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Old May 13th, 2009, 04:27 PM
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We will be in Belize first week of June - does anyone have suggestions of things to do while we're there??
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You don't say what types of things you are interested in - but I recommend cave tubing. The diving is very good in Belize the prepare for a long tender ride if you choose to do that. If you want to be in the water and don't SCUBA I might recommend SNUBA.
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We took the entire family on the snorkling adventure. They take you to a VERY tiny island and drop you for a good while to snorkle, find shells, drink the "fruit punch". It was one of our best trips. As I recall, it wasn't very expensive and the water was crystal clear. Enjoy!
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If history/culture is any interest, I recommend the Xunantunich Mayan ruins tour.
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Bingodiva - do you remember the name of the tour company who took you there?? The Mayan ruins sound cool, too! Thanks so much to all of you! I'll look into these!
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CARNIVAL screwd us on our tour they didnt get us off the ship in time and the tour company left without us. There we were with 6000 others in port. We were in sneakers and long pants to go hiking in the rain forest, covered in bug spray, only to be told sorry and no time to get swimsuit off ship...dont plan on it in Mex and Roatan are still closed.
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We did the cave tubing with www.cave-tubing.com. I highly recommend them. They went out of their way to make our tour a great one. They are cheaper than the cruise line ones also.
This trip we will be going to see the ruins - can't wait!!
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Lucky you! Problem was Carnival didnt get us off ship in time and the tour company had to go or there wouldnt be enough time to get back by 4 so we could just be bored on the ship.....we booked our Grand Cayman Scuba tour with an outside company no problems
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Bingodiva's tour sounds great too! I guess it all depends on what you are wanting to do. Last time we were with my brothers and the cave tubing/hiking was great. This time we will have in laws with us and have to scale down the physical stuff...
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That's the deal with us - can't do anything too physical. But we want to see as much as we can, of course!
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Have a good time, next time I go to a tropical island it will be land based. Carnival's Legend did not stop at two ports, screwed up our tour and we had to meet the coast guard 9 miles off st Pete to let an ill passenger off. Have been on 6 cruises and this is the last HAVE FUN !!!
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A Great Tour is to hook up a guide right off the Ship (if 30% less is important) and head out to Jaguar Paw. We paid $90 each for a combination Jungle Zip-line (1 hour) and Cave Tubing (1 1/4 hours). It was fun and quite unique. Travel time is about an hour each way.

Keep in mind if you are going in June it will be Hot in Belize. I would imagine humidity would also be a factor. If that doesn't deter you, you'll enjoy the experience. If it does deter you, you can't go wrong with any activities involving the Azure Blue waters, snorkeling, and/or a Beach.

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and lucky you if Carnival can get you off the ship with in enough time .We went to Jag Paw but could only zip to be back to our cruise to nowhere
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Ill stop complaining everyone wont get screwed four times on one ship like we did. Everyone have fun and I will see you in the jungle from a RESORT tour sometime!!
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Lori B's posts are a good reminder. Belize is a tendered port. Carnival does get their excursions off the ship ahead of everyone else. So if you book an independent excursion be sure there is enough a lag between the ship's posted arrival time and the beginning of your excursion.
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Sorry, I just have to add something here...

Carnival and all cruise lines want you off the ship in time to catch your tours because if you are not, they lose revenue. If the ship arived on time but did not disembark on time then it was an issue with Belize customs clearing the ship. If weather or other conditions prevented them from arriving on time, then that is out of their control.

On my first cruise to Belize, customs did not clear the ship early enough for the Xunantunich tour so we didn't make it that time. Ship happens.
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I agree they want you off the ship, however, imagine their EXTRA revenues from not visiting Cozamel and Roatan, drinks, spa, casino, last minute shopping, hey you have to bring back everyone a shirt that says CARNIVAL since we went nowhere. THe crew makes more tips too...
If only one thing happened, OK but 4 is way to many. Thank God for room service, the gym and my husband! BTW Grand Cayman was fine, we booked the scuba independently (Carnival said they were sold out a month before) and it went great.
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I hope this next trip is better for you. I'll be so disappointed if we don't get to stop the other places than Cozumel. I've resigned myself to not getting to go there. A carnival t-shirt. My kids will be so bummed if that's what they get. Shoot, you can get them on-line without even paying for a cruise! Oh well, we'll see what happens!
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We were on the Valor running beside the Legend (Lori's cruise) the week of May 3rd. We also missed two Ports (Roatan & Cozumel). Grand Cayman was fantastic as always and we still enjoyed the Cruise and Relaxation. I had stated in another Post (somewhere here ), that in many cases as we Cruise more, we seem to have hit every possible Cruise Port in the Caribbean. The Larger Ships can also be a Great destination in and of it'self. In fact, now and then, we kind of like staying aboard while 90% of the Ship is off on an Island fighting it out . . . 8)
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I've heard that and am anxious to find it out for myself! Almost empty pools and such. The days just aren't going fast enough! 2 weeks 2 days to go!!! We'll be on the Valor, too. We've heard we should be able to stop in Roatan. I sure hope so!
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Just an FYI, the ships close the casino and on board shops while the ship is in port. They have absolutely no incentive to get you to stay on board. I can understand your frustration, but things happen.
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That's what I've been told. I'd rather be outside anyway!


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Lori B's posts are a good reminder. Belize is a tendered port. Carnival does get their excursions off the ship ahead of everyone else. So if you book an independent excursion be sure there is enough a lag between the ship's posted arrival time and the beginning of your excursion.
Bob...me again...still a Texans fan...still knowledge-challenged about cruise stuff. What is a "tendered" port?

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Popping in here real quick - a great place to eat is the Wet Lizard - and they have a little shop behind the restaurant for buying stuff to take home and some great areas for photo ops -

Brenda - a tendered port - small boats come out to the ship and you board and are then taken to the island - the ship can't get into the pier due to the coral reefs, or they are too large for the pier.
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The other nice thing about staying on ship on port days is the great spa discounts.
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I really believe that the people that post about "loving a day at sea" or
"stay on board while in port" work for the cruise line! Or maybe they have been on soooo many cruises they have seen and done it all! Well for most of us that book a cruise we are looking forward to an exotic port-of-call that
we have never been to. We have pinched pennies and sweated blood to be
able to see these wonderful places. In a stressed out world where I dream to be free for a brief time, I do not want to sit on a ship and pay silly money for the drinks and spa treatments. Cruising is GREAT but we still want our Ports!
If I only wanted one port or a cruise only, I could book it via the web. So
don't give me the "song and dance" about enjoy the boat! Been there done that and have given them LOTS of my money! we all know they have to make the "bottom line" no matter what. It usually comes at the guest expense. I want my white sand beaches, crystal clear water to snorkel,
native hospitality, shopping and culture education!
And you know what??.....I worked hard for it, so maybe the cruise lines should work hard for me. "The guest is always right?".
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