I recently returned from a cruise to Belize and Cozumel. I was traveling as a single parent with a 12 and 9 year old and booked a zip-line/cave tubing adventure for all of us in Belize with Island Marketing. We met our guides Magic Mike, TooTall and Charlie at the dock. We were put on the bus quickly and went off on our hour journey.
But for some reason we were forced to stop at a local market on the way which is an irritating thing that happens a lot with these tours. Because of our late start it seemed awfully irresponsible to take the time to sell us food we didn't need.
During the bus ride Magic Mike told us a lot about Belize but as the ride continued, he seemed to forget there were kids on the bus and his discussion took an uncomfortable sexual bent. And many times, passengers tried to remind him about the kids, but he didn't seem to notice. He told bizarre stories about pissed off clients which seemed really odd. If he had stuck to the history of Belize it would have been better.
Once we arrived there was really no plan in place. We managed to go zip lining which was wonderful and my kids loved it. Then we changed and picked up our tubes and hiked 30 minutes to tubing. The hike was really easy and pretty. The tubing was lovely as well.
But upon our return, they insisted on feeding us even though we were really crunched for time to make it back to the last tender. Finally they agreed to let us eat on the bus so we could leave. It was clear as Charlie, driving us home, passed car after car, that we were running really late. But Magic Mike kept telling his inappropriate stories and forced us to stop at one point so he could run off the bus and pee. I think he may have been slightly drunk.
We arrived at the pier five minutes before the last tender left which was really not comfortable.
While the ziplining and cave tubing were great, I am not sure I would recommend this company. Their inability to keep to a timetable is worrisome and the guides lack of sensitivity to the fact that children are among them, is just wrong. Although they are nice guys, they are just not all that professional.
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