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Old February 24th, 2004, 02:21 PM
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the western carribean is our destination and cozumel is on the route. i for some reason thought cozumel was part of the mainland of mexico. now after looking at the map closely, i see it is a small island. does the ship dock at the island? also is the national park kaukanaub i believe, in close proximity to where the ship docks?i keep hearing from people who have been to this park, which sits directly on the beach that it is really wonderful for kids and adults. we have 5 adults and 4 kids ages 5, 8, 11, and 12 for a summer cruise. what is there at this park as far as eating, activities, bathrooms etc. thanks patticake
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Old February 25th, 2004, 01:04 PM
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The ship docks in Cozumel (on a map it looks small but it's a larger island) and Chanakaab National Park is about a 5 minute cab ride (if that). Chanakaab is wonderful!
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Old February 25th, 2004, 01:17 PM
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Is it better to book a dolphin swim through Carnival
or is it better for me to book directly with
www.dolphindiscovery.com and take a cab there?
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Old February 25th, 2004, 06:55 PM
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If you can book it through the dolphin discovery web site then go for it. Make sure you know the difference between the dolphin swim and the encounter. There is about a $50.00 difference from online and on board. If you descide to wait and book on board, make sure you go directly to the excursion desk and fill out the form imediately! It sells out quick.
Cozumel is the most organized Island I have seen so far. Cabs are right there where you need them, nobody hassles you about buying thier stuff or taking their cabs. I believe someone said that they are unionized, maybe thats why they are so relazed and not all over you the minute you get off the boat?
Enjoy it! We did!
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Old February 27th, 2004, 11:23 AM
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Patticake:

We were just in Cozumel and yes the cabs are right there and very organized. The thing is they can only take 4 people in a regular cab. We, like you, had 5 and they tried to charge me $18 for a van. I thought that was outrageous ( it's usually only $10 for a cab) and started to walk away saying I wasn't going to pay that. It only took a minute for him to come after me and say he had made a mistake, it was only $12.
Chankanaab Park is beautiful, there are lots of lounges and although the shoreline is kind of rocky, it was very nice swimming with the rather large fish that were right there. My brother snorkeled and said it was quite good. We saw three fairly large iguanas and the turtle pond was nice too. Have fun!
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Old February 27th, 2004, 12:14 PM
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The ship we were on let those off at playa del carmen on tenders then continued on and docked in Cozumel. Those left for shore tours on Playa took ferry boats back to Cozumel about a 45 min ride. When we went the ocean was rough it was almost like being on a bucking horse many were loving the ride at first until some (including me) got sick the bags came around just in the knick of time. My kids loved the ride though. It was a ride we will never forget. Next time I will take something for the motion as we leave the Mayan ruins so it will have time to start working.
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Old February 27th, 2004, 12:19 PM
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cantw82cruz: Then did you get another van ride BACK to the ship for another $12? Same person/van, or were there cabs & vans just waiting there as people wanted to leave? We are also a family of 5 and will be there for our 1st time on the Celebration in just over 3 weeks. I've heard hair braiding can be done there, any experience yourself with that? My 2 DD's are interested (they had braids done last summer on St. Maarten). TIA Penny
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Old February 27th, 2004, 12:32 PM
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My daughter wants her hair braided too when
we are in Cozumel. Is that at Chanakaab where
she can get the braids?
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Old February 27th, 2004, 03:14 PM
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Hi Hilltopfamily,
When we wanted to go back, there were plenty of cabs and vans waiting outside the park. We just confirmed with them that we would pay $12 to return to the pier, they had no problem with that. I didn't notice anyone offering hair braiding at the park but there may have been someone there that would do it. We just weren't looking for it.
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Old February 28th, 2004, 10:19 AM
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Thanks for the quick info!
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Old February 28th, 2004, 12:00 PM
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We also went to Chankanaab Park and loved it! We went shopping downtown right when they opened. I did get tired of people standing at the doors and asking for you to buy from them. You just have to learn to ignore them. I know this is how they make their living. Got what we wanted and took a taxi to Chankanaab. Cost of that was 10.00 to get in. There were no signs of people getting their hair braided when we were there. But had a wonderful day there and could have spent more time. NO problem getting a taxi to where ever you want to go. An abundance of them!!!
We always take our own snorkeling equipment whenever we cruise. YOu can save money after using it just one time. They do have equipment for you to use if you're interested. A nice place to eat right on the beach with yummy mexican food. Don't drink the water!
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Old February 28th, 2004, 12:27 PM
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i went to Chankanaab park in cozumel about 2 weeks ago, and there was hair braiding, it was right by the restuarant
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Old February 28th, 2004, 08:13 PM
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I booked outside the cruise ship for the dolphin encounter because we actually wanted to "swim" with them, the boat will only book the encounter - still nice but not as interactive. To book the encounter outside the boat is also less expensive. I called Dolphin Discovery directly and they were very professional, etc. got a good feel from them so I booked outside the boat. I've been the Chanakaab before so I know a little bit about the place. The boat takes their tours to the same place as Dolphin Discovery. I'd save the money and book outside the boat (when you call asked about package deals because they have more than what is listed on their website).
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Old February 28th, 2004, 08:51 PM
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I chaperoned a group of dancers, ages 13-17 who performed on the Fascination as a lead in, last July. Hair braiding was an important issue for all 22 of them! We docked first in Key West where a couple of the girls paid $60.00! The next day we docked in Cozumel where the remainder of the girls paid $20-$25.00 for their braids, depending on the style. If you head into town, within one block up from the main street you will see very small hair braiding businesses. They have photos to show and you pick the style. Just keep looking and you'll find plenty of family run possibilities. The 20-25 price included the fancy look of beads and foil at the end of the braid. Go a bit early, it was a bit unsettling to us New England folks to be in the city when the sunset. Good Luck and have fun!! We certainly did!
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