The Lady and I are taking our first cruise this Sunday. Leaving New Orleans and heading to Belize, Roatan, Costa Maya and Cozumel. I've been to N.O. before, but neither of us have been any of the other places. Any pro-tips, suggestions or amusing anecdotes about any of those places? We really have no idea what to expect...
We're both very excited, but a little nervous since neither of us have cruised before.* To be honest, neither of us has ever been to Mexico or Central America, but we're adventurous and looking forward to all of it!
I've been to CruiseCritic
and doodled around there a bit, but I wanted to ask the MetaFilter community for their thoughts and experiences.
We'll be on the Norwegian Spirit (I think?) and as I said: stopping in Belize, Roatan, Costa Maya and Cozumel. I believe we've signed up for a tubing trip through underground rivers/caves in Belize and to see Mayan ruins in Cozumel (both through the boat). But we're really flying blind, so to speak, when it comes to the rest of the trip.
What should we be expecting when we get off the ship? Has anyone been to any of those ports? Are there any "Must Sees" that we should be aware of? And how should I handle carrying cash; just in American Dollars or would it make sense to change it?
I guess I'm mostly asking about these four specific places, but any general cruise advice will also be appreciated. Thank you SO MUCH in advance!
*(full disclosure: technically I went on a Big Red Boat Disney cruise for a couple days with my family when I was 9, but I feel this will be a much different experience)