in the beginning of april my husband and I are going on the ship "Grandeur Of The Sea". we are stopping at costa maya and spending the day and also 1 day in Belize. I have never been to mexico or on a cruise.Can someone give me some tips/advice for this trip? thank you!
Belize is one of my favorite ports!! I love it. Like the others said, I did cave tubing. It’s link is
Amazing company and there is a reason it is mentioned over and over again on Cruise Critic. Simply amazing. Same one as the ship’s excursion except you do 2 caves and half the price of the cruise ship’s.
The other excursion I’ve done in Belize (which they offer if you are going to be there a long time) is Xunantunich. It is simply the best Mayan ruin. You can actually hike up it. Most of them are like Stonehenge, you must look at from behind the velvet ropes, but this one you can wander the grounds and climb to the top. You can see 3 countries from the top. It was definitely my favorite shore excursion I’ve ever done. Simply awe-inspiring.
Costa Maya…like they said, nothing there. It’s a built port so it kinda looks like Epcot’s Mexico. A bit too "Disney". It was also the hottest I’ve ever been in my life. I recommend staying on the ship or at least going back early. On the ship you can lay on the lido deck and it’s like you have your own private waiter as there are only like 5 people on board and at least 7 waiters on deck. The spa is also cheaper on port days so you can get a really good deal on a massage. In my opinion, a must on a cruise.
Definitely plan a shore excursion for Belize though. Where the ship drops you off is not very good. It’s a small mall and all the beggars sit outside the gate to bum money off tourists. If you stayed there or tried to plan your own, you’d be miserable. Belize is a very poor country. However like I said, the shore excursions there are amazing. The best part of any cruise.