Just got back from sailing on the Carnival Glory 5/6-5/13. Would HIGHLY recommend the cave tubing, it was fun but the lack of rainfall made parts of the cave too shallow so you had to walk. We made our reservations from X-Treme Cave Tubing and saved $35 as opposed to the $95 that Carnival was charging for the same thing. We even drifted down the with fellow cruisers who paid the $95. Manuel who was our tour guide was fantastic even though we got in late due to a return back to Key West with a sick cruiser which put us 7 hours behind schedule. they were waiting there for us at the dock and got us back in plenty of time to go shopping and get the last tender back to the ship. In Belize they have to dock 6 miles out from shore and you have to take a ferry type boat into shore. Recommendations are to be in line when they give out tender passes early. if you don't book an excursion with Carnival you have to get a tender pass or else you don't get off the ship.
We also booked a beach reservation online saving $15 per person in Costa Maya. It cost us $7 round trip to get to the beach but it was well worth it, they dropped us off right in front of the beach and we had all the drinks you could stand and our own personal lounge chairs, the beach was not crowded and our kids had a wonderful time, I would highly recommend it.
just got back from miracle two days ago. we booked the turtle farm, rum factory, hell tour in grand caymen. the turtle farm was cool, but the rest was just a tourist trap. we booked snuba in belize, but carnival screwed up and caused everyone to miss this excursion. they gave us horseshoe snorkel for free. it was nice, but i really wanted to do the snuba. we also did the catamaran snorkel in costa maya. it was really fun and the guides were great.
p.s. if you go to the first and last art auctions, they auction off $300.00 spa packages. we got one for $85.00 and it was great. they also give some away!!!!
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