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CruisingMommyT's Port Reviews of Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Belize City, Roatan
Carnival Glory cruise in March 2014
Member Name: CruisingMommyT
Cruise Date: March 2014
Embarkation: Miami
Destination: Western Caribbean
Member Review: CruisingMommyT's Carnival Glory Review
Grand Cayman
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

You have to take the tender. Grand Cayman is lovely, safe and clean. our friends live here, so they picked us up outside of the cruise terminal area. They drove us to Smith Cove, which is a short drive from town. It is a free place to visit. You can get a taxi to take you and pick you up later. This is a favorite locale for the locals, especially for snorkeling. Normally the water is very clear and still, but there were fairly big waves on this day. It's a picture perfect place, with lava rock cliffs. We have snorkeled there before, but my husband was the only one able to do it this day due to the waves. We had a great time, though. There is a nice bit of shade on the beach and there are a few picnic tables. They have restrooms and a shower. It's a nice option if you don't wish to go to 7 Mile Beach, or take the long trip to Rum Point.

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

We got a taxi ride from the main taxi area in the port area. Prices are posted based upon the number of people and location you are visiting. We paid for tickets at Chankanaab Park. It's about $21 for adults, and a few dollars less for children. It was a wonderful visit. We spent several hours there. Do your best to get there near the start of your time on the island. You can get better seats (chairs are free) in a good spot and it's not as hot. The snorkeling is outstanding here, and there are other things you can do that are included in the price you pay - swimming in the ocean, watching the funny sea lion show, swimming in the sparkling beautiful pool, walking through the botanical garden, checking out the nasty alligators, looking for bizarre animals in the lagoon, etc. There is food and drink for sale, but they are not pushy. The place is very clean and nicely maintained. You can pay extra for dolphin adventures and also for kayak and snorkel rentals (bring your own snorkel gear to save money). There is a lot of shopping in Cozumel, right off of the cruise pier. Some really good prices, and fun, nice looking stuff, especially from Del Sol.

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Belize City
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

Apparently, there are no beaches very close to Belize City. The tender ride into the area is about 20 minutes. When we got off, we talked with a couple of different salespeople about trips. You can go to the end of the area there where they have tourism desks and you can book tours. We booked a tour with ecotours, riding the Belizian Beauty boat out to Goff's Cay. They are very careful to make sure that they give you enough time to be back in plenty of time for the final tender. The cost is about $30 less per person for the tour versus buying from the Carnival line. The Belizian people were very friendly. Our tour guides were knowledgeable and helpful throughout the time. The island is small but lovely. You can choose to take the boat around the island and snorkel for about an hour guided snorkel tour, or can stay on the beach. We had about 3 hours there on the island.. The water was rather rough on the reef side, where the snorkel tour begins, but the snorkeling is quiet good. The water on the other sides is crystal clear and lovely. There are a lot of interesting tours to take in Belize City, so I suggest researching before going there to pick what will be best for you. Book it as soon as you get there, and try to go with the earliest group.

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

We realized that there was a beach within walking distance of the boat when we got here. Mahogany Bay is FREE if you are on the ship, and the chairs are FREE. The beach is manmade and there is actually nice snorkeling along the floater lines. My family enjoyed it immensely. We brought our own gear. My youngest girl and I enjoyed splashing around in the water. There is food available for sale, they have security around the whole area, you can buy massages, there is a lot of nice shopping, as well. They have ample bathrooms and a lot of showers. There are some other excellent snorkeling areas in Roatan, but this was a great option for us, especially due to its location and the fact that it was free.

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