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Old 02-06-2012, 11:06 AM   #16
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then they stop at a "market" where they try and sell you every kind of trinket. You can use the restrooms, but if I can impart any knowledge here: DON'T DO IT! These restrooms are nasty and tiny and...well we will leave it at that!
I second this. Been to Tulum on our own and our group stopped at the same plaza right below the Tulum entrance. The bathrooms here are NASTYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY. And you have to "pay" some unofficial attendant.

Wait to use the restroom inside the actual site when you get up to Tulum. Much cleaner, free and actually has tp and running water to wash hands.
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Old 02-06-2012, 01:49 PM   #17
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These reviews are so helpful guys......really appreciate all the input so far!
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Old 02-06-2012, 01:54 PM   #18
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Cozumel;
We also did the dolphin push and pull (or something like that!!) excursion. Unfortunately it was raining which put a bit of a damper on things and it seemed very short.......Having now done Discovery cove there is no comparrison!! ha! ha!
It was fine, but would not repeat. 6 out of 10

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Old 02-06-2012, 02:54 PM   #19
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We did a jet ski excursion to Stingray City and Rum Point beach. This was a 10 out of 10. There was a very short bus ride to the jet skis and then a nice jet ski ride to Sting Ray city. When we approached Sting Ray city we could see all of the charter boats aganist one another and they were only letting so many people into the water. We pulled up on the opposite side of the sand bar and had the place to ourselves. Our guides starting cutting fish and within no time the sting rays were all around us, after about 35 minutes we were back on the jet skis heading to Rum Point, we stayed at the beach for about an hour and then headed back to the resort. Full use of the resort when we came back and then a bus ride back to the ship.
This sounds like our kind of excursion. did you book this on your own or through DCL? How long ago did you do this?

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Old 02-06-2012, 03:41 PM   #20
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We did Western in late Nov/early Dec 2010. It was just DH & I and so we tended to do things that were "adult" only type experiences.

Key West - Walked around on our own. Walked to Hemmingway House (I was only interested in seeing the cats ), Southernmost Point and then back to Kermit's Key Lime Shop. We were actually looking for Blonde Giraffe and followed their "We've Moved" signs all over the place, only to find out that they were out of business! . Had a margarita or two at Hog's Breath and some Conch Fritters from a stand around the corner from there. We loved our time there and would do it all over again.

Grand Cayman - Booked on our own with Capt. Marvins and would def recommend them. The check in and pick up point is a very short walk from where the tenders come in. Short van ride to the boat and then out to Stingray City. The boat had an upper (no cover) deck, but the ladder was pretty much straight up, so getting down was a little on the tricky side if you aren't coordinated and (like me) had several things in your hand! LOL The lower deck is where most people sat so you could get out of the sun. Snorkle gear and a non-alcoholic punch is provided. The crew were friendly and helpful. They also had a fresh water hose so that you could wash the salt water off after the last stop. We stopped at 2 other reefs to do some snorkling and then back. We were back on the ship by early afternoon.

Cozumel - We did the Mexican Cuisine cooking class through DCL. The weather was terrible the day we were in Cozumel, and I think our excursion was one of the very few that actually ran. The cooking class was tons of fun, the adult beverages were included and it definitely helped to make the food that we had cooked taste like we were all expert chefs! It was really good. That excursion also included an hour or so on the beach, all inclusive, but due to the weather that got cut short. It's one of those where we were glad we had done it once, and had a great time, but would do something different next time.
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Old 02-06-2012, 03:54 PM   #21
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Key West:
Walked to the Hemigway Museum and Lighthouse Museum. Glad we did, but wouldn't feel the need to do again. The walk was lengthy, but I think older kids/teens wouldn't have problem; I wouldn't do it if anyone has mobility issues.

Grandy Cayman:
Nautilus Semi-Seb and Snorkeling Excursion (booked through DCL): Short and sweet, I thought it was a good value (I believe $35/pp for 2 hours). The shuttle ride to the sub was very short. The tour guide was charming and knowledgable. We saw lots of fish and coral and a few shipwrecks. Near the end, the captain dropped anchor, donned scuba gear, and went outside to "feed the fish" so we could watch from our portholes. Then they led us upstairs to don snorkeling gear and we snorkeled around the boat for about 45 minutes. Before we snorkeled, we saw hoardes of tiny jellyfish in the water, and when some of us voiced our concern, the tour guide said, "Some days they're feisty, some days they're calm. If they start stinging, get out of the water." And they were stinging, but I guess they were little enough most folks weren't bothered by it. After I got stung twice, I went back. Those who stayed the whole time ended up with little red welts on their arms and legs. Nobody seemed to care but me! It was my first time snorkeling. Then a short jaunt back to the shore, and at that point, we could either catch a shuttle back to the ship, but I believe they also said they would shuttle you to the beach if you wanted. On Grand Cayman day, our tour started at 7:30 AM, ended before 10 AM, and we were back on board and enjoying the pool the rest of the day before most folks had even gotten off! I give the excursion 9/10. I wouldn't *mind* doing it again, but I would probably try something different first. It seemed to be a great option for families. Except for the 5 year old girl who started swimming away from the boat and her mother "lost" her briefly. You know your kids, just make sure to have the talk about safety and whatnot prior to the excursion!

Cozumel:
Booked a reservation at Nachi Cocom through Island Marketing, Ltd. (deposit is required by credit card, the balance is due upon arrival in cash only). This is a private beach area that limits the number of guests to 100 per day, and you will have your own dedicated lounge chairs in the shade. There is also a pool and hot tub with lots of space to lounge around. Included in the $55/pp fee is a 3 course lunch (simply delicious... you must try the guacamole!) and unlimited beverages, alcoholic and non-alcoholic. They have other services you can add. We added an hour long couple's massage in an open air cabana overlooking the ocean. At only $70/pp plus tip, it was SO worth it. (Though don't make the same mistake I did... if you can see out, others can see in! Everyone kept their swimsuits on, though my masseuse practically ripped mine down before I had a chance to think about the logistics of it. Just be sure to think about what swimsuit to wear to make it easier, as they will want full access to your entire back, and there is no private place to change and get comfy before it starts.) The massage itself was wonderful, though vigorous. My DH also booked 30 minutes on a jetski, which he thought was fun; I thought it was expensive for $30, but I didn't go and don't like the things, so YMMV. You can also buy a photo of your arrival in Mexican hats, and they had other water entertainment for rent, but I didn't pay a lot of attention to that. What I would do differently in the future is come dressed for the beach (it was gross having to change in their bathroom) and try to split a taxi with other folks heading to the same place (we talked about it on the Dis before going, but forgot to set it up). Taxi fare to get there for 2 people was $16, and $16 to return. They accepted US dollars for everything. Pretty much, this was our day: Arrive, pay the balance, got escorted to our loungers, got shown all the extras we can buy (it was a soft sale, as we had already pre-booked our fun), got our first drink order in, relax, relax, relax, have a massage, eat a wonderful lunch, relax, relax, relax, got in the hot tub near the end of the day. Most people were gone by 2 PM. The place didn't close till 5, our ship didn't leave till 6, so even when we left at 4:15 or 4:30, we had the place mostly to ourselves for a few hours!! Oh, and there will either be taxis out front, or they will call one for you. WE WOULD DO THIS AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN.
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Old 02-06-2012, 04:00 PM   #22
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Nachi Cocum sounds wonderful!!! And reassuring to know that it is easy to get a taxi back.....I am paranoid about missing the ship!!! ha! ha! How long was the taxi ride? What were the choices for lunch?
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Any reviews of Costa Maya excursions?Or Seven Mile beach?
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Old 02-08-2012, 07:52 PM   #24
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We did not go through Disney for Grand Cayman. We booked on line through Native Way and went to string ray city, starfish beach and snorkling. It is definitely worth the money and the staff was very nice.
We are doing this tour in two weeks -- thanks for posting! Any rec's for lunch on GC? I know it's expensive but after the tour I think we'll be ready to eat, esp. my girls.
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We did Grand Cayman and Cozumel last year while on a Carnival cruise. We did each one "on our own" and loved it.

Grand Cayman: walked out of the port to the public bus depot (not a "station" the way that we think of it) located by the library. Went to Sea Grape beach on Seven Mile Beach. It was awesome. Paid a few dollars for an umbrella and chair, and had the place to ourselves for a considerable amount of time. Around mid-day, more people started arriving and we were getting hungry for lunch. Shopped in town and went back to the ship. The beach had a small, bar, restaurant, and was close to a hotel so we could have gone to their side of the beach and had watercraft rentals, etc. Very cool experience, although not part of a tour or anything.

Cozumel: We also did Nachi Cocum. There were 8 of us (five adults, three kids) and I would absolutely, positively recommend it again. Lunch was great, all-inclusive with drinks. They made the kids non-alcoholic versions of the fruity drinks mom and dad were drinking and they were in heaven. To this day, the 7 year old still asks for "Bahama Mamas" and people look at us like we're crazy. There was a pool with swim up bar, covered pavilion for eating, and each group had their own reserved chair and palapas. Great day, until it started raining like crazy. But Nachi Cocum was on top of it, calling taxi vans for everyone to take back to the ship. Seems like the ride was about 15 minutes, just south of San Francisco beach on the map.
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What is a great family beach to go to in Grand Cayman? We are going in three weeks and have nothing planned for this port.
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I don't see Nachi Cocum listed as one of the Port Adventures on DCL site. Is it maybe called something else? I'm thinking of doing the Cozumel Highlights and Myan Ruins tour in Cozumel, anyone ever do this one?
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I don't see Nachi Cocum listed as one of the Port Adventures on DCL site. Is it maybe called something else? I'm thinking of doing the Cozumel Highlights and Myan Ruins tour in Cozumel, anyone ever do this one?
Nachi is not a DCL excursion. You can go to their website and book it directly (just do a google search). You then grab a cab (they all know where Nachi is).
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