CruiseMates' Readers Cruise Reviews

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Rhapsody of the Seas Western Caribbean January 21, 2003

Because I am writing this review over a year after I actually cruised, I will not address in detail the ship, food, crew, etc. except to say we (my sister and I) had a wonderful time and we were so impressed with all of the above.

The point I would like to make specifically is about the stop we made in Belize. I was so excited to make a stop here, after all I had heard and I must say I was not disappointed. If you keep in mind this is a destination in it's infancy as far as attracting cruise ships, it was really exciting. The city itself is a little scary, but if you don't wander too far, you will be fine. We chose not to book an excursion through RCI and took the tender boat to the port, it only takes a few minutes.

From there, we walked a short distance (we were fine, it wasn't scary) to a water taxi service, paid about $25 as I remember and went to one of the outer islands. This is the best kept secret! I wish I could remember the name of it, I think it is San Pedro Island. When you get off the taxi, you walk on to a beautiful beach and it is a short walk to the main part of the island. It was incredible to be standing in the sandy street they would call Main Street looking all around, to my left I could see the end of the island with the ocean beyond and to my right the same thing, that is how narrow this island is. It is definitely worth the trip and made our stop in Belize one I will never forget. Just a note about the rough seas and the water taxi, because of the direction the taxi was headed, you must sit in the back of the boat, not in the bow, if you want a smooth ride. I had just had major surgery, (a cervical fusion) and made the whole trip with a towel wrapped around my neck to stabilize it! All was well when I went for my check up, and I have

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