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gmichae's Port Reviews of Cozumel, Belize City, Roatan, Grand Cayman
Carnival Liberty cruise in September 2012
Member Name: gmichae
Cruise Date: September 2012
Embarkation: Miami
Destination: Western Caribbean
Member Review: gmichae's Carnival Liberty Review
Cave Tour Rating: 5+ out of 5+
We decided to book the Amazing Secret River tour.


If you have the opportunity to take this excursion, do it! You will definitely love this tour. You are ferried to Playa Del Carmen on the mainland, and then transported to the site. It's a bit of a slow, rough ride to the location, due to the fact that the roads cannot be paved above the underground caverns. You'll don a short wetsuit, aqua shoes, and a cave explorer's helmet, and then set off into the caverns. Crystal clear water, unbelievable formations, and great fun! The tour has a paid photographer that takes every one's pictures along the way, since they don't allow you to bring your own camera for your safety. The packages are a little on the expensive side, but the memories are worth it.

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Belize City
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Our second stop was in Belize. This was a tendered port. We chose to do the Zip Line and Cave Exploration excursion. Unfortunately, they created a new package that includes cave tubing a couple of months before we sailed, so we didn't know about the option before we got there. The employees all recommend that package as it's the best value for the money. Again, this one is a long commute to the location, with about 15 miles of unpaved, rocky, bumpy roads. They use an old school bus equipped with air conditioning, so at least you're only shaken up by the time you get to the park. The zip lines are nice and straightforward. I'm afraid of heights, and I had no problem with them whatsoever. The biggest traverse was our first one, in which we were probably 75 feet above the forest floor - pretty view. Our tour had 4 traverses in the jungle, and 2 more in the caves.

Beware of the caves. You'll want bug spray for the jungle, and good hiking shoes for the caves. Very cool looking, but occasionally cramped quarters. The ground is often wet, and *VERY* slippery due to moisture mixed with mud. I ended up rolling my ankle pretty badly and was hobbled the rest of my cruise because of it, but still a fun tour. They also provided lunch for us, which was unexpected, as we didn't see it in the excursion description. Bonus.

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Port Rating: Not Rated
We booked a Certified 2-tank Dive in Roatan. This was the first time that we had been to the new pier in Roatan - very nicely done! As my wife and I were first time divers in the ocean (we were certified, but haven't been diving anywhere since) we chose to book a private dive master to go with us in Roatan. We were part of a group of 8 divers that dove Overheat Reef and the Green Outhouse. It was definitely worth it to have had a dive master booked separately. We coordinated through the excursions desk when we boarded the ship, but the message was not relayed clearly to the tour group. Make sure if you choose to book a private dive master that the excursion desk understands that you want a private dive master.

The dives in Roatan were definitely fun. Our dive master was trying to point out little things like crabs and shrimp, but we were too busy enjoying the fact that we were actually diving to really be concerned with those little things. If you're an experienced diver, these would likely be rather boring dives.

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Grand Cayman
Scuba - Certified Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
At Grand Cayman (again, a tendered port), we had planned to do a shore dive and then Stingray City. Unfortunately, our Stingray City tour had to be cancelled due to multiple ships being in port at the same time, causing the tour time to be pushed up, overlapping with the dive.

This dive was along the reef just minutes south of the pier. Very nice and relatively shallow by comparison to other dive sites (maybe 50 feet at the deepest.) This would be a great beginners dive, but rather boring (again) for an experienced diver. We were the only 2 people who booked the shore dive, so we effectively got a private dive out of the excursion. Well worth it, if you're planning on doing multiple things while in port, but if you're only interested in diving, you'd probably be better off booking the Certified 2-Tank Dive.

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