Carnival Legend Cruise Review by Spoolie
- Sail Date: August 2009
- Destination: Western Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Balcony
First Port: Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
We had made online reservations with Moby Dick Tours for the snorkeling and Stingray City tour. . The tour consisted of approximately 34 people; a small group by tour standards. We went out from shore about 20 minutes and snorkeled for around half an hour. We rode to the tour boat in an old, not air-conditioned, school bus, but, it was a short ride. . The water was beautiful but the coral was brown. A hurricane had damaged the reef. Stingray city was a blast. We were in 2 to 3 feet of water and the rays were everywhere. The rays were attracted by the squid we fed them. They can weigh as much as 300 lbs but are as gentle as kittens. It was quite a thrill. We had a great time and highly recommend this tour.
Second Port: Cozumel, Mexico
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
We had made online reservations with cozumeltaxi (@hotmail.com) and requested Gerry as our driver. Gerry took us to the Mayan ruins at San Gervasio where we had Tony as a guide. San Gervasio is very interesting and, if you are into things Mayan, well worth a visit. We had Gerry drive us around the island so we could see what it really is like. We stopped for lunch on the opposite side of the island from the cruise ships (and the crowds) at a very nice, modest size restaurant right on the water. The Key West style restaurant had fabulous views. We had a fantastic meal of fresh broiled fish and beer. We could have stayed all day. Then, Gerry took us to a small cafe with access to the water. We snorkeled and had a great time. If you want to enjoy the island, learn something about it and eat well, we highly recommend Gerry.
Third Port: Belize City, Belize
September 3, 2009
In Belize, we took the BACAB ECO Park Horseback Safari. We purchased this tour through the ship due to the logistics involved in getting to the ranch. We had a nice, narrated, 40 minute, air-conditioned bus ride to the horses. We were in the "experienced" group of riders. The ride is through a rain forest so it was muddy and buggy. Bug spray was a necessity. The tour was a lot of fun for those of us who don't get to ride very often.
Fourth Port: Isla Roatan, Honduras
September 4, 2009
We had made reservations for a car and driver through Bodden Tours. Ali, our driver and guide, met us at the dock. Ali took us on a tour of the island. We got to see what it's really like. We went to a small monkey / bird sanctuary and pet the animals. Then, Ali took us to a place he recommended for lunch. The place was Key West style and somewhat rustic. The men's room was not in good shape but the ladies room was ok. The view was good and the food was fine. The best part of this place was it was on the water and had access to a snorkeling area... The snorkeling was really great. Water was 2 to 7 feet (or so) deep and crystal clear. There was actual coral you could swim around. The bad part is that we don't think it will last long unless people are really careful while they swim. There were a large number of pretty little fish swimming around and a lobster or two. We highly recommend Ali and Bodden Tours.
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