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Old 09-30-2012, 10:03 PM   #1
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Fantasy Western Short Port Times

Considering a Western on the Fantasy and noticed the port times in Grand Cayman are 10:30 - 4:30 (not to bad) but the Costa Maya port time is 12:45 - 4:30. Seems really short?
Looking for opinions. Seems like it almost guarantees that you need to use the Disney sponsored excursions.
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Old 10-01-2012, 08:43 AM   #2
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On our cruise in late May the Captain actually extended the time in Costa Maya to midnight. I understand that this was provided as a "reward" for the crew - but I do not think it happens each western cruise. The daily Navigator will indicate the actual departure time for the ship.

That being said - I would assume a 4:30pm departure time when planning your excursions.
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Old 10-01-2012, 03:04 PM   #3
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We did the Mayan Ruins tour through Native Choice. I highly recommend it. Ivan's father actually found the ruins. Ivan and his siblings we raised with these in the backyard until the Govt. claimed it. They will certainly make sure you are back at the boat in time. Check them out online if you are considering the ruins.
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Old 10-01-2012, 07:45 PM   #4
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a thought on short port times

I don't mean to sound cynical, but I wondered if the short port times are to require all passengers to be on board for dinner and into the evening for alcohol sales seeing as Disney does not have a casino on board, perhaps they would make more money this way?
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I don't mean to sound cynical, but I wondered if the short port times are to require all passengers to be on board for dinner and into the evening for alcohol sales seeing as Disney does not have a casino on board, perhaps they would make more money this way?
I don't fault your logic - but given that Disney has such a lenient policy in regard to bringing your own alcohol onboard, I doubt that the itinerary is set based on speculative revenue from liquor sales. Rather, I would assume that the departure times are simply based on the distance that has to be traveled to the next port - and at a speed that doesn't require excessive fuel consumption (e.g. more cost to the cruise line).
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Old 10-02-2012, 06:03 AM   #6
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Interesting...

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Considering a Western on the Fantasy and noticed the port times in Grand Cayman are 10:30 - 4:30 (not to bad) but the Costa Maya port time is 12:45 - 4:30. Seems really short?
Looking for opinions. Seems like it almost guarantees that you need to use the Disney sponsored excursions.
It never occurred to me that Disney was docking in Costa Maya for a few short hours in order to force passengers to book Disney excursions or sell more alcohol.

Costa Maya is kind of a yawn of a port. Not much to see or do right there. Most people head to Mahauaul (sp?) for shopping, resaurants and entertainment. (Short cab ride!) I don't think they're artificially shortening the time to direct where/how money is spent so much as the port itself isn't conducive to a 8-10 hour visit.

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Old 10-04-2012, 10:41 AM   #7
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Rather, I would assume that the departure times are simply based on the distance that has to be traveled to the next port - and at a speed that doesn't require excessive fuel consumption (e.g. more cost to the cruise line).
Costa Maya is followed on the itinerary by Cozumel. The two are so close on the map that I can't believe that would be the reason.....unless they decided to cut the engines and just drift.

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Costa Maya is kind of a yawn of a port. Not much to see or do right there. Most people head to Mahauaul (sp?) for shopping, resaurants and entertainment. (Short cab ride!) I don't think they're artificially shortening the time to direct where/how money is spent so much as the port itself isn't conducive to a 8-10 hour visit.

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This I agree with completely. We will just be chilling at the Tropicante that afternoon.

But what about Grand Cayman? The Magic used to spend an entire day there. I have posed the same question a few different times here over the past two years, and no one seems to have any idea why the Fantasy stop is so much shorter than what the Magic used to do. It's sad, because there are so many things I want to do in GC. It was hard to pick just one.
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:08 PM   #8
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Costa Maya is followed on the itinerary by Cozumel. The two are so close on the map that I can't believe that would be the reason.....unless they decided to cut the engines and just drift.



This I agree with completely. We will just be chilling at the Tropicante that afternoon.

But what about Grand Cayman? The Magic used to spend an entire day there. I have posed the same question a few different times here over the past two years, and no one seems to have any idea why the Fantasy stop is so much shorter than what the Magic used to do. It's sad, because there are so many things I want to do in GC. It was hard to pick just one.
The Tropicante is GREAT we love the place and Steve the owner is an awesome host.
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We were docked in Costa Maya at like 9 am in July, even though we were scheduled for 12:30 or something like that. Not much to do there - better to be on the ship anyway!
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Old 10-06-2012, 08:49 PM   #10
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Our stay in Costa Maya was extended last week on the Magic til 11:15pm. Wish our stay in Cozumel had been extended instead. CM was a big disappointment, would rather have a longer stay in Cozumel and just skip CM altogether.
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Old 10-06-2012, 08:59 PM   #11
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Just off the Fantasy today. I thought the short port time would make us feel rushed, but since we went to the Tropicante for food and beach time. It worked out with the exception of the storms and windy day we ended up having.
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Old 10-06-2012, 09:42 PM   #12
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Just off the Fantasy today. I thought the short port time would make us feel rushed, but since we went to the Tropicante for food and beach time. It worked out with the exception of the storms and windy day we ended up having.
We were on it too and did the Chacchoben ruins through Disney. Used every minute available to us.
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Old 10-06-2012, 10:11 PM   #13
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They will certainly make sure you are back at the boat in time. Check them out online if you are considering the ruins.
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:00 AM   #14
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Just off Fantasy yesterday and felt that the shorter times in the ports of Grand Cayman and Costa Maya could have been longer. We made use of the time we did have there but longer ports times would have been better, especially in Costa Maya.

We went to Grand Cayman on a Magic Western and were there for a full day, previously.
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