2,415 Belize City Cruise Reviews

We booked cave tubing with VIV tours and they were amazing. We had to take a tender to the pier and we found them easily waiting for us. Due to bad weather again, they quickly escorted us into our van and we traveled about 45 ... Read More
We booked cave tubing with VIV tours and they were amazing. We had to take a tender to the pier and we found them easily waiting for us. Due to bad weather again, they quickly escorted us into our van and we traveled about 45 minutes to the cave. Kareem was our tour guide and he was the most informative and entertaining tour guide. He was very knowledgeable about Belize and we learned so much about the country. Once we arrived we were able to change into swimsuits and use the restroom. We were provided with life vest and helmets with lights. We then picked up our tubes and proceeded into the jungle. The walk is about 2.5 miles, the path is rocky but it was not too difficult. We entered the water with help from the guides and were clipped together in tubes of 8. Kareem guided his 8 tubes through the cave and explained all about the caves. It was very safe and we enjoyed it. Once the cave portion of the tour was over we floated down the river and then had a 5 minute walk back. We were able to change clothes before heading back on the van. I would highly recommend VIV tours, they were wonderful! Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
Our next day was Belize. Once again, the ship arrived and began tendering people ashore much later than expected. The ship was anchored far away, so it was about a 20 minute trip by tender boat. We had not booked an excursion, and we left ... Read More
Our next day was Belize. Once again, the ship arrived and began tendering people ashore much later than expected. The ship was anchored far away, so it was about a 20 minute trip by tender boat. We had not booked an excursion, and we left the tourist shopping area and went into town. Possibly a mistake, but we did have an 'authentic' experience. Belize is like a smaller, dirtier, poorer New Orleans. If you've been harassed, scammed, or begged from on Bourbon Street, think of that and then multiply by 10. Every direction had people shouting and trying to sell us taxi rides, city tours, hair braiding, fresh coconuts, and probably more unsavory things, but I mostly tried to ignore all that. I had a map and some recommendations I'd printed from "Travel & Leisure" magazine, but even with a map and people giving us directions, we never did find the cigar shop on Cork Street, or even Cork Street, for that matter. Eventually we gave up and allowed a hair braider to become our guide for the afternoon. She took us to Brodies, the oldest dry goods emporium (AKA department store) in Belize. It was like an old K mart or something, but there were also groceries. We picked up some cigars, a couple bottles of wine, and a bottle of Belize rum for a good price. They also had cold beer, which we picked up to drink as we walked. I am not sure if it was the heat and humidity that made those beers taste good, or if it was really that good, but the beer was very enjoyable. Having a 'native guide' was also handy in that she dismissed all of the other beggars, hawkers, dealers, and what-have-you that might have otherwise followed and harassed us if we had tried to get to Brodies on our own. After Brodies and a sit down in a shack that was our tour guide's "home base" we went across the street and I bought some stamps. They have commemorative stamp collections on display in a case in the post office, but the lady in the post office only had individual stamps for sale. Oh well. They were very pretty and quite inexpensive. If something is a dollar Belize, it's 50 cents American. The Belize currency I got in change was also a nice souvenir. Finally, our guide took us through the crafts market just across from the "cruise tourist village" Most of the trinkets and jewelry for sale just looked cheap and unattractive, so I didn't buy much. My sweetheart got a rosewood walking stick, autographed by the artisan, for $15. That was a good deal. Back in the "shopping village" we went into the chocolate shop and got some excellent chocolate-dipped ginger, chocolate beer, and cocoa perfume. Overall, however, Belize was poor, depressing, hot and humid. I think I'll either book an excursion next time, or just stay on the ship during Belize day. Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
Sergeant's Cay Snorkel Adventure. 1 full hour of barrier reef snorkeling in the ocean! Awesome! Also stop over at a rustic little island resort for a brief rest. Well worth the money!
Sergeant's Cay Snorkel Adventure. 1 full hour of barrier reef snorkeling in the ocean! Awesome! Also stop over at a rustic little island resort for a brief rest. Well worth the money! Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
We had a cave tubing excursion booked for Belize, the tender was very quick and we found our group very quickly. We booked with a group outside the ship, Viv tours. There was about 11 of us in that group with 3 tour guides. One slept in ... Read More
We had a cave tubing excursion booked for Belize, the tender was very quick and we found our group very quickly. We booked with a group outside the ship, Viv tours. There was about 11 of us in that group with 3 tour guides. One slept in the backseat, (we never saw her again) one drove the bus (and was our leader once in the water) and the third, Kareem was very knowledgeable and told us all about the island. The ride out to the caves was about an hour, but didn't feel very long at all. Once we arrived, we had time to change and grabbed our helmets, life jackets and awesome tubes. They also provided lockers to lock up important documents and money. The tubes was one of the main reasons we booked with viv. They have the mesh on the bottom and headrests, making a comfortable ride. The walk was quite tiresome and hot, but very informative, with many stops to see the local vegetation and a dry cave. Getting down onto the dock and into the tube was a little tricky, but there was a man at the bottom to help you down the little ramp, then you just had to fall back into the tube. The rest of the time was a great float, looking at the stalactites and stalagmites and relaxing in the cool water. My only little complaint was being in the front of our 5 person group, I had to steer a bit and keep my feet out of the guides way, which had me always aware and unable to fully relax. But this was very minor. Overall it was a great experience, a small group, with many laughs and totally worth the price of only 40$, less than half the price of the one on the boat. Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
Oh. My. Gosh. You don't want to go to Belize without an organized excursion. My Aunt and I tendered over (approximately 15 to 20 minutes) so we could do a little shopping in the 'compound' area. I say 'compound' ... Read More
Oh. My. Gosh. You don't want to go to Belize without an organized excursion. My Aunt and I tendered over (approximately 15 to 20 minutes) so we could do a little shopping in the 'compound' area. I say 'compound' because it's encircled by a wrought iron fence that is covered from the ground up to about 10' high. The shopping was not great, but it's interesting to see what they offer. We asked a cafe worker as well as a security guard whether it was safe to leave the 'compound'. Both said yes, but we'd get rushed. I should have asked what they meant by "rushed". It was scarey. The village people swarm you the second you leave the compound. There are police or guards with automatic weapons. It's like the worst slum and war zone in one. I am not a shy person, or afraid of crowds, but these folks scared the hell out of me. They all crowd you, yelling out what they have to offer, and will not take "no thank you" for an answer. Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
We did River Wallace in Belize. Our guide, Ken, was a storehouse of knowledge. We ate a Belize wedding feast at the small village at the end of the 20 mile boat trip - the other guides and boat pilots were wonderful. Ken was a history ... Read More
We did River Wallace in Belize. Our guide, Ken, was a storehouse of knowledge. We ate a Belize wedding feast at the small village at the end of the 20 mile boat trip - the other guides and boat pilots were wonderful. Ken was a history major at the Belize college, and attended archeological symposiums, plus he grew up in this village on the river, so he was a storehouse of ecological and historical information. The bus that took us to the Altun Ha Mayan site was AAA rated -- modern and cool. We should have bought the local bottled water (iced cold) for a dollar, at the site -- it was hot. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
I don't remember the name of the tour company but it was right there at the port when you first get off the ship. Our tour guide's name was Wallace and he was great. It was just me and my boyfriend and Wallace and he took us on a ... Read More
I don't remember the name of the tour company but it was right there at the port when you first get off the ship. Our tour guide's name was Wallace and he was great. It was just me and my boyfriend and Wallace and he took us on a city/country tour and then to the Altun Ha Mayan Ruins. The tour cost us $50 each and it was worth it. Much cheaper than what the cruise line was charging and we got 1 on 1 attention from our guide. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
I would choose a different excursion next time. I am not a fan of the Mayan ruins but river Wallace was good.
I would choose a different excursion next time. I am not a fan of the Mayan ruins but river Wallace was good. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
I love this port, even though I often see that other folks don't. This is the one that you just have to take an excursion in to get the most out of. The snorkeling in Belize City is second to none. This time we took a tour of Mayan ... Read More
I love this port, even though I often see that other folks don't. This is the one that you just have to take an excursion in to get the most out of. The snorkeling in Belize City is second to none. This time we took a tour of Mayan Ruins, and that was fantastic and very reasonably priced. (We purchased after getting off of the ship). Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
Stayed on ship. Didn't book an excursion and that seems to be the only reason you'd get off here...there were no attractive enough excursion options for young kids.
Stayed on ship. Didn't book an excursion and that seems to be the only reason you'd get off here...there were no attractive enough excursion options for young kids. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
Booked a independent snorkel tour thru coral breeze (look them up) we went out to caye caulker island, out by the barrier reef. was a 35 minute boat ride, from the dock. pick your lunch before you go.....get the chicken.....so good. ... Read More
Booked a independent snorkel tour thru coral breeze (look them up) we went out to caye caulker island, out by the barrier reef. was a 35 minute boat ride, from the dock. pick your lunch before you go.....get the chicken.....so good. you dock, and drop off lunch orders, and whoever doesn't wanna snorkel, then head for the reef...3 minutes from the dock. they tie off, and we had a dread locked guy named mark as our reef guide, alongside the native islander henny. mark was exceptional. dove down to a crack, clapped his hands, and got a moray eel to try and get him. saw tons of sea life, great corals, just excellent snorkeling. they make you were old school life vests, but if you show them you can snorkel, and dive, they will let you hold the vest, instead of wear it. the waves can be a bit challenging for first timers. did I mention the chicken? holy cow, was it good. the island is so pretty.... eat your lunch fast, and explore it with a couple blocks..... Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
This was a third year in a row at Belize. The past two years we took the tender in and did a bit of shopping. The tender operators are surly and do not seem to us there. The same can be said for the shop owners. These folks will not even ... Read More
This was a third year in a row at Belize. The past two years we took the tender in and did a bit of shopping. The tender operators are surly and do not seem to us there. The same can be said for the shop owners. These folks will not even exchange your money for their currency, but will sell you a packet of their currency at twice the face value. This was our best year at Belize, as we stayed on the boat and enjoyed the pool. I wish Carnival would replace this port with another. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
Cave tubing: very good time. water level was pretty low so it was not as much fun as it could have been. Other tour operators in a rush to push thru the maximum number of visitors also detracted from this being an A+ time.
Cave tubing: very good time. water level was pretty low so it was not as much fun as it could have been. Other tour operators in a rush to push thru the maximum number of visitors also detracted from this being an A+ time. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
The port , and the city, are nothing special, and not very inviting. But we really enjoyed our shore excursion to the caves!
The port , and the city, are nothing special, and not very inviting. But we really enjoyed our shore excursion to the caves! Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
Didn't get to see much of the beaches because we took a 'city' tour. The Belize City by Carriage Tour was interesting. We had an exuberant guide who was clearly proud of his city. The tour included a stop at the Belize ... Read More
Didn't get to see much of the beaches because we took a 'city' tour. The Belize City by Carriage Tour was interesting. We had an exuberant guide who was clearly proud of his city. The tour included a stop at the Belize Museum. I never need to go back there. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
First time. Had a lovely snorkeling excursion. Reefs not quite as pretty as we expected but water was great. Went to a private island for the excursion-very nice and clean. Nice port area.
First time. Had a lovely snorkeling excursion. Reefs not quite as pretty as we expected but water was great. Went to a private island for the excursion-very nice and clean. Nice port area. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
We had scheduled cave tubing through Shoretrips.com, but the actual operator was VIV tours. I can't say enough good things about them. We met them outside the terminal and boarded a large van for about a 40-minute ride into the ... Read More
We had scheduled cave tubing through Shoretrips.com, but the actual operator was VIV tours. I can't say enough good things about them. We met them outside the terminal and boarded a large van for about a 40-minute ride into the mountains of Belize into another protected par. We were issued hardhats with lanterns and large tubes with mesh seats and took a 35 minute trek to the first cave. When we got in the water, I realized why our tour was so good. In every other group, the tourists were linked to each other by sticking their feet under the arms of the person in front of them. In our two groups (6 in one and 7 in the other), our tubes were linked together with carabiners (no feet involved). We went through two caves, each of which was remarkable in its own way. The guides were knowledgeable about their country and the caves; the whole day was fascinating. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
Shopping was safe and interesting. The tender trip was easy to board. Not much to do in Belize City unless you take a NCL bus trip an hour away at a pretty high price.
Shopping was safe and interesting. The tender trip was easy to board. Not much to do in Belize City unless you take a NCL bus trip an hour away at a pretty high price. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012

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