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arizonaperson's Port Reviews of Cozumel, Roatan, Belize City
Caribbean Princess cruise in November 2013
Member Name: arizonaperson
Cruise Date: November 2013
Embarkation: Houston
Destination: Western Caribbean
Member Review: arizonaperson's Caribbean Princess Review
Cozumel
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

In Cozumel we did not have any agenda so we walked around the dock area(Puerta Maya),have to walk through a long building of shops just to get outside to breathing room. Then there is a shopping village. Only the crew can walk outside of the building. Once" out on the street" we just walked around and strolled. We found an internet cafe right across from the dock area called i95 Internet also building says Plaza i95(has chinese lions in the front) It is a red building also says A-Mart store. It was $2.00 for 30min. of computer time. Other prices available. We opted not to go to the beach, we just had a La Paloma drink(tequila, grapefruit soda,lime, & salt) at Fat Tuesdays on the dock area and headed back to the adult only pool on the ship and dined at The Horizon Court(our only time)
We docked on the starboard side,pulled straight in. Carnival Dream docked right along side a bit after we secured our lines



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Roatan
Port Rating: Not Rated

In Roatan we docked at Maghogany Bay. We were the only ship at this dock. We had a Princess tour booked. Gumbalina Preservation Nature Park. We had an A/C mini bus with a narrated tour .You don't take the same bus necessarily on the way in as on the way out so can not leave your stuff on the bus. Have to rent a locker for $3 USD if you want to go in the monkey area (white faced).No sunglasses, large bags, or glasses allowed either;the monkeys will take them up in the trees and you will never see them again. No food or drink in the monkey area either. Don't wear perfume or flowery lotion that day. It is a 45 min. trip to and from the park ,approximately. We had a guide for most of the tour , we went in to the Coxen Cave a re-creation, then walked around to see the hummingbirds and the tropical plants,but at the end you could stay and go to the beach or pool on the grounds or have a snack at the snack bar. We walked down to the beach area for a bit and then got back on the bus as we did not have alot of time before we needed to be back to the ship. We loved the tour guide and the monkeys that you can take photos with and the birds. Free flying macaws were so beautiful. We walked over a suspension bridge,there is another way as well.
If you don't have a tour booked here you will miss out on the local flavor, but the beach area near the dock looked nice and we heard passengers liked it. You could walk or take the chair lift.($12?)
We docked and secured our lines right on time at 9am. Dock was on the port side and we backed into our berth.
We saw car rentals are available here and independent tour desks as you exit all the shop areas on way to taxi's. For a school donation you can get your passport stamped in Roatan(which we did). This is located on the right side just before getting to the taxi's and buses. You also have to exit the dock area via some shops.


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Belize City
Rainforest Tour Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

Belize City is a tender port. We secured our lines right on time at 7am and first tender was at that time. It was heavily raining in Belize,but we were prepared. We had a Princess tour booked for The Zoo, Howler Monkeys, & lunch. We met at 8am in The Explorer's Lounge. We got on the tender at 8:30am and to the dock at 8:50am. Not sure how they saw the dock as it was not too visible with the weather. Did not use the ship's tender boats, used a local company that guy said dock was about 5 miles from ship. The life jackets said SW Tours on them. 4 ships were in the harbor today. You tender to an area called Fort Street Tourism Village. We docked at terminal 1 for Princess. We had time to use the restroom and then got on bus at 9:25am. Bus did have a restroom and A/C. Our first stop was the Community Baboon Sanctuary we arrived at 10:35am and left at noon.(this was in the country) There was a demo about the plant used for a broom/mosquito swatter which was very interesting. We went on a muddy walk through the area of the local plants and vegetation and saw and heard the howler monkeys. We arrived at the Olde River Tavern-an outside venue but covered by tents and 1 building right on the Belize river. The rain had made the river rise quite a bit. We enjoyed our local Belizean lunch of rice & beans, chicken cooked in coconut milk, and a salad. Belize coca cola was included. Belikin beer was offered for $3.00 USD which I tried and my husband had the coke. Next we were off to The Zoo at 1pm and arrived at 1:35pm. We stayed until 3:10pm at the zoo and arrived back to the tender pier just before 4pm. Last tender was scheduled to leave at 4:15pm. This was an all day tour, but I managed to run fast to the MOHO chocolate shop on the pier and grab a few chocolate bars. The tour company was called Chukka . We loved the zoo, but felt a little hurried. It was a full day with great guides and bus driver. We saw so much of the countryside and our guides told us so much about their country and way of life,can't really get that feeling by staying in Belize City.




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