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Larry Dawson

Age: 49

Occupation:Attorney

Number of Cruises: 9

Cruise Line: Norwegian

Ship: Norwegian Sea

Sailing Date: July 2nd, 2005

Itinerary: Western Caribbean

My family and I were on the NCL Sea for the Texiribbean cruise 7 2 05.  The service is great on this ship. NCL must train their people very well.  An added bonus is the women staff are striking.  Everything was great.  The cabins are small - so what. This by the way was one of the last cruises for the Sea. It is being transferred and sold to another company in the Far East.  The entertainment was great.  Food was great.  Minor problem is they shut down the lunch stations some times too early for people returning to the ship.  Still I think I gained 10 pounds on the trip.  My family gives the cruise between and 8 and a 9 on a scale of 1 to 10.  The rock and roll band was great.  The classical pianist was remarkable. I would recommend not to stick him in another bar where cigar smoking is allowed. It detracts from the experience. 

Cozumel was great for snorkeling. We went to Corona Beach and had it to ourselves.  Taxi ride round trip was $25.00 including tip so this was the most economical of our stops.  It was raining cats and dogs intermittently and that did not stop us.  It was a great first stop.  The snorkeling at all our stops was great.  Only problem was our sun screen sort of failed us.  My wife and I came back with a little too much sun burn.  Bring the bull frog. 

Suggestions for future cruisers to Belize. If you are going to Tabayna Beach for snorkeling, the cost is $20 per person not 15 as the cruise represents. At least that was our experience.  It is great for snorkeling.  The private vans leave you north of the beach so walk 5 minutes and look for other snorkelers.  That is the place to enter the water, not where they leave you.  See this site that I wish I would have seen before going to Belize.http://www.roatanisland.net/cruiseship.htm.  Perhaps the 15 or 20 per person is a ripoff.To this day I am not sure what is right but if this site helps others I would like to know.  Send me an email at Calexicolaw@sbcglobal.net.  

We had gone to Isla Mujeres in Cancun 20 years ago.  At that time we were able to snorkel off the beach and it was great. We were told  after the long ferry ride that we took right from the where the tender left us that it costs now another 15 dollars per person to  take small boats out to a couple snorkel spots. The snorkeling on our trip was great but be aware the ferry costs 15 per person and the snorkeling costs another 15 per person.  Anyone find a spot off the beach there for less email me.

The tender service on NCL to Cancun was bad.  We knew we had little time so I got one of the first tender tickets. NCL says to wait in your room to be called. If you do you will likely as we did miss the first tender. We came straight to the tender and missed it.  Others who don't follow the the rules get rewarded.  This is a  minor problem compared to the trip back.  I have never seen worst lines in the hot sun to return to the ship.  The water station at the end of the line was in such a precarious position people risked being knocked off the dock to get water.  NCL should not concentrate on saving gas on the tenders but rather customer satisfaction. The Cancun stop should be revamped to a longer stop.  We had no time to see Cancun and no time to take the public ferry.

If you take the snorkel boats from Isla and you want to snorkel tell them to skip seeing the dolphins in the enclosed area and the shark in the pond (that you can have your picture) with for more time at the two snorkel spots.  This is a tourist haven so beware. I think they rush you because other boats are coming.  You have to wear life vests that I thought I would not like but it was no big deal.

We did the cave tubing in Belize with Reggies Tours. That was fine for a family of 4. My boys loved it. Cant say I personally would recommend it.  I don't think there is much else to do in Belize. I would suggest skipping Belize.  I think my family disagrees. 

Hope this helps.  

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