If the powers that be don't want the link posted, I did the western two years ago. I enjoyed Stingray City in the Grand Cayman, Dunns Falls in Jamaica, and especially loved Swimming with the Dolphins in Cozumel.
The western really has the best itinerary for water lovers...some of the ports are more rustic,like Belize and Roatan..perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving...Progresso, does not offer much, but a bus ride away is Merida, a real colonial Mexican town that is lovely...
Cozumel is lively with tons of shops, great for silver...a jeep tour is a nice take in...no chance of getting lost...fun restaurants..The Mayan ruins are a step back in time
Grand Cayman can be bustling, when many ships are in..you must be tendered here,and many times the weather and the seas will not allow this, so, a port is missed. Stingray City is a great excursion
Jamacia is not high on my list, but...Dunns River Falls is quite popular in Ochos Rios.. Montego Bay is best spent with a day pass at Sandals or staying onboard the ship, and relaxing..jmho..hope this helps a bit
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I don't know which ports you will be going to, but probably include Cozumel and Grand Cayman. If you are really interested in Mayan ruins, a cruise including Belize or Progreso would be helpful, as they have the best ruins which don't involve a whole day of travel. The ruins in Tulum are also a great experience, and if you see them from your stop in Cozumel, they will involve a 7-hour day, as well as a very fast, bumpy high speed ferry ride over to the mainland. Grand Cayman has the not-to-be-missed Stingray City, as well as great watersports.
We are doing the western carib with Princess this summer, to Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Jamaica. Jamaica was the one port I had no interest in visiting, but since we're going, we booked an organized tour to Dunn's River Falls and around the island.