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I am going to Comumel on the Imaginaion in January and this is my second time there. I have checked the available excursions thru Carnival and am not really finding anything that is really getting my attention.
I know some of you use excursion companies outside of the cruise ship, can anyone recommend anything? I am really open to any suggestions, my husband is not much of a swimmer, though, so that would be a consideration.

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Try shoretrips.com Lots of good ideas and very nice people. Have used them many times. Bob
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The Fury Catamaran/Snorkel/Beach excursion in great; I've done it twice now!
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This last Jan. we rented a jeep, and went to the other side of the island. We went to the light house, and hit all of the great beaches there. It is very easy to get around, and a blast to be away from the crowds. Just a suggestion.
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We have been to Cozumel many times, and the last 3 times think we have figured it out.

We rent a scooter (+/- $25) or a jeep (+/- $65) and take off south. You cant get lost, as there is basically only one road that circles the island. One of our favorite stops is San Francisco Beach Club. Everything you need there...pool, food, drinks, beach, lounges, souveniers, and all you pay for is what you buy....drinks and food!!! Then to chackanab (sp) or to several of the horse back riding places. as you circle the island you see some of the native places and shops.....and also there are dolphin encounters. Start early and you can do several things and still not spend the money that you would on a ship excursion. The locals are really freindly and helpful too!

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We are doing the Playa Mia beach day excurison in June 2009 either alone or by booking it direct with Carnival.
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Chakanaab is a park area on the island with a small entrance fee ($12 per person) and they have swimming with the dolphins for an extra price, a great beach, restaurant facilities, etc.

If you can go to Ixcaret across the water on the mainland that is worth it. It is also a public/zoo with an underground river, dolphin experiences, great snorkeling, etc.

The best trip for the culturally aware is to Chichen Itza - a true Mayan City ruin with the ancient ball court and sacrificial pyramid. It requires a plane trip to get there, so I am not sure if they are still offering it, but if they are it is more than worthwhile.

Horseback riding is fun. Cozumel is also a top world destination for Scuba Divers - and you can even do a resort dive if you are in experienced.
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First, I don't recommend walking into the port and waiting in a line for an excursion. If your going to, make sure you sign up before you get there. In your cabin you actually get an "order" sheet to sign up for excursions per person. There you can explore your options on board. I do highly recommend just relaxing on the beach though. Paradise beach for kids, or Mr. Sancho's for adults and/or good snorkeling thats not too far out.
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I've been on just under 40 cruises and recently went on the best excursion of my life at Playa Mia. It was the beach and cooking excursion. My BF NEVER EVER cooks but he went to humor me. You take a nice bus to the beach and first have a cooking class in a very sparkling clean cooking school. And while doing this you get all the beer/wine/pina coladas/margaritas/soda you can drink. Wonderful lunch is cooked. Then we went upstairs and ate our creations w/ more alcohol. We had about 1 1/2 hour left and had full access to the facilities there. Lounge chairs, umbrellas, pool, bars, restaurants. I am telling you I barely remember the trip home but I have lots of pictures to show how much I enjoyed it.
I've recommended it to various ppl since and male or female, young or old, EACH person said it was the best excursion they'd ever been on.
My BF insists on doing it the next time we hit Cozumel.
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Isla de Pasion -- it's all inclusive; not crowded. It's where some of the Corona Beer commercials were filmed. We're going there with our boys in a few weeks. We booked with TourCozumel.
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Seeway/snoorkling on a very nice beach...really nice.
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We went to many places in Cozumel. It basically depends on what you want to do -- a land tour or a water tour. If you go to Xcaret, you can get both. :-)
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There are ruins to see and horseback riding.
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One of the things to consider if picking one of the more popular resort areas is the number of ships in port that day. If there are too many, the main ones where the ships excursions go such as Playa Mia, may be overcrowded.

Can't remember the link, but there are a few web sites out there that will show you all ships in port that day.
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I've been on just under 40 cruises and recently went on the best excursion of my life at Playa Mia. It was the beach and cooking excursion. My BF NEVER EVER cooks but he went to humor me. You take a nice bus to the beach and first have a cooking class in a very sparkling clean cooking school. And while doing this you get all the beer/wine/pina coladas/margaritas/soda you can drink. Wonderful lunch is cooked. Then we went upstairs and ate our creations w/ more alcohol. We had about 1 1/2 hour left and had full access to the facilities there. Lounge chairs, umbrellas, pool, bars, restaurants. I am telling you I barely remember the trip home but I have lots of pictures to show how much I enjoyed it.
I've recommended it to various ppl since and male or female, young or old, EACH person said it was the best excursion they'd ever been on.
My BF insists on doing it the next time we hit Cozumel.
We did this same tour, lots of fun. I'm not much for the beach, and returned to the ship after the class. It was a lot of fun, went with DIL, son just did the other things there. I think he would have enjoyed the class, he kept looking in on the class through the window. Great fun.
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We went last feb to cozumel and did the fury catamaran and had a blast but this feb we will be doing the twister ride i herd its a great time so we disided to do that
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On our last trip we just rented a car and toured the island. It's not for the faint of heart, but I loved it! We drove out to one of the light houses, saw crocs and ruins, ate some wonderful homemade food. But driving in the town can be a little scarry. Also, the side of the island with rough water has some errosion problems so you have to take it slow, but the views are completely worth it!




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passion island is awesome. Good food and drinks that are included. There is a great beach, even if your husband didn't want to get in the water. Plus there is shopping and massage cabanas right on the beach.
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Passion Island was fabulous when we went a few weeks ago during our Christmas cruise on the Conquest. The seas were still very rough and it was a little cool, but such a beautiful place. Awesome guacamole and chips, chicken, drinks....my boys loved it and so did hubby and I. Can't wait to go back next year.
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