i have been to Cozumel 4 times on Carnival ships. They all have used the pier about 5 miles out of town . Once you exit the ship to get off of the dock you have to walk thru a long building , ( mini-mall) to get to shore.
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I have never seen car rentals at the pier. You can take a taxi downtown for about $6 US. Cabs are really cheap in Cozumel . I know they rent scooters, and Jeeps , downtown. I dont know where a car rental place is located.
Most Carnival ships dock at Puerta Maya which is five miles from downtown, there car rental agencys just as you exit the commerical area at the end of the pier. When Puerta Maya is full they usually dock at Punta Langosta which is right downtown, do not know about car rentals there.
If you go to a website, Cozumel Insider, There is a listing of all the ships and which docks are used for a week. Just scroll down to the bottom and click on the docking schedule and you can see where your ship will be. We were on the Paradise in Dec. and we were at the Punto Langusto pier. It is the newest one and it is located right down town. You can walk to most of the shops. Off the pier and turn left. The taxie stands are located on the main street once you leave the pier.
I've looked at the Cozumel Insider, as you suggested. My cruise isn't until August - is that cruise docking information the same all months? And where in the world IS Fondeo? We're on the Inspiration - on a Thursday - and it's listing Fondeo for the pier. Any idea where this is located? and if we will be docking or using tenders??-
1st Cruise - Carnival Inspiration - August 2004
2nd Cruise - Carnival Destiny - May 2006