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Old 04-05-2016, 03:00 PM   #106
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Glae to see you back, Mel! The cave tubing sounds awesome and how lucky to have your own private little group.
LOVE the idea that the Belize Zoo is a last resort kind of place. Looks like a neat place.
The private tour was definitely the way to go - it was so nice to have such a personal experience.

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That zoo is so neat and they've obviously put a lot of thought into the signs all over the place - they do a great job of getting their messages across.
We really enjoyed the zoo. It was really hot out, but there was so much shade, and a nice breeze, so it didn't feel too bad at all.

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What an enjoyable day! Sounds like the private tour is definitely the way to go. The zoo would be something I'd love to do.
The cost really wasn't more than a few bucks higher than the cruise excursion, and it was a much more personalized experience, and far more flexible. Definitely a win! The zoo was by far my favorite experience of the trip, I think. Such a lovely place!

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I loved seeing this post. Belize is on the itinerary of our next Jan. cruise, so I'll have to keep this in mind. It looks like you had a great time. And, another cruise booked for Oct. I wonder what got into you!
Definitely keep this tour company in mind. They're really fabulous, and so accommodating. You can choose from an array of tour combinations, and they are so flexible. And yes, if you'd stop posting cruise pictures, I might stop booking vacations. No, we both know that's not true!
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What a great day in Belize! Love all the pictures!
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The tour sounds amazing! And what a wonderful Christmas eve dinner!
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Finally caught up! I wish you had pictures of the cave tubing! That sounds so neat! Love that you found a great tour provider. That's always so iffy in my mind on a cruise...I wouldn't want to pay the cruise tour prices, but I'd be nervous I got a dud if I tried to book a tour on my own!

Keep those pictures coming! I'm not one to talk, of course. I think I've taken two trips and haven't posted a thing. Life, gotta love it!
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All caught up - great pictures and a fun day cave tubing and at the zoo!

We are taking our 3rd Carnival cruise in November this year (over Thanksgiving) on the Carnival Glory. Very similar itinerary to yours: Cozumel, Belize, Roatan and Grand Cayman. In Cozumel we are doing some of the animal encounters at Chankanaab. In Roatan we are going to a monkey sanctuary and zip lining. In Grand Cayman we are going snorkeling and to Stingray City. In Belize, we are planning a snorkeling excursion through the cruise line - this is the only excursion we are looking at booking through Carnival. All of the other excursions we have booked on our own, which we usually do on most of our cruises. I like the sound of the private tour you took in Belize and may just have to look into that

Looking forward to hearing about your Christmas Day/birthday!!
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I'm finally caught up again. No worries, I'm almost done with my October disney trip report only now.....LOL I've got two days left to do but at least we are doing it right? LOL
So belize looks awesome! Eric's parents went there in February and loved it. I love that kid alseep on the table in one of the pics you took early in the morning. LOL that would be me!
what a wonderful tour and the zoo was just amazing!
I love how they do things at Christmas sounds wonderful!
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