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Old April 4th, 2004, 06:43 PM
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I found a site on Carnival - listing the various shore excursions for each of the ports we'll be going to. HOwever, the listing uses various symbols, and yet there is not "key" to the symbols to tell us what each means.

Does any one know of any sites where I can get some actual prices on these types of excursions, rather than just little dollar signs (in groups of $, $$, $$$, $$$$). Since this is our first cruise, we're unsure if we should book our excursions through Carnival or wait until we get to port - and hook up with some ourselves.

Our trip is to Grand Caymans, Belize, Cozumel and Costa Maya. Any specific suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Old April 4th, 2004, 07:58 PM
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Did that same trip in December.. you'll have a blast.

My pix are here, and here is the list as of 12/03



In 1503, Columbus discovered the Cayman Islands on his fourth voyage to the
New World. He was sailing to Hispaniola from Panama when his ship was blown
off course, coming upon the islands he named Las Tortugas for the huge number
of turtles found there. The islands later became known as Caymanas - a Carib
Indian name for crocodile. In 1586, Sir Francis Drake claimed the Caymans for
the British Crown. While infamous pirates frequented the islands, the first
settlers did not arrive until 1655, and in 1670, the Caymans became an offi-
cial British posession. In 1863, the Cayman Islands became a Crown Colony.

Located directly south of Cuba, Grand Cayman is the largest of the Cayman
Islands; the other two, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman are called the Sister
Islands. Grand Cayman is surrounded by lagoons, dense mangrove swamps and
hundreds of square miles of reefs. The capital and commercial center of the
Island, Georgetown is a quaint, bustling little town where everything on the
island happens. The town is a hodgepodge of hybrid architectural styles,
ranging from West Indian-colonial to postmodern-Georgian and set on a grid of
of crisscrossing streets and lanes.

Climate: The average temperature is between 75 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

Population: 31,200

Size: 22 miles long by 8 miles wide.

Language: English

Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time; daylight-savings time is not observed.

Currency: Cayman Island Dollars; the U.S. dollar is widely accepted.


Shore Tours

Shore tours are available for purchase on board at the Shore Excursion Desk.
All tours, descriptions and pricing are subject to change and may not be
available on every ship and/or saildate. The duration of the tours are
approximate times only. Slightly lower prices for children may be offered
on some tours. A child is considered 2-12 years of age unless otherwise
noted; with few exceptions, infants 2 and under are free of charge if they
do not occupy a separate seat.


Atlantis Deep Explorer
Duration: 1 1/4 hours
Price per person: $345.00
Activity level: Easy

Imagine exploring the mysteries of the ocean 800' beneath the surface on
board a sophisticated deep-diving research submarine! This is an experience
not to be missed as you join the ranks of the ocean's great explorers dis-
covering the spectacular Cayman wall. There are two deep explorer submarines
and each vessel carries just two people per dive. Enjoy the view from your
3' in diameter hemispherical window as you descend with the powerful lights
illuminating the brilliant colors along the wall. From 200' to 400' you pass
the sponge belt before descending below 500' where the water temperature
decreases significantly creating distinct zones of life and past 650' you
will encounter many of the unusual animals and delicate corals of the deep.
Note: Approximate dive time is 45-60 minutes. The atmosphere in the submarine
remains at surface pressure so there will be no pressure or sensation in the
ears. This tour is very exclusive and capacity is extremely limited. Maximum
weight limit is 250-lbs. Maximum height is 6'2".

Atlantis Submarine
Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Price per person: $89.00 - child: $59.00
Activity level: Easy; Camp Carnival Recommended

Experience the thrill of journeying beneath the sea in a real submarine! A
technological marvel, the Atlantis XI Submarine was specifically designed for
underwater sightseeing excursions. The spacious cabin is air-conditioned and
for your added comfort is maintained at sea-level pressure ( no effect on the
ears). The smooth ride and clarity of the water will amaze you as you explore
Grand Cayman's Underwater Marine Park up to depths of 100'. At the helm of
the Atlantis XI Submarine is a highly skilled pilot who will reveal to you
the panoramic, breathtaking underwater vistas while your guide entertains
you with an informative narration. Huge barrel sponges and star corals abound
the reef while colorful snapper, grouper, stingray and turtles pass within
a few feet of your large view-port. Your 1 1/2 hour excursion conveniently
begins and ends at the Atlantis Dock, located next to the cruise ship tender
pier in the heart of Georgetown. You will have ample time for both shopping
and sightseeing.

Beginners Scuba
Duration: 2 1/2 hours
Price per person: $89.00
Activity level: Moderate

If you have never tried scuba diving, this is your perfect ppportunity to
give it a try. You will be transported to Parrots Landing and after an
instructional orientation you will have a practice session in shallow waters
to get accustomed to the equipment. Once comfortable in the water, your
certified dive master will escort you on a shallow (up to 20') dive where you
will experience your first scuba experience, enjoying the wonders of the
underwater world! Note: All equipment provided. Minimum age of 12 years.

Cayman 7 Mile Beach Break
Duration: At your leisure
Price per person: $19.50
Activity level: Easy; Camp Carnival Recommended

The most beautiful beach that Grand Cayman has to offer can be yours for a
day! Magnificent 7 Mile Beach is where the Beach Club Colony Hotel is located
and is the perfect place to spend your whole day or even just part of it.
After making your own way to the Beach Club Colony Hotel ($3.00 p/p each way) at your leisure, one of the world's most beautiful beaches will be yours to
enjoy. Admission to the facilities as well as use of their changing rooms,
fresh water showers, lounge chair and one complimentary beverarge are all
included. A full service cash bar and restaurant are also available at an
additional cost.

Certified Scuba
Duration: 2 1/2 hours
Price per person: $85.00
Activity level: Moderate

Combine a shallow reef dive and a shipwreck dive for what some experts call
one of the best dives in the world! You will enjoy this experience along
with PADI-certified dive instructors. A valid "C" card must be presented
prior to boarding the dive boat (no exceptions).

Cockatoo Sailing and Stingray
Duration: 3 hours
Price per person: $58.00
Activity level: Easy

Combine one of the most spectacular experiences available in Grand Cayman
with the joy of sailing on a 60' catamaran. Arriving at the Grand Cayman
Yacht Club, you will board the Cockatoo Catamaran and sail through the
breathtaking North Sound to Stingray City. Armed with snorkel gear and fish
food, it's time to snorkel with these magnificent creatures - the stingray
are tame and will eat right out of your hand! Enjoy a breathtaking sail back
to the yacht club with a refreshing drink. Note: Snorkel equipment provided.

Coral Reef and Stingray Safari
Duration: 3 hours
Price per adult: $63.00 - child: $43.00
Actitivy level: Moderate; Camp Carnival Recomended

Grand Cayman is known throughout the world for its Stingray City attraction
as well as its spectacular coral formations and array of colorful fish. Enjoy
two of the most fascinating experiences that a visit to Grand Cayman has to
offer. This excursion gives you the opportunity to observe a multitude of
colorful fish and the coral formations at Coral Gardens, as well as a chance
to swim with, pet and feed the Southern Stingrays that call Grand Cayman's
famous "Stingray City Sandbar" home. An approximate 15-minute scenic ride
that takes you out to the docks where you will board a 45' double decker
boat for your ride through the beautiful North Sound. Your first stop is
over the Coral Gardens Reef formation, where the water is about 8 - 10'
deep and you will feel like you are snorkeling inside an aquarium! Stingray
City Sandbar is about 10 minutes from the Gardens and once you arrive at the
Sandbar, you will enter the water, approximately 3 - 4' deep and get up close
and personal as the stingrays swim around you to be fed. Note: All equipment
is provided and the boats are equiped with restrooms.

Glass-Bottom Boat
Duration: 1 hour
Price per person: $29.00
Activity level: Easy; Camp Carnival Recommended

Discover Grand Cayman's marine life from the viewpoint of a scuba diver
without getting wet! Enjoy one of the largest glass-bottom boats afloat; the
100' triple-deck cruiser will glide out to sea as you witness the instructor
hand feeding the marine life in order to bring these creatures closer to you.
A marine specialist will provide a complete explanation of the eco-system and
fish that you are viewing as well as a brief history of the island. Your trip
will also take you over one of the area's shipwrecks for a beautiful yet
ghostly sight.

Grand Cayman Highlight Tour
Duration: 2 hours
Price per person: $33.00
Activity level: Easy; Camp Carnival Recommended

Christopher Columbus discovered the Cayman Islands in 1503. Now, almost 500
years later, it is your turn to discover Grand Cayman. Your excursion will
take you to such famous sights as the Conch Shell House; the Governor's
Residence; the Old Cayman Homestead and the Turtle Farm. You will have the
opportunity to view a town named "Hell", which is a famous black jagged rock
formation, which some imagine Hell must look like! Your discovery would not
be complete without visiting the world-renowned Tortuga Rum Factory to sample
some of the finest rum cakes in the world. Your courteous driver is available
to answer questions all along the way.

Grand Cayman Island Tour
Duration: 2 hours
Price per person: $33.00
Activity level: Easy; Camp Carnival Recommended

Welcome to the splendor and serenity of Grand Cayman! This excursion offers
you the opportunity to explore this beautiful port of call and hit the hot
spots in air-conditioned comfort. A short drive through Georgetown, the
capital city, will show you Cayman's architecture while explaining the
significance of the island's status as the fifth largest financial center
in the world. Take in the spectacular scenery as you pass famous Seven Mile
Beach. Your guide will explain the history and culture of the island as you
venture toward the West Bay and the Turtle Farm. Here you will witness green
turtles weighing in excess of 650 pounds that are protected before being
re-introduced into the wild. The town of Hell is your next stop. A dramatic
rock formation which is what some people believe Hell would look like; here
you can send postcards to your friends post-marked "Hell". Enjoy the Tortuga
Rum Factory store, the Conch Shell House as well as the Governor's Residence
and the old Caymanian Homestead before you stop in the heart of Georgetown
to enjoy some of the famous duty-free shopping. Note: This tour may run out
of sequence due to traffic.

Grand Cayman Kayak Safari
Duration: 3 hours
Price per person: $73.00
Activity level: Moderate

The tranquil beauty of Cayman's ecologically sensitive coastal environment is
best explored by kayak, and this is your golden opportunity. A short scenic
ride takes you to the Kayak staging area where you will meet your guides and
participate in a short orientation. Set off in a shallow, protected area and
explore secluded shorelines, inlets, bird-nesting areas, sea grass, and man-
grove communities. Along the way, your guide will point out scenes of interest
and describe the importance and interdependence of these fragile ecosystems
with the surrounding coral reefs. Enjoy the opportunity of jumping into the
water for a refreshing swim before returning to shore. Your return trip takes
you through one of Cayman's most attractive residential communities before
arriving back at the pier. Note: Kayak time is approximately 2 hours with
frequent stops, stable 2 person kayaks are featured and life vests are prov-
ided. Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat are recommended. Restrooms are avail-
able at the start and end of the tour. Minimum age is 8 years.

Grand Cayman Snorkel Tour
Duration: 2 hours
Price per person: $35.00
Activity level: Moderate

Grand Cayman is famous for its spectacular array of marine life and coral
formations. Whether you are a novice snorkeler or an accomplished one, this
experience will be one that you won't soon forget. All necessary equipment
and instruction is provided for you as you explore a live reef as well as
one of the many shipwrecks that litter the ocean's floor. See not only color-
ful fish but also some of the various other marine life that a living reef
that a living reef supports. Note: Snorkel equipment provided.

Luxury Sailing Yacht Safir
Duration: 2 1/2 hours
Price per person: $89.00
Activity level: Easy

At the time she was built, "Safir" was the largest and most innovated around
the world racer ever built. Having been the #1 favorite world racer of her
era, her pedigree is the foundation for most all of today's world racing
yachts. Set sail aboard "Safir" and experience her magic as you witness her
impressive sails catching the wind and propelling you across the Caribbean!
Your experienced crew will navigate this great vessel as you relax and enjoy
the sun, wind and sea. The crew will drop anchor, giving you the opportunity
to snorkel in Grand Cayman's waters, filled with spectacular coral formations
and marine life. After snorkeling, you will set sail towards Georgetown,
enjoying the sailing experience once again as you sightsee along 7 Mile Beach
on your way back to the pier.

Reef and Wreck Snorkel Tour
Duration: 2 hours
Price per person: $38.00
Activity level: Easy

Whether you are a beginner or an advanced snorkeler, you will appreciate the
opportunity to experience and understand the marvels of the underwater world.
The first snorkel site introduces you to a beautiful coral reef teeming with
marine life and you will be able to take part in the fish-feeding program.
Your second location is the "Cali", a sunken shipwreck, where you will
witness how the protection of marine life has rewarded us. Note: Snorkel
equipment is provided.

See and Sea Island Tour
Duration: 3 hours
Price per person: $53.00
Activity level: Easy; Camp Carnival Recommended

Cayman's highly acclaimed See and Sea Tour combines the island's highlights
with a trip on the state-of-the-art Seaworld Explorer semi-submarine.
Starting at the dock, you will pass all the key landmarks in Georgetown,
Cayman's capital, driving past the Governor's House and magnificent Seven
Mile Beach before arriving at famous Cayman Turtle Farm. Thousands of en-
dangered green sea turtles are born at the farm each year and your guide
will explain the various stages in the turtle's life cycle. Some of these
these turtles exceed 600 pounds! Next, you go to Hell, where you will see
the eerie, jagged rock formations that many think Hell must surely look like.
You may choose to send a postcard to friends and family from "Hell". No tour
of Cayman is complete without a glimpse of the underwater paradise surrounding
the island. You will sit in air-conditioned comfort 5' below the water's sur-
face to view this underwater wonderland through large, clear windows. A marine
expert points out ancient reefs and tells stories of the Cali and Balboa, two
famous shipwrecks. Back in Georgetown, you can explore, relax or shop!

Stingray City and Island Tour
Duration: 3 1/2 hours
Price per person: $59.00
Activity level: Easy

Combine the highlights and history of Grand Cayman with a visit to incredible
Stingray City! Knowledgeable guides will keep you informed as you pass by
Seven Mile Beach, the world renowned Turtle Farm and the town of "Hell". Your
final stop is Stingray City, where you will be briefed on the boat ride out
to the sandbar before you get to swim with the many stingray that populate
this area. Snorkel, swim, pet or feed the stingray as you enjoy your time in
the water. After this experience, enjoy a complimentary beverage before
returning to town.

Stingray City Tour
Duration: 2 1/2 hours
Price per Adult: $45.00 - Child: $35.00
Activity level: Easy; Camp Carnival-Recommended

You have probably heard about Stingray City but nothing can prepare you for
this incredible experience. A short ride through Grand Cayman takes you to
Stingray City where you will board a yacht to the sandbar. After years of
fishermen cleaning their catch in this area, the stingray no longer have
any fear of man and come here to be fed. Standing in 3' to 5' of water, you
can feed and touch these magnificent creatures as they swim right up to you
or snorkel with them and enjoy their environment. Note: Snorkel equipment,
transportation and beverage included.

Stingray Sandbar Tour
Duration: 2 1/2 hours
Price per person: $45.00
Activity level: Easy; Camp Carnival Recommended

National Geographic describes this as "one of the most rewarding experiences
in the underwater world". A short ride takes you to the island lagoon in the
Northern Sound where you will board a 65' double decker catamaran that takes
you out to the world famous Sand bar. Guides will lead you into 3 - 5' of
water for an experience of a lifetime. Here you can swim, snorkel, pet and
feed the tame stingray; no snorkel experience is necessary as you are in
shallow water, so enjoy!

Stingray Sandbar, Hell and Turtle Farm Experience
Duration: 3 1/2 - 4 hours
Price per person: $59.00
Activity Level: Moderate

Experience all the major highlights of Grand Cayman in one tour. Shortly
after leaving the pier, you will visit world famous 7-Mile Beach and the
Old Homestead for a photo stop before arriving at the Turtle Farm. This one
of a kind farm is home to thousands of turtles; here, you will learn various
different facts about these interesting creatures. Just minutes down the
road, you will arrive at a town called Hell, a prehistoric formation of rock
that some think Hell must surely look like. Your next stop will be at Sting-
ray City where a 15-20 minute boat ride takes you out to the sandbar. Here,
you can hold, pet and feed the stingrays in shallow waters (3-4'). Snorkel
equipment, stingray food and fruit punch are all provided for you at no
extra cost.

The Ultimate Undersea Adventure
Duration: 1 hour
Price per person: $46.00
Activity level: Easy; Camp Carnival Recommended

Nautilus is the world's largest, most luxurious semi-submarine, which
offers you unobstructed views of the marine world as you travel in dry,
air-conditioned comfort. Relax and enjoy the spacious observatory as your
experienced marine guide narrates the trip, explaining the history behind
the many shipwrecks in the area. At Cheeseburger Reef, a diver will hand-feed
the fish over brilliant living coral as you watch all the vibrant colors
colors come to life. After the tour is over, your air-conditioned bus drops
you off in beautiful Georgetown for shopping or to get back to your ship.

The Links at Safe Haven
Course description: Par 71; 6,525 yards
Price: $150.00 - Transportation; Golf Pro Escort; Cart and Green Fees.

Grand Cayman's only full-length 18-hole championship course, its sun-drenched
undulating greens, trade winds and natural setting are reminiscent of the old
Scottish coastal courses commonly referred to as "Links". The clubhouse feat-
ures one of Cayman's top restaurants, a patio bar, a fully stocked golf shop
and a unique Aqua Range. The greens are built to USGA standards and the entire
course offers a challenge to professionals and amateur golfers alike. This
world class course is considered one of the best conditioned courses in the
Caribbean and was the site for the 1997 Caribbean Classic and winner of the
1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001 Best Golf Course in the Caribbean Award by
Caribbean World Magazine. Bring a trusty swing or a lot of balls and hopefully
you will sink more putts than drives.

Sunrise Family Golf Centre
Course description: Par 3, 9 hole
Price: $49.00 - Transportation; Green Fees with Pull Cart; Rental Clubs
and a bucket of range balls.

This is a wonderful 9 hole, Par 3 golf course located on the southern tip of
the north sound, next to the famous Abanks Dive Lodge used in the movie "The
Firm". Sunrise features many beautiful holes ranging from 60 to 160 yards,
making it a very enjoyable distance for the beginning to intermediate player.
The course is also designed to challenge the experienced player by using
carries over water requiring accuracy to small greens and providing plenty
of practice for the short irons and wedge play. This is an excellent vacation
value and a wonderful addition to your excursion schedule. It is fun, relaxing
and offers couples or families the chance to experience the beauty of island


Located halfway between Playa del Carmen, Mexico and Belize, Mexico's Costa
Maya is the newest part of Mexico currently being developed by the Mexican
Tourist Agencies. Designed to retain all of its dramatic geographic details
while demonstrating the area’s cultural roots, the Port resembles a sprawling
ancient Mayan city. Three grand pavilions invite guests into the Mayan world
of adventure and history.

Seven thousand square meters of shopping space fronts the Caribbean, with
duty free shops, restaurants, cafes and artesian shops representing the
diverse indigenous peoples of Mexico.

A short walk from the dock leads you to a Beach Club, complete with waterfall,
a spectacular pool connecting to the sea and a top shelf bar. Guests can enjoy
an exotic tropical drink and Mayan cuisine.

Costa Maya is open all day featuring live shows and musical entertainment. An open-air amphitheater seats 650 and features diverse cultural shows and
cultural plazas in the rich ambience of the Mexican Caribbean. It's an
extraordinary live show!

Costa Maya, a fantastic day of fun in the sun!


Shore Tours

Shore tours are available for purchase on board at the Shore Excursion Desk.
All tours, descriptions and pricing are subject to change and may not be
available on every ship and/or saildate. The duration of the tours are
approximate times only. Slightly lower prices for children may be offered
on some tours. A child is considered 2-12 years of age unless otherwise
noted; with few exceptions, infants 2 and under are free of charge if they
do not occupy a separate seat.


Beach Snorkel Adventure
Duration: 3 1/2 hours
Price per person: $49.00
Activity level: Easy; Camp Carnival-recommended

The waters around Costa Maya are quickly becoming one of the world's premier
dive and snorkel locations providing a large variety of sites to choose from.
This excursion was designed to give snorkelers an easy entrance into the
water while being able to see an abundance of different sea life, making it
perfect for the beginner and experienced snorkeler. A 45-minute ride takes
you to the snorkel site, where you will receive snorkel gear as well as a
short orientation. Certified guides will assist you into the water as well
as well as filling you in on the extensive infrastructure of the reef as
you encounter the plentiful variety of tropical marine life. Note: Tour
includes transportation, equipment and guide. Limited restrooms and changing
facilities available at the beach. It is recommended that you wear your
swimsuit and bring a towel and sunscreen.

Bike and Kayak Adventure
Duration: 2 1/2 hours
Price per person: $58.00
Activity level: Moderate

Enjoy an adventure that provides an alternative to conventional travel, as
you experience the endless stretches of beach and local flavor while biking
and kayaking along Costa Maya's beautiful coast. Your guides will greet you
and outfit you with bicycles right from the pier as your adventure begins.
Riding south along a dirt road, you will pass a small mangrove lagoon and
enjoy breathtaking views of the coast before passing through a sleepy fishing
village and arriving at the beach. After a short water break, you will cast
off in stable two person kayaks, paddling along a nearby reef and enjoying
the view of palm lined beaches basking in the sun. Upon your return to shore,
you will rest up before getting back on your bikes for the return trip to
the pier using a different route. Note: This is an active tour and guests
should be in reasonable physical condition in order to participate. Minimum
age 12 years.

Chacchoben Mayan Ruins
Duration: 4 hours
Price per person: $69.00
Activity level: Moderate

The Chacchoben Mayan Ruins are situated in a secluded jungle setting near
the border of Belize, the site covers nearly 10 acres surrounded by lush
vegetation and is virtually un-excavated. The excavated portion features
one main pyramid and several other small buildings, and in time this site
will be explored more closely. Enjoy a scenic one-hour drive to the ruins,
during which time, your guide will fill you in on the history of the ruins
and what you can expect to see at Chacchoben. Upon arrival, your guide will
take you through this mysterious site where you will view detailed Mayan
temples combined with lush green manicured gardens that surround you. Your
guide will also show a comparison between the recently excavated ruins and
some of the remains of un-excavated ruins that lie beneath the surface.
Note: This excursion features a fair amount of walking over uneven surfaces
and climbing. There is a $5.00 government imposed fee for the use of video
cameras on site. Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat and insect repellant are all

Costa Maya Catamaran Adventure
Duration: 2 1/2 hours
Price per person: $58.00
Activity level: Moderate

Enjoy sailing in the crystal clear Caribbean waters off Costa Maya's coast
line as you experience the exhilaration of the wind in your face and the sun
at your back. After you board your catamaran at Fisherman's Pier, your Cap-
tain will set sail for one of the secluded snorkel sites along the coast.
Here you will have approximately 45-minutes to snorkel over a virgin reef
exploring the colorful fish and beautiful coral formations. Enjoy some ice
cold drinks on your return as your captain navigates your catamaran along the
picturesque coast of Costa Maya back to Fisherman's Pier. From the pier, you
have the option to return to your ship or staying in town (returning at your
own expense). Note: All snorkel equipment is provided; minimum age for part-
icipation is 6 years.

Jungle Beach Break
Duration: 5 hours
Price per person: $39.99
Activity level: Easy; Camp Carnival-recommended

Enjoy a tropical beach break at Uvero Beach, one of Costa Maya's newest and
most popular beaches. Spend your day relaxing on the powdery sand beach among the palm trees or join in some of the activites with your fellow guests.
Relax on a beach chair, walk along the beach, take a swim in the ocean, enjoy
some of the non-mortorized water sports equipment or just take a seat at the
bar and enjoy your favorite Mexican cocktail. The Palapa restaurant is
available at an added cost and you can spend as little or as much time at
the beach as you like. Note: Ticket price includes entrance to the beach,
open bar, use of hammocks and non-motorized water sports (based on availa-
bility) and round trip transportation. Fresh water showers, rest rooms, and
changing rooms available.

Kohunlich Mayan Ruins
Duration: 6 1/2 hours
Price per person: $89.00
Activity level: Moderate

Situated in a secluded jungle setting near Belize, the Kohlunlich Mayan ruins
were named after the Cahoon palms that dwell in quantities throughout the
immense site. The ruins are spread over a wide area encompassing a broad
scope of architectural styles - from the wide lawns of the public centers
and ball courts to the high temples with great-sculpted masks. The city's
highest elevations feature the residentual dwellings of the social elite
overlooking miles of tropical jungle and lush hillsides. A two hour scenic
drive in air-conditioned buses takes you to the ruins where your guides
will lead you through this breathtaking site. The detailed Mayan temples
are combined with manicured gardens positioned on and around the site. View
the Temple of the Large Masks, the Plaza of the Acropolis, the Plaza of the
Estelas and many more. Kohunlich may have been one of the most important
sites in the lower Peten region. It's natural beauty and expansive, uncrowded
seclusion set it apart from the more widely toured sites. Note: This
excursion involves a considerable amount of walking and climbing. Sunscreen,
hat, sunglasses and insect repellant are recommended. There is a $5.00
government imposed tax on the use of video cameras on site.

Off Road Buggy and Beach Adventure
Duration: 3 1/2 hours
Price per person: $89.00
Activity level: Considerable

Experience the thrill of driving a dune buggy through the village of Mahahual
and off-road to the isolated and picturesque Pelicanos Beach. Climb aboard
your customized dune buggy (2 per buggy) and set off caravan style through
the fishing village of Mahahual and away from civilization as you venture
onto rougher roads before finding the Caribbean's best-kept secret, Pelicanos
Beach. At the beach, you will be astounded by the areas untouched beauty as
you kick back and relax in a hammock, go for a swim in the turquoise blue
waters of the Caribbean Sea or just go for a stroll along the beautiful coast
line. Note: These are two seat off road buggies, one driver and one passenger
per vehicle. Guests who wish to drive must present a valid driver's license
and be over the age of 21. The off road portion of the tour can be bumpy and
is not recommended for pregnant women or guests with back injuries. Sunscreen,
a hat, sunglasses and insect repellant are recommended.

Unimog 4X4 All Terrain Expedition
Duration: 3 1/2 hours
Price per person: $85.00
Activity level: Moderate

An off road adventure would not be complete without the ultimate off road
vehicle! Climb into your World War II class S Mercedes Benz Unimog, the off
road military powerhouse has been conditioned so that 10 guests can ride
comfortably in the back. Your driver/guide will take you down an old abandoned
highway before turning off-road for a short trek to La Palapa beach.
Approximately 90 minutes will be reserved for you to spend on the beach.
Enjoy the endless beach, a game of volleyball, a swim in the ocean or take
out an ocean kayak for a little exploration of your own. On your return ride,
you will pass along an off-road jungle coastal trail, keep your eyes open
for tropical birds and local resident iguanas before gradually making your
way back to civilization. Note: Towel, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses and insect
repellant (August - November) recommended.


Cozumel and the Yucatan Peninsula witnessed bloody battles between the Mayas
who inhabited the area since as early as 300 AD. Although initial attempts
by the Spanish to settle failed due to the resistence of the Mayas, in 1519,
Hernan Cortez's arrival marked the beginning of the struggle for control by
the Spanish. Cortez and his men destroyed many of the Mayan Ruin temples in
Cozumel. While exploring further, a small pox epidemic broke out and by the
year 1600, the island was completely abandoned. The island was not re-inhab-
ited again until 1848 when the white settlers from the mainland sought refuge
from the Caste War against the Mayas.

Cozumel remained a quiet little fishing community until 1961 when Jacques
Cousteau proclaimed the area's waters one of the most spectacular diving
sites in the world. Just 12 miles from the eastern coast of Mexico's Yucatan
Peninsula, the island of Cozumel is a refreshingly quiet getaway. Its combin-
ation of Mexican spice and Caribbean charm will captivate you.

Playa del Carmen, a town of only 6,000 inhabitants located opposite Cozumel
on the mainland, just 12 miles away, serves as a starting point for the
excursions to Tulum.

Climate: The average temperature is 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Population: 60,000

Size: 28 miles long and 11 miles wide

Language: Spanish is the official language, though English is spoken and
understood in most shops and restaurants.

Time Zone: Central Time (one hour behind EST); daylight-savings time is
not observed.

Currency: The Nuevo Peso; U.S. dollars are widely accepted.


Shore Tours

Shore tours are available for purchase on board at the Shore Excursion Desk.
All tours, descriptions and pricing are subject to change and may not be
available on every ship and/or saildate. The duration of the tours are
approximate times only. Slightly lower prices for children may be offered
on some tours. A child is considered 2-12 years of age unless otherwise
noted; with few exceptions, infants 2 and under are free of charge if they
do not occupy a separate seat.


All Terrain Truck Eco Adventure and Snorkel
Duration: 4 hours
Price per person: $77.00
Activity level: Moderate

Prepare yourself for one of the most amazing Eco tours in the Caribbean,
featuring the tropical and mysterious atmosphere of Punta Sur Ecological
Park. Your exclusive adventure begins on the pier as you board a specially
designed all-terrain truck and head off towards Punta Sur. Crossing between
a fresh water lagoon and the ocean, you may spot some of the locals, inclu-
ding crocodiles and different types of tropical birds. Your experience will
continue as you cross through mangroves and short tropical jungle before
visiting the Punta Sur lighthouse. Here, you will learn the history of the
lighthouse and have some great photo opportunities before heading to the
secluded white sandy "Selva Baja" beach. Enjoy a swim in the protected waters,
a stroll along the sand or snorkel right from the beach. Your guide will keep
you informed along the way, by explaining the area's intricate Eco System and
pointing out some rare plant life and helping you to identify some of the
wildlife that you may observe on this tour. Note: This is an active excursion
and there is some walking involved. Comfortable shoes, swimsuit, sunglasses,
sunscreen, a hat and insect repellant are all recommended. Snorkel equipment
will be provided.

Atlantis Submarine
Duration: 1 1/2 hours; dive time is 45 minutes
Price per adult: $85.00 - child: $55.00
Activity level: Easy; Camp Carnival-Recommended

This 48-passenger submarine will take you between 60' and 100' below the
ocean's surface in order to explore the wonders of "Chankanaab", part of
the world's second largest reef. Chankanaab's underwater marine park was
established in order to protect the delicate balance of coral reefs, not to
mention countless species of tropical fish that call these reefs home. Until
now, only divers were able to explore this unique attraction but now you
can see all of this without ever getting wet! After a short bus ride to the
pier, you will board a U.S. Coast Guard-certified submarine and tour the
ocean in dry, air-conditioned comfort.

Beach Buggy and Snorkel Combo
Duration: 4 hours
Price per person: $89.00
Activity level: Moderate

Others may try to imitate it but this is the original! This excursion is
exclusive to Carnival Cruise Lines and will show you some of Cozumel's most
beautiful areas in a customized buggy and take you snorkeling over one of the
island's best reefs. From the pier, you will head off in your customized
buggy, making your first stop at one of the local beaches where you will have
approximately one hour to snorkel, viewing a wide variety of colorful fish
and beautiful coral formations. Jumping back in your buggy, it's time to take
off around the island to the natural rock formations known as El Mirador.
From here, your caravan makes its way to a secluded beach along the west
coast of the island where you will enjoy a buffet lunch and some time on the
beach before making your way back to the pier. Note: Guests wishing to drive
one of the buggies must be at least 21 years of age and present a valid
drivers license. There is an optional drop off downtown; in this case, return
transportation will be at your own expense.

Beginners Scuba Diving
Duration: 2 hours
Price per person: $89.00
Activity level: Moderate

Enjoy an incredible opportunity to scuba dive without having to be certified.
Join PADI-certified dive instructors for a 30-minute instructional orientation
before testing your skills and gaining some confidence in shallow water. Once
your dive master has you prepared, you will be taken up to 20' below the sur-
face where you will encounter schooling fish and brilliant coral formations
indigenous to the Mayan Caribbean. Don't miss out on this incredible exper-
ience! Note: Minimum age for participation is 10 years.

Caribbean Pirates Lobster Dinner Cruise
Duration: 3 hours
Price per Adult: $75.00 - Child: $55.00
Activity level: Easy

Enjoy one of Cozumel's most entertaining dinner cruises aboard a 105' replica
of an 18th century Spanish Goleta! The Caribbean Pirates Lobster Dinner
Cruise is a "must-do" experience complete with exciting flying pirate fights
an open bar, a steak and lobster dinner as well as the experience of sailing
along the coast on a pirate ship! Dance the night away under the Caribbean
sky as your captain navigates the vessel through Cozumel's beautiful coastal
waters and the crew serves and entertains you! Your pirate adventure includes
a lobster and steak dinner accompanied by a domestic open bar.

Catamaran Sail and Snorkel
Duration: 3 1/2 hours
Price per person: $55.00
Activity level: Easy

What better way to enjoy the beautiful island of Cozumel than on board
a 65' ocean going catamaran sailing off the coast and snorkeling in the
area's pristine waters. After outfitting you with first-class snorkel gear,
certified instructors will accompany you into the water to snorkel over
some of the areas many fantastic reefs. You will see beautiful coral
formations as well as a multitude of colorful fish. After snorkeling, enjoy
complimentary beer, margaritas or sodas while you make your way to one of
the island's beautiful beaches. Beach volleyball, sea kayaks and beach
floats are available to you, or relax in a hammock, sipping a beverage and
watching the world go by! After your beach party, the catamaran will return
to the ship.

Certified 2-Tank Dive
Duration: 4 hours
Price per person: $75.00
Activity level: Considerable

Enjoy the opportunity to dive in the crystal waters of the Mexican Caribbean
with one of Mexico's premier dive operators. Your dive boat will be waiting
for you right on the pier. The world famous Palancar reef at 80' will be the
site of your first dive. Your second dive will be a shallow dive of 50' and
the site will be decided the day of the dive. Refreshments will be served at
the surface interval. Tanks, weights and weight belts are provided. Equipment
is available for rent; BC and regulators are $5 USD each.

Cozumel Bike Adventure
Duration: 4 hours
Price per person: $59.00
Activity level: Moderate

Experience the natural beauty, scenery and culture of Cozumel riding along
the coast to the area's premier national park, Chankanaab. Enjoy the jewel
of the Caribbean's coastal views and white sandy beaches as you pedal along
on your mountain bike. You will be met at the pier and ride south along
the paved roads past restaurants, beaches, and the magnificent coastline
before arriving at Ch
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Cozumel Highlights and Shopping
Duration: 3 hours
Price per person: $49.50
Activity level: Easy

Cozumel is the largest island in the Mexican Caribbean and is anxiously
awaiting the opportunity to show off her culture, history, and scenic beauty
as well as inviting you along for a little shopping! Once a sleepy little
island, Cozumel is now the most important cruise ship destination in Mexico
and you will see the whole island departing from the cruise ship pier. Enjoy
your guides informative narration as you pass the southern resort area,
arriving at Cedral, the oldest settlement in Cozumel. Cedral features the
island's first church as well as a small but signifcant ancient Mayan ruin
that you will have a chance to see. Your guide will explain the history of
the island as you travel east, passing some of the island's natural beauty.
Arriving at El Mirador, you will have a great photo opportunity looking out
over the unusual limestone rock formations. Pass by some of the residential
areas before arriving downtown where you will be able to visit the Cozumel
Museum and also take advantage of Cozumel's recommended shopping program with some free time to visit the many stores. Note: Buses will return to the ship
from downtown at a designated time. Guests who wish to stay downtown longer
will return to the ship at their own expense.

Deep Sea Fishing
Duration: 4 1/2 hours
Price per adult: $135.00 - child: $95.00
Activity level: Moderate

The nutrient rich Caribbean waters that surround the island of Cozumel support
a vast array of sport fish, providing exceptional fishing opportunities year
round. Sport fisherman from arround the world try their luck in these waters,
searching for a prize Blue, Black, or White Marlin. Tuna, Sierra, Dorado,
Wahoo and Barracuda are all common catch in the area, so bring your sense of
adventure and a little luck with you. You will board one of the six 31'
Island Hoppers right from the pier and head out to the area reporting the
most activity for the day. All boats are rigged with down riggers and out
riggers abd all lines will be rotated throughout the duration of the trip.
Note: Destinations change daily based on weather conditions and where fish
are being caught. The minimum age required for participation is 8 years and
children are considered between 8 and 16 years. Beverages, snacks, all
equipment, bait, tackle and ice are included.

Dolphin Discovery
Duration: 3 hours
Price per person: $99.00
Activity level: Easy; Camp Carnival-Recommended

Don't miss the opportunity to meet one of the ocean's most amazing creatures!
Tursiops truncatus, otherwise known as the bottle-nose dolphin is a very
social animal and waiting for a visit from you! You will be transported to
Chankanaab National Park where you will have a short orientation and then it's
time to meet the dolphins. Spend approximately 30 to 40-minutes on a platform
with the dolphins where you can touch, pet and learn all about their behavior
as well as going through selected exercises with them. After your encounter
take some time to roam about Chankanaab Park and experience the beautiful
beach, lagoon, botanical garden, ruins and other exciting features that make
this a superb tour. Note: This is an encounter program, not a swim with the
dolphins program.

Dolphin Swim and Snorkel Adventure
Duration: 3 hours
Price per person: $165.00
Activity level: Moderate

Enjoy some of Cozumel's best snorkeling as well as the opportunity to swim
with the dolphins! Your adventure begins with a short ride to Chankanaab
National PArk; here you will have an orientation explaining everything you
need to know in order to enjoy the dolphin swim. Experienced dolphin trainers
will take you into the water with the dolphins and guide you through an
incredible experience with these amazing creatures. The swim portion is
approximately 30 minutes long and the rest of your time is yours to enjoy
at Chankaanab Park. The park features a beautiful beach, botanical gardens
a museum and some interesting replicas of Mayan ruins. Snorkel right from the
beach enjoying the multitude of colorful fish, reef life and coral formations.

Eco-Kayak Jungle Adventure
Duration: 4 hours
Price per person: $79.00
Activity level: Moderate

Enjoy the natural beauty of Cozumel as you kayak through beautiful Blind Bay.
A short ride takes you to the kayak put in point, where after a short orien-
tation, your Eco naturalist guide will lead you through the shallow waters
of Blind Bay. Bordered by lush mangroves, you will enjoy the area's natural
beauty with the millenary trees, exotic birds and iguanas. After kayaking
through the mangroves, you will cross the magnificent bay and arrive at a
deserted beach where you will be treated to a lunch buffet. Relax on the
beach, walk along the sandy shores, go for a swim in the ocean or just enjoy
the peaceful view of the Mexican Caribbean.

Eco-Adventure By Jeep
Duration: 5 hours
Price per person: $75.00
Activity level: Moderate

If you think all jeep tours are the same, guess again. From the pier, you
and your fellow guests (4 per jeep) will be led to the ecological reserve
of Punta Sur, one of the most significant parks of its kind in all of
Mexico. After an approximate 20-mile ride along the access road, you will
enjoy a short off road adventure viewing the spectacular wildlife and trop-
ical vegetation indigenous to the park. After a short visit to a lighthouse
along the way, you will be led to a small Mayan ruins site, navigational
museum and crocodile viewing. Your next stop will be at one of the best
snorkeling spots in Cozumel featuring one of the most protected natural
shallow reefs in the area. Don't miss out on one of the best jeep tours
available in Cozumel. Note: Snorkel equipment can be obtained on board at an
addtional cost.

Fiesta Party Boat
Duration: 4 hours
Price per person: $43.00
Activity level: Easy

Be a part of the most famous party cruise in all of Mexico! Climb aboard the
triple-decker Fiesta, where live music and tropical punch flow freely. Your
exotic Caribbean voyage takes you to Playa Sol, Cozumel's popular beach club.
Once there, you can lie by the pool, maybe enjoy a beach volleyball game, use
some of the non-motorized water sport equipment or just spend the afternoon
on the beach. Once the Fiesta starts her journey back to the pier, the fun
really starts. Enjoy the music, open bar and party of a lifetime!

Fiesta Sunset Cruise
Duration: 2 1/2 hours
Price per person: $48.00
Activity level: Easy

Note: Available on select ships only.

View one of the most beautiful sunsets in the Caribbean aboard the Fiesta
Party Boat! The original party boat of Mexico is equipped with three decks,
open bars, a dance floor, and a "moon deck" that is perfect for a romantic
view of the starlit sky and the lights of Cozumel's shoreline. Enjoy complim-
entary drinks as you listen to the live band. Join in the great dancing and
games as the staff gets the party started. Cruising along Cozumel's shoreline,
you will enjoy a view of the city lights as the party progresses. Midway
through, you will see one of the most spectacular sunsets ever, as the sun
goes down over the vividly colored Caribbean. The Sunset Cruise is the perfect
way to begin your evening.

Hideaway Powerboat and Beach Escape
Duration: 4 hours
Price per person: $95.00
Activity level: Moderate

Enjoy a unique experience as you spend the day at one of Cozumel's most
beautiful beaches as well as getting behind the wheel of your very own speed
boat! Blast through the waves of Cozumel's North Shore, discovering hidden
lagoons and virgin beaches. A short bus ride brings you to the beach where
the boats are located, after an orientation you will take the wheel and head
out into the open sea! Cruise along the northern coastline, passing hidden
lagoons and beautiful mangroves before driving your boat up onto a pristine
and secluded white sand beach. Enjoy a delicious grilled buffet lunch and
then take advantage of the sugar white sands and crystal clear waters at
Hideaway Beach. Relax in the sun or in the shade, go fo a walk or play a game
of volleyball. After approximately one hour at Hideaway Beach, it's time to
get back in the boats and make your way back to your ship. Note: An adult
must accompany guests under the age of 18, minimum age is 8 years, and guests
must be at least 18 years of age in order to operate a boat. This is an
active excursion and it is not recommended for pregnant women or guests
with back or neck injuries.

Island Adventure Snorkel
Duration: 2 hours
Price per person: $35.00
Activity level: Easy

Enjoy some of the best snorkeling that Cozumel has to offer! You will be
picked up right at the pier and board a first-class snorkel boat. Your
crew will take you to Villablanca Reef where you will experience beautiful
soft coral as well as an amazing variety of tropical fish. Instructors will
be with you to provide assistance with equipment and technique. Refreshments
will be served upon your return.

Jeep Adventure to Paradise
Duration: 5 1/2 hours
Price per person: $79.00
Activity level: Moderate

An adventure unlike any other! Join your fellow guests (4 to a jeep) as
you are led through the town of San Miguel, at the end passing through
jungle mangroves, large trees, spectacular greenery and wildlife. Your
adventure continues once you reach Bahia Ciega and cross over to Isla Passion
by canoe or catamaran. Upon arrival, you will receive a welcome drink and
be introduced to a world of white sand beaches, palm trees, picnic tables,
palapas, beach volleyball and other games. Your hosts provide you with a
delicious buffet lunch of grilled fish, chicken and salads as well as liquid
refreshment. Note: Snorkel equipment can be rented on board at an additional

Marine Park Unlimited Snorkel
Duration: 2 hours
Price per adult: $35.00 - child: $25.00
Activity level: Moderate

A great experience for beginners and experts alike! No visit to Cozumel is
complete without seeing the incredible marine life of the second largest
barrier reef in the world. This is the only tour that takes you to a reef
inside a protected area. A short ride takes you to the snorkeling site.
After being outfitted with your snorkeling equipment, a dive master will
provide a short orientation and then it is time to enter the warm, crystal
waters of the Mayan Caribbean. Spectacular coral formations as well as many
colorful and friendly fish are waiting to share the ocean with you. Note:
All equipment and transportation is provided. Shower, changing facilities and
a cash bar available.

Mayan Ruins of Tulum
Duration: 7 1/2 - 8 hours
Price per adult: $79.00 - child: $39.00
Activity level: Moderate

In ancient times, the Mayans developed a paradise kingdom that rose high
above the magnificent crystal blue Caribbean Sea. Three towering walls and
a steep cliff protect this ceremonial center. This walled city was given the
honorary name of Tulum. Your adventure begins with a 40-minute ferry ride to
Playa del Carmen where you will board an air-conditioned bus for your inform-
ative one-hour ride to Tulum. An approximate 50-minute rest and shopping stop
will be made along the way at the Lapis Jewerly Factory. Your guide will give
an informative narration on the Yucatan and the Mayan culture during the ride
to Tulum. Once you arrive at the ruins, your guide will escort you through
the walled Mayan city and give you the history and significance of this site.
Visit the Castle that is situated on a 40' bluff, the Temple of the Frescos
known for its detailed carved figures of original paints and writings, the
Temple of the Descending God, the House of the Chultun and the House of the
Columns. Don't forget to view the breathtaking Caribbean Sea from the tower-
ing cliff that separates the land from the sea. Once your tour of the ruins
is complete, your will make your way back to Playa del Carmen where a private
ferry awaits to transport you to Cozumel. Note: The Mexican government will
collect $10 USD from guests wishing to take a video camera into the ruins.
No tripods or professional video equipment are permitted. This tour is not
recommended for wheelchair guests or those with walking difficulties. It is
recommended that you wear comfortable clothing and comfortable shoes. A light
snack is included.

Mayan Sunset Catamaran Cruise
Duration: 2 hours
Price per person: $49.50
Activity level: Easy

Don't miss the opportunity to experience the beautiful sunsets of the Mayan
Caribbean as you sail along Cozumel's picturesque coastline aboard a state
of the art 65' sailing catamaran. Enjoy the open bar featuring Mexican beer
and zesty margaritas as you cruise along listening to the music, dancing and
enjoying the view. As the sun sets, you will enjoy the lights all along the
Cozumel coast as well as the lights in the sky as the stars come out to
light up the night.

Passion Island Adventure
Duration: 5 hours
Price per person: $68.00
Activity level: Easy

Escape to a private island beach paradise for a day of fun in the sun. A
short ride from the ship takes you to Bahia Ciega Pier where you will cross
over to Passion Island either by canoe or motorized tender. Enjoy Passion
Island's white-sand beaches and majestic charm while playing beach volleyball,
lying on the beach, an ocean float or swinging in a hammock. A traditional
grilled lunch including Mexican fare, chicken and fish, as well as an open
bar will be provided for you to enjoy!

Playa Sol Beach Break
Duration: At your leisure, beach closes at 6pm local time
Price per adult: $28.50 - child: $15.00
Activity level: Easy; Camp Carnival-Recommended

Spend a day on the beach at one of Cozumel's newest beach clubs. From the
ship, you will be responsible for your own taxi ride, approximately $14 US
dollars each way and about 10 minutes. Once you arrival at Playa Sol, simply
make your way to the activity desk for information about the amazing activ-
ities available to you. Spend the day at the beautiful private beach, fresh
water pool, beach volleyball courts or try some non- motorized watersport
equipment and apparatus available. You may also wish to simply have a drink
at the domestic open bar and hang out. Note: Food is available at an addit-
ional cost; bring a beach towel. Beach closes at 6 PM.

Sea Trek Helmet Diving
Duration: 1 hour
Price per adult: $89.00 - child: $69.00
Activity Level: Moderate

Enjoy the opportunity to explore Chankanaab Park's under water wonders with-
out getting your hair wet! Sea Trekking is the easiest and most comfortable
way to explore the underwater world and is as simple as walking and breath-
ing. A space age helmet sits comfortably on your shoulders while a continuous
supply of air flows into the helmet. You will be met at the pier and a short
ride takes you to Chankanaab National Park. Upon arrival, Sea Trek staff will
escort you to the dive site and provide a short demo and orientation. The
underwater walk lasts approximately 25-minutes at a maximum depth of 20'
with a guide and 2 safety divers. If you can't swim, don't worry, all you
have to do is walk and breathe! After your trek, you will have access to
Chankanaab Park where you can enjoy their facilities as long as you wish.
Note: Transportation to and from the park is provided; however, guests who
choose to stay at the park after the tour will be responsible for their own
transportation back to the ship. Minimum age is 8 years.

Duration: 2 hours
Price per person: $65.00
Activity level: Moderate

Are you ready to try something new? Snuba is a combination of snorkeling
and scuba diving, it is a way to explore the under water world without the
cumbersome equipment required for scuba diving and without the surface
limitations associated with snorkeling. After a 15-minute instructional
orientation, test your skills in shallow waters before proceeding from
15' to 18' below the surface. Your dive will be approximately 20 to 30-
minutes in length, allowing you to explore some of the brilliant coral
formations and interesting schools of fish not viewable from the surface.
Note: Minimum age is 12 years.

Sub-Ocean View
Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Price per person: $43.00
Activity level: Easy

Board the Ocean View Explorer for an unforgettable ride through the crystal
waters surrounding the island of Cozumel. This vessel features 44 individual
seats, submerged 4' below the water line, each with its own viewing window
providing access to all the sights of the Caribbean underwater world. Your
adventure will take you to the location of a sunken plane where you will
view all the colorful fish and various marine life that now call this habitat
home and on to Paraiso Reef to observe the beautiful coral formations.

Sunset Snorkel Party
Duration: 2 3/4 hours
Price per person: $39.00
Activity Level: Considerable

Prepare yourself for a snorkel experience unlike any other. Cozumel is home
to some of the best night diving in the Caribbean and now you have a chance
for a sunset snorkel experience. Water depth at the chosen sites will be
between 3-20'; there will be lighting and a chase boat and dive master guides
will accompany you. From the pier, you will be transported to the beach area
where you will be outfitted with gear and participate in a short operational
and safety orientation. As the sun slips into the sea, so will you! Explore
an entirely different kind of nightlife as your guide leads you through the
water with a strobe light as you witness lobsters, octopus, squid and eels
as well as the possibility of spotting a fluorescence show from some other
marine creatures. Marine life is as plentiful at night as it is during the
day, however, you will see it in an entirely unique and different way. Note:
All equipment and transportation included; insect repellant is recommended;
bathroom and shower facilities are available. Guests should be in reasonable
physical condition to participate.

Tropical Jeep Safari Tour
Duration: 7 1/2 - 8 hours
Price per person: $89.00
Activity level: Moderate

Hidden deep within the tropical savannah of the Yucatan Peninsula lies a
natural beauty that has been mystically touched by the influence of both
Mayan and Spanish cultures - this beauty is yours to discover. After a 40-
minute tender ride into Playa del Carmen, your guide will lead you away from
civilization toward the southeastern side of the peninsula in a rugged jeep.
Prepare yourself for an adventure as you travel over bumpy terrain, passing
endless lush, green vegetation as well as encountering the odd iguana or
rare tropical bird. At your first stop, Aktun Chen, a natural cave, you will
be guided through this hidden, mystical underground world. Your next stop is
beautiful Xpu-Ha Beach which creates a perfect atmosphere for a quiet relaxing
retreat. Enjoy the beach or just relax while your Mayan-style lunch is being
prepared on the open grill right on the beach. Your tour concludes with a
ferry ride back to Cozumel and your ship. Note: The jeep travels along uneven
bumpy roads. This tour is not suitable for pregnant women or people with back
injuries. Since driving responsibilities can be rotated, guests planning to
drive must bring a valid driver's license.

The Mayan Frontier By Horse Back
Duration: 3 1/2 hours
Price per person: $79.00
Activity level: Moderate; Camp Carnival-Recommended

Travel back in time through the sacred land of the Mayans, one of the oldest
and most mysterious civilizations in the world. Once transported by bus to
the serenity of the Buena Vista Ranch in the heart of the tropical savannah,
your guide will match you with a horse suited to your abilities and provide
a short orientation. You will be escorted into the depths of the low
Savannah, where the Mayans used to worship their gods. Ride through ruins
that are more than 1500 years old, and take notice of the sights and sounds
around you. This area has survived past the Mayan age and is now living in
harmony with the lost remains of a once great civilization. You will visit a
ranch stocked with cattle, ponies, turkeys, and other native creatures. Upon
your return to Buena Vista, you will enjoy a cold, complimentary beverage
to wrap up your adventure.

Duration: 8 hours
Price per adult: $85.00 - child: $55.00
Activity Level: Easy; Camp Carnival-Recommended

Xcaret Eco-Archaeological Park is one of the most important natural theme
parks in the Americas. Your adventure begins from Cozumel where you will
board a ferry for a 40-minute ride to Playa del Carmen on the mainland of
Mexico. From here, you will enjoy a 15-minute scenic ride to the park. A
multitude of activities awaits you once you arrive at the park and you will
definitely want to do them all. Take a Mayan swim as you float for 30-minutes
on the surface of an underground river. Enjoy swimming in the lagoons, nat-
ural pools, channels and cenotes. Explore the under water archeological site,
visit the museum of Mayan Cities, the aquarium, the butterfly pavillion or
the bird-breeding aviary. Lunch is on your own but there are many restaurants
on site to choose from, such as fresh seafood, authentic Mexican dishes as
well as snack bar items. Once it is time to reboard your bus, you will head
back to Playa del Carmen and then catch the ferry for your return trip to

Cozumel Country Club
Course description: Par 72; 6,724 yards
Price: $140.00 - Transportation; Golf Pro Escort; Cart and Green Fees.

A very exciting addition to our golf excursion offerings is this brand new
golf and country club located in Cozumel and just minutes away from downtown.
This is Cozumel's first and only world class championship 18 hole golf course.
It was created by the Nicklaus design team and incorporates the natural hab-
itats of the island in its design and construction. This course is built
around Cozumel's native trees, red mangroves and natural wetlands in order to
preserve ecologically sensitive areas. There are only three areas on the golf
course where golfers playing another hole are visible, allowing the golfers
to enjoy the peace and quiet of the natural surroundings. We feel it is a
"must play" for the vacationing golfer.


Belize is situated at the base of the Yucatan Peninsula in Central America
and borders Mexico and Guatemala, with the Caribbean Sea to the east. The
country's area includes numerous small islands off the coast. The coastal
strip is low and swampy, with mangroves, many salt and fresh water lagoons
and some sandy beaches, though the Maya Mountains in the west rise to almost
3280'. Nineteen miles offshore is the world's second largest barrier reef,
home to a range of marine life.

Belize City, over 300 years old and the country's main commercial area and
seaport, is the biggest city. It combines a mixture of colonial architecture,
functional wooden buildings and historic cathedrals.

Climate: Subtropical with brisk prevailing wind; high annual temperatures
and humidity.

Population: 235,000

Size: 8867 square miles

Language: English is the official language but Spanish is spoken by over
half the population.

Time Zone: n/a

Currency: The Belize Dollar

Altun Ha and Belize City Tour
Duration: 4 1/2 hours
Price per adult: $43.00 - child: $23.00
Activity level: Easy

Two Plazas and thirteen structures mark the epicenter of this very
important ceremonial site of the ancient Mayan civilization. Altun Ha also
served as a trade center, located only seven miles from the sea it is also
surrounded by primary broadleaf rainforest. This site, captured world atten-
tion when Professor David Pendergast of the Royal Ontario museum discovered
the now famous nine and a half pound jade head of the sun god Kinich Ahau in
the tomb of a Royal Priest within the main temple of the masonary altars.
Prepared stone steps allow visitors to climb atop three of the main temples,
in order to capture the beautiful views of the scenic countryside. You will
also enjoy a short tour of Belize City, the commercial capital of Belize.
Note: Transfer time to the site is approximately 1 1/4 hours. A small
selection of souvenirs and crafts are available for purchase. Restrooms are
available at the site. This excursion is not wheelchair accessible.

Altun Ha Mayan Site and River Wallace
Duration: 5 1/2 hours
Price per adult: $63.00 - child: $33.00
Activity level: Moderate

A double treat awaits you in the Belize district. First, you will enjoy an
open riverboat trip along the coast before entering the Belize River, called
Rio Wallace by the Spaniards during the Conquistador rule of the New World.
Besides the abundance of bird life, the river is home to crocodiles, manatee
and even dolphin. After your river exploration, it is time to board a motor-
coach and head for the Mayan Ceremonial Center of Altun Ha. It was within
the main temple of the masonary alters where the famous jade head of the
Sun God Kinich Ahau was found during an expedition led by Professor David
Pendergast of the Royal Ontario Museum. The site which is set in the pristine
Belize rainforest, has two plazas and thirteen structures within its epicenter
and was a vital trade center during the classic period (250-900 AD). Note:
Your river trip will be approximately 1 1/4 hours and since the boats are
are uncovered, a hat and sunscreen is recommended. Restrooms are available at
Altun Ha. Your return bus trip is approximately 45 minutes. Tour may operate
in reverse depending on participation.

Baboon Sanctuary and Belize City Tour
Duration: 4 1/2 hours
Price per adult: $45.00 - child: $25.00
Activity level: Moderate

A number of farmers of the Belize District living in villages with names
like Bermudan Landing and Lemonal came together, and with the assistance of
the Audubon Society created the "Community Baboon Sanctuary". In 1986
approximately 60 landowners joined the project and committed themselves to
the land management practices that accommodate the Howler Monkey known as
the "Baboon" in Creole. During the 1-hour motor coach transfer to the san-
ctuary, keep your eyes peeled for the "Baboon Crossing". These primates live
in a perfect habitat in the wild, the riverine forests of the fertile Belize
River area. A 20 to 30-minute walk on prepared jungle paths take you on a
tour through the Howler's World, neither shy nor quiet, you are bound to see
and definitely hear these amazing primates. After your tour of the sanctuary,
enjoy a short tour of Belize City, the largest city in the district and also
the commercial capital of Belize. Note: This tour involves walking over some
uneven and bumpy terrain; not recommended for wheelchairs.

Belize City Tour
Duration: 2 1/2 hours
Price per adult: $29.99 - child: $14.50
Activity level: Easy

Belize City is the grand lady of Belize's Colonial era, when the English
Baymen decided to firmly establish themselves on the coast, in spite of
attempts from the Spanish to dislodge them. Old wooden colonial homes
combined with modern cement structures line the narrow city streets and
give the city a flavor that has attracted many. Boasting a population of
approximately 70,000 people, Belize City also has many landmarks such as the
200 year old Cathedral where mosquito kings were crowned, the famous light-
house that marks the grave of the Portuguese Baron who left a great fortune
to Belize, and many more historic landmarks. Enjoy the shops of Belize City
as your tour of this great city comes to a close. Note: Restrooms are avail-
able at the House of Culture.

Belize Zoo and City Tour
Duration: 4 1/2 hours
Price per adult: $48.00 - child: $23.00
Activity Level: Easy

The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center was started in 1983 as an
attempt to provide a home for various wild animals that had been featured
in documentary films about the rain forest. From the very beginning, it was
apparent that the Belizean visitors to the zoo were not familiar with the
different species of wild life that shared their country and all efforts were
made to transform the little zoo into a dynamic wild life education center.
Today, the Belize Zoo covers approximately 29-acres of tropical savanna and
features over 125 animals native to Belize, many of which were found injured
and nursed back to health. Enjoy the magnificent range of mammals, birds and
reptiles from jaguars to howlers, toucans to egrets and crocodiles to tree
frogs, all in their natural habitat. Your journey will begin as you depart
from the cruise ship pier passing some of the highlights of Belize City, as
you travel along the western highway approximately 30-miles before arriving
at the Zoo. You will spend approximately 1 1/2 hours touring the Zoo and
Educational Center before returning via Belize City viewing more highlights
before finally arriving at the cruise ship pier. Note: This tour involves
some walking. Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, insect repellant and comfortable
clothing are highly recommended.

Biking in Belize
Duration: 6 hours
Price per person: $49.00
Activity level: Considerable

Enjoy this natural rainforest setting as your guide takes you through some of
the best trails that Belize has to offer. After an approximate one-hour drive
to the rainforest, you will participate in a short orientation before the
guides lead you on your bike adventure. The 3 1/2 - 4 hour journey will take
you through medicinal nature trails and past natural ponds, home to a few of
the area's crocodiles. Pay attention to your surroundings and you may be
rewarded by spotting some of the area's indigenous wildlife such as iguanas,
various birds, opossum, anteaters, foxes, forest rabbits and many more.
This time will also include an informative stop at Altun Ha. Once your
wildlife adventure bike ride comes to an end, you will be treated to a
hearty Belizean lunch. Note: This is an active tour and guests must be in
good physical condition to participate.

Cave Tubing and Rain Forest Exploration
Duration: 6 1/2 hours
Price per person: $85.00
Activity level: Considerable

Your tour will depart the tender dock by bus and head up the western highway
for approximately 1 1/2 hours, the last 6-miles being over an uneven and
bumpy jungle road. Following a short orientation with local guides, you will
be equipped with your flotation tube, a caving headlamp and life vest, if
required. Now your exploration will commence in earnest, carrying your
equipment and walking for approximately 45-minutes on a rain forest path,
where you will reach the river input site for your tubing adventure. Splash
into the cool waters of the Sibun River aboard your flotation tube as you
float lazily downstream observing the cave formations of the limestone cavern
that was formed before the dawn of mankind. Lunch will be served at the Cheers
restaurant following your cave tubing adventure. Note: It is recommended that
you bring a change of clothing as you may spend up to 1 1/2 hours on the
river. Waterproof cameras and sturdy closed toed footwear are a definite
necessity as well as sunscreen and a hat. Minimum age for participation is
12 years.

Goff's Caye Snorkeling
Duration: 4 hours
Price per adult: $55.00 - child: $42.00
Acitity level: Easy

Boarding your snorkel boat directly from the ship, an approximate 40-minute
ride will bring you to this remote Caye, 12-miles east of Belize and about
the size of a football field. Goff's Caye is a magnificent coral island sit-
ting right on top of the Great Barrier Reef of Belize. Collecting your snor-
kel gear upon arrival at the Caye, you will have the option to snorkel from
the beautiful beach or directly off of your snorkel boat. Great for beginners
and those with past experience, either way you will enjoy the abundant reef
life, great coral formations and crystal clear waters. Find your island
paradise at Goff's Caye as your guide takes you around the whole island
snorkeling. Note: Underwater cameras, sunscreen and a hat are recommended.
Restrooms are available on the Caye.

Horseback Adventure and Nature Walk
Duration: 7 hours; 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 hour horseback ride
Price per person: $88.00
Activity level: Moderate

Enjoy a horseback riding experience along some of the most pristine riding
trails that Belize has to offer. After a scenic 1 1/2 hour ride through
Belize City to the Cayo Distict near the new capital of Belmopan, you will
arrive at the ranch and lodge of the Windy Hill Resort. After a short orien-
tation, your guide will lead you on an approximate 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 hour horse-
back ride. After your ride, lunch will be served at the lodge itself in its
serene setting among the tree. The next stage of your adventure involves a
short guided nature walk. Enjoy this informative walk through a rain forest
trail as your guide points out different interesting plants and trees used by
Mayans for food, building materials and medicine. You may also see several
varieties of Parrots, Toucans, Trogans, and dozens of other bird species, as
well as the occasional Deer. Note: Closed toed shoes and long pants are recom-
mended; minimum age 12 years; maximum weight limit 220 pounds. Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses nd insect repellent are recommended. Please be aware that you will be divided into two groups with one group doing the nature walk while the
other group rides, and vice versa.

Shark Ray Alley Snorkel
Duration: 7 hours
Price per adult: $69.00 - child: $39.00
Activity level: Moderate

Experience snorkeling at the site Skin Diver magazine called one of the 7
best animal dives in the Caribbean. Approximately 4 miles south of San Pedro's
Ambergris Caye in the Belize District lies the Hol Chan marine reserve and
and Shark/Ray alley, one of the most popular snorkeling/dive sites along the
barrier reef of Belize. For several years, local fishermen often cleaned
their catch in this area and it is now a popular site for the Southern Sting-
rays and Nurse Sharks. Board a comfortable speedboat directly from the ship
and enjoy an exhilarating 1 1/4 hour ride along the mangrove channels passing
Caye Chapel and Caye Caulker before arriving at the reef. Snorkeling from the
boat, you will swim amongst the Stingrays and Nurse Sharks in the shallow
waters (8-10') of Shark Ray Alley. Your lunch stop at nearby San Pedro is
approximately 2-hours providing the opportunity to explore the shopping areas
of this northernmost island resort before making the return trip to your
ship. Note: Snorkel equipment will be provided on the tour boat. Underwater
cameras are a must and don't forget your sunscreen and hat.

Turneffe Atoll 2-Tank Dive
Duration: 5 hours
Price: $145.00 (without equipment); $165.00 (with equipment)
Activity Level: Moderate

Belize boasts three of the four atolls in the Western Hemisphere and Turneffe
Atoll is one of them. Situated to the east of Belize City, this is one of the
most spectacular and most popular dive sites that Belize has to offer. Com-
pletely surrounded by living barrier reef, this atoll is a haven for fisher-
men, snorkelers and of course, divers. Your 2-tank dive will place you along
coral caverns, a coral wall, huge coral formations and bring you face to face
with some of the most diverse sea life you will ever see - from fish to
mollusks, from turtles to dolphins. The clarity of the water is something you
will never forget, not to mention the sheer number of coral formations in all
their living colors. This is diving at its very best. Note: Travel time to
and from the dive site is approximately 2-hours; each dive is approximaely
1-hour in duration with a 1-hour snack break in between dives. You must
present a valid "C" card in order to dive - No exceptions. Price without
equipment includes tanks and weights only.

Xunantunich Maya Site
Duration: 7 hours
Price per adult: $65.00 - child: $32.50
Activity level: Moderate

This site was a major ceremonial center during the Classic Period and is
composed of six major plazas, surrounded by more than 25 temples and palaces.
Located on a natural limestone ridge, the site provides panoramic views of
the hilly Cayo District and is situated just 2-miles from the Guatemala
border. The largest temple is "El Castillo" which has been excavated and
partially restored, this temple is famous for it's frieze, a banded stucco
decoration that at one time extended around the entire pyramid. The intro-
ductory site history and display center is found at the entrance to the
center and is one of the major attractions. Delve into the Mayan world as you
visit the site's three plazas and partially excavated ball court. At the
conclusion of your visit you will enjoy a delicious lunch at San Ignacio
Hotel. Handicraft and souvenirs can be purchased here. Note: Travel time from
the dock to Xunantunich is approximately 2-hours by coach. In addition, there
will be a short (5 minutes) "old time" ferry system transfer to the Mayan

Caye Chapel Golf Resort
Course description: Par 72; 6,843 yards
Price: $225.00 - Transportation; Golf Pro Escort; Cart and Green Fees.

This is one golfing adventure you won't want to miss. The vessel anchors out
and golfers are transported by tender to the dock in Belize. After a brief
transfer to the local airport, you depart via Maya Island Airlines for your
brief and scenic 10-minute flight to the beautiful Island of Caye Chapel,
located just 12 miles off the coast of Belize. Caye (pronounced KEY) Chapel
Golf Resort offers a picturesque setting with extraordinary views of the
Caribbean Sea and barrier reef. The unpredictable trade winds come into play
from every tee resulting in an island adventure to test your abilities, pat-
ience and perseverance. Challenges abound with four par 5 holes, averaging
distances of 560 years from the tips, a multitude of cat-tailed lined lakes,
native birds and those tricky trade winds. This spectacularly scenic 18-hole
championship golf course boasts a long par 72 over 7,000 yards of scenic
views and impeccably manicured links. Caye Chapel Golf Resort has received
international acclaim for its quality, design and caliber of play.

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Thank you SO much. That is by far, the best information that I've seen in preparing for my trip. This is going to be very, very helpful.

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My website has western shore tours for the Inspiration on it.


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Thank you so much, this is some of the most helpful information that i've had yet to date. Although we're going on the Conquest, some of this information is very applicable to our trip. The only thing I don't have is info for Montego Bay, but from what i've heard we can skip this port and just stay on the ship. Thank you again.

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Do not hurt yourself and stay on the ship in Mo Bay. That is just denying yourself the chance to see and experiance a wonderful culture and beautiful place. My suggestion is the Marth Brea river rafting excursion but do get off the ship and enjoy this unique place.

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