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Ronn452's Port Reviews of Playa del Carmen (Calica), Cozumel
Carnival Elation cruise in March 2011
Member Name: Ronn452
Cruise Date: March 2011
Embarkation: Mobile
Destination: Western Caribbean
Member Review: Ronn452's Carnival Elation Review
Playa del Carmen (Calica)
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
First was Calica, a commercial port a few miles south of Playa del Carmen. There is nothing at the port except a few vendors with the usual trinkets for sale. In the afternoon, there was a Mayan dance group that was entertaining and pictureque. We chose to take the ship's excursion to Tulum. I highly recommend this tour if you have any interest in Mayan history and seeing well preserved ruins on a beautiful Caribbean location. My wife, who is not a history buff, thoroughly enjoyed learning about the Mayan culture. Our tour guide,Cesar, spoke Spanish, English, and Mayan. The Mayan language sounds nothing like Spanish, and has more roots in Asian languages; as do the physical traits of the Mayans. If you take a video camera, there is a nominal charge of $4.00. It is well worth the fee to take videos. To really get a feel of the size and beauty of the site, a video is the best method of recording the magnitude of the ruins and the beautiful views of the sea. The tour lasts about four and a half hours. At the end of the site visit, Cesar met us at the bus with a cold, wet facecloth, a bag of chips and a bottle of water. A DosEquis could be purchased for a few dollars from the bus driver or you could buy five for ten dollars at one of the restaurants at the site. We talked to several fellow cruisers who went into Playa del Carmen. All enjoyed the town, its shops and its beach.



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Cozumel
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
On Cozumel, we only wandered around the port shops. We did not go into San Miquel because we had done so several times before. If you have not been, a trip into town is nice and great for some photos. Also, the beaches and the snorkeling and diving are stunning. If you have never visited Coz, be sure to either spend some time at one of the beaches or take an excursion that includes snorkeling or diving! At the shops at the port, we noticed very little activity in the silver shops; perhaps a sign of the American economy and the escalating price of silver. There were three other ships in port; the Carnival Imagination, the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas, and The Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas. We have booked a cruise on the Voyager in October to sail from Barcelona to New Orleans, so it was good to get a glimpse of her.


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