Go Back   Cruise Reviews Forums > Port Chat > Caribbean Port Chat
Register Forgot Password?
New! Use your Facebook, Google, AIM & Yahoo accounts to securely log into this site, click logo to login  
Search

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 06-23-2011, 08:11 PM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 11
Post Belize excursions
My future wife and I are going on our first cruise in late November. One of our ports will be Belize. Do any of you have some recommendations? My fiance can not swim and is afraid of water deeper than chest deep. I hear a lot of people say the cave tubing is a must but would you recommend it for a person afraid of deep water? Thank you in advance for any suggestions.
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 06-24-2011, 09:40 AM
penny3333's Avatar
Moderator
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Alabama
Posts: 10,601
Default
What a shame, the snorkeling in Belize is some of the finest in the Caribbean. We did a great excursion the last time we were there. It took us by boat to the reef, then to a really nice private island (Bannister). Cave tubing should be ok for her, she's in a tube, so she'll be floating. There will be a guide and everyone will be together. Do you think she would take swimming lessons? Really for snorkeling all you have to do is float and she would have on a snorkeling vest (life jacket) that she could inflate. The water ranges from 6" to 30-35' deep. Oh my, she'll be amazed at how beautiful it is. There are so many colorful fish and beautiful coral. But, I don't want her to be scared. Of course, that might be a good thing, she'd be hanging on to you
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 06-30-2011, 12:35 PM
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: florida
Posts: 279
Thumbs up I took the airboat tour,,while hubby went scuba diving
and he thought water was not very clear,and saw few fish,,so I had better time,I think..nice bus ride to see inland sites for 1 hr...very poor area,,but scenic..then over 1 hrs.in airboat,,not scary at all..good for all ages,,,and dont have to swim,,can wear life preserver too..
But,DO PLAN on some excursion,,not a safe place to wander on own,,,cruise port is completey fenced and not able to get in without cruise ID...has shops,etc..but town is very sad...
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 09-15-2011, 08:33 AM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 27
Default Belize Excursions
Quote:
Originally Posted by chefshaun View Post
My future wife and I are going on our first cruise in late November. One of our ports will be Belize. Do any of you have some recommendations? My fiance can not swim and is afraid of water deeper than chest deep. I hear a lot of people say the cave tubing is a must but would you recommend it for a person afraid of deep water? Thank you in advance for any suggestions.
I personally wouldn't do cave tubing or recommend it if someone is afraid of water. Another incredible tour in Belize is Lamanai Mayan Ruins, you will experience so much of Belize, we saw crocodiles, howler monkeys and these massive blue butterflies. The ruins are incredible, and getting there is half the fun.

There is also a canopy zipline tour, no water involved in that one either
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 09-16-2011, 12:58 PM
Jim C.'s Avatar
Moderator
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: DFW, Texas
Posts: 5,113
Default
Or afraid of the dark. But combine the two... floating in the water through a completely dark cave and its equally scary. My wife did not like it at all....
__________________
================================================== ==========
Carnival Cruise Lines:
Fantasy 90, Celebration 95, Victory 05, Conquest 05, Spirit 6/06, Freedom 6/08, Holiday 7/08, Victory 6/09, Valor 9/09, Dream 6/10, Splendor 8/10,Conquest 8/11,
Magic 11/11,Triumph 4/12,Spirit 7/12,Freedom 11/12, Triumph 2/13 - The fire cruise, Magic 1/14, Freedom x 2 6/14

NCL Dream October 2006, RCCL Mariner OTS June 2007, Celebrity Silhouette 2013
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 10-04-2011, 12:31 PM
BeadBabe's Avatar
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 26
Talking Belize or Bust!
The Lamani ruins excursion is wonderful, but an ALL DAY TRIP. It includes a 45 minute bus ride to the river, and then about an hour boat ride to the ruins. The river boat ride is a wonderful part of the trip as you will see lots of wildlife including birds, monkeys and we even saw a croc! This is an incredible day into the ancient Mayan history. The tallest pyramid in Lamani is climbable and is the tallest point in Belize with a fantastic view!

The Altun Ha ruins are closer in and will just require a 45 minute bus ride. You can often combine this with a trip to the Belize Zoo. These ruins are more excavated than Lamani and far more "organized", but I prefer the more rustic experience of Lamani. However Altun Ha will only take up part of your day. The Zoo is nice and in a very natural setting. They have live jaguars which the Mayans consider a great good omen if you see a live one.

I would not recommend cave tubing for anyone afraid of water. Depending on how high the river is and how fast it's running, the tubes can move along pretty quickly. I was there in May and the river was so low it was a lazy river. But I've also been there when the water was rushing and it was like "white water rafting". As posted earlier, it's also VERY DARK in spots. Also, there are zillions of tiny minnows in little pockets here and there. Now I don't mind, but someone afraid of water may be unnerved by being surrounded by the lil fishes that love to bump you and see if there might be a tasty morsel nearby. THEY DO NOT BITE! But they do bump into your legs and butt that is dangling in the water.

I always use the same tour company when I come to Belize. If you want the name, let me know. They have a website and have all kinds of fun things to do in Belize with an English speaking knowledgeable guide and an air conditioned vehicle.
__________________
~*~BeadBabe~*~

"Well behaved women seldom make history!"
~ Laurel Thatcher Ulrich




~~~~~~~~~~
NCL Epic December 2011
NCL Sky November 2011
NCL Sky October 2011
NCL Pearl August 2011
NCL Jewel December 2009
NCL Pearl April 2009
NCL Jewel December 2008
NCL Jewel December 2007
NCL Sun December 2006
CCL Fantasy September 1998
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 10-10-2011, 09:08 AM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 1
Default
I would not recommend the tubing cave tour for someone who is uncomfortable in the water. Although you are in a tube and it involves little swimming, it is very dark and there are times where you get stuck and have to push yourself along or even get out to continue. However I would recommend visiting the ruins 100%, they are awesome.
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 10-11-2011, 05:15 PM
jerseygirl74's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 97
Default
I really enjoyed the cave tubing...however, I couldn't get out of the tube at the end...so my son had to come back in the water and flip me out of it...almost ended up going downstream with another group (from another cruise line)!

Definitely not for someone afraid of water...
__________________
Rhapsody 1999
Voyager 2000
Monarch 2001
Carnival Sensation 2002
Explorer 2003
Explorer 2004
Adventure 2005
Freedom 2006
Vision 2007
Jewel 2008
Liberty B2B 2009
Solstice B2B 2010

Read and post cruise reviews
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 11-11-2011, 08:23 AM
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 64
Default
I do not like deep water either. However, I did try snorkeling. I wore a vest and I was amazed at how you float in salt water. It was amazing to see the fish and how clear the water is. I only made about 15 minutes before I saw the rope that held the boat in place and it looked like it was 100 feet long - I freaked out a little and swam back the boat. But it was still fun! I have also done the cave tubing. I was not afraid of the water because you have to wear a life jacket but it was so uncomfortable laying on the tubes - I would not do it again. The ruins sound interesting and that is what I would do if we go back to Belize. I would highly recommend planning your excursion in Belize with the cruise line. We went with an independent company to cave tube and we ran late coming back to the ship. We made it in time but all I could think about is if the bus (which was quite run down) broke down we would be - you know what. They kept joking that they would drive us to Cozumel - not funny. The bus ride is long and bumpy and not very scenic. Have fun!
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old 11-11-2011, 11:14 AM
penny3333's Avatar
Moderator
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Alabama
Posts: 10,601
Default
Van Beach, I'm glad you gave snorkeling a try. It is so absolutely beautiful!
Reply With Quote
 
Reply

Tags
belize, cruise, cruising, diving, excurions, excursion, excursions, port, recommend, recommendations, reviews, scuba, swim, swimming, things

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
belize excursions slsdog2000 Caribbean Port Chat 4 02-04-2008 02:34 PM
Belize excursions Cruising Nole Caribbean Port Chat 4 01-28-2007 08:16 PM
Belize Excursions GregD Caribbean Port Chat 1 03-09-2004 02:02 PM
Belize Excursions cruiser2506 All Other Cruise Lines 1 05-09-2003 10:35 AM
Belize excursions cruiser2506 Caribbean Port Chat 1 05-09-2003 10:32 AM


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On
 

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 03:36 PM.

Contact Us - Terms of Use - Cruise Reviews Home - Archive - Privacy Statement - Top

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO 3.5.2