We were surprised at the long tender ride to the pier! It is about a 15-20 minute ride. We did the Zip line/Cave tubing through NCL. It began with a short ride through the city then headed out of town for approximately a 45 minute bus ride to the rain forest area. The zip line and tubing was fun. The lunch served there was good. When we arrived back at the dock, we had time to shop before boarding. The prices on the cashew wine and the hot sauce were cheaper at the dock than at the park!
We had been to Cozumel before and had also taken the same excursion the last time we were there. We did the snorkel/party boat which is alot of fun. You snorkel for approximately 45 minutes then they start serving the complimentary margaritas or beer. We stopped for about an hour at a small beach area (with more drinks)! Back to the pier and hopefully you can get off the boat. We then walked around the city and shopped some. Easily walked back on the ship.
Again, this was a repeat of previous cruises. We had been to see the ruins so we opted to take the taxi to Majahual. Be prepared to be constantly asked to purchase merchandise, food, drinks and massages as you walk along the boardwalk. We did stop and eat at one restaurant that offered free phone calls with your meal. I had a $3.00 margarita, some good fish tacos and called my family at home (where they were having snow). It is a little overwhelming with the merchants but we just kept walking and saying no thank you. The beach area is pretty but the town part is not!
So, there is no choice for Santo Tomas on the website. We did not do anything here but walk to the warehouse type building that housed the merchants. There are beautiful linens, purses, ornaments, jewelry, etc. here and bags of coffee. I regret that I did not shop more as the prices were better than at some of the other ports. We did purchase coffee to bring home as gifts. As we saw nothing of the area (due to warnings that it was not safe), I cannot give an opinion. This dock area is a commercial one and not very scenic.