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  1. Thanks for the clarification. Costa Maya is our favorite beach destination and the people there have always been of the finest sort. We'll be there next week and I expect another awesome day.
  2. They “attempted to attack” and “ possibly threatened”? Perhaps those are your words, but if they came from Mr. Uhl some clarification might be in order. Never been to Thirsty Turtle or El Faro but have always enjoyed Blue Key. Unless the help attacks me or can’t cook I can’t imagine what else they could screw up. I know how to count American currency and what the conversion rate is and I know how to get up and walk away if the service, food, drinks or prices are not to my liking. For the record, we have been to Tropicante and found it quite nice.
  3. There’s nothing to see in Belize City. This is one of the very few stops we have used a ship sponsored tour on to the ruins at Lamanai. Very good tour but a long day. I highly recommend this tour but If that’s not your gig another option is to hire a guide to go to one of the snorkeling destinations. I have only been to Goff’s Key with Exotic Eco Adventures. I had booked them back in 2015 to take me to Ambergris Key via plane ride but we were late getting anchored and the tender ride wasn’t very well organized so left late. They had one of the booths inside the building and when I got there they told me the flight had already left. They offered the Goff’s Key trip so I went on that one since there’s not a heckuva lot to do in the port. It was a pretty good trip and the snorkeling was good. I did a quick search and it looks like they’ve gone out of business (web site has been taken down) but I’m sure there are lots of other options. The shark/ray trips you are referring to mostly go to Caye Caulker. I wanted to go to Shark/Ray alley which is off Ambergris Key. Never got to Ambergris Key and haven’t been to Caye Caulker (30 minute boat ride). There’s plenty of info on here though about both. I’m definitely gonna try the flight to Ambergris Key again. Have fun whatever you decide to do and stay out of Belize City.
  4. Yes there are vendors. I remember them being inside the building to the left.
  5. Now if we can just convince them that there are other destinations than Mexico, Roatan, Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Belize. Oh, and the Bahamas. Almost forgot them since they’re so forgettable. Perhaps teach the RCI folks to count past 7. I know, I know, the ships sail full and vacation time and bla bla bla. How about just 2 different 10 or 11 night trips a year? Hey, I can dream.
  6. It’s really hard to tell what someone thinks is inexpensive. We don’t drink alcohol and AIs cost too much just for the food. We pretty much go to Paradise Beach every time. Reasonable food prices, $3 to enter, very nice and clean facilities, awesome pool and excellent service. Family environment without all the drunks. We usually budget $100 and spend somewhere less than that, including round trip cab fare. When we are in the cab line we always ask other folks in line if another couple is going there and we can split the cab fare. Lots of times that works out but not usually on the return since when we’re ready to go that’s it. Been going there since way before the expansion and pool. Give it a try.
  7. Vision is one of our favorite vessels. We sail on her in March from Galveston. Anyway, someone asked about Trujillo in the Roatan forum. Here is my reply. I hope it helps. I know you said you were looking for recent info but I thought I would pass along what our experience was in November of 2014. We were aboard NCL and it was, I think, their second cruise that stopped there. Trujillo was a very third-world town at that time and I’ll bet it hasn’t changed much. I had run across some information about Banana Beach Resort and it looked promising. The expat owner was from Dallas and his daughter had recently graduated fro UT and was marketing the resort. She is also a published author of, as I recall, children’s books. Anyway I contacted them via email and arranged to meet up with someone for a bus trip to the resort for the day. When we arrived we were tendered on the lifeboats, a first for us. There wasn’t much in the port area and they had just been hit with a tropical depression that dumped a bunch of rain so the place was a mud hole. We walked out the gate of the port area and found the little building with a big Banana Beach sign. Once everyone else got there (maybe 20 of us) we loaded into an old yellow school bus and drove a pretty good distance to the resort, maybe 30 minutes. At that time it was very isolated and likely still is. There was a small pool as well as a beach area. Service was awesome and the food was terrific, very authentic to the area. I remember there being a little bar out on the beach but we don’t drink alcohol so I can’t comment about the drinks. The owner was around the bar area but he was hammered. There was another guy there, a really nice German man that was running the show. We stayed for like 5 hours and I remember the bus driver being asleep under a tree when it was time to go back to Trujillo. Once we got all the drunk people back on the bus we headed back. Trujillo was very primitive. Sheep and goats wandering around in the streets. We made 9, yes nine, water crossings in the bus on our way to and from the resort. At each one there were people washing their clothes and bathing. We were told that after days and days of downpours everyone was trying to catch up on laundry. It was truly an amazing day and we would do it again in a heartbeat. Just don’t expect Roatan. This is probably what Roatan used to be like. Banana Beach Resort has lots of reviews out there for you to check out. In 2014 it was about all there was there. Good luck.
  8. You May have already tried this but just in case... http://www.paradise-beach-cozumel.com/contact/
  9. We get there by 10:30 or so. Drive to the terminal and drop off wife and bags. I keep my passport and boarding pass. Park indoors across the street at Galveston Park N Cruise and walk over or use EZ Cruise Parking another block away for outside parking. Easy walk also.
  10. Man we love Vision. Sailed her B2B last year and a week with friends before that. Looks like we’ll get one more in March before she’s gone from Galveston for good.
  11. We have cruised on the Sunday of Rally weekend several times. The first time it was entirely an accident. You'll see some bikers heading north from the Island but that’s about it. Follow the plan you described. Drop off everyone at the terminal along with all your bags except your carry on. Make sure you have your passport and boarding pass. I usually have the confirmation printout from ParkNCruise but they have never failed to find me on the list. We’ve had a lot of rain lately so you may consider a small umbrella or disposable rain poncho. Enjoy.
  12. We walked around all over downtown. There’s not much there but we didn’t care for the jungle stuff either. It was pretty enjoyable just hanging out. Not touristy at all. Very hot though.
  13. Welcome to CC! First, be sure to take beach towels from the ship. We both carry beach bags big enough for towels, sun block, bottled water, whatever we might need. We normally go to royal palms but it can be quite crowded there. I’ve snorkeled Cemetary beach and it’s very shaded and nice but there’s nothing there at all. There’s a bus stop right where the trail runs from the road down beside the Cemetary to the beach. The reef is a short swim out but it’s sand right by the beach. Food is very expensive in GC (as is everything else) so eat breakfast aboard ship. A small pizza will run something crazy like $40 U.S. Remember that menu prices are in Camenian dollars. US dollars take something like 30% more. You mentioned shopping, my advice is stay out of the stores there. $$$!!! Find a quiet spot on the beach and get in the water. Sometimes we just stay in the water for hours there. Getting back 2 hours early is unnecessary. It’s really easy to get back to the ship and given that y’all don’t drink you won’t be hammered trying to get back. Make sure your watch or phone is on ship time though. Have fun!
  14. No at that time. The port was so new I don’t think much thought was given to charitable donations yet. Perhaps now someone may know more. There were locals there selling things but the only one I remember being interesting to me was a guy hand making cigars. I don’t smoke but it looked fascinating. There were some musicians and everyone was very happy to see us there. I remember reading that the very first ship to call there was greeted by a parade that included the mayor and other local elected officials (if there are such in Honduras). We left with the hope that the area would see some monetary benefit without being ruined with the usual Diamonds International, etc. crap.
  15. I know you said you were looking for recent info but I thought I would pass along what our experience was in November of 2014. We were aboard NCL and it was, I think, their second cruise that stopped there. Trujillo was a very third-world town at that time and I’ll bet it hasn’t changed much. I had run across some information about Banana Beach Resort and it looked promising. The expat owner was from Dallas and his daughter had recently graduated fro UT and was marketing the resort. She is also a published author of, as I recall, children’s books. Anyway I contacted them via email and arranged to meet up with someone for a bus trip to the resort for the day. When we arrived we were tendered on the lifeboats, a first for us. There wasn’t much in the port area and they had just been hit with a tropical depression that dumped a bunch of rain so the place was a mud hole. We walked out the gate of the port area and found the little building with a big Banana Beach sign. Once everyone else got there (maybe 20 of us) we loaded into an old yellow school bus and drove a pretty good distance to the resort, maybe 30 minutes. At that time it was very isolated and likely still is. There was a small pool as well as a beach area. Service was awesome and the food was terrific, very authentic to the area. I remember there being a little bar out on the beach but we don’t drink alcohol so I can’t comment about the drinks. The owner was around the bar area but he was hammered. There was another guy there, a really nice German man that was running the show. We stayed for like 5 hours and I remember the bus driver being asleep under a tree when it was time to go back to Trujillo. Once we got all the drunk people back on the bus we headed back. Trujillo was very primitive. Sheep and goats wandering around in the streets. We made 9, yes nine, water crossings in the bus on our way to and from the resort. At each one there were people washing their clothes and bathing. We were told that after days and days of downpours everyone was trying to catch up on laundry. It was truly an amazing day and we would do it again in a heartbeat. Just don’t expect Roatan. This is probably what Roatan used to be like. Banana Beach Resort has lots of reviews out there for you to check out. In 2014 it was about all there was there. Good luck.
  16. Sounds like you started at West Bay beach in Roatan. Water taxi to West End Village. Then maybe a skiff out to Lighthouse Point around from Half Moon Bay. There are no water taxis at Costa Maya that I’ve ever seen.
  17. When we have done a cabana we just got ther whenever. Email them and ask. info@royalpalmscayman.com
  18. Those flights should work but I’m pretty sure Tropic runs flights both ways all day. My personal experience was that I missed the early flight since we didn’t get anchored on time and the tenders ran late. The return flight should be fine. Take your passport and cash with you either way.
  19. We use the tour kind of like a private driver. Depending on what you want to do you can go pretty much anywhere. The very first time we booked it the driver spent some time driving through neighborhoods and such, just showing us what everyday Roatan looked like. Another time we had the driver take us to west end village so we could snorkel half moon bay (which was amazing) before hitting a local restaurant she recommended that was amazing. Another time we had the driver take us to west bay to one of the beach resorts. We spend a few hours there and had the driver take us to west end village to eat before we headed back. Next time we will have the driver take us to Temporary Cal’s for OMG good food. It’s a little more expensive than a cab might be but the personalized service makes it totally worth it to us.
  20. Captain Marvin was excellent. https://www.captainmarvins.com/
  21. We absolutely love Brewers Bay. Hey blue_water, it’s been a while since I got over here to post. I hope all is well with you. I have been trying to follow the recovery in Tortola and send my prayers and best wishes to all the locals affected who are still trying to rebuild. Here in the Houston area things continue to get better but it will take generations to realize recovery for many who lost literally everything. We still use the “Houston Strong” mantra and with the anniversary of Harvey having just passed me and my family are grateful for all we have and our ability to help. I hope to see Tortola again soon and experience to beauty of the island and the love and hospitality of her people. Until then, “Tortola Strong”!
  22. We’ve done pretty much everything there is to do on Cozumel that doesn’t include getting hammered at an AI and these days we just go straight to Paradise Beach. We started taking our kids there back in the mid 90s before the property expanded to include a pool. My son and I have done tandem parasailing when he was younger. They loved the water toys. The pool is probably the best one in Cozumel that is available to cruise passengers. Service is excellent. The food is always great and now there is a “taco truck” and the fish tacos are some kinda good. We’ll be back there in October and I can’t wait.
  23. I really don’t understand this approach to the problem. More than once I’ve just moved the stuff somewhere and sat down. What are they going to do? Take away your birthday? 20 minutes is my limit. If no one sits down in 20 minutes I’ll figure they’re gone to eat or something. Heck with them.
  24. Traveler, welcome to Cruise Critic. As a new poster I will assume you are a new reader as well. Thanks for posting this in the first time cruiser sub forum as it is very important information for all to learn. I regret that you learned the hard and expensive way. That said, ATTENTION NEW/ FIRST TIME CRUISERS! YOU SHOULD CONSIDER TRAVEL INSURANCE FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS ONLY ONE OF WHICH IS DETAILED HERE! Sadly there are lots more examples on this forum but it doesn’t have to happen to you. Read and learn.
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