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Old July 12th, 2008, 07:59 PM
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Greetings! Only 3 weeks until our cruise on Liberty to Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Ocho Rios! YEAH!!

Does anyone have suggestions for excursions which may be appropriate for an elderly woman who isn't as mobile as she used to be? My 79 y.o. mother is traveling with us. She can walk, but not too fast. She likes to stroll and needs to sit frequently. Obviously, the Dunn's River Falls hike in Jamaica is out of the question. Any other suggestions for Jamaica? I was thinking of doing Carnival's Stringray Bar, Turtle Farm and Hell tour in Grand Cayman. How about Cozumel? I'm open to Carnival's tours or private tours.

I really appreciate your suggestions! I'm so excited....
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Old July 12th, 2008, 11:04 PM
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In Cozumel I would deff do the Dolphin swim at Chankanaab Park. It's awesome.
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I wish I could offer advice but I stayed on the dock in Jamica. Please be careful and good luck with your choices.
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We did a botanical tour and Fern Gulley tour in Ocho....My advice would be to do a private tour, with a smaller vehicle. It will be much more comfortable for your Mom..Try, portpromotions.com. I used them, in Barbados, and we had a car, and a wonderful informative driver.
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A last minute buy that might help your mom is a cane with a fold down seat. It allows me to do a lot more than I could otherwise. Magellan's sells it, called a sport seat. Which is too bad, because it really is ideal for someone who needs to sit often. And, ports don't always have convenient places to sit.
Also, I'm not sure about the Grand Cayman Sting Ray tour. It is awesome, but I had a lot of trouble getting back into the boat. And, I'm a water baby...just an aging one!
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A last minute buy that might help your mom is a cane with a fold down seat. It allows me to do a lot more than I could otherwise. Magellan's sells it, called a sport seat. Which is too bad, because it really is ideal for someone who needs to sit often. And, ports don't always have convenient places to sit.
Also, I'm not sure about the Grand Cayman Sting Ray tour. It is awesome, but I had a lot of trouble getting back into the boat. And, I'm a water baby...just an aging one!
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I agree with cc! A "walker/fold down seat" would be great for your Mom. In Ocho Rios, if you're not doing a ship sponsored tour, there's the Island Village shopping area. You won't be "hassled" by any of the vendor's there and there's a Margarittville there.

I also agree with your idea for Grand Cayman. Sting Ray City, the Turtle Farm (and it IS a farm), and Hell would be fun for her.

JMO, have a wonderful cruise !
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Dear OzzyMom:

Everyone is giving good suggestions to your question.

I have posted a short clip of our visit to the Turtle Farm on Grand Cayman. We were on the Carnival Liberty in February 2008. (I have also posted videos of my family on the zip lines in Jamaica.)

http://youtube.com/watch?v=wvjOg6Aph88

We have been to Grand Cayman four times. During this visit our son REALLY wanted to see the turtle farm, so we decided to book the island tour you described with Captain Marvin. We booked this on line before we left home.

A lot of people say that the trip to Hell and turtle farm is lame but our experience was not so! Our fabulous driver/tour guide (Dennis?) was knowledgeable and so much fun. There was only one other family in our vehicle so we had so much conversation with Dennis that by the end of the tour it felt like we knew something about the people as well as the island.

Turtle Farm visitors are able to pick up and interact with as many turtles as you want -- all ages and sizes of turtles. We had so much fun at the turtle farm that we plan to visit it again when we return to Grand Cayman. Only next time we will spent a lot more than 30 minutes there.



HappyJan's son holding a rather large sea turtle at the Turtle Farm at Grand Cayman

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We were just in Ocho Rios earlier this year and I was SHOCKED!!!

We have been there many times...but it had been awhile. We were not even going to get off the ship because of the hassle, but I am glad we did.

CLOSE to the port, (from the port to the Island Village) it was very nice.
The few times we were asked about a taxi or hair braiding...it was done POLITELY . We walked from the ship to the Island Village and back and I never felt uncomfortable at all.

I wish I was better at measuring distances because I believe your Mom would love walking about the Island Village...shops, restaurants..very nice. We walk from the ship on a sidewalk... (and there were benches along the way) but it was several blocks. Hubby just told me it was 2/10ths of mile maximum.

There is no shade as you walk to it though...so if you walk there, you might want to catch a taxi back.

Again, I was just SHOCKED that I felt so comfortable which was a FIRST in Jamaica.

Now I can't say how it was past the Island Village.
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