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Old February 16th, 2009, 10:25 AM
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Default shore excursions western caribbean-HELP!!!!!

My fiancee and I will be traveling on the Holland America Ms. Veendam March 8th, traveling to Belize City, Santo tomas de Castilla(Guatemala) and Costa Maya and we are looking for a shore excursions. We would like to be able to do some shopping also. Anyone have any ideas or experiences, please share! Thanks for the help.
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Old February 16th, 2009, 02:30 PM
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We enjoyed Cavetubing in Belize, we did not use the ship's package instead opted for islandmarketing.com. We had a fantastic time and is one of our family's favorite memories. I've also heard Belize is a fantastic place to snorkel or dive - I would go for that next time.

Costa Maya is a cruise ship port. We had more fun there than I expected. It has a great saltwater pool in the center with a swim up bar and great music. Around the outside of the pool are lots of shops. I got some great things there, including my favorite pair of TAXCO sterling silver earrings.

I've heard other people mention taking a taxi into the small town. Check out the postings under destinations - caribbean there is much more info about your question.

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Thank you so much for your input, we definately want to do the zipline/tubing in Belize.
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Old February 18th, 2009, 06:12 AM
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If you are interested in Maya ruins, I would recommend the tour to the Chacchoben Mayan Ruins. It took five hours, so we were back at Costa Maya by 2:00pm.

Check out the website: chacchobenruins.com
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Thanks for the info, we went ahead and booked the zipline/tubing tour in Belize, and the chacchoben ruins tour. As for Santo Tomas De Castilla, I tried to contact the "Go with Gus Tours" to book a full day tour but didn't get a response. Anyone been to Guatemala port or know of any information that I'm missing? I looked on Holland America's website, but their excursions arent that great.
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The best tours we've done in Belize are the Lamanai Mayan Ruins tour and Cave Tubing & zipline with http://belizecruiseexcursions.com.

We enjoyed the zipline in Belize but we also did Canopy Zipline & Mayan Experience in COSTA MAYA and it was INCREDIBLE!!!!! It is the longest zipline in North American and we saw Macaws!!!
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My husband and I did the zipline in Belize. This is the only time we've done one. It was a pretty long trip to where you get to zip with a rest stop. There was also a pretty good hike up to where you actually got on the line. My husband was ok but I got a little winded. If you are young and in good shape you'll do fine. The people helping us seemed very efficient at their tasks. We enjoyed it. They gave us a small lunch box and drinks which was adequate. It was an enjoyable experience with fun zipping. I wish there had been more zipping. We had time to shop before we tendered back to the ship.
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