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Old 10-11-2013, 06:03 PM   #1
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Costa Maya???

Ok, I am probably coming on this very late and everybody knows and I'm just in the dark but......

DCL is stopping trips to Costa Maya soon? Replacing them with Falmouth, Jamaica? Why?
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Old 10-11-2013, 06:28 PM   #2
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So pax will appreciate DCL's "aggressive hospitality" style even more, than that ashore.
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Old 10-11-2013, 08:33 PM   #3
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We just came back from Costa Maya and I wouldn't waste my time going there or getting off the ship again. It's dirty and the begging people are annoying as they are in all the Western Caribbean ports I would never do that Itinerary again. Just my opinion. If you want T shirts there real cheap there. If your considering swimming with dolphins there don't area is pathetic. Do it in Cozumel at Dolphinarious. I would do Eastern Caribbean.
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Old 10-12-2013, 08:54 AM   #4
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So pax will appreciate DCL's "aggressive hospitality" style even more, than that ashore.
Lol! Is it really that bad? Jamaica will be better?
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Old 10-12-2013, 09:35 AM   #5
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I enjoyed visiting the Chacchoben Ruins both times I sailed to Costa Maya. It is definitely worth getting off the ship to go beyond the made-for-cruises port.

I have never visited Jamaica, but it also gets mixed reviews. However, that's were my western cruise on the Magic is going in Nov. 2014.
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Old 10-12-2013, 09:49 AM   #6
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I think its just a new stop. Everyone complains that they need new ports and I think they are just trying something new. I haven't been there so I am looking forward to something different. We are hoping for a stop there on the Magic in 2015. (I am keeping my fingers crossed that disneycruiselineblog.com is correct )
I do think in just looking at different shore excursions that Falmouth offers way more than Costa Maya does.
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Old 10-12-2013, 11:20 AM   #7
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Lol! Is it really that bad? Jamaica will be better?
The island is more beautiful and does offers so much more for the typical pax, albeit 45 minutes away mostly.
It's just the gauntlet of local vendors outside the secure port area will be more challenging. Similar to Nassau.

Falmouth does offer a secure port area though for those who choose not to brave the gauntlet.

http://portoffalmouth.com/index.html
Master site plan within link above; http://portoffalmouth.com/falmouth_plans.html

http://www.cruisecritic.com/ports/newport.cfm?ID=510

http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberre...mouth-cruises/

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=port+...h&z=17&iwloc=A

http://www.cruisecrazies.com/forums/...9c2b972739.jpg

http://www.cruisemaven.com/wp-conten...5630008291.jpg

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Costa Maya is really undeveloped....we were there two years ago on DCL; its a llloooooonnnggggg walk from the boat to the end of the pier and it does look like a ramshackle place once you get away from the pier area...

we did the buggie/beach excursion....driving the buggie was fun but you took back trails and i had nightmares of guys with guns jumping out of the brush and robbing everyone....the beach bottom was FULL of seaweed- and i mean the type of prickly seaweed that scrapes your feet...

we are taking the WC next year and i am glad we're going to Falmuth versus Jamaica again...
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The island is more beautiful and does offers so much more for the typical pax, albeit 45 minutes away mostly.
It's just the gauntlet of local vendors outside the secure port area will be more challenging. Similar to Nassau.

Falmouth does offer a secure port area though for those who choose not to brave the gauntlet.

http://portoffalmouth.com/index.html
Master site plan within link above; http://portoffalmouth.com/falmouth_plans.html

http://www.cruisecritic.com/ports/newport.cfm?ID=510

http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberre...mouth-cruises/

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=port+...h&z=17&iwloc=A

http://www.cruisecrazies.com/forums/...9c2b972739.jpg

http://www.cruisemaven.com/wp-conten...5630008291.jpg

HTH
Thanks for the links! Awesome!
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