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  1. They’re working on the docks and probably making room for another vessel. There are no tender boats there so unless they want to use their lifeboats ala Trujillo there won’t be any tendering. Been there a dozen or more times and never tenderd.
  2. My experience is that we go to Cemetary Beach early and by lunchtime we’re pretty tired. I get the phone number of the cab driver when we’re dropped off. We call when we’re done and have them take us to a restaurant a few blocks from the tender for lunch then head back to the tender on foot.
  3. Agree with John. From Paradise Beach, look to the right and you will see a buoyed off boat lane right up to the beach where the boats that offer parasailing will be. My son and I did it years ago from there and it was bucket list stuff. Welcome to Cruise Critic!
  4. Welcome to Cruise Critic becks3. The ruins tours in Belize are very good. If Princess offers a Lamanai trip you might really like it. You have a little time so I recommend you look in this Belize sub for reviews of any of the ruins.
  5. This page has the detail you’re looking for I think. http://www.mysticsnorkel.com/features.php
  6. Take a look here https://www.captainmarvins.com/ there are a couple of options you can email them about. We’ve been out with them and we’re very satisfied.
  7. We used them a couple of years ago with the same excellent service. Instead of heading back to town we had them drop us off at Paradise Beach for the rest of the day. Grabbed a cab back when it was time.
  8. You might consider this https://leonageneral.com/ Their steaks are amazing and its just a great place to eat. Not fancy. Just awesome. Better get there early though as there is always a line for when they open at 5:30. No reservations.
  9. We did this tour through the ship a couple of years ago and it is very much worth the trip. That said, I would not feel comfortable going that far on a river without the return guarantee inherent in a ship tour. Since you may not feel comfortable booking ahead you may consider booking onboard or even contacting the cruise line about their cancellation policy if you were to been with them in advance.
  10. Huntsville is a very safe place unless you’re buying drugs or engaging in other criminal activity. You can pretty much replace the name “Huntsville” with any other town or city along that route and the message will be the same. My daughter completed her masters at the university there and teaches at the university. It’s perfectly safe. As for timing, no way would I drive from Dallas day of. We live on Lake Conroe which is about 25 minutes south of Huntsville and we leave around 9 and always have lunch on the ship, no problem.
  11. We received an email yesterday from our TA. From interior to balcony was minimum $200 for a 5 night cruise. No way is it worth $40 a night for us. We did bid the minimum for an ocean view only because it was like $40 and we would be on a higher deck. Value is entirely different for everyone. We have 5 trips booked this year (so far) and couldn’t go that much if we booked other than interior. We also love the darkness and place no value on sitting on a balcony or looking out a window. Been there, done that. Personally I think this is a good marketing tool for RC. Someone mentioned it being market research. IMO everything is market research these days. It drives all aspects of every market and every ship design or refurb. Have at it RC, just keep it down in the hallway while I’m trying to take an extremely dark afternoon nap. And factor that into your numbers.
  12. One more thing. If you want a boat snorkeling trip, we used Mystic Snorkel and were satisfied. They dropped us off at Paradise Beach after the snorkeling trip and we caught a cab back to the ship. http://www.mysticsnorkel.com/
  13. In my experience there is no need to pay a tour company for snorkeling, food and a nice beach. As John said, get in a cab and go to Money Bar. Cabs are regulated and the fares to various places are posted right at the cab line. Snorkel as long as you like. Snorkeling is pretty good there. Eat food there or get a cab to Paradise Beach. Stay there as long as you like and eat there if you like. Food is very good. There will be plenty of cabs there for the return trip. Return early and do some shopping, or just head back to the ship at the end of your day. It’s really just that easy.
  14. First, I assume your daughter is a legal adult. Tell her to get an attorney immediately. Second, I see only one question in your post; “will I have an issue with this?”. Presuming you meant to ask if your adult daughter would have an issue with this, the “straight answer” is, “Tell your daughter to get an attorney immediately and ask her attorney”. Third, whether it’s a “bum rap” or not, tell your adult daughter to get an attorney. See a pattern developing here? Welcome to Cruise Critic. Tell your daughter to get an attorney.
  15. No way would I travel, then drive that far in the middle of the night. I would get an airport hotel, get some rest and leave before 10am Saturday morning. That will put you down in Galveston plenty early. My daughter stayed at LaQuinta last week and thought it was fine for 1 night. Something like $75 on booking dot com. Shuttle doesn’t run after midnight though so that may be a factor. 4:30am to midnight. Safe travels!
  16. Don’t bring your own towel! We made that mistake one time long ago and wound up with wet, suntan oily towels with sand stuck to them. I tried to rinse them off in the huge (not) shower and it was next to impossible. When I got done they were still oily but without so much sand, however, they were wet. Good luck finding a place to hang up several wet towels. Even if you do find a place they will not dry before the next day when you try it all over again. That never happened again.
  17. Booking through Resort for a day, kids that age are $74 each and adults are $117. $456 for the 5 of you. https://www.resortforaday.com/default.asp No way is it worth that to me. My wife and I went on her birthday a few years ago and, while it is a beautiful property that would be a great week long destination, it was a short day for $234. There is a large pool as well as a lazy river and pool with a bar. The beach is very nice as well. YMMV
  18. Understand that you will likely get differing perspectives from cruisers that have been to your ports. Take what you see as valuable and leave the rest. Including mine. In my experience, the whitest, most fine ground sand on your list will be found on Grand Cayman. Waves, on the other hand, are not my strong suit so I will leave that to someone else. Hop over to the Cayman sub and you’ll read lots of different likes and dislikes. Costa Maya, specifically Blue Key, is our favorite beach day of all of them. The sand is course though and there are virtually no waves. West Bay Beach on Roatan is a beautiful beach but completely different than others due to the crowds and vendors. The snorkeling is probably the best on your list although Cemetary Beach on Grand Cayman is awesome too but completely isolated with no facilities at all. I don’t remember any waves there either since the reef offshore tends to block the wave action. The beaches are beautiful though. Never been to Harvest Key but there are several amazing ruins in Belize. Lamanai was one of our all time favorite trips and we did it through the ship. Since you will be at a private island I don’t know if the cruise line will offer any ruins but if they do you should consider skipping the private island and going to the ruins. There are also ruins in Costa Maya that many have spoken highly of. Definitely worth reading about on the Costa Maya board. Since it’s our favorite beach stop we’ve never been so I can’t comment on it. Lots of good information to be found on the individual port of call subs. Hope you have a blast whatever you do. And if you miss something or just wish you had done something different, well, get busy planning your next one. No such thing as too many cruses.
  19. Boat drinks. Boys in the band ordered boat drinks. Visitors just scored on the home rink. Everything seems to be wrong. Lately, newspaper mentioned cheap airfare. I've got to fly to Saint Somewhere. I'm close to bodily harm. Twenty degress and the hockey game's on. Nobody cares; they are way too far gone, screamin' "Boat drinks, " somethin' to keep them all warm. This morning, I shot six holes in my freezer. I think I got cabin fever. Somebody sound the alarm. I'd like to go where the pace or life's slow. Could you beam me somewhere, Mister Scott? Any old place here on Earth or in space. You pick the century and I'll pick the spot. Oh I know (I know), I should be leaving this climate. I got a verse but can't rhyme it. I gotta go where it's warm. Boat drinks. Waitress, I need two more boat drinks. Then I'm headin south 'fore my dream shrinks. I gotta go where it's warm. (I gotta go where it's warm.) I gotta go where it's warm. (I gotta go where it's warm.) I gotta go where it's WARM! I gotta go where there ain't any snow, where there ain't any blow, 'cause my fin sinks so low. I gotta go where it's warm.
  20. When ours were young, maybe 9 and 10, we not only restricted them from going in a cabin, we restricted them from being in the hallways at all. They left the cabin in the morning and did whatever they wanted all day as long as it wasn’t away from public areas. They were expected to be back in the cabin by a certain time to get ready for dinner every evening. They were very good kids so our decision making was somewhat easier than if they were in trouble a lot. I do do want to mention something we taught them very young. If they were ever grabbed by a stranger they were taught to scream, “Help!! This is not my mommy!!” Or, “This is not my daddy!!” Too many times we all see screaming kids at the mall or store and what we suspect is a parent carries them right out the door without anyone really even looking at them. Get that screaming kid out of here, right? Not so fast...
  21. I take both my boarding pass and passport as my wife sometimes checks in before I get there and is waiting on me to board. It seems lately we have checked 8n together though as we get to the port around 11 and there’s not much of a line. At least at the RCI terminal.
  22. It’s 65 in Galveston right now. Minus 1 in Minneapolis. Now that’s a nightmare.
  23. Never used them but heard good stuff. https://www.mahahualdive.com/homeENG.html If you do use them leave some feedback. I might have a chance to use them this year. We’ll be there 4 times.
  24. We go to Blue Key almost every rime we stop in Costa Maya. I personally think too much is made of the pricing. I suppose if it were too high I would feel differently but I really couldn’t care less. Tropicante also takes walk-up customers and so do lots of other places. We enjoyed the time we went to Tropicante but not as much as Blue Key. We sail to Costa Maya 4 times this year and will likely be at Blue Key every time. Enjoy whatever you decide on.
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