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Date Published: January 24, 2011
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Update: Carnival Makes Some Progress With Belize Tender Operators
(Update, January 24, 6:30 p.m. EST -- According to Carnival spokeswoman Jennifer De La Cruz, the line has been able to "finalize arrangements for the Carnival Dream to call in Belize this week based on the availability of acceptable tenders." However, the matter is not completely settled: Carnival Glory, Carnival Valor and Carnival Legend will call in Costa Maya in lieu of Belize in the coming days. The line is "continuing to work on the matter with the local tender operators in Belize," De La Cruz told Cruise Critic Monday evening. We'll keep you posted.)

(January 22, 10:35 a.m. EST) -- A cruise line says it has been forced to cancel cruise calls in Belize due to problems with tenders in the port.

Carnival Cruise Lines confirmed to Cruise Critic today that Carnival Triumph called in Grand Cayman on Monday instead of Belize, and Carnival Legend swapped its call for Costa Maya on Thursday.

The reason? Carnival says it will only call in Belize with "access to tenders that meet our standards for safe, comfortable and efficient transport for our guests to and from the shore."

Unfortunately, it had been unable to come to an agreement with local tender operators who are "in a state of disarray".

One ship -- Carnival Valor -- was able to make its call as planned on Thursday as the port had sufficient tenders available for one vessel.

Carnival says it is working to resolve the issue with the tender operators in Belize. Carnival Dream is due in on Tuesday and Carnival Glory is scheduled to arrive on Wednesday.

Belize is a popular port with cruisers thanks to its great diving spots and Mayan ruins (pictured).

At this point, the situation isn't impacting on any other cruise lines.

We'll keep you posted.

--by Kelly Ranson. U.K. Editor

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