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Lena B's Port Reviews of Costa Maya, Belize City, Cozumel, New Orleans
Norwegian Spirit cruise in February 2010
Member Name: Lena B
Cruise Date: February 2010
Embarkation: New Orleans
Destination: Western Caribbean
Member Review: Lena B's Norwegian Spirit Review
Costa Maya
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
This was my favorite port. We grabbed a cab for $3 each and headed to the beach area of Mahajual. We shopped a bit, then found an umbrella table at the Cafe Mahajual where we spent the day drinking $2 beer and eating the most delicious ceviche that I've ever had. The sky was blue, the sand was soft and white, the water was aquamarine with a lovely view of the Spirit. Cabs were plentiful in both directions.

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Belize City
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
I love Belize. What a beautiful country. We have done the ruins before - Alta Ha and Lamanaii and they are fascinating.

On the last trip to Belize we went cave tubing and it was such a blast that we couldn't wait to go again. The water was much lower this time, though and there wasn't much current, so our poor guide wound up towing us through the caves. There has been a lot of development at the site with a fancy buffet restaurant area and a much nicer bathroom/changing facility.

We have always done ship sponsored excursions in Belize, because the trips can be a bit long and the roads a bit rough.

Make sure that you pick up some Marie Sharp's hot sauce and exotic sauce (yum!) and try the Belikan Beer before you get back on board the ship. Too many and you might easily succumb to Belikan Sleeping Sickness!

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
This trip we just walked around the port area with a new friend. We did some shopping, and visited Pancho's Backyard (which I think is over-rated), then found an outdoor cafe near the square for seafood.

I prefer to hire a cab driver for the day to take us across to the wild (ocean)side of the island. There is a beach restaurant called Playa Chen where the beer is cheap, the margaritas pack a punch and they serve delicious seafood that was caught that morning. This restaurant has a swimming area that is protected by some large rocks, so the water is calm enough to be safe.

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New Orleans
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
This is my favorite embarkation port. It is an easy drive for us and check-in is a breeze. What a festive atmosphere to begin and end a cruise!

We booked this cruise last minute on the last weekend of Mardi Gras, so I was unable to find an affordable room pre-cruise. We stayed in Covington which was an easy 30 minute drive. We stayed at the Holiday Inn on Royal Street before we headed home, which gave us a little New Orleans time to unwind before heading back to home, work, and real life!

The Holiday Inn is not the most fabulous hotel, but is conveniently located within walking distance to many things and has parking available.

Make sure to visit the Acme Oyster Bar, and Johnnie's Po-Boys. Fabulous music is on every's the vacation before and after the vacation!

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