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Our cruise is scheduled to go to Calica but we have a choice of taking a tour of Cancun. Don't know anything about Calica but have always wanted to go to Cancun. Any suggestions?
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Our cruise is scheduled to go to Calica but we have a choice of taking a tour of Cancun. Don't know anything about Calica but have always wanted to go to Cancun. Any suggestions?
According to Frommer's Travel guide Calica is..."where there is little more than a pier". Apparently the place is merely a rendezvous point for shore excursions.
That said there are some enticing tours departing from Calica. One of course is Cancun which is listed at 6 hours.
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I've been to Calica. Its just a working dock. You can catch a cab to Playa del Carmen which is a wonderful little city with Senor Frogs, lots of shopping and a great little beach. You can also go to Xcaret which is a very nice eco-park. You can swim with the dolphins there. Cab only costs $10.
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Be sure to book a tour to Playa or rent a cab. Calica is basically a dock and a gravel pit. We thought we would just play it by ear when we went but had wished we would have booked something. Basically we just looked around spoke with a dock hand and went back on the ship. All of the cabs go fast so that is why I would book a tour. Have a wonderful time and Happy Sailing!
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Our cruise is scheduled to go to Calica but we have a choice of taking a tour of Cancun. Don't know anything about Calica but have always wanted to go to Cancun. Any suggestions?
According to Frommer's Travel guide Calica is..."where there is little more than a pier". Apparently the place is merely a rendezvous point for shore excursions.
That said there are some enticing tours departing from Calica. One of course is Cancun which is listed at 6 hours.
Calica is just a rock quarry used for docking the ship. The real tourist stop is Playa del Carmen. If you decide to take the trip to Cancun, you will get a chance to stop at three shopping areas. They will also take you over to the beach for about a 10 minute photo shot.

If you are up on your liquor prices, some things are cheaper in Cancun and other things are more expensive. The Mar Adentro which is the citrus/tiquila blend in the bottle with sand in it is $34 there. In Cozumel, it is $54.

Watch yourself. On my Dec 4th, 2006 cruise our table mate who went to Cancun got crushed and bruised when the bus doors closed on her unexpectingly. On our Sept 22, 2008 cruise, we had a lady on our tour to Cancun cut her hand severely in a shop at the first stop when the shop door caught her.

I do have to say they took care of her very well. They had an ambulance take her to the hospital with the tour guide. They were able to catch back up to us at the third stop.

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The port of Calica is indeed a "hole", but XCaret nearby is wonderful.

I'd love to do a ship with Calica on the itin, just to return to visit Xcaret again.
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I am curious as to which ship you will be on. Maybe some of you "seasoned" (polite word for old) cruisers can help me out a bit. I spoke to a Carnival rep at my T.A.'s office a few weeks ago about Calica. I have been there several times. She said they are no longer allowed to go there because the government of Mexico does not allow it. She told me that the sand at Calica is very unique in that it maintains a constant temp, no matter how much heat you apply to it. For this reason, so she stated, NASA used this sand for the heat shield construction on the space shuttles. She went on to say that in cultivating this sand the reef was damaged to the point that cruises are now going to be banned to this port.
Is there truth to any of this story?
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I am curious as to which ship you will be on. Maybe some of you "seasoned" (polite word for old) cruisers can help me out a bit. I spoke to a Carnival rep at my T.A.'s office a few weeks ago about Calica. I have been there several times. She said they are no longer allowed to go there because the government of Mexico does not allow it. She told me that the sand at Calica is very unique in that it maintains a constant temp, no matter how much heat you apply to it. For this reason, so she stated, NASA used this sand for the heat shield construction on the space shuttles. She went on to say that in cultivating this sand the reef was damaged to the point that cruises are now going to be banned to this port.
Is there truth to any of this story?
I don't think so. They can only take one ship at a time so there was never a lot of scheduled stops there. Also as ships have become larger they are too big for Calica. Fantasy class is as large as they can take so that cuts down the options. Those are more likely reasons.
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I'd do Xcaret or Playa Del Carmen. Closer & nicer.

IMHO--Why waste the travel time to get to a commercial center like Cancun? People staying there are coming down to Xcaret & PDC.

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Our cruise is scheduled to go to Calica but we have a choice of taking a tour of Cancun. Don't know anything about Calica but have always wanted to go to Cancun. Any suggestions?
According to Frommer's Travel guide Calica is..."where there is little more than a pier". Apparently the place is merely a rendezvous point for shore excursions.
That said there are some enticing tours departing from Calica. One of course is Cancun which is listed at 6 hours.
Calica is just a rock quarry used for docking the ship. The real tourist stop is Playa del Carmen. If you decide to take the trip to Cancun, you will get a chance to stop at three shopping areas. They will also take you over to the beach for about a 10 minute photo shot.

If you are up on your liquor prices, some things are cheaper in Cancun and other things are more expensive. The Mar Adentro which is the citrus/tiquila blend in the bottle with sand in it is $34 there. In Cozumel, it is $54.

Watch yourself. On my Dec 4th, 2006 cruise our table mate who went to Cancun got crushed and bruised when the bus doors closed on her unexpectingly. On our Sept 22, 2008 cruise, we had a lady on our tour to Cancun cut her hand severely in a shop at the first stop when the shop door caught her.

I do have to say they took care of her very well. They had an ambulance take her to the hospital with the tour guide. They were able to catch back up to us at the third stop.

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I agree with you on Playa Del Carman. It was simply lovely when I went through there last. There are those who claim that the Cancun tour is over-rated. One spends much time in transit to and from. The beaches can't be any better than Playa Del Carman, Costa Maya or Cozumel's.
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The Holiday is the only ship that sails to Calica isn't it? Everyone is right, it is a hole in the wall. Nothing there and if your excursion cancels, as mine did, there is nothing to do.
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The cab ride to Playa del carman is very cheap and only 10 minutes ride. There's plenty to do there.
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Surprised that you are not joining us on the Fantasy for her first "official" sailing from Mobile. The ship is almost sold out already with a couple of IS and two Cat 12 left.
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Hello Neighbor from one Panther to another. ( Petal)
I agree with you on Playa Del Carman.
Hi Thoth,
Surprised that you are not joining us on the Fantasy for her first "official" sailing from Mobile. The ship is almost sold out already with a couple of IS and two Cat 12 left.
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Oh but I'm helping to say "goodbye and thanks" to the Holiday next month. Mobile to Progresso ( Chichen Itza) and Cozumel. 8)
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