Posted September 17th, 2006, 11:30 PM
Since no one has responded----I have been to Ambergris and did a week's diving there and Caye Caulker, and stopped there twice recently on cruises--including the Miracle a couple of weeks ago.
I've taken only 1 shiptrip in 5 cruises, that said I would tend to go with the ship for Belize ocean oriented stuff because of the long commute(tender) to shore>>another boat or plane>>etc. It's about a 3-4 mile tender ride, so ship pickup is nice. My 1 ship trip was from the Miracle early this month to a snorkel--Shark Ray Alley--pretty nice and I liked the free rum punch on the way back.
Plenty of folks deride the ship trip and they may well be correct, I would tend to agree in every instance except Belize. I don't like cattle boats and restricted dive times on shallow dives. That said, I would take the ship divetrip over others, as one gets picked up and dropped off at the ship and the cost isn't much more. The trip with the ship is a little cheaper than your proposed trip to Ambergris. Seasports Belize was about $15. cheaper than the ship trip while I was there recently for the same trip. It's a short walk to their store from the Belize City cruise terminal where the tenders drop off.