepared jungle paths take the visitor on a tour of the world of the Howler who often come down near the ground and may be feet away from your camera. Shy they are not and quiet they certainly are not - their howling can be heard for miles. A great wildlife tour! Included: Air-conditioned buses; guides; bottled water.
Crooked Tree Wildlife Boat Tour Price per person: $58.00 Duration: 6 hours
The Audubon Society once documented over 90 species of bird life at this wild- life reserve in one morning. This village is surrounded by a lagoon with abundant bird life, fish and flora that have all made it a must for preservation enthusiasts. A riverboat with a guide will take you on a wildlife tour that will also try to catch sight of crocodile, Howler and Spider Monkeys, hawks, herons, Northern Jacanas and the magnificent and endangered Jabiru Stork, the largest stork of the Americas, standing 5' tall with an 8' wing span. Included: Air-conditioned buses; guides; bottled water.
Canoe Exploration Price per person; $55.00 Duration: 4 1/2 hours
After a short stint by road into the cashew wine land of the Belize District of Burrel Boom, grab your canoe and paddle up the Belize River with its abundant bird life, iguana, Howler and Spider Monkey and the occasional manatee. Look out for the rare and endangered Morelet's Crocodile (most likely quite small and shy) and enjoy the great combination of farmland and rainforest along the riverine areas of this important and historical river which was called the Rio Wallace by the invading Spaniards after a famous English captain of that name. The great Maya civilization used this river as a main passageway to the sea. Included: Guides; bottled water.
Reef Dive - Certified Price per person: $99.00 Duration: 5 1/2 hours
A 2-tank dive along the great barrier reef off Goff's Caye in the Belize District. This pristine, uninhabited coral island a few miles away from where your ship is anchored will convince you that this is world-class diving of the finest order. The numerous species of sea life of the most incredible colors and shapes, the living barrier reef, the occasional turtle and dolphin, the unbelievably clear waters of the area all combine to give you the best diving you will ever have. You will also drop in on the coral island just so you get the best of both worlds - under the sea and on the islands of the barrier reef of Belize. Included: Tanks; weights; towels; divemaster; bottled water. NOTE: Must be a certified diver to participate.
Rio Wallace and Altun Ha Maya Site Price per person: $49.00 Duration; 6 hours.
A double treat awaits you in the Belize District - a river boat trip along the coast and then on the Belize River called the Rio Wallace by the Spaniards during their Conquistador Rule of the New World. This river contains crocodile, manatee and even dolphin as well as bird life. Then hop aboard a bus to the Mayan Ceremonial Centre of Altun Ha, where the famous Jade Head of the Sun God "Kinich Ahau" was found within the main temple of the masonry altars by a team led by Professor David Pendergast of the Royal Ontario Museum in Canada. This site has 2 plazas and 13 structures within its epicenter, was a vital trade center during the classic period (250-900 AD) and is surrounded by an original, pristine rainforest. There is some shopping at the site as well as in Belize City by the marina, as you return. Included: Air-conditioned buses; guides; bottled water.
Rainforest Trekking and Caving Price per person: $45.00 Duration: 5 hours
About 33-miles up the Western Highway and a short drive into the cacao and orange farms of this area of the Belize District places the trekker on the southern hills of the Sibun River. You will be guided through a series of dry caves (check out the jaguar paw prints on the floor of the cave) and explore the great Sibun Valley and the rainforest beauty of this green haven of flora and fauna. After your carving and trekking adventure, you will return to Belize City and your ship. Natural Belize at its best! Included: Air- conditioned buses; guides; gear; bottled water.
Inland Blue Hole and St. Herman's Cave Price per person: $81.00 Duration: 6 hours
The Audubon Society has set out natural trails leading to one of the many famous caves of Belize - St. Herman's, in the broadleaf rainforest of the Cave's Branch Sibun River area of Belize, about 12-miles south of the new capital of Belize, Belmopan, in the scenic Cayo District. Enjoy the flora and fauna along the path to the cave, explore the inner caverns and then, splash into the cool spring waters of the Inland Blue Hole. On your return, visit Belmopan and especially the market place where you are sure to find something exotic, made either in Belize or one of the surrounding countries, before returning to Belize City and your ship. Included: Air-conditioned buses; guides; caving lights; bottled water; NOTE: Bring along a towel and swimsuit.
Equestrian Trails and Banana Bank Ranch Price per person: $85.00 Duration: 6 hours
Hi Ho Silver...well almost! Located near the new capital, Belmopan in the Cayo District, this splendid ranch and lodge offers excellent horse back riding for every level of rider through the most pristine rainforest trails of the Belize River area. Truly discover Belize! The second activity is a boat ride on the river itself with its abundant bird life, iguanas, occasional troops of Spider and Howler Monkey and of course, the wide variety of flora along the riverine forest. Included: Air-conditioned buses; guides; bottled water.
Cave Tubing and Rainforest Exploration Price per person: $79.00 Duration; 6 1/2 hours
Heading up the Western Highway into the rainforest, you will prepare for the exciting cave tubing experience at the fabulous Cave's Branch of the Sibun River. After a briefing by your guide and an exploratory walk through the broadleaf rainforest, you will splash into the cool waters of the Sibun River aboard a flotation tube with a caving light on your forehead and float lazily downstream for 1 1/2-hours. Enjoy the cave formations of this Cretaceous period limestone cavern formed by the Sibun River long before the dawn of mankind on the planet. Included: Air-conditioned buses; gear; bottled water. NOTE: It is recommended that you bring a towel and change of clothing/shoes; waterproof cameras only.
Shark Ray Alley Price per person: $66.00 Duration: 5 hours
Approximately 4-miles south of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye in the Belize District, lies the Hol Chan Marine Reserve which holds within its boundary the famous Shark Ray Alley, one of the most popular snorkeling sites along the 150-mile barrier reef of Belize. You will travel by a comfortable speedboat along the mangrove channels north, passing Caye Chapel and Caye Caulker and on to the reef. Cavort with friendly sting rays and nurse sharks to your heart's content - watch the adrenaline flow! A visit to the shopping areas of this northernmost island resort will be made before returning to the ship. Included: Snorkel gear; guides; bottled water.
Chichen-Itza Mayan Ruins Tour Duration: 8 1/2 hours Price per person: $75.00 Activity Level: Moderate.
Chichen-Itza is one of the most important archeological sites on the American continent and was once the home of the great Mayan Empire. This Mayan site was the chosen city of Kulkulcan and the remains of its perfect construction and awesome monuments were left as a reminder of the incredible Mayan Culture. Your journey begins with a scenic and informative 2 1/2 hour bus ride. Upon arrival at the ruins, you will be led through the legendary city, which extends over 6-square miles and contains hundreds of structures throughout the area. You will explore the pyramid of Kulkulcan, the Ball Court, the mystical cenote, the Temple of the Warriors and the observatory, just to name a few. After your exploration, a delicious Yucatan lunch will be served at a nearby restaurant. Note: This is an active tour involving a lot of walking and stair climbing. The Mexican government charges a $10 fee for the use of video equipment inside the ruins.
Kayak Adventure at Chelem Lagoon Duration: 3 1/2 hours Price per person: $69.00 Activity Level: Moderate
Welcome to beautiful Chelem Lagoon where you will have the opportunity to experience the beauty of the Yucatan's amazing Eco-System. After a 30-minute drive to the lagoon, you will undergo a short orientation before setting off on your kayak adventure. Your first destination is a small island where flocks of flamingos are regularly seen resting and feeding. As you continue on, there will be a rest stop near the two fresh water springs where you will break for a snack. Throughout your adventure, enjoy the peaceful serenity of the beautiful coastal mangroves and enchanting scenery found at Chelem Lagoon. Note: Approximate kayak time is 2 hours. This is an active excursion and guests should be in reasonable shape to participate; minimum age is 12 years. It is suggested that you bring extra clothing in case you get wet.
Merida City and Mexican Rodeo Show Duration: 4 1/2 hours Price per person: $65.00 Activity Level: Easy
This excursion offers the opportunity to visit the beautiful city of Merida as well as experiencing the incredible Mexican folkloric and equestrian shows at Rancho Tierra Bonita. An approximate 45-minute ride takes you to Merida where guides will show you the most important sites that this magical city has to offer. After a tour of the city, it is on to Rancho Tierra Bonita where you will be entertained by a colorful folkloric ballet while enjoying a delicious Mexican buffet. Afterwards, it is time to witness an incredible equestrian show in which famous Mexican charros show off their skills with their lasso's and fine horses while accompanied by the music of the mariachis. Before heading back to Progresso, be sure to check out the various goods on display by the local artisans.
Merida City Overview and Shopping Duration: 4 1/2 hours Price per person: $27.00 Activity Level: Easy
Having razed the Mayan city of T'ho, the Spanish conquistador, Francisco de Montejo salvaged the debris and quarried the local pyramids for stone to construct the new city. The resurrected city named Merida was christened in 1542 and a unique culture has evolved from Mayan roots, Spanish colonialism and long isolation. This culture is reflected everywhere, from the character of its architecture, cuisine and people. After a 45-minute ride, you will begin to explore the highlights of this spectacular city. Montejo's boulevard inspired by France's Champs D'elyse, the Cathedral, built in 1774 from stones that once belonged to the pyramid of Xbacluum-Chaan, the Monument to the Country, which took 11-years to complete, the House of Montejo built in 1549 and the 19th century Government Palace to name a few. Approximately 45-minutes will be reserved for shopping at the Bazaar in the main plaza before heading back to Progresso.
Nature Bike and Ruins Tour Duration: 4 1/2 hours Price per person: $59.00 Activity Level: Moderate
Enjoy a leisurely bike tour starting on the sunny coast of the Gulf of Mexico and venturing into the heart of the Yucatan. Your adventure takes you through the wetlands to visit countless species of native birds which will amaze you. Experience a local village and discover the beauty and mystery of the ancient Maya civilization as you visit Dzibichaltun. You will enjoy the interesting history of this site as well as the opportunity to take a swim in the cenote Xlacah, one of the hundreds of natural limestone caves containing freshwater pools in the region. Note: Approximate bike time is 45-minutes with 2-hours at the ruins. This is an active excursion and guests should be in reasonable shape to participate; minimum age is 12 years. Don't forget your towel.
Reef Club Beach Break Duration: 8 hours Price per person: $75.00 Activity Level: Easy
Reach the ultimate state of relaxation at the Reef Club Resort. After a 35- minute drive through 2 sleepy towns, you arrive at the Reef Club's beautiful resort property. Enjoy a generous array of Mexican food, desserts and drinks in a buffet display that you can visit as often as you like. All the facilities are available to you: swim in the ocean, swing in a hammock on the beach, ride around the resort on a bicycle, enjoy the swimming pool or try out the non-motorized water sports equipment. Whatever you choose to do is up to you at this private all-inclusive resort, Enjoy!
Uxmal Mayan Ruins and Lunch Duration: 8 1/2 hours Price per person: $71.00 Activity Level: Moderate
Discover the beautiful Mayan City of Uxmal, considered one of the most beautiful cities of the Mayan world. The city is famous for its magnificent carved facades, terraces, gracious plazas and imposing pyramids, all of which characterize the classic epoch between 200 and 900 AD. After a scenic 2 1/2-hour drive to Uxmal, you will have plenty of time to explore the magic of this ancient city. The main structures include the pyramid of the magician, the Nun's Quadrangle, the Palace of the Governor and the house of the turtles. The authentic Mayan architectural style and magnificent structures will surely amaze you. If you dare to climb the 114 steps of the Magician's Pyramid, you will be rewarded by a breathtaking view of the city. After your exploration, you will be treated to a delicious Yucatan style lunch at a local restaurant. Note: This is an active tour involving a lot of walking and stair climbing. The Mexican government charges a $10 fee for the use of video equipment inside the ruins.
We are also on the Pride 2/2/02 is anyone in your party a snorkler or a diver? We are setting up a day on the reef with Sea Sports in Belize City. They are a really nice outfit and price includes homemade lunch on one of the Cayes. Husband is a certified diver and looking for a couple more to go on the trip. Let me know.
You will LOVE the homemade lunches in Belize. We had a wonderful homemade lunch as part of the Altun Ha/River Wallace tour. It was rice & beans, chicken, potato salad, and this wonderful green parsley like salad. Our guide told us that Belizeans eat quite a bit of beans and rice and I am searcing all over for a good Belizean recipe now. I even just sent an email to the Belize tourism board!!