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BODICERIPPER's Port Reviews of Grand Cayman, Cozumel
Celebrity Constellation cruise in January 2013
Member Name: BODICERIPPER
Cruise Date: January 2013
Embarkation: Miami
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Member Review: BODICERIPPER's Celebrity Constellation Review
Grand Cayman
Hell Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Part of a bus tour. Very interesting fossilized coral formations, but that's about it. Charming little stores at this site, but a bit pushy trying to convince us to buy something. Friendly folks though.


Island Tour Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Both of our bus tour guides were informative and funny. Amazing how they could drive manual transmissions, change gears, and use a microphone all at the same time.


Rum Cake Factory Rating: 2.0 out of 5+
Part of a general bus tour. Pretty much just a stop designed for us to buy rum cake and rum. Didn't learn anything and the store was very crowded, although the shore behind the store was interesting. Worth a miss.


Stingray Swim Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Our poor bus driver was a good guide and told us much about the island, but she had not been warned that the road to the small boat that was to take us out to the reef to see the rays had been closed. She then had to drive off-road in a small bus to the dock and ask another boat captain where our boat was. We had to then drive to another port and arrived half an hour late, but the boat had waited for us. The folks who were already on the boat were from another tour and they had to wait that half hour for us to arrive, and they were not pleased. Once on the reef, there were many boats already there and they all seemed to be having a difficult time jockeying into position. So there was another great delay in getting us into the water to see the rays. It seemed to me that other boat captains were being a tad pushy. Otherwise the weather was great, the rays were abundant and interesting. It was really nice to get out onto the water and swim in the ocean and feed the rays. The boat's crew members were very helpful aiding folks in and out of the water and luring the rays, as well as making sure we saw the rays up close if we wanted to. A second bus driver who took us back to town was very amusing and personable. Some folks complained about this excursion to Celebrity and we all received a percentage of a refund. I didn't complain, and didn't really need a refund. I thought it was an amusing experience. Folks should relax more and enjoy the Caribbean way of looking at things.


Turtle Farm Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Part of a bus tour. Wish we could have spent more time here. Interesting place with pretty grounds. The staff are helpful and know their facts. Would liked to have had more opportunity to speak with them further.


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Cozumel
Chankanaab National Park Tour Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Our guide Sebastian looked after us well all day and showed us many interesting aspects of Mexican history. Very attentive and polite. He was a very patient young man. The drivers were also very nice and helpful. The folks who sold things at the small stores at Chankanaab were a tad pushy, but no more than any of the other sellers on the island. Probably just a cultural difference. I found the people on Cozumel very polite and friendly. There was a lot of smiling. They seemed quite happy.


Snorkeling Rating: Not Rated
Booked as part our Chankanaab tour. The water was a bit choppy that day, but we managed to snorkel a bit. The equipment was very modern and clean, and seemed to be of good quality. The staff at the snorkel shack was very polite. Good beer from the store next door. I've snorkeled on Australia's Great Barrier Reef, and Chankanaab was not nearly as stunning, but it was still pretty and fun nonetheless. It was nice getting off of the ship for a swim. I enjoyed Chankanaab.


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