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My wife and I will be on the Fascination 10-15-07 our first port is Key West our second port is Cozumel. Does anybody have any excursion suggestions, particularly Cozumel? Looking for feedback on both ship sponsored excursions and private excursions.
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Passion Island. Secluded private island beach with open bar and buffet myan/mexican style food done very well. Great service.

Best $75 I've ever spent......

They film some of the Corona Beer commercials there.

I can send some pics if you'd like.....

PS it's actually called Isle de Passion VIP. They also have a Jeep or Kyack excursion there too.
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In Key West just walking around Duval Street down to Mallory Square is interesting. If you are a JBuffet fan there is a Margaritaville tour, and you can always hop on the Conch Train for another view of the town. In Cozumel I would opt for a day at Playa Mia beach which includes open bar and buffet lunch. Another similar beach day is Passion Island.
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I was thinking of doing Playa Mia this year since we are taking my 5 year old. Passion Island seemed a little more for couples and Playa Mia seems a little more family based with the paddle boats and such. Would you agree?
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Key West is a great walkin' around port. Highlights would include the Hemingway house (and all the 6-toed cats that still live there), the Mel Fisher museum (with most of the gold from the wreck Atocha), or the Wyland art gallery (he's the guy who does all the underwater paintings, and murals on the sides of buildings).

Cozumel has the dolphin swim at Chankanaab park - my wife and daughters have all done that one. I've dove there, but last time we just wandered around and shopped. My son took the Tulum tour (wife and I did it years ago) and had a great time.
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Tulum is definetely unforgetable, but I'd only go there on a ship's tour due to the distance. Chankanaab Park is also great and that one requires no excursion. Just hop a taxi right at the pier and the taxi prices are clearly posted. Admission to the park used to be $12, that may have gone up. Biggest problem with Cozumel, there's sooooo much to see + do you'll just have to go back.
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I liked Tulum but I did it from the Calica (sp) side.
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I was thinking of doing Playa Mia this year since we are taking my 5 year old. Passion Island seemed a little more for couples and Playa Mia seems a little more family based with the paddle boats and such. Would you agree?
I can't speak to Passion Island, but Playa Mia is definitely family and children friendly.
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Avoid the powerboat excursion.
The boats are much too small for the waves.
The beach you go to has not been cleaned since Katrina.
The "buffet" consisted what appeared to be chicken slapped on a tortilla and a cup of coke poured from a litre bottle.
The topper was the guide telling us if we liked the job they did we should tip 100.00. If we thought it was only ok we should tip 50.00.
and if we didn't like it we should only tip 10.00 or 20.00!

Cost is 95.00 apiece.
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The day at Playa Mia was about $60 pp and included trans to and from, a lunch buffet that was well done and an open bar. The beach was spotless and the pool was also clean and well maintained. It is quite a large area and is being expanded even more. There are many activities and extras (wave runners, floats, para sail, etc-for an additional fee) showers, changing facilities, etc. I was there in early Feb and was impressed by the entire experience.
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Ruins, horse back riding, zip lines, beaches.
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I liked Chakanaab park for the snorkeling and the rest of my family enjoyed the beach. They give free smorkeling tours (tips accepted) too.

Walking down to the shops is always fun as well.

Last time, we had a big group (18 people) and we went to the all inclusive Melia. My cousins and I went horseback riding which I have never done before. At Melia, they had a pool with a swim up bar, free snorkel equipment, and all you can drink and eat. It was something like $30 for the day and we all felt that it was well worth it.

We also all chipped in and got a room on the ground floor near the pool so that we had a nice place to lay down out of the sun. The bar had high quality liqour too. I know because we drank quite a bit of it.

We took two van buses van where we all sang to the radio very poorly. We apologized to the bus driver but he said he didn't mind and was very polite. He even put in a U2 CD so at least we would sing horribly to something he liked. We had a great time!!!!
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we are probably going on that cruise too but this summer instead,
I'd go to Playa del carmen. we went last summer. and will probably go there again this year, but got off at calica, i dont know what the differnce is, if there even is one, but Playa del Carme is my favorite place in the world!

Fun beach, Beautiful, Shopping (bargins!) plus, mexicans come and sing to you! cant get much better than that.
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I was thinking of doing Playa Mia this year since we are taking my 5 year old. Passion Island seemed a little more for couples and Playa Mia seems a little more family based with the paddle boats and such. Would you agree?
We did Playa Mia with our 6 kids. ALL of them loved it.
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Mehawk suggested the Ruins, horse back riding, zip lines, beaches. Not sure what the ruins are? Are they worth visiting? The horse back riding sounds good, however on my last cruise when I checked into horse back riding they all had a weight limit of 240 lbs. I am 6'3" and weigh in at around 265lbs. So I am wondering if I can get around the weight restriction? After all what did Horse Cartwright do on the Ponderosa, ride a Clydesdale Ha-Ha.
Zip line no way, I was on the Valor last month did the zip line and damn near died from it bruises on my body have just now healed. Big out of shape guys like me take note. Those zip lines can be brutal my weight pulled the line down so low I slammend into every single platform (about 22 of them) Boy did it hurt Ha-Ha. I sweated so much I had to buy a new shirt from a vendor..Live and learn .
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Passion Island. Secluded private island beach with open bar and buffet myan/mexican style food done very well. Great service.

Best $75 I've ever spent......

They film some of the Corona Beer commercials there.

I can send some pics if you'd like.....

PS it's actually called Isle de Passion VIP. They also have a Jeep or Kyack excursion there too.
Sounds like a good time thanks I shall check into it
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Littletana,

I agree with you about Playa del Carmen. It is one of my favorite places!!! I think the beach is beautiful. In fact, I love the whole area. I really enjoy walking up and down 5th Avenue, looking at all the outdoor restaurants and shops. Have fun on your next trip there!!!

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Mehawk suggested the Ruins, horse back riding, zip lines, beaches. Not sure what the ruins are? Are they worth visiting?
From what I understand, there are two sets of ruins. One is Chichen Itza and it's a bit of a ways away I think. For more info:
http://www.locogringo.com/past_spotlights/apr2002.html

The other is closer to Cozumel and is called Tulum. For more info:
http://www.locogringo.com/past_spotlights/aug2002.html

My brother did one of them and he loved it. I'm thinking about trying it out too but there's a lot of walking so I might not if I'm not in good enough shape by then.

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The horse back riding sounds good, however on my last cruise when I checked into horse back riding they all had a weight limit of 240 lbs. I am 6'3" and weigh in at around 265lbs. So I am wondering if I can get around the weight restriction? After all what did Horse Cartwright do on the Ponderosa, ride a Clydesdale Ha-Ha.
My cousins and I are small so that we didn't hear anything about weight restrictions. I might see how that would be since they weren't very big horses. At least I don't think they were but what do I know about horses? lol!
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The beach at Playa del carmen is awesome ! We stayed there for part of a day after a trip to X-Caret park which was also awesome.
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Carlos N Charlies and Senor Frogs was awesome in Cozumel.
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We booked through Carnival when we were on the ship and did the clear kayak and snorkel. They took us to a resort and it was really nice. We also got free drinks and fruit afterwards. They told us we could stay as long as we liked and their van would take us back to the port whenever we liked. So we spent the day out there. I do wonder if we could have booked this cheaper on our own. I thought the price was a bit steep!
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Avoid the powerboat excursion.
The boats are much too small for the waves.
The beach you go to has not been cleaned since Katrina.
The "buffet" consisted what appeared to be chicken slapped on a tortilla and a cup of coke poured from a litre bottle.
The topper was the guide telling us if we liked the job they did we should tip 100.00. If we thought it was only ok we should tip 50.00.
and if we didn't like it we should only tip 10.00 or 20.00!

Cost is 95.00 apiece.
Hmmm the boats are too small? My wife and I did the powerboat excursion in Costa Maya the boats were small and the waves fairly large but for the most part they seemed to handle them ok. We actually had a blast! Wow the tipping issue is way over the top, after the powerboat excursion my wife and I went on they did not even mention a tip! Instead they put out a tip jar. I tossed in $15.00 to cover the both of us does not seem like a lot but considering there were 10 boats and 20 riders I am quite sure they made between $100.00 and $150.00 dollars for 2 hours work and the next group of 20 riders were lined up ready to jump in the boats.
If somebody told me to tip them $100.00. The only tip I would leave them is DONT GROW CORN IN THE WINTER On the other hand it is Cozumel so maybe corn will grow!!!

Thanks for the suggestions folks please keep them comingCan anybody reccomend a good private tour guide
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My husband & I did the Seatrek. It was great. For first timers it was wonderful. You are 25 ft. below the ocean and are only under there for approx. 35 minutes. Which gave us time to do some shopping and eating in Cozumel. We were only in Cozumel for 8 hours, so it worked out great for us. I thought it was great for someone who had never been anywhere like that before in their lives, so...there's my 2 cents.
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Hmmm, I have toyed with the idea of going on one of those under sea walks it is a strong maybe. Hey isn't your husband some kind of rock star or movie star?
Ironicly I just read your posting on lets all meet! I posted just before you could not resist the rock star crack.
Thanks for your suggestion I shall consider it
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Why yes he is a rock star (in his own mind). hehe
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My family and I tried Race Fantastique. It was like the show Amazing Race. Fun, and challenging, but not killer. It was 80 bucks per person, which included soft drinks and t-shirts for the winners (not us) but it was a great time.
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I've done a bit of searching and found a few things.
On the site www.thisiscozumel.com

The Jimmy Buffett place
http://thisiscozumel.com/content/view/456/79/
Location: Avenida Melgar (seafront) on the corner with Calle 11.
Price guide: Soda $2.50, Draft Beer (20 oz) $8.50, Cocktails from $7, Cheeseburger $12.50, BBQ Ribs $21, Chicken fajitas $14.50.


If the kids - or big kids - in your family are looking for something new to try in Cozumel, then the Climbing Adventure Park .


What caught my eye was the deep sea fishing at http://www.fishingcozumel.net/deep-sea-fishing.htm

They have a symbol on the page the declares: NO PORT NO PAY
If the ship skips the port or you miss the trip, you get a refund. Impressive for a vendor in Cozumel to put that out there.

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