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Did Salt and Pepper a few years ago...wasn't that great. We drove in a van with a non English speaking driver....glad I paid attention in college. Drove up to some old shack looking place, didn't appear to be where we were suppose to be going BUT it was....no running water in the bathrooms ( I am persuming you are getting lunch too?) Food was good. The beach is dirty and the water was murky...murky may have to do with the weather while we were there....lots of sand fleas that you cant' see. We had bug spray, but some people got seriously bit up.
Like I said..this was in Feb of 2003, so maybe recently it has gotten better.
Email me if you are running out of time and have any thing else that I can answer.
Ocean Beeze 10/01
NCL Sun 02/02
RCCL Majesty of the Seas 07/02
Sea Princess 02/03
NCL Sea 03/03
RCCL Serenade of the Seas Transatlantic 08/03
Carnival Victory 11/03
RCCL Rhapsody of the Seas....MARDI GRAS!!!!!!
RCCL Jewel of the Seas Transatlantic 09/04
Carnival Destiny 06/13/04
Sapphire Princess Orient/Asia 03/05
One other item you will need to pay attention to is ship time vs port time. Belize and Roatan do not follow daylight savings time..so their time will be two hours behind the ship. GC and Coz are just one hour behind.
Now, if I remember correctly, when we were on the Paradise, the ship moved it's clock back one hour...but I don't remember for sure. The bottom line here is be flexible with your plans and be careful. We are a family of 5, have always booked our own excursions, and never been left in a port. That said, we research extensively and don't take "big" chances.
And, port times are not your total available time. Once the ship arrives, it has to be cleared before anyone can debark. Then, there are over 2,000 cruisers that want to get off the ship. Then, you are asked to be back onboard 30 minutes prior to the set departure time. And, if you are lucky you walk off and on the ship. However, for Belize and GC you will tender...which you have even less control over.
Now, that said, cruising is the greatest!!! I hope yours is wonderful and you are able to make all your plans happen.
Kelly, just my 2 cents worth - check with Coral Breezes for your Shark Ray Alley excursion in Belize. Less money, very professional and on the day we were there Carnival cancelled their excursion while Coral Breezes ran theirs. Either way though it is a great time.
can someone tell me the difference between Shark/Ray alley vs swimming with the stingrays???
We did the Tulum tour with the ship= Its an all day excursion. We had half an hour to spare when we got back before the ship was loaded.
Miracle, February 13, 2005
Legend, October 22,2004
Voyager August 31,2003
Victory September 22,2002
Regal Empress,June 2001