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toanan's Port Reviews of Roatan, Belize City, Costa Maya, Cozumel, Tampa
Norwegian Star cruise in October 2011
Member Name: toanan
Cruise Date: October 2011
Embarkation: Tampa
Destination: Western Caribbean
Member Review: toanan's Norwegian Star Review
Port Rating: 2.0 out of 5+
We all just went off the ship to a short main street to shop. We all heard it could be dangerous further in and then we looked out the gate and saw police with machine guns. He then felt the rumor might be true.

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Belize City
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Local flea market close to ship was fair. Decided to take a taxi van. There were 5 adults and 1 15 year old. We decided $20 a piece to see city and countryside.

We found someone that was willing to take us but I demanded to see the vehicle first. It was dirty, no tread on tires, inside had rubbish on the floor, and the front head light was shot out. Of course, we told him no, another younger driver showed us his vehicle and it was really nice. Would hold up to 9 people and he agreed on the $20 per passenger with the 15 year old going free. There were a few interesting things in town and then some more when we drove toward the Mexican border. Neither the countryside or city could be called beautiful. The out of the way things he showed us were worth the price. I'd be careful of accepting anyone until you check out the vehicle.

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Costa Maya
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
It had a real nice mall with shopping where prices on items could be quite different depending which vendor had the best price. My wife bought a couple of

carved fish costing $20.00 total for the two. Another shop had exactly the same thing and wanted $35.00. He claimed his was onyx and that was why we got it cheaper (They were exactly the same made out of same thing). Another item which was a poncho which had NFL teams on them we found from $150 to $33.00 and someone else from another ship said he got one for $20.00. What is that old song "better shop around". They had swimming with dolphins but found they only were taking those from the cruise ships that had scheduled the activity. There was a nice pool on one end of the mall which you could swim in. Personally you don't have any idea who had been in it and when it had been cleaned. It was salt water though. We didn't go outside the mall.

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
There was a fine mall as you got off the ship and went inland from there you had a lot of comparison shopping for items you were interested in buying. A real variety of shops so you could find anything from high priced jewelry to high priced clothes and knick-knacks. Of course they were outnumbered by the smaller flea market type of units.

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
The port and airport were #1 of all the ports and airports we have used in the past.

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