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Old September 26th, 2006, 08:53 AM
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Just got back from my first cruise. I'm hooked.

I'm already planning what I will do differently for the next cruise. Don't forget your waterproof camera or if you do, it would be worth it to purchase on onboard.

This was such a fabulous experience. I travelled solo and did not regret it one bit. I met sooooo... many interesting people; had a great selection of fun activities without having to consult with anyone; spent lots of time in the casino and broke even; the shows were great - high energy dancers and singers; food was very good, although many people said the lobster was dry.

The "Mayan Jungle Excursion" was worth every penny. All 13 of us from the cruise loved it. I would highly reccommed this for the adventurous spirit who wants an experience like no other.

It would be my pleasure to answer any questions that any of you may have.

Planning my next cruise!!!!!

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Old September 26th, 2006, 08:55 AM
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YAY!! Welcome back and I'm so glad you had a great cruise.

Did you have everything settled you were worried about pre-cruise?
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Yes, thank you, I did not worry at all. There was staff everywhere. They are constantly cleaning, painting and doing everything they can to make it the great experience that it was.

I want to thank everyone here for your valuable information. It helped me greatly.

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Welcome back Elaine. Glad to see you had such a good time.

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Welcome back, Elaine. I'm so glad you enjoyed your cruise. We have sailed on the Imagination three times and had a great cruise experience every time. Where to next?
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Not sure what dates or ports for the next cruise. I love Mexico so much, I always want to go there. My co-worker left on Imagination the same day that I returned. We'll compare notes and possibly share a cabin on the next one. Timing is extremely important for both of us, as we work in Key West in the tourist industry, so can only get away when business is slow. I haven't found a CruiseMates cruise that will work for me, yet. Hoping to be able to find one so I can meet some of you. I discovered by travelling solo, that opportunities abound for meeting lots of very interesting people. Watching the websites for deals. Elaine
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Just got back from my first cruise. I'm hooked.

Well now, you didn't put up much of a fight! Glad you enjoyed!!!!!
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can you tell me a little about calica?

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PaisleyRose,

Calica seems to be Mexican for "gravel pit". It's a large, mostly rectangular, hole scooped out of the limestone on the coast. Just big enough for one ship to dock, and when its not used as a cruise ship dock, it's a gravel operation (complete with piles of gravel and conveyor belts). Sounds fun, right?

It's basically right next door to one of the EcoParks - either Xel Ha or x-Caret. We went to Xel-Ha and it was totally awesome. There's a writeup with pictures on my web site at http://www.mycruiseadventures.com/maya03.html

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Hello PaisleyRose: as others have stated, Calica is really just a port to dock the ship. There are numerous organized excursions, and dozens of taxis available if you want a trip into Playa del Carmen.

Myself and 12 others from the cruise thoroughly enjoyed the Mayan Jungle Excursion: 3 fabulous zip lines through the jungle; relaxing in an inner tube in 1 cenote; snorkel in a 2nd cenote; Mayan cultural education; and a short bicycle ride in the jungle (I chose to lay in a hammock instead of the bicycle ride). They also give you a meal. You will have an option to purchase a CD of the various pictures that are taken of you and the others on your tour. They fill up the rest of the CD with loads of beautiful pictures of nature and wildlife of the area. I enjoyed the tour so much, that I wouldn't hesitate to do it again.

There wasn't enough time to shop in Playa del Carme, but there are shops set up at the pier.

Don't worry about how ugly Calica is, unless you intend to stay on board. This is a port where your most enjoyment will be had by getting off and doing something fun and exciting. Enjoy!!! Elaine
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We are leavng on Thursday can't wat.
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I loved this cruise in May and would do it again in a heartbeat.
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