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gaccr's Port Reviews of Cozumel, Belize City, Roatan, Grand Cayman
Carnival Legend cruise in January 2013
Member Name: gaccr
Cruise Date: January 2013
Embarkation: Tampa
Destination: Western Caribbean
Member Review: gaccr's Carnival Legend Review
Amazing River & Cavern Explore Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

Having snorkled and toured the Mayan ruins in Cozumel previously, we opted for the Amazing Secret River tour. And it was just that -- AMAZING! We took about a 30-minute tender ride and then a short bus ride, part of which was on REALLY bumpy dirt roads. Only 6 people in our group and we only saw one other group, so it wasn't crowded at all. Guide was wonderful and we spent approx. 1 1/2 hour in the caverns. No camera was allowed, which means you have to purchase their photos, but realistically it would have been impossible to manage a camera anyway, and most cameras would not have adequate flash for the photos to turn out well. TIP: They offer you a walking stick -- Take one!! Helps immensely with keeping your balance. Water was chilly, but with the wetsuit on it was not uncomfortable. There were only two places where we had to swim through, but if you can dog paddle you can certainly make it fine. Our guide was wonderful and it was an incredible experience.

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Belize City
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+

We did the city tour and airboat ride. There wasn't much to the tour -- saw some really poor areas of the city. The airboat ride was fun, but you certainly won't see much wildlife. We did see some various birds, but no turtles or manatees. There was one small crocodile they they lured up on the bank with bait, but the ride through the marsh itself was quite enjoyable.

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Port Rating: Not Rated

There is a very nice little shopping area right as you walk off the ship. We did a tour to Gumbalimba Park, which we really enjoyed. We had a good guide and were able to spend quite a bit of time interacting with the monkeys. A mother with an 8-day old newborn on her back jumped on my husband's shoulder and groped in his pocket looking for treats. We got some great photos. Also got great photos in the area with the parrots, which I had a closeup and personal encounter with one of them. There was a railing where a large red parrot was perched. I sat on the bench in front of the railing and just as my husband snapped a photo, the parrot jumped down and tried to take a plug out of my thigh! Thankfully he didn't break the skin, but it hurt like blue blazes and I had a bruise the size of a baseball the next morning! We also saw many iguanas and the island "rabbits" which look more like big rats without tails. Many people also did the zipline, but we only live an hour from the Guinness world record zipline and have experienced that, so we passed on the zipline, although the people who did it seemed to enjoy it.

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Grand Cayman
Dolphin Swim Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

Wonderful experience!! Again, no cameras allowed, so you have to buy their photos, but there would be no way to take photos while you're doing it anyway. The swim takes place in a small cove where they said the water was 25-30 feet deep. This was just so much better than doing it in a pool. The dolphins swam by for us to stroke them, "danced" and "sang" for us. Then they had them swim up into our arms for us to stroke their backs and stomachs. Then we swam out probably 50 feet from the platform and the dolphin came out to us, we grabbed hold of their flippers and they pulled us back toward the platform. Wonderful experience and combined with the stingray swim is definitely worth the money!

Stingray Swim Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

We've been to Hell before (not impressed!) and to the turtle farm (which is great, especially for kids), so this time we opted for the stingray/dolphin swim tour. This is the 3rd time I've done the stingray swim and it was by far the best. We were on the boat My Way with captain Jim, and it was wonderful. The water was a little choppy, but it was not nearly as crowded as the last time I went and we stayed in the water with the rays for over 45 minutes. We were allowed to feed and pet them and have pictures made with them while the crew held them, but in addition to that several of them just swam up into my arms. They are such incredible creatures, and this is the only place where you can interact with them in the open ocean. Jim was really informative and you could tell that he's one of those people who genuinely love their job. On the way back they pulled up several conch shells, cleaned them and let us sample the raw conch (which was surprisingly good). He also stopped and brought up a huge, beautiful starfish which we held and made photos with before returning it quickly to the water. Definitely worth the money!!

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