Altun Ha & Belize River: I had previously taken this tour about 5 years ago and fondly remembered it as a favorite. I was disappointed this time.
First, we waited over an hour for the rest of the tour group to get there because it was not just folks from the NCL Dawn, it was also passengers from the NCL Jewel which had trouble that morning. I wish that NCL would have coordinated this better because waking people up and the crack of dawn to have them stand around for an hour was not a great start to the trip. It also led us to be late the entire day.
Second, we arrived at Altun Ha in the morning but due to the wait in the am, we only had 40 minutes to do a quick tour and take a few photos before we were rushed back onto the bus to go somewhere else.
This tour was a highlight of the trip - we had such a great time!
Learned a lot about how tequila was made and as wine drinkers it was fascinating to hear how similar it is to the wine making process. Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly - the staff provided great samples of anything we wanted to try. Nice facilities, lunch included. Great way to spend the morning in Cozumel and still have some time to do whatever after.
We did not get to disembark at the port as planned due to an NCL crew member being shot and killed the day prior - a very sad event. While I was incredibly disappointed to not get to return to Roatan to go zip-lining again, I also understood why NCL was hesitant to let their passengers off here. I only wish that they would have made the decision to not go there sooner and re-routed the boat to another location rather then just making it another day at sea because it basically became a cruise to mexico.