In Belize you have to tender into shore. No complaints with this process. We did not have a Carnival excursion planned but found the process to be very efficient and we had perhaps a twenty minute wait for our tender.
We booked an excursion with Cave-Tubing.com. I read some great reviews on cruise critic and I have to say they were bang on. After an informative bus ride through Belize City, we embarked on a 45 minute journey to the tubing site. Once at the sight we had another 20 minute walk through the jungle along the shore of the river until we reached the caves. This was an awesome sight. The caves were fantastic and the cave tubing folks did a great job. The water is very cool when you first get in but you quickly adapt.
We did not have much time to really visit the port once our excursion was over but I would definitely want to head back to Belize to explore some more. Just another reason to book another cruise.
The beach was very clean and the chairs were readily available. The music on the beach was great and we enjoyed this day very much (perhaps too much).
As we headed back to the port the party atmosphere continued as the Port area has many shops, a small beach, a large swimming pool with a swim up bar. There were 3 ships in Port on this day and despite the numbers we did not feel any overcrowding. It looked to me that many were having a great time.
We also got to experience the dreaded passengers missing the boat as we were leaving port. On our balcony, we could see the ship starting to move away from the pier and low and behold come a group of about 5 running to the ship. I can only imagine the feeling they must have had. However on this day, the Captain must have been in a good mood as he quickly stopped the ship and started pulling it back to the pier and allowed these late comers back on-board..much to the cheers and jeers of all the passengers watching from the decks above.