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  1. Just thought I would post some details about our recent day in Santo Tomas as there seemed very little info available on the forums. Our ship Marella discovery 2 docked in Santo Tomas which is a container port so there is no where to walk to. Once you get off the ship there is a large warehouse with indoor market selling some nice handmade crafts just remember to barter to about 1/4 of their starting price. Outside there are many taxi and mini buses taking you on a trip inland or boat companies taking you up the dulce river and Livingston. We took a boat trip. Each company just seemed to wait until they had a boat full then their guide took the next boat out. Happy fish were the main company but there were others inside and outside the warehouse. We went with blue creek but they all appeared to do the same. approx. $45 each for a small boat with sun canopy up river dulce canyon, lily ponds, stop at a native house to see them cooking, hot springs, lunch in Livingstone then beach. So a full day. Be outside as early as you can as the same boat stays with you for the day so once all the boats have gone that's it. scenery was very beautiful.
  2. forgot to mention Cleve is also a dive master so may be able to give extra help to your kids with snorkelling just ask him.
  3. We booked with Cleve Bodden. https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g292019-d9454297-Reviews-Cleves_Tours_and_Adventures-Roatan_Bay_Islands.html look him up on trip advisor, he was absolutely amazing and everything said on there is true. We did a tour of the island, visited the Daniel Johnson monkey and sloth sanctuary then snorkelling. plus stopped on route for many local snacks and fruit. He gives you many options to choose and I'm sure he would tailor a tour to suit you. The snorkelling boats actually go from behind the sloth sanctuary so I think the timings for the sloths may fit around that, we didn't arrive till after lunch and then went snorkelling. so the sloths are certainly open for cuddles all day.
  4. I would say try and have some kind of plan and again look up some reviews otherwise the taxi will drop you off at a bar they probably get a cut from. We took a taxi approx. $6 for the car or there was a trolley bus at $6 each. There are many bars which seem to operate as private beaches. Our taxi dropped us at Big mammas, he said we could have sun beds for free if we ate at their bar. So far so good, except they definitely operated a two tier pricing system. a bucket of 5 beers was approx. $25, a small fish platter for 4 was $80 then at the end the bill came with 18.5% GST (VAT) added. The guy said he was only paid $5 a day plus tips. So overall an all inclusive beach would have been a cheaper option.
  5. We did cave tubing in December and this was also my main worry but the caves are wide and not too low. we booked direct with buttsup.com so our tubes were already at the river we didn't have to carry them 20 minutes like the cruise groups and no queuing as we were there first
  6. we did ziplining and cave tubing with butts up and it was great fun. i'm sure they do ATV and zip lining as well
  7. We were there in December and the water was fresh but you soon got used to it and not too cold. We did cave tubing and zip lining with buttsup.com. it was exactly the same tour as offered by our cruise but we were in a 14 seater mini bus and arrived before the cruise coaches, our tubes were already at the river we didn't have to carry them 20 minutes like the cruise groups. We had no queueing at the zip line and moved from each station with no queues. The cruise groups queued from one station to the next. we are in our 50s but had great fun so well done butts up. I emailed the company and then spoke to them via watts app and they answered my many questions which gave me great confidence to book with them. we paid in dollars at the end of the trip. https://www.cave-tubing.com/carnival-belize-cave-tubing.html
  8. Hi Mark We did this cruise in December so I presume you mean Cuban fusion if so your ports will be the same so i'll tell you our trips. You can book direct with TUI online and compared to previous cruises I think they are fairly well priced. However we prefer to tour private tours as I think it's nice that the local economy get our money and also you get smaller groups and more tailored to you. Many people will only book ships tour for the fear of the ship leaving without you, but all private companies are used to the ships timings. Grand Cayman - tender into the port. We only had a very short wait in the theatre then onto the tenders. Private Mini buses available we did a boat trip to see and swim with the stingrays. The port was very busy with 5 other ships in so don't hang around if you want to see the stingrays. luckily we managed to get the last few places on a 10am trip otherwise it was 2pm! Havanna we booked with Blexie and had Jorge. https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g147271-d11950395-Reviews-Havana_Tours_With_Blexie-Havana_Ciudad_de_la_Habana_Province_Cuba.html We had a driver and guide who spoke perfect English for six hours. we arranged to meet him at 3 but it was around 3.30 before we got off the ship and through customs. They called the TUI trips first but we joined the queue on deck two before they even called independent tours so quickly through. He took us all around Havanna to see all the sites, a few stops for photos, art alley,Fusterlandia, floradita, then to a very nice restaurant, sat and waited for us then a walking tour through havanna. took us back to the square to get our bearings then back to the old town for some bars. We had a great time and Cozumel - we did Tulum and Xel-ca with TUI. They hire out the first ferry so I don't think its possible to do on your own, Tulum was a bit underwhelming but xel-ca was amazing. look it up on youtube. If you need more help there isd loads of advice on the marella F book page
  9. Any one done the segways at Costa maya, what was your experience, how far do they go and can you recommend? Thanks
  10. I tried to find the roll call for Marella ships but they don't appear on the drop down menu have they just been removed?
  11. Try uk chains premiere inn and travel lodge. Good Budget but always clean. If it’s in the uk school holidays you need to book early or all very expensive Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  12. Towels are left in your cabin the night before your beach day and usually a different colour to the normal pool towels Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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