We have always wanted to go to Belize and this stop was one of the reasons for picking this cruise. Belize City is not the tourist stop - do book a tour and enjoy this delightful little country. We booked a tour through NCL to Lamanai. We had an hour + bus ride with an informative guide to the New River. We had a short shopping break and then boarded a small boat for an adventure up the river with thick jungle all around you. We saw some wildlife (birds, iguanas, bats, one small crocodile, lizards and a turtle). We occasionally stopped for pictures but because of time mostly sped along the river (we would have loved more time). At our arrival we walked to a sheltered picnic area for a traditional Belize lunch of various rice and beans, chicken, salad, assorted pops and a delicious coconut tart. Lunch was good. We had a few minutes in the museum and shopping area (small shops with locally done souvenirs). We were fortunate to have lots of howler monkeys all around us through lamanai - we were told we were witnessing two different troops have a territorial dispute. They were very active and loud. We were taken to 4 different parts of the ruins with great jungle walks in between. We did not bring bug spray and ended up using some that one couple bought there. A can was $10 so I would highly recommend bringing some from home. The highlight of Lamanai was climbing the main pyramid - a tough steep climb with a bit of a scary descent - but the view on top was breathtaking. Our time was way too short there. We returned the same way we arrived (boat, bus). And got back with enough time for a short look around pier area.