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Very Disappointed

Last post 07/23/2014, 11:47 AM by DaleP. 12 replies.
 
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Re: Very Disappointed

07/23/2014, 11:47 AM

I feel your pain. I have been diving in Belize and it is awesome, but rest assured, Roatan is EXCELLENT diving as well. Guatemala and Mexico ain't bad either. I've had some outstanding dives in Cozumel, just watch out for the currents. I sailed the waters from Panama to Florida and back repeatedly over a few years and it is my belief that this is all part of the same reef system. If you can't love the one you're with, then love where you are :-)

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Re: Very Disappointed

06/27/2014, 5:41 PM
I don't scuba, but I have had some good snorkling in Honduras and Guatemala.   I did like Belize also, but all of the stops listed are really great. My experience is they never add stops and have no obligation to after the cruise has been set up, but who knows. This is maritime law so they (Holland) can even change the stops or eliminate all of them right before the trip or while you are on the trip and there is no legal recourse. Once when I booked Olivia for a Norwegian cruise, Norwegian changed the dates of the cruise  to a week later AFTER I had paid and olivia and Norwegian told me to deal with it. I got my money back, thank you Olivia, but I understand others didn't. Holland is a much more considerate and better run cruise line than Norwegian, wonderful kind and intelligent staff. I would never take a cruise other than on Holland. The cruise is fun no matter what the stops though, because of the company!

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Re: Very Disappointed

04/23/2014, 9:23 PM

I agree - how discrete can I be?  I've been an out and affectionate lesbian for decades. I will not go into a closet for vacation.  Not my style.  They will just have to deal with me.  

We were really looking forward to Bellze for SCUBA diving and underwater photography!  Please tell me they are going to add that back.

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Re: Very Disappointed

03/10/2014, 7:08 PM

Thank you everyone for your input. It's encouraging to hear that there are a number of us who remain highly disappointed. Upo n reflection, if we hadn't already booked this trip and confirmed with work & friends - we wouldn't have chosen this cruise. We'd have waited for a better option than Guatelmala. 

I have written Olivia twice. I've heard from them once where they stated the decision was with Holland America and it was out of their hands. They did mention that they were sorry for my disappointment. Somehow this doesn't do much of anything.

At the very least it was be nice if the itinerary change would be comparable. That and timely notification with options.

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Re: Very Disappointed

03/06/2014, 3:53 PM

Yep, this cruise line has completely cut  Belize from ALL their cruises. I've been on some nice dives off the Costa Maya area, especially the turtle dives!

 

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Re: Very Disappointed

03/05/2014, 6:24 PM

Many cruise ships are cutting Belize off their itineraries because the tender shuttles (no dock there, must be shuttled from the big boat by a smaller boat) were charging too much and then not showing up with the correct number of shuttles.  that is what it means by 'port congestion'. Carnival cut out Belize from 9 of their ships itineraries in 2013.

 It is sad, but cruise ships rely heavily of efficient movement of lots of people. they tried for years to get that in Belize but they have to cut them out.

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Re: Very Disappointed

03/01/2014, 4:06 PM
Totally agree with you ladies! For me the stop in Belize was the highlight of the cruise! I'm still going book this cruise, because it will be perfect timing between work and my son.  I certainly hope that they reconsider and put Belize back on the list!!!!

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Re: Very Disappointed

02/28/2014, 12:53 PM
the only Caribbean place i have ever had problems with is Roadtown in Tortola on an Olivia cruise. i travelled Belize as an out lesbian for a month or so and was VERY well treated.BUT yes,, I am not quite sure i'm going to book this one, but this WAS the Olivia cruise I was waiting for.!! Yes, for the scuba diving...

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Re: Very Disappointed

02/27/2014, 1:07 PM

I am guessing a boat full of lesbians with money will not have a problem with us. 

Maybe you should contact Guest Services and let them know.

I am sure that Olivia wouldn't put us in any sort of danger. 

They want us to return and take more trips.

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Re: Very Disappointed

02/24/2014, 9:57 AM
trip adviser post ..  not liking this change.
 
"4. Re: gay friendly

As far as tourism goes, if you're in the main tourist areas and you're discreet, you shouldn't have any problems."

 

How discreet can a boat full of lesbians be? 

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Re: Very Disappointed

02/24/2014, 9:04 AM
I just saw the itinerary change.  No Belize??  That was the main reason we booked this cruise.  We have always talked about going to Belize. Did they bother to notify anyone?  Or were we just supposed to check the itinerary on our own?  I am not happy right now.

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Re: Very Disappointed

02/23/2014, 6:32 AM
We are very disappointed also.  Clearly, the highlight of the trip is being with a "boat load" of other women, but the Belize stop was a huge part of my decision.  I can't understand how Holland America can advertise one itinerary and later change it after many people already have reservations.  It is not an insignificant change.  I have read extensively about the port in Gueatemala and am not impressed with the port or potential excursions offered.  Additionally, I am not impressed with the crime statistics.  Is it a lesbian friendly destination?  I really hope Olivia can negotiate a better port of call.

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Very Disappointed

02/22/2014, 11:44 AM
I am writing this in hopes that OLIVIA sees this post. Belize was THE highlight of this cruise for us. To dive at the second largest barrier reef in the world was/is a dream of ours. To do it on our 20th anniversary was the icing on the cake. While I appreciate that there are other "dive" destinations on this cruise, to the avid,  they do not compare. Hope this change is not set in stone. To think that the port is too busy with cruise ships that day makes me wonder why Olivia was among the change? Grateful for a response.

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