AuntieMame

AuntieMame
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Cozumel, Mexico - Cozumel (docks starboard side, great view). The shopping at Cozumel was excellent. Internet service was easy to find in local bars. There were 4 mega ships that day: the RCL Allure, the RCL Navigator, Carnival Magic and Dream. Tourists vastly outnumbered the locals. It was a little crowded, but not as bad as I thought it would be. Best shore excursions.
Coxen Hole, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras - Roatan, Honduras. Docked port-side (but nothing to see but a bunch of trees). The Roatan stop was almost a waste of time. Maybe 5 shops are open at the pier with overpriced, unoriginal merchandise. No internet, but I did find a tiny booth with $1/min calls to the US. Tours will take you past grinding poverty (tough for sensitive children). By all means, stay within the touristy pier area, where you're protected from aggressive begging. It's a good day to stay on the boat.
Belize City, Belize - Belize City, Belize. Ships tender about 5 miles out - plan 30 minutes to get to/from shore. The bar right by the pier (second floor) offers free internet service; just buy a $2 can of soft drink. It's also a great place to watch the line for the tenders, and choose your time to get in line. The best prices on prescription pharmaceuticals was in Belize. Cozumel was twice the price.
Galveston, Texas - I'm not fond of the cruise terminal; it's not air conditioned and has no seats, so a long line can be miserable. The locals are very friendly and helpful, and there are several museums very close, as well as shopping on the Strand. Boarding is from 11:30 - 3:00. (We asked; the staff at terminal said best time to arrive was either 9:30 or after 2:00.) We arrived at 2 pm and sailed right through, with a brief wait to get our room cards. Leaving the ship, we were in the first self-assist group (pick up a ticket at Customer Service the day before, being queuing at least 15 minutes early) and again, sailed right through. Both were between 30-45 minutes. Bring an ice chest, and stop by the local fish market (the pier is just down from the cruise terminal) to buy some fresh shrimp and fish. They'll supply the ice. Ask any local for recommendations. We went to Katee Fish Market and were pleased.

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