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  1. For those people who still want to go on their cruise, but is still within the window of opportunity to cancel, (ie… more than 90 days out), why not just cancel your reservation, but in the back of your mind, know that if you change your mind, there will still be room on the ship? This is because there are not a lot of people making cruise reservations right now. It is highly likely that your exact same cabin will still be available months from now. (Unless you have a nice one, such as a suite, and somebody gets upgraded to it. Even so, there would be other cabins available, including on sailings that are currently sold out. I'd be willing to bet my house that in the foreseeable future, great sales with MAJOR discounts will be had on all sailings, everywhere. I wouldn't be surprised if by next year, there are many ships idle and anchored.
  2. Thank you everyone! Looks like I have several good options to pick from!
  3. I'm looking for suggestions on which company to hire for a private guide/driver for Cozumel. We do not want to ride in a jeep, and would prefer a mini-van or larger even though we only have 3 people. (One is elderly). We want a "fun" and knowledgeable driver that wouldn't waste our time taking us "the long way around" and to "extra unplanned stops" where he might get a kickback, such as happened to us in Jamaica. I mean, if we only have less than 8 hours in a country we don't want to waste our time! We just need a good driver and I will tip him well. ....any suggestions? Also, I remember reading a year ago on these boards about a good Mexican restaurant right on a good beach on the East side of the Island. The best food around. I can't remember the name of it or where it is. Any ideas on that? Is it still open?
  4. Please report back on it’s effectiveness!
  5. I will! Thank you! I am so excited about this trip: RCC Liberty Of The Seas, Lv Galveston, March 15, 2020. I can't wait to hold a sloth and to snorkel that barrier reef!
  6. Well, After reading these posts, and then doing even more research on Tripadvisor and other cruise and traveler sites, this is the sum of what I've learned about these critters that leave intense itching: 1. Sometimes they are not a problem, and sometimes they are. Some seasons might be worse than others. 2. They are picky biters! Some people they won't bite, and other people they bite alot. 3. They love salt on your skin. So IMMEDIATELY put on protection immediatly after leaving the ocean water. 4. Avoid damp sand near the water. 5. The tiny critters cannot fly against the wind. So breezy days are your friend! 6. They suffocate in oils or other "goop" people put on their skin. So slathering this goop on helps ALOT. 7. Insect repellent such as Backwoods or other 100% Deet helps ALOT. 8. You can read up on all the goop people put on their skin, such as different types of oils, and Avon skin so soft. So this is what I'm going to do: 1. Not worry about the season, since I can't change it. But I'm glad I'm going in early spring! 2. Have goop in my swimsuit button-down pocket and put it on IMMEDIATELY upon walking out of the water. Then find a place to rinse off and then goop up again. 3. Put Backwoods OFF ON TOP OF THE GOOP. 4. Which goop will I choose to use? I'm going to use that which is sold locally, apparently "all over the place" locally for the purpose of keeping sand flies at bay: Sunscreen that has cactus juiice as it's base. But I'm not going to go shopping for the stuff while I'm in Roatan. I want to put some on before I get off the boat, or at least before I get off the pier. So I will buy at least one container online, prior to my cruise departure. 5. Some people get bitten because they forget to keep the goop or oils on. I will make it a point to stay slippery goopy and constantly put Backwoods Off on top of it. Constantly. Yes, it's bad for my body, but only for a day. 6. I will have clear aloe ready back at the cabin on the ship. Maybe some .1% Hydrocordisone acetate or cream, also. 7. I will notify the parents of the problem of sand flies if I happen to see a baby playing in the sand, and the baby appears to be with a tourist family. After all this preparation, I am going to make VERY sure that I enjoy my time in Roatan. Apparently, it's such a great place to be that many people keep going back to visit, and even to retire there, even though they've been bit many times!
  7. I've never been to Roatan, and I have an RCC port of call in March 2020. I've read so much about sand flies that I'm wishing that I was not taking my elderly mother in law on this cruise. I'm worried about her. Yes, I have read all about how to protect ourselves. BUT, in all the reading that I've done, I haven't found any recent posts or articles on the subject. Everything I read was posted 3 or more years ago. So I'm wondering if it's still a problem. Is it?
  8. We took the public bus. No biggie. Frequent Busses. No stress.
  9. I keep seeing photos people holding sloths, and monkeys on top of people's heads. Is there any place where I can both hold a sloth and HOLD a monkey? I'm not really interested in a monkey on top of my head. I'd rather look at him while he's in my arms. Thanks for any info!
  10. Thank you. This is very helpful information!!
  11. Hi, Liberty Of The Seas arrives in Belize City at 8am. I am trying to figure out how long I should allow to stand in line on the ship to take my turn on hopping on a tender boat, riding to shore, and then grabbing a taxi to go to the small municipal airport in Belize City. (Not the larger international airport). I have no idea how many tender boats are used, the frequency, or anything about he efficiency of the process. I would really, really, appreciate a best case and worse case scenario. I am anxiously awaiting your answers! Thank you!!!!!!
  12. Liberty Of The Seas arrives at Belize City at 8:00am. I would like to charter a helicopter out of Belize Municipal Airport. This is the small city airport that is in town and not far away from the port. It is not the international airport. I am trying to figure out what would be a safe time for me to schedule the flight, without wasting the day by choosing a flight that leaves unnecessarily late in the morning. In other words, I want to get off the ship, take the sight-seeing flight, and then go do other things in Belize before I get back on the ship. How much time should I allow to stand in line on the ship, to tender, and make it to the airport? I have no idea how many tender boats there are, or if the process is efficient, or if I could be stuck on the ship for an hour and a half. Any help would be appreciated, as I don't want to schedule the flight and then find that I cannot meet the flight... Thank you so much for providing a best and worst case scenario!
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