Belize, we took the ship's excursion - River Wallace and Altun Ha. Due to the tender situation and timing we felt the extra premium you pay for the ship's excursions in this instance was worth it. Actually finding the tour guide, getting on the river boat could have been a bit more efficient and organized, but not too bad. We were very lucky in getting a covered boat. You cross part of the Caribbean sea (essentially the bay I believe) before entering the river itself. We saw a few dolphins swimming and showing off, jumping and just having a high old time - I am becoming slightly dolphin obsessed at this point. We did not see any Manatees, apparently when you do they just show their noses. Once on the river, we did see large termite nests, huge iguanas, howler monkeys, a crocodile or two, several bird species etc. Our boat captain was very sharp eyed and good at slowing down and then turning the boat around so that both sides could view whatever he spotted. During the two hour ride our guide commented on flora and fauna and was quite interesting. We stopped for lunch, red beans and rice (cooked in coconut milk - which I could not taste) and chicken with a soda. The chicken was quite good and it was a refreshing stop. Then we were off on the bus to the ruins. The roads in Belize are typical third world country - not good, but again we had some interesting commentary along the way. Altun Ha is quite open and a pretty site in my opinion. We were given some facts and history and allowed to wander around or climb the ruins as we chose. The ride back to the boat was about 1 hour and 20 minutes, along mostly the same route, slow going due to the roads. We made it back with about 15 minutes to spare before the last tender..which we were able to immediately board. Enjoyed the ride back to the ship, took pictures and relaxed. Another nice day.
Cozumel, been before, nice easy relaxing port, just so nice to have sunshine and warm weather. Yeah very developed and touristy but hey we were on a cruise and that is just part of the deal. We just took a taxi to the Museum, wandered around and walked back to the ship (3 1/2 miles - but easy and safe).
Roatan, we did Anthony's Cay and the dolphin encounter, yes very kitschy thing to do, but oh what fun. We did learn a lot about dolphins and thoroughly enjoyed having 30 minutes of close up time with "Bailey". I liked that they let the dolphins swim out with dive boats so they get out of the cove periodically, also each dolphin only has a small group of folks (6 in ours). They really are like puppies of the sea, the experience made me want to learn more about these amazing animals. Everyone in our group of very mixed background and ages seemed to really enjoy this excursion. We spent some time after the excursion just chilling at Mahogany Bay, good day altogether.