Judy, We have sailed on the Ecstasy twice and the ship is a typical Fantasy Class vessel which is very nice. It IS somewhat loud in decor but what the heck, that makes is rather fun. <G> Service and food and entertainment are typical CCL which is great. This ship has been reburbished less than a year ago so she is in fine shape. The Tulum shore excursion starts when you arrive at PdC where you will embark on a tender to shore while the ships sails off to Cozumel across the channel. You then board a bus that has a tourguide assigned to your group on that bus. The ride takes about an hour with a 15 minute stop halfway there so you can attend to your 'necessities'. Also it just so happens to be a place where they sell all kinds of Mexican items. <G> Tulum itself is about 1/2 mile from the parking area and shops where the buses park and there is a trolley to the ruins itself if you so desire. The entry is through a small passageway in a rock wall and you will have to pay a fee for your video camera. (I think this is still in effect and it was $7.00 when we went years ago). The site istself is easy to get around in and very pretty. It is small and not as awe inspiring as Chitizen Itza (sp) but the guide is usually very good and highly knowlegable. If you like history then you will reall love this tour. They then take you back to PdC and serve beer onboard the bus. They will then take you to a waiting ferry for your transfer to Cozumel. You may wish to stroll around PdC on your own instead of going back with the group as it is a very interesting town. If you do this you will have to purchase your own return ferry ticket which is about $10 US. The good part is you have a pleasant day and the ferry is much nicer and it goes to Sam Migiel and not to the ships pier so you will be downtown in Cozumel already which is a $5 cab ride from the docks.
Thanks so much for your input. It is very helpful. Hope to have a great time.
Last time I was in Tulum there was no trolley, no video fee (camcorders were too expensive then) but there were shops selling authentic Mexican item.<g> And of course there were the ruins.