I've signed up for the RCI Xcaret excursion. Is the park entrance/ticket fee usually included in the excursion price? Also, for those Xcaret activities that have additional fees, do you have to make reservations ahead of time? If so, do you make those reservations through the cruise or xcaret.net?? The RCI info is very generic.
Xcaret is great! I agree. It was truly a unique experience. I know this is where the crew from RCI ships head when they have time off. The excursion cost includes the fee for entrance into the park. I suggest going on the "underground snorkeling". There is an additional cost for the rental of the equipment. You should head to this area when you first get to the park. It gets more busy and crowded as the day goes on.
When you go down the stairs, you have a choice to go to 2 areas to snorkel. We found the 2nd area less crowded. (But be sure to go to both). Some of the fish were almost clear in color---because of lack of sunlight. I suggest wearing a t-shirt over your swimsuit for snorkeling. You'll be swimming in caves and it's dark and chilly in some spots. If you want to swim with the dolphins, that area gets busy, too, so be sure to get to this spot early, too.
There is plenty to look at. Bring flip-flops or I prefer beach shoes. There is an extensive beach area, too.
There was 5 adults that took this excursion. We highly recommend this along with swimming with the stingray in Grand Cayman.
Yes, you really do swim underground in caves. Some areas are quite dark. You'll be wearing neon colored life preservers. What else is there to do? The place is very large. You'll be able to view birds and sea life. The beaches are very nice. Part has an area with sandy shore - great for families with children. Other areas are more for adults with hammocks tied to trees. There's an area that sells t-shirts along with fast food. How do you get there? With our Celebrity cruise, we were picked up in brightly colored buses right at the dock area and driven to Xcaret.
P.S. If you're trying to decide between this and a dustry ride to the ruins, pick Xcaret.