Happy New Year and welcome to 2017. I always get so excited for the new year and all of the amazing adventures that await. We are less than a year away from our family cruise and boy oh boy is the anticipation almost too much for me.
Today we will discuss Belize. It is our first port of call after two days at sea enjoying all of the wonders that the Carnival Breeze has to offer. Belize is “unbelizable” according to the local people. It is a beautiful country with rolling hills and mountains, miles of beach, and the Belize Barrier Reef, the largest in the Western Hemisphere and second only in the world after the Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Due to the Belize Barrier Reef you must take a tender boat from the ship to shore.
So let’s talk tender boats. Because I have appointed myself the family cruise planner we will all be doing excursions thru Carnival. The night before we arrive in Belize you will find a letter in your mailbox found outside the cabin door. With the letter there will be tickets to the excursions we have purchased prior to the start of the cruise. On each ticket it will have the name of the excursion, the port of the excursion, and a place to meet. As a side note, Scott and I use our magnet clips and place all of our excursion tickets on the wall as soon as we receive them so they do not get lost. In our experience with Carnival excursions the meet up point is usually in the theater at a designated time. You simply head down to the theater at that designated time and await for the Fun Squad to direct you to deck zero and onto the tender boats. The tenders only take a few minutes to get you to shore and once onshore you follow the nice tour guide holding the sign with your tour name to the appropriate transportation.
The key is to pay attention and follow directions. First, have your sail and sign card with you at all times including while being at port. Second, have your passport or second form of id with you. Not every port requires the id but Carnival still insists everyone carry one off the ship. Third, have your excursion tickets in hand. Do not bury them at the bottom of a bag and then stop the line of people behind you as you empty your bag on the ground to find them. Fourth, do not bring food and opened drinks off the ship. I repeat, do not bring food and opened drinks off the ship. We like to carry a large bottled water with us to our excursions but we do not open them until after we have gotten off the ship.
When we arrive at Belize City you will find stores and restaurants all right there for your shopping and eating pleasure. The official language in Belize is English but most people are bilingual (English & Spanish speaking). You should have no problem being able to communicate with any of the people.
Some interesting facts about Belize:
- Belize’s Black Howler Monkeys, locally known as “Baboons” are one of the top 10 loudest animals in the world.
- If you are eating Gibnut you’re eating a rainforest rodent which is a popular game meat in Belize also known as the Royal Rat.
- The average temperature is 81 degrees.
- Belize is home to the Jaguar Preserve
If you go on the Carnival website you can find the list and descriptions of the excursions for Belize. Please feel free at any time to book the excursion you wish to go on. If you book it you must pay for it at the same time. Excursions are not part of the make a payment plan. Scott and I will not be purchasing any excursions until after we have paid our cruise in full. Also, if you would like to do an excursion with all of the people in our cruise group let me know. I have contacted Carnival about group excursions but we have to have all 16 of us agree on the excursions and go together. Since this is your vacation you do what you want. It would be nice if you do let us know which excursion you choose in case some people really want to go with you.