Hi, I'm new to the board and my family is fairly new to cruising (I was on one 25 years ago).
I have a question about the Tulum excursions. RCI has two of them. One is 8 hours long and one is 6 1/2 hours long. We're taking our two kids (10, 12) and I was wondering which one would be better. Both kids are very good travelers but they ARE kids. The 12 year old loves all things history so I'm sure he wouldn't mind the length.
Does anyone know the difference between the two trips?
I would take the shorter one. Two reasons, first depending on when you go, it is extremely hot at the ruins. These ruins are not ones you can climb on so the shorter tour should quench your history thirst just fine. Secondly, unless the longer one includes time on the beach just below the ruins, it will probably take you to a Tanzanite store as part of the tour. Not a real good place to shop in my opinion. I did enjoy the ruins and hope you and your family will as well.
I understand this post is a bit old, but figured it might be able to provide some good info for future travelers. The cruise excursions usually are overpriced and don't offer the best the local ports have to offer.
Most cruises that come close to Tulum either stop in Cozumel or Calico. If you want to explore the best thing to do is catch a ferry to the main land, and then contract some local tours.
Edventure tours offers some good tours and includes Tulum. I specialize on custom tours. Riviera Maya has so many different things to do, that is hard for me to decide what my clients should visit, hence I give them the options and let them decide what works best for them.