Cabin review: IE6093 Mid-Ship Inside
We had an inside cabin. The room was small, but the bed was big. There was a big closet with a lot of storage shelves, and we were able to store all our gear out of the way. It was forward at the end of a long hall and was very quiet. The shower and bathroom was large enough. Good steward service on this deck.
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Port and Shore Excursions
This was the only port where tender boats were required. Belize City was kind of crowded. We took a train tour around the city and saw some of the major sites as well as lots of schools. The wealthier people live on one side of the river, and the poor folks live on the other. Shopping is abundant in port and the people are friendly and speak English, as Belize is the old British Honduras.
Costa Maya is a port and small village built by the cruise lines. It is a good jumping off spot for visiting nearby Mayan ruins. The village had a variety of souvenir shops, restaurants, and a beach. Everything was new and kind of contrived. It was not a real Mexican experience, but the place was pleasant. We didn't tarry long there but took a Mayan ruins tour, which was interesting. Our guide, Elizabeth, was well-informed and entertaining.
Cozumel is expensive, but you probably can eat in one of the seafront restaurants without fear of contracting an illness disease. Cost is somewhat more than you would pay for a good Mexican restaurant at home and the food is about the same. There is shopping galore, but, as I said, it is expensive. We took a van tour around the island with a variety of stops. There was a stop at a Mayan ruin with marked statues from the Mayan period back among the rain forest foliage. It is very well done. Other stops included a small village with crafts and a church, a restaurant and bar on the beach, where we were treated to a free margarita, and a rest stop before returning to town.