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mwarzecha's Port Reviews of Galveston, Belize City, Roatan
Navigator of the Seas cruise in April 2014
Member Name: mwarzecha
Cruise Date: April 2014
Embarkation: Galveston
Destination: Western Caribbean
Member Review: mwarzecha's Navigator of the Seas Review
Port Rating: 1.0 out of 5+

- Houston Hobby seems to be the slightly better airport to fly into because it’s a little smaller, so less busy
- When considering transfer from the airport to Galveston, there’s no difference in price between a limo and a taxi. We didn’t look into hotel shuttle services because we didn’t stay at a hotel, but these do exist at most hotels.
- STAY CLOSE OT THE PORT. We had SO much trouble getting a taxi the morning we embarked. We heard Harbor House hotel is GORGEOUS and costs between $100-$150/night. Plus, you could walk to the port and the Strand, Galveston’s historic district, from there.
- The Strand is great for eating and shopping, but not for more than a day.
- The other side of the island, the side we stayed on, with Pleasure Pier and the Seawall, is only great if it’s warm outside. It’s basically a beach town. Decent restaurants, but the better ones are in the Strand. Great if you want to just go lie on the beach, run, or go in the water.
- Get to the port EARLY for embarkation, around 10:00. RCCI is terminal 2. It’s the slowest port we’ve ever experienced. There’s a lot of confusion when you arrive at the terminal. A lot of people are just standing around. Half are leaving and looking for a taxi. The other half are waiting to check in their luggage. Give your luggage to a porter (tip him), skip the huge crowd, and go straight to check-in. They had three lines for security, with one for Crown and Anchor and suite guests. Suite guests are supposed to have a dedicated x-ray line, but they don’t monitor what line people go through, so that benefit’s out the window. Staff seems to take their sweet time, too.
- We won't cruise out of Galveston again any time soon. The port clearly can't handle the number of guests on a ship this large. We've cruised out of Miami, Tampa, New Orleans, New Jersey, Civitavecchia, and now Galveston, and Galveston was by far the worst experience. Disembarkation was a NIGHTMARE. From the time we left the ship at 8:20 it took us 2 hours and 10 minutes to get through customs. They had 10 agents available for 3600+ guests and they didn't seem to be in any sort of hurry to move things along. Enough said.

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Belize City
Snorkeling Rating: Not Rated

AWESOME!!! Do the "Barrier Reef Snorkeling Wonders - BE31." Husband and I love to SCUBA and snorkel. This was the best snorkeling I've done so far, including Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Mexico, Roatan, and Belize. Part of the excitement came from our awesome guides. This is a "shore snorkel." We were divided into three groups, so we snorkeled with other advanced snorkelers. They ask you to wear a life preserver, but they don't make you inflate it. We snorkeled for about 45 minutes. Our guides didn't just guide us. They also pointed out and identified all kinds of cool coral, fish, etc. You swim along the drop off for a large portion, which is cool. The island is small and clean. There's a small tiki hut that sells hamburgers, hotdogs, beer, rum and coke, and chips - CASH ONLY. Definitely recommend.

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Snorkeling Rating: Not Rated

Definitely recommend "Shipwreck Snorkel and Beach - RT41." 30 minute bus ride; not a big deal. Nice resort, although definitely aged. Nice beach, sand, and trees. You take a dive boat out and jump off, which is always fun. They ask you to wear a life preserver, but they don't make you inflate it. Great snorkeling. Beautiful fish and coral. We snorkeled for about 45 minutes. Beach is fun - it has monkeys! They're pretty socialized. Bring cash for food and drinks.

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