Posted January 1st, 2011, 07:07 PM
Which is better?though the ship or on your own?Thanks so much!!
I can't think of any good reason to book a tour with the ship. Both ports are easy to book private tours, either ahead of time or at the port (go on your ship's roll call and book something with up to 8 in a group).
The private tours go where you want, when you want, you save about half of the ship's price, you don't have to wait for 50-100 others to get together...stop shopping...using the bathrooms,....just forgot what time it was.....
If you read these boards, you will find the scare tactic that some use of not getting back to the ship on time is total bunk. The professional tour operators do get their people back on time. If they didn't, their business would be ruined. I can understand being cautious if you are traveling overseas and have a tour which drives hours into the interior of a country, but Grand Cayman and Belize are easy to get around.
As for which is better, I prefer Belize because of the clarity of the water, the diversity of the fish, and the coral reefs at various depths. Grand Cayman has many great spots too, so you really can't go wrong with either....unless you book with the ship and like to throw money away.