Posted October 30th, 2009, 07:30 PM
Last edited by abb4k; October 30th, 2009 at 07:31 PM
Thanks for all the information. If I understand correctly, you booked Native Choice independent of HAL...do you remember the price differential...can I just look them up via an online search and pre-book them relatively easily? I hope the kids' spring break coincides with this sailing. We loved Grand Turk & HMC just because of the beaches...and figure this would give us even more beaches to enjoy.
Yes, you can find Native Choice online. Yes, we booked that independent of HAL. I do not recall if there was much of a price differential (if any), or even if HAL offered a comparable excursion, though suspect they do. We did the Chacchoben Ruins tour (it's about a one hour van ride through the countryside, toward the Belize border). http://www.thenativechoice.com/chacchoben_ruins.php
There's an amazing excavated city there. What made the tour with Native Choice memorable (relative to booking a similar excursion with HAL or anyone else) is that our tour guide is the son of the person who discovered the Chacchoben ruins. That's Ivan; his colleague David, who lives just a few minutes from Chacchoben, is also terrific.
So, bottom line, we booked with Native Choice because of the terrific recommendations on Cruise Critic -- not because of any cost savings -- though I suspect we probably did save some money. My guess would be that a similar tour would be more expensive on HAL, because the cruise lines always build their own profit margin on top of the actual cost of the excursion.
Celebrity Mercury to Alaska -- June 2003
Diamond Princess to Mexico -- December 2006
HAL Westerdam to W. Caribbean -- December 2008
HAL Zuiderdam to Panama Canal -- November 2009
HAL Eurodam to E. Caribbean -- December 2010
HAL Nieuw Amsterdam to E. Caribbean -- December 2011
HAL Nieuw Amsterdam to W. Caribbean -- December 2012
Celebrity Silhouette to E. Caribbean -- March 2014
Caribbean Princess to W. Caribbean -- March 2015
Ruby Princess to Alaska -- May 2015
Royal Princess to E. Caribbean -- December 2015
Caribbean Princess to W. Caribbean -- March 2017