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GayleTX's Port Reviews of Cozumel, Belize City, Roatan, Costa Maya
Norwegian Star cruise in November 2012
Member Name: GayleTX
Cruise Date: November 2012
Embarkation: New Orleans
Destination: Western Caribbean
Member Review: GayleTX's Norwegian Star Review
Sightseeing Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Driver met us a arranged, spoke good English, very personable, good vehicle, baby seat...first visit so we just wanted to go sightseeing over the island. He did a good job at a very reasonable rate.

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Belize City
Port Rating: 2.0 out of 5+
Port is crowded, noisy, not too clean looking, not much of anywhere to eat - the one place we ate didn't even have running water in the bathroom (made us wonder about the kitchen!), shopping was overpriced but there was a lot of it. Took a guided tour thru town (didn't arrange in advance...just a little train at the shop area - overriced)...not much to see. We had been advised not to go outside the tourist area gates alone....glad we didn't...didn't look safe and there was nothing to see anyhow. The most fun was riding the tender back and forth from the ship to the port. There were ferries that went out to the islands and that might have been a good trip but we were told the ferries were not punctual and you'd be risking missing your boat is you went out.
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Port Rating: Not Rated
Our favorite port. Port was easy to get into, lots to see on the island, lots of places to eat, good food, friendly people. Felt very safe. Would like to have had more time there....made us want to go back stay for a week or so.

We used a local guide service, private van for our family - good day, saw lots, learned a lot, felt very safe.

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Costa Maya
Chacchoben Mayan Ruins Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Private an for our family, very nice vehicle, had both a driver and a narrator. Narrator spoke good English, had a Master's Degree in Mayan Culture, was very friendly...a different guide led our group, along with another small family thru the ruins - he, too, was well-educated and did a wonderful job teaching us about the history of the area. There is a small tourist area at the ruins with bathrooms,snacks for people who can't climb the ruins (altho they are not terribly physically demanding they aren't not for children or elderly). The highlight of our excursion, however, was our "Mayan Experience" - our guide took us to have lunch with a local Mayan lady in her native home, a thatched roof place in her beautiful lush garden. She let us help her cook lunch in her outdoor kitchen - it was the best food we had on the entire trip! I highly recommend that outing for people who have an interest in the culture of the Mayans.

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