going to cozumel, grand cayman and costa maya 3/27/2004. suggestions for shore excursions would be great. we are first time cruisers. we will have our 14 year old daughter with us. also any suggestions for dealing with motion sickness.
I have done alot of research for our cruise and we have decided on Soto Cruises at Cayman. Great price and very recommended. We are also going with Eagle Ray Divers in Cozumel to snorkel. I have children and we are all so excited!
Enjoy your cruise and let us know what you end up doing.
I would recommend the clear cayak excursion. You cayak out to the reef where you snorkel for a few hours. Also, the reef runner excursion. This includes some more snorkeling.
As for motion sickness if you go to your doctor to get a prescription you can go to the pharmacy and pick up small patches that go behind your ear. Put them on 3 hours before boarding the ship and you should have no problem. They last for 3 days so you may want to pick up a couple for each person. They can be a bit expensive so I would recomment one per person plus 2 extras for whever may need it.
I've talked to several people who have said that the Scopalomine patches made them feel woozy and tired - made them sicker than they thought! You might try non-drowsy Bonine or the wristbands with the pressure points. They might work better for you. Cozumel - try Chankanaab. Great beach and snorkelling, short taxi ride, restaurant, bar/s and restrooms. Very nice place. Cayman - Sting Ray City for sure! Or, if you just want a day at the beach, try the public beach across from the Holiday Inn on 7-mile Beach. Have a great time!
Warning about Costa Maya -- when we were there a year ago, it was not particularly well organized and the snorkel tour we did was not good. The only bad snorkeling we've ever had. If I did this port again, I would either stay on the ship and enjoy a day of scant crowds, or just hang out by this huge pool surrounded by shops, basically visible from the ship by the pier.
Check out nativeway.com or maybe it's nativewaysports.com for Sting Ray City. Great service, small boat (almost everyone out there was in a group of 50 or 60 when we went), great people. Sharon will email you back right away.
Concerning Motionsickness - I would definetly recommend the patch behind the ear this time of year. Bonine seems to work well for some people - it's over the counter at Wal-mart, Eckards, etc. The patch works best for everyone though. True some side effects can include some dizziness or blurred vision, but this is for a small percentage of people and it's much better than throwing up. I've never had anything but success with the patches. My husband and I cut the patches in half and use one half for each of us. This is usually enough medicine to keep us from getting sick. If the seas are particularly rough, a full patch works best. But starting with half patches keeps the cost down and will usually do the job. We have not found the wrist bands to remain effective, because you constantly have to make sure they are on your "pressure point". Also, no luck with garlic for us. Enjoy your cruise!
Laira C., why do you say that you need motion sickness medication especially this time of year? Does the Western Caribbean have especially rough seas this time of year? I thought I heard that the Western Caribbean is more rough and rainy than the Eastern Caribbean, is that the case?