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About ABQrobin

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    New Mexico
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    Scuba diving, hiking, photo & video
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    Roatan, Belize, and Cozumel

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  1. ABQrobin

    Beginner Scuba

    All Discover Scuba in Cozumel will be done from shore, and there isn't much coral along the shore in Cozumel, but there is coral rubble, items placed in the shallows to see, and some fish life. All companies will do basically the same thing, Chankanaab might be a good choice as once you are done you have the facilities to enjoy plus if you have family with you, they can hang out there while you do the class.
  2. I can't imagine why not. I would contact Buddy Dive and see what they say. Probably need a cc for deposit, but anyone is allowed to dive from their pier, not just guests. They have a fantastic setup at pier, with lines leading out to reef, etc. We've stayed there twice and its probably our favorite dive on the island, did it daily in addition to other sites on island. They have a restaurant right there, too, for lunch which is handy.
  3. Take a taxi to LaChoza... huge dining room that can accommodate your group. Excellent Mexican food.
  4. Our favorites are the Cozumel, Belize, Roatan routes.... we're doing it again in Sept. Just love everything about Belize and Roatan. Just make sure if you go there, you BOOK an excursion! Staying on ship, or staying just at the port are a waste of time to us. Get out and see these wonderful rustic countries with jungles and water activities. Roatan has best snorkeling in Caribbean, Belize has amazing Mayan ruins and cave tubing... If you just want a pretty beach, then Grand Turk and Grand Cayman have it. We are not "beach sitters" so they aren't high on our list for ports.
  5. You can only book Carnival on the ship. The independent companies I would contact from home before your cruise. Lots of recommendations here on CC for excursions. Do you have an idea what you want to do in Belize? Start reading the posts here on CC and get an idea what is available, also look at the cruise website at "shore excursions" and see what they have.
  6. Mahogany Bay is owned by the cruise line, Carnival. You have to walk thru the port and exit the gate, then walk down a hill to meet any "outside" excursions. Mahogany Bay has a shopping area and a beach area, its a large enclosed port. Rony's and Bodden are both private excursion vendors you can meet outside the gates down that hill...but you need to book ahead of time. They need a certain number of people and need to know which van/bus to bring for each excursion. Look up their websites on TripAdvisor or google them. Both have great reputations.
  7. Don't plan to book something at the port. Most of these excursions have long bus rides and they have to leave shortly after ships tenders arrive. Many of the excursions will also be sold out already by then. Book ahead of time in Belize, whether you do a ship's excursion or private company.
  8. We had a whistling balcony door once (Freedom), told our room steward, fixed same day when we came back to room.
  9. Ortiz is a WORLD FAMOUS baseball player, worth Millions and Millions of dollars, famous and from Dominican Republic. Not a single person here on CC is as famous or rich, so the idea that they would be targeted just like Ortiz is nonsense. He was probably shot in a robbery attempt, but we have to wait for the news to come out. They say one person already arrested and have a name of the other. It is an ongoing story, and not a random shooting of a tourist.
  10. Don't let them fool you? What are you accusing me of? The OP was just asking for a beach with snorkeling, first time to Roatan, and I was telling them of an inexpensive choice. ehge80 - your driver can take you to West Bay, but you are still going to have to pay a fee to use facilities and chairs at any of the clubs/resorts there.
  11. Also.... Carnival is now offering Discover Scuba at Rendezvous Caye, don't know if other cruise lines are also. I bet you would love that.
  12. If you are allergic to beef, I would stay away from Guys...they may be putting the veggie burgers on the same grill as the beef burgers.
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