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jim_geico's Port Reviews of Cozumel, Belize City, Roatan, Costa Maya
Carnival Dream cruise in March 2013
Member Name: jim_geico
Cruise Date: March 2013
Embarkation: Port Canaveral
Destination: Western Caribbean
Member Review: jim_geico's Carnival Dream Review
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
We found as first time visitors the port of Cozumel to be reasonably clean. We had printed from this website a briefing of all the ports that we would be visiting and found the reviews of each port helpful. We found a town square not too far from the pier and took advantage of some reasonable prices on handmaid Mexican blankets. We took a taxi into town for the purpose of having lunch at a highly recommended restaurant called Pancho's Backyard.

It was everything the review had said and better. The guests for lunch were about 99 percent tourists from the several ships docked. The service was excellent, the food was excellent and the cleanliness of the restaurant was all that you would expect in any speciality restaurant in the states. A bonus was the beautiful music played a man and woman together on a marimba.

I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Cozumel. The only downer was that I realized after paying the taxi fares to go to the restaurant, that upon our return to the piers established by Carnival, we found that Pancho's Backyard had establish a restaurant right there on the pier that we had missed on the way out. Cruise Critic may want to update their review.

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Belize City
Port Rating: Not Rated
We found that Belize City was not of that much interest to us as Seniors. We do acknowledge their reputation for being one of the best areas for Scuba Diving. Because of port conditions, the ship was required to anchor approximately 3 miles out and transportation to shore facilities was provided by separate barge.
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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
The port of Roatan is part of an island just off shore from the mainland of Honduras. Our view from the ship satisfied this port as being in minds eye what I would have expected from viewing a beautiful tropical island. The port is developed by Carnival and contains about a dozen shops in a town square design offering most gifts at a reasonable price for most shoppers.

There is a Sky-Tram that you can purchase that will carry you from the shops to a beautiful beach approximately 200 yards away. The Sky-Tram takes you over the tropical forest that separates the two locations. We did find that the cost was in our opinion prohibitive, asking $12 per person for unlimited use. Most folks will go from the shops to the beach and back one time during the days visit. The 200 yard path was wide and well paved and not strenuous in any way for this 75 yr old man.

We found several choices at the beach to grab a cold drink of choice and a bite to eat. The prices were what you would expect The beach was very clean with more than ample chairs and recliners on the beach at no cost. We stayed for several hours including a little bit of shopping.

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Costa Maya
Port Rating: 0.0 out of 5+
The port visit was scheduled from 7am to 3pm. Since we slept until late breakfast, we had no interest in visiting Costa Maya. There was no shore excursion that had caught our interest and we had heard that tourists needed to be careful of their safety. True or not, I cannot say but, we had no interest in going ashore.

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