I had a question about this port of call. I'm going on the Carnival Imagination at 9/3/01. I heard some news about that Carnival is stopping at Calica now instead of Cancun, and the people that thought cancun would be there greeting them in the morning would be disappointed. I was hoping for more information about how far cancun actually is from Calica, and if a shore excurison would be a little less expensive then say a cab ride to cancun? thank you.
Calica is not much more than a gravel pit, about 70+ km south of Cancun.
If you get off the ship at the gravel pit, there is a rapacious cab starter who will charge you per body, rather than per cab ride. There is NO bargaining.
I can't imagine why anyone (this is a personal bias) would want to go to Cancun, but that's just me. For what it's worth, Cancun means "nest of snakes" in Mayan.
If you wanted to cab it, I'd put one person in a cab to go into Playa del Carmen and make the taxi deals there. I can't guarantee they will let the cab into the pier area at Calica (we couldn't get in driving a private car, but there were no ships in port at the time.) This might preclude one of your group going to Playa in a cab, renting a car, and coming back to pick up the rest.
On our last cruise, there was a merchant vessel that hadn't finished unloading whatever it was carrying at Calica (where we were supposed to port in) and passengers were tendered off at Playa del Carmen.
There are two ways (other than ShoreX's) to get to Cancun ... cab or drive yourself. We do not (after spending part of every winter in Yucatan) recommend a bus at ALL. It's a distant choice three.
I've looked over the Imagination's itinerary list here on CruiseMates and don't see a thing about Cancun. CM does a terrific job of keeping itineraries up to date.
No problem if anyone can prove me wrong, but I am completely unaware of Cancun EVER being used as a port for a large ship.
If I can offer any other help, please don't hesitate to ask.
Stay in Calica and head over to Xcaret, a magnificent eco-archilogical water park with great beaches, wildlife trails, underwater canyons & rivers; you can swim, snorkel, swim with the dolphins and eat a some great restaurants or hang out in some great watering holes with great views!
It really makes for a great day and I HIGHLY reccomend it!
Thank you for the Info. I've heard a lot of good things about this Xcaret place, I think I'm going to take your advise and give it a try. thanks again for your information, but I had one more question. On the beach We like to be involved with some water sports, what kind of activities does Xcaret have, like do they offer maybe waverunners, or say snorkleing at decent prices? WOuld it be cheaper to take an shore tour instead of maybe taking a cab to Xcaret? If you could e-mail me back I would appreciate the more kind info. Thanks again.
XCeret is a wonderful place. We wished we had planned more than just half a day there. The lagoon there isn't typical beach front, so no wave runners. But they do have a snorkel & swim through an underground river that runs to the ocean. They also have a dolphin swim, but that should be booked early!
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I'm sold!! Xcaret it is, If it is as adventerous as everybody says, then I'm sure we will have a great time, besides I'm on a cruise, how couldn't you have a good time!! Happy sailings, and thanks for the information, I appreciate it.
I wouldn't say that Xcaret is adventurous since it's really just a small-scale (by U.S. standards) water-based theme park. But it will certainly provide you with a nice day of sunning, snorkeling and entertainment.
If you're just looking for snorkeling, Xel-Ha is a little further down the coast and is another great way to spend the day. It's not as theme-parky as Xcaret, and the snorkeling in its huge natural aquarium is fabulous for fish life (no coral, though). They also have a river for tubing and a dolphin encounter. The ruins at Tulum are close by so you could make this a side trip.
The Mayan Riviera has some beautiful beaches, too. You'll have a great time whatever you do!