Had fun, went off the beaten path. Out the gates, a 5 minute walk to the water taxi. For about $12 I got a ticket and went to Ambregris Caye. There, I bought right away a return ticket from tropic air to Belize City Muni Airport, and then grabbed a golf cart for $25 and toured the island. It was a great 4 hours, took in basically the whole of the Island, and hopped on the flight back, landing at the Muni Airport for a quick cab ride($10) back to the port. I had time to enjoy lunch at Ramon's right by the airport, all for about the price of a shore excursion. I would not do this if weather looked threatening, but I have done this twice, all went smooth. Tropic Air flight was around $40. Just an idea if your stop is Belize City.
Belize is a wonderful country with many different aspects of tourism to explore. why limit yourself to pre book tours? for those who are more adventurous, Consider renting a car/vehicle from http://aqbelizecarrental.com/ (using a map from the Belize information center) you could complete multiply tours on your own without hurting your pocket.
Here's another tip: Stay the fuck out of the U.S.! We have concentration camps filling up as I speak! Do NOT, whatever you do, DO NOT come to the method melting pot capital of the world known as the U.S.!
EXCELLENT advice! We saved HUNDREDS of dollars by signing up for excursions OFF the cruise ship. Example, "Swim with the stingrays" from Carnival, 75 bucks each, on the dock only 25 bucks each and our tour offered Extra Reef snorkleing, complementery soft drinks, AND 3 times more things than the cruise ship tour offered!
i work as a graphic designer for a company across from the cruise ship terminal, i also have family and friends who own businesses within the cruise ship terminal and yes i watch Belizean news and read the papers. I have not heard of no such thing, however, I invite you to please offer up one shred of proof to back up your serious claim...
Belize isn't really a beach place, there a Cayes (small Islands) out on the reef that are nice to visit and there is an artificial beach just up the road from Belize City which is a popular stop over, but if you want a proper beach you will need to head out to one of the islands (San Pedro or Cay Caulker) unless you want to fly down south to Placencia.