Jill-z, thanks for the heads-up. That's what is so great about this site. You can learn so much from fellow cruisers. I had no idea the cave tubing was such a laborious trip. Definitely good to know. I'll remember that for the future.
When I was on the Goff's Cay snorkel trip after snorkeling off the boat for a while we were given the option to snorkel the rest of the way to the island (about 1/2 mile) That was very nice, I would do it again.
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We travelled on Carnival Glory January 2007 to the Western Caribbean: Cozumel, Belize, Costa Maya, Nassau. Belize was our favourite excursion. We did the river cruise down the River Wallace, had a 45 minute break at resort where we purchased lunch, then onto air conditioned luxury bus to Altan Ha ruins. Our guide was extraordinary knowledgeable and entertaining. Learned a lot about the history, cultures, and social conditions of the country and some of its neighbours. The ride down the river was beautiful and while we were soaked a couple of times by sudden downpours it was warm and we were all laughing. The ruins are not Chichen Itza, but still interesting and amazing to see in the middle of the jungle. In Cozumel be prepared for being asked to come in and buy at every store as you walk past. It gets annoying, but is very understandable. We did the Folkloric Dance excursion - the dance troupe was very talented and worthwhile. Have fun! We're going on the Princess Emerald to the Eastern Caribbean in January 08 - so looking to see the best excursions there.
Hello ladymike, welcome to Cruise-Chat! For anyone that has never been to Belize and never did the cave tubing tour, I would highly recommend doing it. I would also book it on line with one of he local tour companies. The ship excursion is more expensive and you don't get as much for your money.
http://www.cave-tubing.com/ This was one of the highlites of our cruise! I still love wearing my cave-tubing.com tshirt! "Butts Up" is the slogan, even tho we didn't need to do that! LOL! Yhony and his guys were wonderful tourguides! Yes, it takes 40 minutes for the ride, and there were housing sites that I will never forget (makes you thankful for where we live). The buses were plush, air conditioned and they made it fun! We had a WONDERFUL meal (chicken) at a small restaurant on the way back. It had some of the most beautiful flowers and strangest trees that I have ever seen. The place where you begin and end has changing rooms too! Yhony gives you two caves and is very specialized