Go Back   CruiseMates Cruise Community and Forums > Cruise Lines (Mainstream) > Carnival Cruise Lines
Register Forgot Password?

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old August 22nd, 2009, 03:19 PM
Michelle1959's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Chicago area
Posts: 1,188
Default Any safety concerns about Cozumel?

I know there is crime and violence along the Mexico/U.S. Burder, but has anyone heard of anything in the Eastern part of the country, around Cozumel?

I know there was a robbery of cruise passengers on a group excursion in Jamaica a year or two ago so I wonder if it's safe to go on a bus tour around Cozumel. Isn't that a target for anyone looking for tourists to rob?

Or, please just tell me that I'm being paranoid and that the Cozumel Highlights & Shopping excursion will be safe.

I'm a divorced mom who is going to travel solo in March 2010 on Imagination and will be 51 at the time.

Thanks!
__________________
Past Cruises:
Carnival Imagination w/mom: 03/22/10 - 03/26/10
Carnival Sensation w/son: 07/29/07 - 08/02/07
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #2 (permalink)  
Old August 22nd, 2009, 03:56 PM
colorcrazie's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Tampa Bay area
Posts: 2,706
Default

You asked, so....yes, you are being paranoid. First, Cozumel is heavily dependent on tourists for their income. It's a smallish island with no real industry that I know of. Second, while it is part of Mexico and thus third world, the people there are somewhat better off than many of those in the mainland. A cab driver there told my nephews that the people on Cozumel are middle class compared to the mainland. That said, it is still a poor country relative to us. Don't wear good jewelry and show off your new fancy camera or other electronics. Keep your ID's, credit cards, other important stuff in your purse. Use a hidden pouch under your clothes. Or even a fanny pack with a long sleeve short tied over it. But, I have been to Cozumel at least 20 times and never had a problem. Not even a little one. And, the idea that a bus full of tourists would be a good target does not ring true in that port. It is rare anywhere, but especially there. They may want your money, but are smart enough to realize that getting some by selling you stuff, then more from the next group is better than robbing you and never having another tourist ever again.
So, relax, a bus tour is the safest way to go. Just FYI, I am quite a bit older than your mom, disabled and have been known to walk around Cozumel by myself. Of course, I am part Viking and put out a psychic aura of danger.
Marty
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old August 22nd, 2009, 08:25 PM
zydecocruiser's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 2,841
Default

No place is 100% safe, so exercise some common sense, but I would say Cozumel is quite safe.

I do think avoiding many of the US/Mexico border towns is a good thing, but that is a world away from Cozumel and Yucatan.

On the Jamaica thing, the police recovered some of the loot and also shot and killed one of the robbers, so there was some justice in that case and also one less robber.

In general, crime is far more common in the United States.
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old August 22nd, 2009, 11:09 PM
Senior Member
Captain
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Benicia, CA
Posts: 819
Default

I think your biggest concern will be drinking the water. Seriously just take normal precautions like you would in any other city you visit.
__________________
1995-Jubilee
1996-Imagination
1998-Destiny
1999-Paradise
1999-Sun Princess
2002-Pride
2004-Pride
2006-Pride
2008-Valor and Glory
2009-Spirit and Splendor
2010-Freedom of the Seas and Mariner of the Seas
2010-Carnival Spirit
2011-Carnival Dream
2012-Allure of the Seas and Navigator of the Seas
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old August 22nd, 2009, 11:24 PM
lhp lhp is offline
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Memphis area, TN
Posts: 1,706
Default

I used to joke that I could walk through Cozumel naked at midnight without a problem.

As with any port....you have to use common sense....but of all the ports we have been to...Cozumel is one of the ones I am most comfortable in.

The local authorities know that tourism is their money maker. The Authorities have the power to shut down that ferry that leaves the island and I have no doubt they would use that power to keep someone they wanted to catch from escaping.
__________________
COMPLETES THE FLEET

If it is Carnival and it floats....we have sailed it!

Hubby ... DIAMOND (every ship except the Carnivale)
Me ... DIAMOND (every ship starting with the Tropicale)
20 year old son ... DIAMOND (every ship starting with the Tropicale...he is the only DOUBLE Milestone under the age of 21)
24 year old son ... DIAMOND
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old August 22nd, 2009, 11:39 PM
Portslug's Avatar
Senior Member
Cruise Maniac
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Tampa
Posts: 122
Default

Youll be fine. Enjoy yourself and dont feed into the web/media hype. Ive been there 4 times and Ive never felt threatened and Ive done a variety of things there . Youll be fine.
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old August 23rd, 2009, 10:17 AM
Michelle1959's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Chicago area
Posts: 1,188
Default

Thanks everyone. I know that 'cruise ports' are a huge money maker and that we believe that the locals all benefit from this. But I'm sure there is still crime because that exists everywhere.

My concern was only of late, as the recession has caused many Mexican citizens living in the U.S. (either legally or illegally) to lose their jobs and have to return to Mexico, or to not be able to continue sending money home to their families in Mexico, thereby causing an increased lack of money throughout Mexico, hence causing more crime.

I will still consider the bus tour, though I'm now leaning more towards the deluxe beach resort excursion.
__________________
Past Cruises:
Carnival Imagination w/mom: 03/22/10 - 03/26/10
Carnival Sensation w/son: 07/29/07 - 08/02/07
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old August 23rd, 2009, 12:17 PM
zydecocruiser's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 2,841
Default

I don't think this is an issue on Cozumel.

Cozumel is mostly middle class families. You won't see poverty there like some other ports.

It is probably the safest place in Mexico, and certainly safer than most of America. Cleaner, too.

A lot of people do just go plop down on a beach, or shop, or go snorkeling, or drinking....

The bus tour would be perfectly safe, if that is what you want to do.
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old August 24th, 2009, 11:34 AM
Cruznut2's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Lakeland FL
Posts: 6,317
Send a message via AIM to Cruznut2 Send a message via Yahoo to Cruznut2
Default

For some in this port the biggest danger is getting too drunk to make it back to the ship on time!!!

Laura
__________________
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.“
---Mark Twain

Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old August 24th, 2009, 08:14 PM
Senior Member
First Mate
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 348
Default

I have been there several times and have found only friendly and helpful people. I am amazed sometimes that they are as gracious as they are, being swamped by a couple of thousand cruisers several times a week is profitable but I'm sure it has it's downside...
Reply With Quote
  #11 (permalink)  
Old August 24th, 2009, 08:22 PM
Deakon's Avatar
Senior Member
Cruise Maniac
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 181
Default

I love cozumel.

Just "be aware" would be my only advice --As in don't be stupid. Don't take the free tequila shots from the stores. I think I read on this board not too long ago that someone had their shot spiked and found themselves in some trouble. But I think its a great place overall and have a great time. We stayed at a resort on the mainland last year and took the ferry over to cozumel to visit our favorite bar.
__________________
Liberty 11/07
Triumph 06/07
Adventure Of The Seas 06/06
Reply With Quote
  #12 (permalink)  
Old August 28th, 2009, 09:02 PM
Junior Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 21
Send a message via Yahoo to Joko Joan
Default Safety

Out of 46 cruises we had only one problem and that was in Cozumel BUT could have happened in any port.

DH & I shared a cab with another couple from the ship. DH was sitting in the back on the driver's side. When we arrived in town the cab pulled over as far as he could as the curbs are very steep in Cozumel. When DH opened his door, a woman and FOUR (4) children riding on a moped slammed into the open door. Two types of police officers arrived and we were escorted over to the jail. The experience put a damper on our day but didn't keep us from going back last year. The police were accommodating, even driving us back to the ship (which was embarrassing to say the least!)

All turned out well. The children were taken to the hospital with scrapes and we were told that they were all right, just scared. I wondered if they were as scared as us! (lol)
__________________
Past Cruises: 46

Future Cruises:
9/12/09 - Carnival Glory
11/21/09 - Carnival Freedom
12/19/09 - Holland America's Eurodam
Reply With Quote
  #13 (permalink)  
Old August 28th, 2009, 09:14 PM
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Texas
Posts: 11,518
Send a message via Yahoo to Luanne Russo
Default

Michelle,

I agree with all who said that Cozumel is as safe as any place, but...

I have taken that excursion, and I did have a problem.

The excursion was very good, until we got to an area, with very packed little shops. I was doing this on my own, so when others got off the bus at these little shops, I got off too.

The owners were VERY pushy. once you went into their little piece of heaven, you were trapped. No way out, except the way you came in. I had to move the owner out of the way, to get out. The rest of the time there, I sat in the bus.

The rest of the tour was wonderful, and I saw things in Coz I had never seen before.

Luanne
__________________
Ecstasy 2005
Conquest 2005
Elation 2005
Conquest 2006
Conquest 2007
Ecstasy 2008
Valor B2B 2008

Conquest Virtual Cruise Topic Link
Reply With Quote
  #14 (permalink)  
Old August 28th, 2009, 09:44 PM
Michelle1959's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Chicago area
Posts: 1,188
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Luanne Russo
Michelle,

I agree with all who said that Cozumel is as safe as any place, but...

I have taken that excursion, and I did have a problem.

The excursion was very good, until we got to an area, with very packed little shops. I was doing this on my own, so when others got off the bus at these little shops, I got off too.

The owners were VERY pushy. once you went into their little piece of heaven, you were trapped. No way out, except the way you came in. I had to move the owner out of the way, to get out. The rest of the time there, I sat in the bus.

The rest of the tour was wonderful, and I saw things in Coz I had never seen before.

Luanne
Luanne,

Thank you that is precicely why I wasn't sure I'd want to take a tour if it included shopping areas. I may just stay witht he beach party instead.

Michelle
__________________
Past Cruises:
Carnival Imagination w/mom: 03/22/10 - 03/26/10
Carnival Sensation w/son: 07/29/07 - 08/02/07
Reply With Quote
  #15 (permalink)  
Old August 28th, 2009, 09:55 PM
zydecocruiser's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 2,841
Default

Really the only reason to avoid the shops the cruise ship promotes is because of the kick backs / commissions they pay.

Was the scooter driving on the sidewalk or did you open the door into the street?
Reply With Quote
  #16 (permalink)  
Old August 28th, 2009, 11:55 PM
Junior Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 21
Send a message via Yahoo to Joko Joan
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by zydecocruiser
Was the scooter driving on the sidewalk or did you open the door into the street?
He had to open the door onto the street. On the passenger side there was a high curb which made getting out on that side difficult.
__________________
Past Cruises: 46

Future Cruises:
9/12/09 - Carnival Glory
11/21/09 - Carnival Freedom
12/19/09 - Holland America's Eurodam
Reply With Quote
  #17 (permalink)  
Old August 29th, 2009, 12:09 AM
Junior Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 21
Send a message via Yahoo to Joko Joan
Default

[/quote]
Luanne,

Thank you that is precicely why I wasn't sure I'd want to take a tour if it included shopping areas. I may just stay witht he beach party instead.

Michelle[/quote]

[b]Last year we took a cab over to Paradise Beach which was recommended to us and we found it to be really nice. They only require that you spend $10./pp there and then you have use of all the equipment there: chaise lounge, umbrella, climbing wall out in the water with a slide down the backside; floats, all their beach toys etc. Their food was excellent and plentiful and just purchasing lunch will cover your $10. requirement. I thought their menu was fantastic!

http://travel.webshots.com/photo/222...p?vhost=travel

http://travel.webshots.com/photo/268...z?vhost=travel
__________________
Past Cruises: 46

Future Cruises:
9/12/09 - Carnival Glory
11/21/09 - Carnival Freedom
12/19/09 - Holland America's Eurodam
Reply With Quote
  #18 (permalink)  
Old August 29th, 2009, 10:40 AM
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Texas
Posts: 11,518
Send a message via Yahoo to Luanne Russo
Default

It is very important for all of you to read carefully.

I love Coz. It is the one port where I have been the most. It is the only port, where I would feel comfortable getting in a taxi or walking anywhere I wanted to go, by myself.

The normal shops are wonderful, and you can find anything you heart desires.

What I was talking about, was on this excursion that Michelle asked about. They do take you off the beaten path, and the shops, that as I remember, were nothing but tents, was not good. They will bring you back downtown to shop in the real stores, and also to eat. My favorite place to eat is called Pancho's Backyard. The tour bus should stop very close to them. Try the Mango Margarita.

Michelle, I say, take the tour. You will see areas of Coz that others might not ever see. Beautiful beaches, small villages, farms, etc.

Luanne
__________________
Ecstasy 2005
Conquest 2005
Elation 2005
Conquest 2006
Conquest 2007
Ecstasy 2008
Valor B2B 2008

Conquest Virtual Cruise Topic Link
Reply With Quote
  #19 (permalink)  
Old August 29th, 2009, 02:19 PM
zydecocruiser's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 2,841
Default

Paradise Beach is nice and I've met the manager Tom who does a great job.

http://www.paradise-beach-cozumel.com/
Reply With Quote
  #20 (permalink)  
Old September 4th, 2009, 12:04 AM
Merg55's Avatar
Member
Familiar Face
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 97
Default

We've been several times and have never had a problem....

After having a bad experience in Paris, hubby puts a large rubber band around his wallet now. It helps to pick the pick pockets from slipping that wallet out without you noticing.
__________________



Voyager of the Seas
Reply With Quote
  #21 (permalink)  
Old September 4th, 2009, 07:36 PM
Michelle1959's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Chicago area
Posts: 1,188
Default

thaks eeryone..

My mom finally took me up on my invitation to join me on this cruise so we will be doing the beach resort excursion instead of a bus tour. I was booked in an inner-inner 1a, but now we're in a 6c, which is the same category my son and I were in on Sensation in 07.

She lost her log-time hubby (not my father) in March 2009 after a horrible 2-year battle with cancer, including losing one lung in 2008. So this will be something for her to look forward to. She has only cruised once like me (hers was on NCL Dawn I think with her hubby 3-4 years ago)
__________________
Past Cruises:
Carnival Imagination w/mom: 03/22/10 - 03/26/10
Carnival Sensation w/son: 07/29/07 - 08/02/07
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
2011, carnival, concern, concerns, cozemel, cozumel, cruise, cruises, mainland, march, passenger, port, psychics, safe, safety

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Barcelona - Safety Concerns? JanetCruiser European & Mediterranean Destinations 15 August 22nd, 2006 09:43 PM
teen safety/ contacting passenger on CELEBRATION IN COZUMEL susan t. Ask CruiseMates Staff 3 August 6th, 2004 08:11 PM
safety in cozumel anita kennedy Carnival Cruise Lines 12 June 2nd, 2004 06:57 AM
Cozumel safety?? pnw_julia Caribbean & Panama Canal 8 December 5th, 2003 08:16 AM
Concerns over possible war? Pat Hagan, Singles Editor Singles 17 April 14th, 2003 07:18 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


 

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:34 AM.
design by: Themes by Design

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1