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cwhite6 10-14-2019 03:27 PM

Cruise Port Ideas
 
We were supposed to be going to the Florida Keys for Thanksgiving. Due to some family events, we had to cancel that trip a few weeks back. We just found out we had our schedule clear up again, so we went looking for vacation ideas. Due to airfare and/or driving distance, we opted to not go to the keys. My wife and daughters wanted to go on a cruise, so I booked one yesterday. We are going with Norwegian out of New Orleans for 7 days. It works out perfect because I am a 3 hour drive from the terminal at the port and I do not need to pay for airfare or drive for two days each way. Anyway, I have done one other cruise. It was a Disney Cruise and we hit the Virgin Islands and a couple other places. I enjoyed riding on the boat more than the ports.

This cruise hits Cozumel, Roatan, Harvest Caye in Belize, and Costa Maya in Mexico. The only thing I know I am going to do is go to the LCDH in Cozumel if I can and I am going to do a wall dive in Roatan. The shore excursions are very expensive through NCL ($600 to see the ruins!) and I am not fan of a lot of them. So, I turn to the great THT. Can you give me ideas of things we can do at those ports that are safe and will be enjoyable? It will be my wife and I and our 15 year old and 10 year old daughters. We like to walk around, people watch, eat at cool places, and look around.

skibum 10-14-2019 04:36 PM

What is the "LCDH" ?

cwhite6 10-14-2019 04:40 PM


Originally Posted by skibum (Post 13019887)
What is the "LCDH" ?

Las Casa De Habanos. Cuba cigar stores that are run by Altadis that has the exclusive rights from the Cuban government to run them. Pretty much the only places in Mexico I trust to buy real Cuban cigars. I have been to a couple and they are always pretty cool.

Dont you live in Cozumel?

skibum 10-14-2019 04:48 PM


Originally Posted by cwhite6 (Post 13019897)


Las Casa De Habanos. Cuba cigar stores that are run by Altadis that has the exclusive rights from the Cuban government to run them. Pretty much the only places in Mexico I trust to buy real Cuban cigars. I have been to a couple and they are always pretty cool.

Dont you live in Cozumel?

Yes, never heard of the acronym. I only went there once, food was terrible as was the service, but that happens at most restaurants on Cozumel. I'd suggest going up to Havana Bob's for cigars to compare. Bob goes to Cuba frequently and has quite a variety of real Cuban cigars. He also buys tobacco there and has his own rollers with distinguished resumes. Located at Wet Wendy's about a block and a half from Casa de Habanos. Holler if there is anything else you want to know about Cozumel I may be able to help. I'm headed down for the next 6 months early November.

cwhite6 10-14-2019 04:55 PM


Originally Posted by skibum (Post 13019926)
Yes, never heard of the acronym. I only went there once, food was terrible as was the service, but that happens at most restaurants on Cozumel. I'd suggest going up to Havana Bob's for cigars to compare. Bob goes to Cuba frequently and has quite a variety of real Cuban cigars. He also buys tobacco there and has his own rollers with distinguished resumes. Located at Wet Wendy's about a block and a half from Casa de Habanos. Holler if there is anything else you want to know about Cozumel I may be able to help. I'm headed down for the next 6 months early November.

Good info! Can you recommend a good place to eat lunch? We are not much on touristy places. Much prefer a local place with good food.

skibum 10-14-2019 05:26 PM


Originally Posted by cwhite6 (Post 13019946)


Good info! Can you recommend a good place to eat lunch? We are not much on touristy places. Much prefer a local place with good food.

I'll get a short list together for you in the next couple of days.

billinstuart 10-15-2019 06:20 AM

Port Canaveral is becoming quite the cruise port..easy access, avoids south Florida.

cwhite6 10-15-2019 06:43 AM


Originally Posted by billinstuart (Post 13021284)
Port Canaveral is becoming quite the cruise port..easy access, avoids south Florida.

We went out of there for our Disney cruise. This time, I did not want to have to pay for the flights to that area from here or take the extra days off to drive there and back. The New Orleans port is right at three hours away for us.

Striper In 10-15-2019 06:47 AM

Roatan we booked a private tour with Victor Bodden Tours.
They were great to work with and we did what we wanted to do and beat the big bus tours.
The money you saved on airfare would make a great day :-)

Cozumel rent a car and hit the East Side of the Island.
Have a drink at Coconuts on that side, Great views from up on the bluff.

Skibum will chime in for great advice.





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km1125 10-15-2019 06:49 AM


Originally Posted by billinstuart (Post 13021284)
Port Canaveral is becoming quite the cruise port..easy access, avoids south Florida.

I have no dog in this hunt, but I'm guessing that's a bit longer drive from LA than N.O.

rdmallory 10-15-2019 06:59 AM

We purchase excursions/dive trips/ fishing trips on line

Saves about 30% off ship rates. Sometime you can pick up a trip that has openings for $20-$40

Most take credit card for deposit but never charge it. CASH when you show up.

Just make sure you/they understand the time you have to be back at port


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cwhite6 10-15-2019 07:55 AM


Originally Posted by Striper In (Post 13021375)
Roatan we booked a private tour with Victor Bodden Tours.
They were great to work with and we did what we wanted to do and beat the big bus tours.
The money you saved on airfare would make a great day :-)

Cozumel rent a car and hit the East Side of the Island.
Have a drink at Coconuts on that side, Great views from up on the bluff.

Skibum will chime in for great advice.





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Just looked up Bodden. I think that is something I will probably book my wife and girls on when I go diving. Thanks!!!!

cwhite6 10-15-2019 07:56 AM

Any recommendations for a good dive operation in Roatan?

TooReel 10-15-2019 08:58 AM

Last cruise we went on stopped at Costa Maya. My recommendation would be to stay on the boat.

cwhite6 10-15-2019 09:03 AM


Originally Posted by TooReel (Post 13021873)
Last cruise we went on stopped at Costa Maya. My recommendation would be to stay on the boat.

That is what I am leaning towards. Probably get off the boat and walk around for a little while and then get back on the boat. It would be a good time to play in the water park.

Striper In 10-15-2019 09:07 AM


Originally Posted by cwhite6 (Post 13021649)
Any recommendations for a good dive operation in Roatan?

Ask Bodden to recommend.

Striper In 10-15-2019 09:29 AM

If you haven't be to this site, Check it out.
This link will take you to most ports.
https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/456-caribbean/


Been on 7 or 8 cruises and have yet to book anything through the cruise line.
I usually just get a private car or van for the cost just a bit more then the cruise line would charge for a tour..

Just in the DR (Puerto Plata) on a cruise and celebrated my 60th.Had these guys wheel us around with lunch waiting on a private beach, Bottle of rum.
Alexander the Great was my Bartender and tour guide, Indiana Jones was our driver & Dolores was the chef.
All for $200.00 ( 6 Hours) + a nice tip for a great day.

Did everything were not supposed to do in the DR and we lived.

Similar to what we did with Bodden


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cwhite6 10-22-2019 07:30 AM

I Just sent my inquiry to Bodden for Roatan. I think I am going to skip diving by myself and just do the tour with the family. My wife is excited to get to hug a sloth. :)

For Cozumel, skibum has hooked me up with the info I wanted. We are going to take a. Cab or private car to the other side of the island and chill on the beach for the day and eat some street food.

No idea on Belize yet and we will probably stay on the boat and play on the slides and such while the boat is docked at Costa Maya.

FASTFJR 10-22-2019 08:27 AM

Costa Maya is a tiny little village. With that said check out Maya Chan Beach. You can't go wrong, been there three times and love it. Book early if you decide to go!!!


Costa Maya Beach Resort - Maya Chan Beach



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240 LTS 10-22-2019 08:42 AM

When we anchored off Belize my wife took a tender to land and I got on a fishing boat right off the cruise ship.

Cozumel- Rented a Harley. Were guided all around the island stopping at different lookout spots, a light house.
They had a pick up that followed and when in town blocked intersections for safety.
I think skibum commented on a post I made ling ago. He knew the guys or knew of them I believe.
Another time with our grown kids we rented a dune buggy and went in a group of others. Saw the sights and had a nice lunch on the beach.


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