Costa Maya, on our first cruise. Of course we didn't know we were going there until we got on board. It was our first cruise and Princess Cay still wasn't open yet so that was substituted. And we didn't know what was outside of the port area. Now of course if we were to go back we definitely would go exploring.
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Belize, no question. I was there last September on the Glory B cruise. I tried to buy a disposable camera in one of the shops at the port. It was clearly marked $12.00. When I got to the counter to pay for it I was told it was $15.00. I showed her the markings and was told the price just went up. I put the camera on the counter and told them I do not do business with dishonest people and I left. I was so discouraged by that that I went to the tender and right back to the ship. Later I went to the shop on the ship and got the same camera for $12.00, I should have looked there first.
I have to agree with Martineque. I couldn't believe how hostile, and unfriendly the local people were, and especially after just visiting Barbados, where the locals went way beyond being the great representatives of their country! I don't care if I ever return to Martineque or not, but I'd go to Barbados in a heartbeat!
I agree with those who voted for Belize.
I took a tour of the city -- they would not let us off the bus. The tour guide said it was a dangerous place! I noticed most of the houses had bars on the windows ...
We also went to the ruins, and the bathrooms were not working. We'd just come off a 1-hour bus ride, so most of us wanted to stop by the restroom.
Back in the shopping area, I was browsing in a store and saw wind chimes that were interesting. I asked how much they were, as they were not marked. The man told me $15. I thanked him and kept browsing. He asked me if I wanted it and I said no. He said, "You are cheap."
They let in way too many more people than they can accomodate. No docking location so always tendering. Overpriced. If you are going just to swim with sting rays, you can do that at many more locations than just Grand Cayman.
Last trip back to Cozumel (before the hurricane) and docking at the new Carnival pier. It was basically docking at "Cozumall". The flavor of Cozumel was gone. It was like being in a mall in Anytown, USA. My reaction was: Get me out of here.
Many people love it and it may be a shoppers paradise with deals and such but it sure didn't make me feel like I just docked in a foreign port.
IMO: It has basically become that in most Caribbean ports.
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We done a tour to ruins in Belize and I kinda liked it. I mean Im in no hurry to go back but it wasnt the worst.
I agree with Mike about Cozu'mall. Its nothing like its used to be. Last time I was there there were only a couple ships there. The other year it was like 6-7.
Im sad to say it but St T is climbing on the list also. Way too many folks there with all the big ships now. What used to be a reasonable cab ride to town now is shear madness and requires about twice as much time. Stores are packed and I havent seen many good deals.
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I would have to say Honduras. I am not sure what I was expecting, but I thought it would be a little nicer than it was. I actually loved Belize, the Mayan Ruins were amazing, same with the views from the bus. I would go back there anytime.
I went on the Holiday back in 94. The ports were Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Ocho Rios. Back then the only one I didn't like was Ocho Rios, only because the locals were wayyyyyyyyy to in my face wanting to sell me stuff. Cozumel was my ultimate favorite port. Last year we went back to Cozumel. I was so excited to go back, boy I was really disappointed. It was nothing but a tourist trap. We have enough of those here in Wisconsin, I don't need to travel 1000+ miles to see that. Grand Cayman was another port we went back to. I loved it back in 94. It was pricey, but beautiful. Now, I wouldn't even get off the ship if we went back.
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A bad cruise is still better than a good week at work!!!
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