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Old 04-03-2011, 10:42 AM   #91
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Has anyone been on any of the tours at either Grand Caymen or Cozumel? I want to scuba dive at one of these and do a land tour at the other but can't decide. Does anyone know when they will post excursions for Costa Maya? I like to plan ahead!
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Has anyone been on any of the tours at either Grand Caymen or Cozumel? I want to scuba dive at one of these and do a land tour at the other but can't decide. Does anyone know when they will post excursions for Costa Maya? I like to plan ahead!
I've done dives in both GC and Coz in the more distant past. Coz is more rigorous diving since there's usually a strong current. GC is beautiful, with crystal clear waters giving visibilities of 100'. If I were to chose one, I'd go with GC.
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I've done dives in both GC and Coz in the more distant past. Coz is more rigorous diving since there's usually a strong current. GC is beautiful, with crystal clear waters giving visibilities of 100'. If I were to chose one, I'd go with GC.
Thank you! Most of our diving has been quarry or at Bonaire so not ready for strong currents. GC for diving it is!
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None of the ports excite me. I have been to them all before and do not care if I visit them again. I plan to enjoy a much less crowded ship during those port days. Castaway Cay is the only port where I know I will get off of the ship.
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Cozumel to buy vanilla. Other than that ...been there, done that.
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Thank you! Most of our diving has been quarry or at Bonaire so not ready for strong currents. GC for diving it is!
Bonaire is the place against which I measure all other dives. GC comes close.
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Has anyone been on any of the tours at either Grand Caymen or Cozumel? I want to scuba dive at one of these and do a land tour at the other but can't decide. Does anyone know when they will post excursions for Costa Maya? I like to plan ahead!
My sister just finished a week of scuba in Cozumel. This a new thing for her. She wants to scuba Grand Caymen.

We want to do a "ruins" tour. Not sure about which - one from Cozumel or Costa Maya. Anyone done these? Either one seems to be an all day trip, which could be the deciding factor. We are at Costa Maya only a few hours.


Costa Maya is kind of a disappointment. It is a "town" manufactured just for cruise ships!

Here is a description of Costa Maya.


http://www.cruisecritic.com/ports/newport.cfm?ID=150

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Cozumel to buy vanilla. Other than that ...been there, done that.
That's how I feel about St. Thomas and St. Maarten, and why I wanted to go on a western cruise.
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My sister just finished a week of scuba in Cozumel. This a new thing for her. She wants to scuba Grand Caymen.

We want to do a "ruins" tour. Not sure about which - one from Cozumel or Costa Maya. Anyone done these? Either one seems to be an all day trip, which could be the deciding factor. We are at Costa Maya only a few hours.

Costa Maya is kind of a disappointment. It is a "town" manufactured just for cruise ships!

Here is a description of Costa Maya.

http://www.cruisecritic.com/ports/newport.cfm?ID=150



http://www.cruisecritic.com/ports/newport.cfm?ID=150
Costa Maya is just the port facility, and unfortunately - it's as far as some people venture off the ship. The nearest town is Majahual - although it's primarily a beach. If our port time were longer, I'd do another tour to the Chacchoben Ruins.

I found this part of Cruise Critic's description particularly interesting:
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Costa Maya is what you'd expect if, say, Disney World decided to create its own private island in Mexico: a man-made tourism village with bars, restaurants, shops and pools at the ready. The faux village itself was created solely to woo cruise passengers and it has a myriad of facilities -- pools, restaurants, bars, shops and a small beach (though it's too rocky to swim).
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So this is the present I am supposed to bring to the folks at home? Vanilla? I never would have guessed - vanilla!
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I have read about Majahual. It is not the manufactured area, is it worth a taxi ride or a walk there? If we do not have one for the Chacchoben ruins, then I guess it will be Tulim.

Yes, funny the Costa Maya description is "Disney". Like two Castaway Cays on one trip?
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I have read about Majahual. It is not the manufactured area, is it worth a taxi ride or a walk there? If we do not have one for the Chacchoben ruins, then I guess it will be Tulim.

Yes, funny the Costa Maya description is "Disney". Like two Castaway Cays on one trip?
It's a bit of a walk, but worth the taxi ride to see "authentic" Mexico.
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It's a bit of a walk, but worth the taxi ride to see "authentic" Mexico.
Excellent! I look forward to seeing the "authentic" Mexico.
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