We're cruising the Elation on 1/11. In your opinion, what were the best/worst shore excursions? We're going to try the shark alley in Belize, but the other ports are still up in the air. What would you recomend? Also- would you recomend booking an excursion through Carnival, or going out on our own and booking on line?
Any input would be appreciated.
We are taking the Elation on March 14. Glad to hear you loved it! What were your favorites on board and off (i.e. dinners, beaches, shows, excursions)? What would you not bother with? Also, do you have any children? We are taking the Altun Ha/River Wallace excursion, did you hear anything about that?
My DW and I were in Belize in October and had a blast on the Altun Ha/River Wallace excursion. Be sure to take plenty of sunscreen and insect repellant with you. There is a little walking and climbing at the Mayan site so were comfortable shoes. I also suggest taking the river tour first because the sun can be awfully hot and you can bake on the river in the afternoon. We had so much fun in October we are going again on Feb 29. If you have children, this should be an interesting excusion for them. You will see iguanas, howler monkeys, gators, many birds and possibly a manatee on the river tour.
Have a good time,
My husband and I got back last Sunday from the Elation. Wonderful time!! Best excusion was the cave tubing. It involves a bus ride of over an hour, hiking thru the jungle carrying your innertube, life jacket, and headlight. It was a push for me because I have Fibromyalgia, but I did it, and it was so worth it. We took along the disposable, underwater cameras, and our pictures turned out well both above and below water. Next time we go to the caves, we will bring along our own spotlight. Even with the headlamps of other tubers burning, we could barely see around us. And our cameras had no flashes, so we didn't get any pics inside. A word of caution. It was December and the water was pretty cold. I wasn't miserable, but comfortable in the water, I was not. Still, it was worth it. Our guides, book thru the ship, were really great. Entertaining, helpful. Then we had lunch at a little cafe called Cheers. Ok food, nice people. This was the highlight of our trip. We took the tour of the Mayan ruins at Dzibilchaltum. It was really interesting again due to a fine guide named Antonio. I told him I would write about him and make him famous. Hi Antonio! Really the only drawback to the whole trip was that the ship seemed teeming with kids. Christmas break. There were lots of activities for them, but they hogged the hot tubs and RAN the halls and stairways. Also, the slots machines seemed very friendly at the beginning of the voyage, much colder by day 5. The shows were much better than the ones on the Jubilee, which were high school calibre. Go see the newlywed game. A real hoot. Watch out for the deadly ice cream machine. It's addictive and you'll really miss it when you get home. I still have "wet lag," and my husband still has "boat bloat." Hope all of you have a great time. We miss it already!