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  1. I can only tell you that I’ve done it off the beach just down from Paradise Beach. A short distance to your right there is a boat lane buoyed off so small boats can get to the beach. We approached one of the vendors and I think paid $50 for 15 or 20 minutes in the air. Paradise is a 15 or 20 minute cab ride from the port.
  2. Blue Key is a little quieter, even now that they have introduced an all inclusive area. We have gone there for many years, last time in April 2019. Snorkeling is not great compared to other ports likely on a cruise that stops there. The food is very good. We get ceviche and guacamole but I have looked at other menus items being delivered and it all looks very good. As mentioned above, check out mitsugirly’s reviews for more.
  3. Firefly, my hat is off to you for your commitment to your parents. I wish mine had lived longer but cigarettes took my mom when I was 23 and my dad a little over decade later. Three cruises booked as well as a r/t flight to Seattle with my daughter for baseball. No intention of cancelling and I’m much more concerned about the flu or a bad cold than this coronavirus. I was reading something the other day and it mentioned how nasty the top edges of airplane seats are since everyone touches them as they make their way down that narrow aisle. I never thought of that before and will
  4. For us it’s a numbers game. We already have three cruises booked this year, in addition to a week on the beach on South Padre Island for my birthday and a baseball trip with my daughter to Seattle. If we did a balcony every time we couldn’t afford so much travel, cruising and otherwise. Nothing against balconies, just not in the budget. As a side note, of the two times we have had a balcony, one the next door neighbor smoked cigarettes constantly and the other someone was smoking pot so it wasn’t enjoyable some of the time anyway. YMMV
  5. I gotta say, for all the talk about adult only cruises, I'd be just as interested in an alcohol free cruise. A bunch of drunk adults are on a whole different level of unpleasant than the same number of even not-too-well behaved children.
  6. Thank you for your service and sacrifice and welcome to Cruise Critic.
  7. I don't know but you can probably email them and get an answer. They have responded to my inquiries in the past. I do know the only difference is that they give you a bus boarding pass when you check in so probably you can just pay the difference. I'd email them and ask though. Use their contact page: https://www.ezcruiseparking.com/contact-us/
  8. Someone at Carnival did. “Studies have shown” that if more people become offended by rules fewer of them will go where those rules apply. Less people will mean more empty cabins, thus lower fares. “Studies have also shown” that if a departure port is seen as a chaotic mess fewer people will choose to use it. Same result. So shout it from the rooftops: “Carnival cruise line is a bunch of stuck up snobs who won’t let you wear your F*** THE POLICE tee shirt and Galveston is completely disorganized with horrible traffic and long lines!” Just doing my part for lower fa
  9. You know what, I think you’re right. It was. Victor Bodden driver and maybe Bananarama. Been a few years.
  10. When people talk about safety I always think about murder, kidnapping for ransom, sexual assault, things like that. I am a retired law enforcement professional and in my experience lots of victims are somewhere they have no business being, and/or doing something they have no business doing. My wife and I have been all over Roatan, east west and central, for years and I have never once felt unsafe. Property crime can happen anywhere and is sometimes, but not always, the result of someone’s relaxed caution with their items of value. Use common sense like you do at home. I was born and raise
  11. As you can see, the reef is a bit closer to the beach the further down you do. Mayan Princess at the top of the picture is a pretty good walk from Infinity and points further down. Not too many boats except where you see them near the pier in front of Infinity, although you should always be looking out for them. In my experience the snorkeling closer to the beach is pretty good from about Paradise Beach down to the end of the beach. The calmness of the water will depend largely on the wind and weather conditions. Tabayana is just down from Infinity and, while there may be a boat traveling
  12. My advice is just get in multiple cabs all at the same time. It's a 20 or so minute ride so what difference would it make? If you intend to get there early I seriously doubt they will be full. My wife and I are not AI folks either and have never been turned away either because it was full or, since they started AI, in favor of AI customers. I can't imagine them ever doing that. You can continue to read this sub-forum for every alternative there is but we have never needed one. In fact, the times we have gone elsewhere we ask ourselves later why we didn't just go to P.B. which we always l
  13. First off, Roatan is not Cozumel. It’s not even Costa Maya. Cabs are not regulated and, while you may find a reasonable fare over to West Bay beach, the return trip may not be so reasonable. That said, I love Roatan as much as, or more than any other island. There is no comparison to the snorkeling from the beach anywhere I have been except perhaps Cemetery Beach in Grand Cayman. We have used Victor Bodden several times. His “Best of” tour is really just having a driver for the day. Tell the driver where you want to go and to hang close for when you’re ready to go somewhere else. We ha
  14. I second Paradise Beach. Been going there for close to 20 years, long before the amazing pool and restaurant that’s there now. It’s definitely worth the cab fare. Also to add to what others have said about safety, Cozumel is very safe. Take some sun block, a good book and a little cash and let Mexico do the rest.
  15. Walk all the way out to the parking area where the tram loads and you will see the gate that leads out to the street. Go through the gate and there will be a guy there who coordinates the taxis. It’s a hike but most of the hike is getting out of the port area. We do it every time we go there though.
  16. You may also consider driving to the terminal and dropping off your bags and family, then driving to the parking lot. I have been doing that for years and find the wait, particularly other than Saturday and Sunday, to be reasonable. I’ve walked to and from EZ cruise dozens of times by myself without bags. Just remember to keep your passport and boarding pass. By the time I get there my wife is through security and waiting for me. I also keep an umbrella and/or one of those 99 cent throw away rain ponchos handy for both arrival and when we get back. I walk to the lot and drive over and pi
  17. I’m pretty sure is was Norwegian but it might have been RCL. I wouldn’t do this one with a private vendor. I think we’ve only done 3 ship excursions; Panama Canal on a passenger ferry, zip lining in Jamaica and this one. I forgot to mention that the boat ride was a blast. On the way there we stopped to see wildlife and other sights. On the way back it was just a run.
  18. This is one of the very best excursions we have ever taken. The bus ride included a very good speaker who gave us history and current affairs of Belize. There was another guy seated up front that was operating the bus door. He was quiet on the bus ride and then on the boat ride too. I wrongly presumed he was a staff member of the transport company. Once we got to the ruins he was introduced as a Doctor of Mayan Studies who had been to nearly every Mayan site in the world. It was an amazing trip and we sent out kids on it the next year when they were in college. Get you some De
  19. Welcome to Cruise Critic. If you don’t all have passports get them Go on a healthy diet and exercise program now so you can partake in whatever you want and still come back fit. Start looking for your second cruise.
  20. The reality of it is, if not for someone’s personal appearance I might have to associate with them to learn that I want nothing to do with them. “Wear what you want” indeed, and thanks for the heads up.
  21. Works great on every RCL ship I’ve used it on. Also used it at random places off the ship including in the port restaurants as well as outside the port. Used it once in Puerta Limon at a pizza joint on the second story of a building. Worked great. Set it up at home.
  22. I bet you’re one of those people that, when you get pulled over for speeding, tells the officer, “I pay your salary!”.
  23. I suppose if you booked the room through one of the online services they wouldn’t even know you were a cruise ship passenger. Or need to for that matter. One downside might be the cancellation policy. Although rare, there are times when a port is missed. Cancellation with a refund would likely be before you would know the port was being missed so you would be out the cost of the room. As was already stated, the hotel and room would have to be pretty nice to be nicer than an already paid for cruise ship with very few passengers aboard and mostly free food. Such a hotel would likely be ver
  24. It’s cold. I hate cold. I’m wearing shoes. I hate shoes I’m wearing jeans. I hate jeans. I’m wearing a jacket. I hate wearing a jacket because I hate cold. There’s no beach. I’m a complete beach bum who loves the beach. I have to actually talk to stupid people instead of ignoring or laughing at them because I’m back to work. I’m back to work. I’m planning the next cruise. Or, like today, I’m planning our shore activities since we have three cruises booked in 2020. That’s all I can think of
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