Having taken many cruises, and having also done many of the pre-packaged tours available to cruise-ship passengers, I can readily testify that a private tour with a local tour-guide is by far the better choice for a short visit in a new port.
This was our first visit to Roatan, Honduras. We, five passengers including two ladies in their eighties, were sailing the Royal Carribean "Mariner of the Seas", and had only an 8 hour stopover at Roatan. Steve Bush, of Roatan Trips and Tours was a great choice for a short but very informative and enjoyable day's excursion.
Steve was waiting for us as close to dockside as he was allowed to be...with our name on a sign...and a big smile for everyone. His English is exceptional, with that slight lilt of the islander we find so endearing. Steve brought along his son, 16 year-old Michael, who is in training to guide like his father, and the pair were a dynamic duo of information and assistance.
Steve picked up our group in a comfortable, late model American van with tinted windows and a hard working A.C. (necessary in the tropics), and really showed us many different aspects of life and society on Roatan. We saw how the rich and famous live and play, but we did not neglect seeing the real Roatan of the hard-working Hondurans who make the island pleasurable for moneyed visitors: the service industry. Our tour took us almost the entire length of the island, and we saw many beautiful vistas, sights and localities.
Having traveled the world by ship, plane, train and even camel...I, for one, long to see how the locals live. Steve showed us that, too...including a short visit with his family in their humble abode...and a chance to meet his wife and other children. A warm welcome and refreshments at that stop completed what was a thoroughly delightful day's tour of Roatan, Honduras.
I can highly recommend Steve and Michael Bush for their knowledge and obvious love of country and place. We will be visiting Roatan on another cruise soon...and definitely plan to use Steve's services in showing us and our guests around.