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Old March 18th, 2006, 07:00 PM
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I sprained my ankle the end of January, and I just found out that I will be needing surgery to fix the ligaments. We are going to wait with the surgery because of the scheduled cruise for Easter. We are going on the Holiday to Mexico.

Is there transportation at the pier when disembarkting in Costa Maya or Playa Del Carmen? I won't be able to walk long distances. I don't want to slow up the guys.

I tried to talk my husband into letting me have the surgery and not go on this cruise with him, son and son's friend. But I have married a great guy and he wants me to go. Wait for surgery so I won't be in a cast during cruise. I do have a aircast on now, which I can remove and walk short distances to water. But I will have to be careful not to twist ankle again, or I will be on crutches again. I hope I don't need to bring them on the ship. do they have them in case?

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Old March 18th, 2006, 07:17 PM
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Hi Annie,

I'm sorry to hear about your ankle .

When we were in Costa Maya there was a tram to take people to the shopping area. You would have to walk about down the pier to catch it (about half the length of the ship).

I know it would be a pain in the "you know what" to bring crutches with you, but if you have some that fit you I'd bring them just in case. I'm sure they have some available, but they may be very basic.

We haven't been to Playa Del Carmen, so I'll have to let someone else answer you about that port.

Have a wonderful cruise and take care of that ankle!
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Annie,
Sorry to hear about your ankle, what a bummer. I know how it is. I put off my knee surgery until I returned from a cruise. It was really hard going up and down stairs. I felt "stared" at only going up or down 1 floor in the elevator. I almost rented a scooter, it would have speeded thing up. Could this be an option for you? Best wishes whatever you decide.
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Annie, you better take your crutches with you. In Costa Maya the transportation brings you only to entrance of the shopping area, there you can walk around. Keep in mind that if more cruiseships are in port, a few thousand passengers are walking that same area, or going on a tour. If somebody would just passes you and by incident gives you a bump, you are in pain. The change for a seat at one of the restaurants is slim, although there are nice people out there who offer you their chair.

For Playa del Carmen, depends on what you want to do. If you plan to take the tour to Tulum, you go by bus, but to see the ruins you have to walk a long road. For other excursions, I don't know.

On our last cruise in January there were several people with legs in cast and walking on crutches, and maybe in less pain then you will be.
Can you ask your GP or physiotherapist to tape your ankle and show you how to do that? That pretty much fixates your muscles and joint for the walking part.
Don't walk around in open toe slippers, that will definately hurt your ankle.

This is not ment to put you down on your cruise, but just to say be carefull. If you go, happy sailing and make the most of it.
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Thanks for your replies.

I really do hope with some more physical therapy, that I will be able to get around on my cruise. I have seen some improvement since I started, but it was a bit of a disappointment, to find out after a few weeks of PT and finally having the MRI to show that there is more damage to my ankle. I have good days and some bad days with the pain. I think I will bring my crutches, just in case I do get bumped or twist the ankle where there is a lot of pain.

I am now wondering how I am going to get off from work for the cruise, if I return back to work later this week. My surgery won't be until late April. My employer is already giving me a hard time, they don't know that my husband planned this cruise yet. I hope to leave that job but not until I get another job lined up, and I won't be able to really look for a job while I am in a cast.
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Annie,
Say if you do go back to work, and theres this strange reason you can't stand on it,and do your job well, then you can't work. Go to your doctor, and let him give you a excuse to be off work for that week. Then go on your cruise for alittle P.T. I know, its alittle under-handed as they say, but if you want to go bad, then you just got to take desperate actions.

If you do go on your cruise, then one of your last resorts is to let the boys go on the island excursions. And you play it safe onboard.

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take it one step further. Call special services and tell them that you will need assistance boarding the ship and at the ports.
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I agree that you should call Guest Services at Carnival and tell them you will be needing a wheelchair for boarding and at ports. They will have one available for you. I've been on the Holiday several times. There will be a long ramp to walk down (and up). I think it would be difficult using crutches.

There is no dock at Playa del Carmen. You will dock at Calica (a huge working rock quarry), but there will be a long line of cabs/busses to take you wherever you want to go. I usually get a cab into PdC. It's about a 10 minute wild ride, and the cost is $10 per cab, not per person.

Good luck, and I hope you have a great cruise.
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Thanks again for the tip about special services. I will check into that.

As for now, I am not walking with crutches anymore, but my PT therapist, said to use them when I need to. I think I will take them with me, since it won't be extra luggage on a plane. We're driving to Mobile.

If I am going to be in some pain on a day of excursions, I will sit back and enjoy the ship by myself. I have recently had some pain that was intolerable here, so I had taken a hydrocodone pill. It helped with the pain, but it makes me so queazy. I get so nauseated from it, I hope I don't have to take on the trip.

I am going to the doctors in the morning. I found out that my disability is approved thru 4-9, the week before the trip. I was told by my doctor to go on the cruise and to have the surgery scheduled afterwards, so as not to be in a cast during the cruise. I would like to hit the beach and go into the water, at least that doesn't need me to stand on my right foot much.
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Annie, when you call Carnival tell them that you are driving to the port, they will have a porter with a wheelchair to take you into the terminal
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8) I went on the Holiday back in August to Costa Maya and Calica.
I am going again this April 14th on the Holiday. You will love Costa Maya - it has a long pier but they have shuttle trolleys which will take you into Costa Maya - the trolley was at the ship at the end of the dock where we docked. They will also take you back to the ship. In August it was no cost. For Calica it is just an industrial port - nothing to see in Calica - they have buses and taxis to take you into Playa de Carmen. The waiting line was so long for the taxis and buses we just stayed on the ship.
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