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“Lamanai Ruins with Belize Cruise Excursions”

Belize Cruise Excursions
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Owner description: Serving the Cruising community since 2003, Belize Cruise Excursions provides exclusive beach breaks, action tours, zip line tours, cave tubing tours, Maya Ruins and private tours. All excursions are in small groups, offering privacy and comfort for all arriving Cruise Ship Passengers arriving into the port of Belize.Belize Cruise Excursions, an Island Marketing (Cayman) Group.
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

What an experience! I prefer to book our tours independently from the cruise line. After much research and help from Trip Advisor I found Belize Cruise Excursions and we were not disappointed. The directions and instructions to our meeting point were right on and Nicolai was right there waiting for us.

We drove about 45 minutes north of Belize City and Nicolai provided a lot of history and information about Belize and its surrrounding area. He also provided us with maps that we could refer to as he spoke. We arrived early at the river area to catch our boat to Lamanai. Since we had some extra time to spare we were taken to see the spider monkeys. Wow!

We encountered some trouble after the other party arrived. They boarded the boat but once we got going we realized that there was too much weight and we had to turn around. Our tour guide had to be left behind along with a cooler of refreshments and water but we tried once again. We still had a weight issue so another bigger boat was called to meet us so we can change boats once again. What should've been a 1 hour boat ride turned into a 1 1/2 hour ride.

Once we arrived at Lamanai we were greeted and lunch was provided. The lunch consisted of chicken, salad and rice and beans. It was delicious! Much better than my breakfast that morning on the cruise. After lunch our tour of the ruins got started. You may ask how we had a tour if our tour guide was left behind? There are plenty of local folks that help each other out when needed. The boat driver was also our tour guide while at the ruins. He did an excellent job considering that the other party in our group was not wearing appropriate shoes or clothing to deal with the mosquitoes. You better bring your bug spray or you will be eaten alive here. Also remember to wear light color clothing! No black folks!

We didn't have much time at the ruins due to our boat situation and our time back at the cruise port but the time we had here we did enjoy. This was probably our third Mayan ruin to visit over the years and not the most impressive, but the location provides you with a great idea on how the Mayan communiy here of over 70,000 people provided for themselves.

On our way back to the port Nicolai drove us to Belize City. All I have to say is that there is so much more outside of Belize City. Don't let this area of Belize deter you from visiting the country side. It truly is beautiful and when you have a great tour guide like Nicolai it takes on a whole new meaning.

True to their word Belize Cruise Excursions/Nicolai got us to the port on time. In fact, we had another 40 minutes to shop but we were so tired from our day that we headed straight to the ship.

7  Thank worldtraveler428
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

First, the time we were told the tour would begin did not match the time our ship docked, even taking into account the local time and ship time difference, so we figured that we should just get to the meeting spot ASAP. We left on the first tender and arrived at the assembly point by 8:30. We then sat for two hours waiting for others in the group to arrive via later tenders, so we left shortly after 10:30. It was quite warm, the wait was not very comfortable, and the bar where we might have been able to buy a drink of some sort was not open. The Altun Ha ruins were worth seeing, but they are about an hour's drive from the port. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the ruins, and there are some vendors selling various items, so I bought some of Maria Sharp's Green Habanero Pepper Sauce (very good). Some teens also had little crocodiles and cacomistles which I held for a pictue (and a couple of dollars to the kids). When we returned to Belize, we took a detour through the "south side" for no reason that I could discern since it was quite third-world and there were not any attractions. One of the things that came with the tour was "lunch." By the time we got back to port, it was 3 pm, and lunch consisted of one tamale with about two tablespoons of chicken in it and a bottle of soda. The tour guide said to enjoy the rest of our stay in Belize, but the last tender left at 4:15, so there wasn't much time left to do anything by the time we walked back to where we got in line to return to the ship. The ruins were worth seeing, but go with a different company because this trip which was supposed to be four hours long including transport ended up taking up 6-1/2 hours of our time.

7  Thank 2littletime2seeitall
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

We were fortunate to do the Belize X-Stream Cave Tubing Excursion on our recent cruise. The tour company is Belize Cruise excursions (belizecruiseexcursions.com) We have cave tubed before, but this was our most enjoyable trek.
You must be in moderate fitness as you will walk through the tropical rainforest on paths carrying your own tube for about 40 minutes. This walk is an excursion itself as there is a lot to see and hear in the forest. Then you enter the slow moving river (refreshing- not too warm or too cold!) to tube through a huge wonderful cave. There are fascinating cave formations (stalactites and stalagmites to study.) This cave is the best cave by far because not many people go into this particular cave. The smallness of the group, and not being around other group makes this very special. Then more floating outside the cave, then another cave. This cave was also very interesting, but we shared it with another group. After leaving the second cave it was a short walk to our waiting van.
A delicious local lunch was included. All in all it was a great adventure! I highly recommend this activity.

4  Thank sampammike
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

To save money we booked the Belize Cave Tubing and Zip Line Excursion through Island Marketing LTD instead of Carnival—large group, 39 of us. Before we left on the cruise, Island Marketing emailed me a detailed list of instructions: from where to meet to what to wear. This was very helpful; we all tendered at different times, but had no problem finding the Fort Street Plaza Shopping Center meeting location. Here we met our guides Wentworth, Carlos, Shaq and Shannon who assured us we would make it back in time for our ship’s departure. They then escorted us to an air conditioned bus for a 45 minute drive to the jungle. Wentworth was witty and charming—excellent tour guide, very informative.
We arrived to our destination (looked like Jurassic Park), took a restroom break and then was escorted to the Zip Line entrance. Here we suited up for safety and given instructions. We zipped through about seven different platforms; approximately 45 minutes. Felt very safe. I recommend wearing bug spray!
After zip lining, we were treated to fresh fruit and water then we changed into swim suits and water shoes. Never felt rushed!
We picked up our floats; head light and vest then trekked through the jungle for approximately 30 minutes. Carlos knew a lot about local plants and birds, very informative. Because of time, we floated through one cave not three—stunning views. The water was a little low, but our guides did all the work. We did see two monkeys!
After floating the river, we had time to change and eat lunch--homemade tamales, fruit and rum punch. These tamales are not like anything we eat in Texas: doughy with entire chicken, bones and all, inside the dough. The bananas and rum punch were delicious.
We made it back in time to shop for 30 minutes before the last tender set sail back to the ship.
We were extremely satisfied and would recommend using Island Marketing to our friends and family. We plan on booking with them again! Our guides worked hard, and it really showed.

2  Thank BrodeTexas
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Reviewed June 4, 2013

I found Island Marketing on the Internet while surfing for good deals on excursions since the ones on the cruise are quite expensive. The only negative thing about this company is they don't have a phone number to call. We were already on the ship when they sent me the confirmation by email even I ordered the excursion 4 days before our sailing. So I ended up paying extra to use the ship's Internet service but at least we made it to the tour. We boarded a shuttle bus that took about an hour long to get to there. The hike (with tube, life vest and headlight in tow) was a little strenuous and rocky but it was a good workout! Once we reached the cave, WOW! It was so surreal! The river was warm and so clear you can see these tiny fishes everywhere. Our guide gave us some safety tips and he kept us all safe all the way. The cave was crowded and noisy with other tourists doing the same thing so it was hard to hear our guide. Too bad we didn't bring a water proof camera :( so remember to bring one because this place is amazing. After the tour, our guide gave us the BEST chicken tamales, rum punch and some exotic fruits for lunch. Wish we can have another serving of those homemade tamales lol..There was no locker in this place so we left our belongings in the shuttle bus. Don't worry they kept the bus locked so it is safe to leave them. I am glad I purchased this excursion through them because not only was it FUN but I save some money as well. This cave was way better than Rio Secreto in Cozumel. I think that place was overrated and expensive! So this place has my vote :)

2  Thank pinkcottage88
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