Disclosure: I was provided this trip to Belize as part of our Carnival Cruise for review purposes only. All opinions are my own.
On day 5 of our Carnival Cruise we arrived at the port of Belize. This port is a bit different because the ship can not dock close to shore. The water is too shallow close to Belize city so the ship has to stop 5 miles off shore.
All guest get ashore via a tender. A tender is just a smaller boat. It takes about 15-20 minutes to get to shore. Belize is also a port that is completely gated. In other words, you can’t just get to shore and then walk to a beach. This is one of the reasons that booking an excursion is a good idea.
Tim and I did want to at least see Belize but we still wanted a relaxing excursion so we booked the excursion to Ecab Park. We arrived at the park after a 45 minute bus ride. For the most part, all of the excursions involved a bit of travel to get there.
Ecab park was beautiful. Some excursions included a horse back ride to the Tullum ruins. We chose to relax by the pool. They have a beautiful pool surrounded by a lush jungle setting. It was very nice and relaxing. We were also served a Caribbean style lunch. My favorite in the lunch was the fried plantains. Yum!
Our tour guide Paula and our bus driver Ernesto were fantastic. One of my favorite parts of the trip was learning about Belizean culture.
Belize is one of those ports that Carnival stops at for the fun excursions. If you’re into adventure, this port is for you. Plenty of zip lining, horse back riding, tubing through caves, exploring Mayan Ruins, visiting the Belize zoo, etc.
If you’re not up for adventure, this might be a port that you just stay on the ship and relax. With a lot of the guests heading to shore, it would be a great day to get most of the ship to yourself.
Here are our pictures from Belize and Day 5 on the ship: