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Cozumel Mayan Ruins Excursion Reviews

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Do not miss out on Cozumel's famous Mayan Ruins! Learn about Mayan civilization, culture, folklore, and unsolved mysteries.

agbells

1 review

It was really hot. While it was informative, i was ready to go back to the cruise after 1 hour. We did the adult tour for the mayan ruins. Our shuttle took us to the mayan ruins first, then to a tequila factory where we got to sample different types of tequila, and lastly visited a Discover Mexico museum site ( this was not worth it). Lunch was provided -- food was just okay. i rather stay on board and eat cruise food.


Provider: Disney Cruise Line

amusin4crusin

1 review

First we had to get to the mainland. Took a ferry about 25 minutes. We had a very good guide, Carlos. We stopped at a souvenir shop along the way. The facilities were clean. We walked around the ruins. It wasn't too hot or too humid as I was afraid it might be in May.


Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

Lwpd108

2 reviews

We book the Mayan ruins tour. We traveled on an air conditioned buss to the ruins site. Margarita was out tour guide. She was very friendly and knowledgeable about the Mayan culture and history. We toured the ruin site, after being bathed in insect repellant. After the rain, the mosquitos will carry you off if your not protected. After the tour, we were allowed a short time of shopping and reboarded the bus. We traveled to the opposite side of the island and stopped at a beautiful beach area. After a few minutes of shopping and photographing the sea, we left and were returned to the pier. The shopping at the Internation Pier was good with several shops near by.


Provider: Royal Caribbean International

wvjlmartin

1 review

We rented a jeep with a tour guide, maybe 6 jeeps total. Drove all around the island. It was very entertaining. Went to only one Mayan ruin village. The guides were very informative.


Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

hk294

1 review

- Costa Maya - much nicer port area. Went on the Kohunlich Ruins tour. Well worth the 2 hour bus ride, and a very impressive set of ruins. Well run tour.


Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

cdmjulee

1 review

We took the shorter (4 hr.) Mayan ruins tour and really enjoyed the small group and great guide. He knows the historical significance, speaks English well, and he really showed us around the entire island. It was HOT! but umbrellas helped, and we stopped at a fabulous seaside-on-the-sand little snack stop and enjoyed the best ceviche and beers of the entire trip/cruise.


Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

hotshot1

2 reviews

Cozumel as beautiful as it always is was a very fun and informative port. The beaches were clean, water impeccable and very knowledgeable tour guide. I will return to Cozumel and take the Scuba helmet diving excursion.


Provider: Royal Caribbean International

hotshot1

2 reviews

Cozumel was simply amazing. The folks were friendly and outgoing. We traveled via a very nice motor coach to the Tulum Ruins. This trip was very informative and scenic. I will revisit Cozumel again and plan on going diving in the coral reefs.


Provider: Royal Caribbean International

bevandron

1 review

Our guide was a descendant of the Mayan people and taught us so much about the culture! One of the ruins was the house of the matchmaker and our guide told us about the Mayan marriage and divorce rituals. We also saw the ruins of a temple and we learned about the rituals surrounding birth. It was really interesting. At the end of the tour was a bar and gift shop, where we sampled different flavors of tequila and we could purchase margaritas. It was not a very long tour because it was coupled with a beach break, but it was just the right length to learn a few things.


Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

madamecruise

1 review

In Cozumel, we got right on a ferry to PDC, and took a bus ride to the ruins at Tulum. THIS WAS AWESOME. Bus ride was informative, Carlos did a great job explaining their city and the ruins. We broke off from our group once inside, and explored on our own, but loved the entire day. We bought some amazing hand carved masks from the shop right by the taco stand. We also bought our son the cartouche necklace as a souvenir, which he loved. The margaritas at the taco stand are strong! But good. Bring lots of money on this one, as you'll want to buy the picture of you by the ruins, and book- great keepsake- lunch, and handmade items that were unique to this port. Back to Cozumel- it was somewhere that I wish we had more time to shop/explore but our excursion took up most of our day. Would still do again! I wish I would have sampled and purchased a lot more rum cake before getting back on the ship 8)


Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

scrabblesue

1 review

This was a short tour and not very exciting. There wasn't much to see.


Provider: Royal Caribbean International

suewilly

1 review

A really interesting day, made all the more interesting by the commentary from our excellent guide whose name was Jesus.
The ruins were such a surprise. Tourists can get right up on top of the ruins - there are no 'keep off' signs as I was expecting.
The ruins were teeming with iguana's and these were also really interesting.
We stopped at a gorgeous beach for 90 minutes before returning to the ship. The water was a beautiful colour and the slope into the sea was gentle.


Provider: MSC Cruises

Mrs_L

2 reviews

We booked the Mayan Ruin tour through the ship. Our guide, Juan, was really nice and informative. He was a Mayan descendant. He kept us entertained both directions and was excited to share his culture. Tulum is very very hot, make sure to wear sunscreen and bring a hat. The ruins were really beautiful and it was really cool to see iguanas roaming free everywhere throughout the park. They no longer allow anyone to climb on the ruins, so everything was seen at a distance only but still very cool.


Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

bikerbarbarita

1 review

The boat to go to Playa De Carmen was late leaving the dock. Got to Playa De Carmen and got on a bus. About 1/2 hour into the ride we stopped at a rest stop. The tour guide stated that the bathrooms at the ruins were not good so we were stopping here for better bathrooms. Turned out to be a tourist trap for 45 minutes. There was a gift shop there. The bathrooms weren't bad. Ultimately 13 buses all stopped there at the same time so it got quite crowded. When we finally got to the ruins, my husband checked out the bathrooms and it turned that they were not that bad.

The ruins were beautiful - they had actually changed since I was there in 2000. There were new pathways and green grass and more trees. Turned out they actually rebuilt some of the fallen ruins. There was a Mayan Market at the entrance to the ruins. Able to negotiate prices.

Very rushed when we got back to the dock to get on the cruise since everything was running late from the delayed departure.

When we spoke to the people on the cruise ship about our disappointment, they were not very accomodating to listen to us.


Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

shofer

7 reviews

This is a long day and you should be in good shape to do it as it requires a lot of walking. There is a long ferry ride to and from the mainland.


Provider: Celebrity Cruises

S_family_cruises

2 reviews

This is a must-do for anyone who enjoys history! It was much cheaper to get a cab when we got there.


Provider: Independent Operator

ingreece

9 reviews

I went to Tulum while my husband and son swam with the dolphins.
Tulum was a great site and we didn't have enough time there and definitely worth seeing. Watch out for the vendors. I didn't bargain very well and realized later I paid way too much for the vanilla and a silver necklace. There seem to be American prices for everything. Tacos at Tulum for example were $8 but I'm certain the locals pay only a fraction of that.


Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

chipnchair

1 review

Did the 7 hour excursion to Tulum. It takes a while to get out to the actual site and because the excursion doesn't provide water/snack/ meal, it's best that you bring some with you. We didn't break until well after noon and the sun was out in full force so if you have blood sugar issues or worry about dehydration, prepare yourself.

That said, the guide was excellent and clearly very passionate about her job. She thanked us for picking a cultural tour as she knows many who travel to the Caribbean are likely seeking other excursions which include the beach, snorkeling, drinking ...etc.

The ruins are protected so there is no climbing at this location. They are located along the coast so there are no bug issues [ as there may be at other sites ]. There is also a beach area access too.

Small stop at shop for use of the bathroom and picking up snacks or water along the way. It's actually a nice break since it does take a little while to get out there.


Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

Shoresan

2 reviews

We had a great excursion in Cozumel. We took the excursion to the Mayan Ruins that are on Cozumel, not on the mainland. Our tour guide, Alen, was excellent. He not only shared the facts from historians, , but also the local legends passed down by "Grandpa". The ruins were interesting. After the ruins, we went to a local beach for about 30 minutes, just enough to get a feel for the "real Cozumel". We loved this tour.


Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

webrose98

1 review

Mayan Ruins in Tulum
We were tendered to shore in Cozumel then put on the fairy to the mainland. This is a very LONG tour and I would recommend you book thru the ship.
Pamela was our tour guide and all I can say is she made this experience 5 stars!! She took us to a clean bathroom and place to shop then on to the ruins. It is very hot on this tour..dress accordingly. There is a beach to go to but not really enough time to do this. Pamela our guided the tour from start to finish IF you want to stay with her. She has been a guide for 14 yrs so you learn so much and she shows you the important stuff without the stuff you can pass. She got us back to the ferry and we were the last boat so this tour is wise to book thru the ship so they will WAIT for you.This was our favorite excursion.


Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

cruisette4711

1 review

We booked a trip to Tulum, handled by Sun and Fun Tours (?). Unlike our Roatan snorkeling trip this was relatively well organized although there was a hickup with the ferry and we again had to wait for quite some time on the ship. Keep in mind that a LOT of people want to go on the tours to the Mayan ruins and since they are on the mainland of Mexico it takes quite some time to get there. We chose Tulum over Chichen Itza because the trip was considerably shorter and in hindsight it was a very good choice. We had a German tour guide which made it comfortable for us and after a short tour with her through the ruins we had plenty of time to swim at the small beach, further explore the ruins on our own and have lunch in the souvenir area. Careful if you want to pay in USD, you definitely will get ripped off. If you mind then better change a few USD to pesos and pay local prices. Since we had only a small lunch we could live with 10 pesos = 1 USD.


Provider: Costa Cruises

PoorBuoy

1 review

We were really happy to get to go to Tulum. It is an interesting place to visit and loved learning about the Mayans. The guide was passionate and knowledgeable. The downside is that Tulum is an awkward excursion from Cozumel, being about 90 minutes away. This leaves only about two hours to tour the ruins. Part of the commute was on a ferry boat that has to cross a channel that is not smooth sailing. Luckily no one on the ferry seemed to be prone to sea sickness.

The guide was very up front about the fact that he was steering us to eat and buy souvenirs at places that he trusted and did business with. Our meal at the place that he recommended in Tulum was good.


Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

Rowlaw

1 review

We took the long boat ride and bus trip to Talum. What a fantastic archaelogical site. Although it rained, we had a great time. Note, the boat ride from Cozamel to Playa Carmine is always rough. The ferrys are modern and handle the waives well. We've taken the ride twice now and have always seen people get sick so prepare for it. When you tour these sites keep in mind that there is no shade. Our family really enjoys seeing the ruins and trying to get a feel for these amazing societies. Just remember it's real and takes alot of walking and water stops. There is a great beach if you come prepared. Try the fish tacos at Mr. Chillys (i think it was called). Just remember the Myans don't play around with there salsa. It's really hot and really good. Another reason to bring lots of water. Our guide was the best ever. I wish I could recall her name. The bus also stops at a gift shop/bathroom break on the way to the site. Reasonably priced authentic gifts with no haggling. Next time we're in the area I think we'll check out Chankanaab National Park.


Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

robsmom

3 reviews

Excellent Tour guide. The local ruins are not as spectacular as some of the mainland Mexico sites, but are a worthwhile stop.


Provider: Celebrity Cruises

BookieLang

1 review

Even with the long ride out to the Ruins it was still a good attraction to visit. The tour guide ( you pay to have a guide or you can look around for free) was of Mayan decent and he really knew about his history. Enjoyed.


Provider: Independent Operator

NCSuz

2 reviews

David the tour guide was awesome. The ruins were not quite as impressive as I had thought they might be but the overall experience was enjoyable and I would definitely recommend it.


Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

dkojic

1 review

Our tour guide Li Li was very nice, professional and very informative. She made the bus ride to and from the ruins in Tulum interesting. The bus driver was a good driver and we felt completely safe and in good hands. They got us to and from the ship in time for us to depart.


Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

medicmiami

1 review

We took the Ancient Culture/Mayan Ruins & Island Sightseeing. It was on an air conditioned bus. The tour guides Alex and Silvia were excellent and well versed in the history of the Maya Ruins and Conzumel. I do recommend to take or buy mosquito repellent. There is a lot of mosquitos around the ruins and there is nothing they can do about it., But with mosquito repellent you should be ok.


Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

BluesCruise

2 reviews

I purchased a "Tour of Tulum with Beach Break" for Cozumel. The ferry to/from Playa del Carmen was not a problem. Once we arrived, however, we had to walk quite a few blocks to board our bus. Some of the older and less able-bodied people had a hard time with that, and it was unexpected. Our tour guides were friendly enough, but once we got to Tulum, things went bad. We were told that the guided tour would be about 30-45 minutes, and then we would have about 30 minutes of free time to walk around the site and take pictures. The tour guide named Patricio was terrible. We followed him to the site, and he had us stand in the shade just inside the gate, and he talked on and on about the Mayans in general. He pointed to nearby stones and talked about what used to be on that spot. He was sweating profusely, and while other tours were walking around the site, from building to building, we seemed rooted in our shady spot. We finally started walking, and he stopped again, and talked a long time, but didn't really say much about the buildings there at the site. Finally, someone mentioned that we needed to get back to the bus soon. He had talked the whole time, so we never got time to walk around and take pictures. Poor time management! He briskly led us past the major buildings, still didn't tell us ANYTHING about them, and continued walking, out of the park and back to the parking lot. Most of us were on the bus on time, but the tour guides and a few passengers remained in the gift shop another 20 minutes or so. We were late leaving, so we were late to our beach break. We had a decent buffet lunch, and some people spent about 30 minutes on the beach. Then, we got back on the bus. The bus driver couldn't maneuver the bus out of the parking lot into the narrow street. He went back and forth, trying different angles. About 25 minutes later, we finally got moving. We had to park the bus where we had boarded, so some people paid for pedi-cabs back to the ferry and the rest of us had to follow the tour guide, briskly walking the several blocks pack to the pier. We arrived back at the Grandeur an hour after it was supposed to leave, and had to endure the walk of shame, with other passengers jeering at us about being late and holding up the ship. Thank goodness it waited for us. What a lousy tour! I had to go home and google Tulum to find out what the major buildings there were. I complained and was given a 30% refund, but what a waste of my day in Cozumel that was.


Provider: Royal Caribbean International

jonasaa

2 reviews

We were told the ruins would be great, and they were nice enough. Maybe we had higher expectations of the site itself. The tour guide was informative and good, though ended the tour short and abruptly to our surprise without any lead up to it. What soured this experience first of all is when they cattled us through a photo session obviously meant to sell to families with children. As an two males on a honeymoon couple they basically stopped talking and smile (!) when they lined us up for a picture. Way to set the mood! Also, the driver promptly came up to each party and told us all to tip generously. As you probably can guess, we did *not* buy their ridiculous attempt to sell us a photo, and we tipped accordingly.


Provider: Disney Cruise Line

heelraiser

1 review

Terrible


Provider: Royal Caribbean International

Team26FoLife

1 review

Ruins were very nice, the guide was informative and quite funny. Wish they would give a bit more time to explore the ruins on our own - felt a bit rushed. The guide also suggested we pick up souvenirs at the gift shops there on the ruins site, that the prices were better but they absolutely were not. Prices were at least double or more at the ruins compared to the shops at the port. Little disappointed that the guide helped us walk right into that tourist trap.


Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

craftynovice

1 review

HOT but there's no changing the climate! :) we had a lovely time and our guide was helpful, informative, and had a lot of pictures, hands-on examples, and even showed us personal things like his wife's birth certificate that gave a truly unique look into the mayan culture.


Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

BrianneDobson

1 review

We took the San Gervasio Ruins tour. requires some walking, but not strenuous. very impressed! great history if you're in to that sort of thing, don't know if it would be something kids would be interested in. some shopping at the ruins, people were very nice and not pushy at all.
Took a great tour with the tour guide telling us history of certain parts of cozumel as we drove by. would definitely recommend.


Provider: Royal Caribbean International

flseagal

2 reviews

It was a long day but a lot of fun. Very well run and very interesting. The beach break was great and the food was good. There was very little time to shop.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

Susanbemore

1 review

The Ruins was coordinated well from meeting the guide to checking in and driving to the site. Be forewarned though, the ruins are replicas and I think the site was constructed as a tourist attraction . Still, I like to learn a bit about the history and culture was nice to get out and walk, they provided lots of breaks and cold water.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

the kit

1 review

Excursion took too long, at over $100/person, they offer you a snackpack of tuna fish, and crackers with a fruitpunch pouch as a "lunch" for a 6hr outing? Plus you can no longer climb up the Mayan temples for pictures. Of course, all the promotion pics for the excursion show someone enjoying scaling the temples with their families. Apparently they did away with that "8yrs ago". Plus you have to take a speedboad ferry to get to the destination. I was fine, but many passengers got sick on the ferry; the crew felt it necessary to pass out barf bags. Once again, between actual excursion and all the long commuting, we didn't have time to enjoy the beautiful beaches of Cozumel.In hindsight, we should have made this port a beach day and just hung out in town and on the beach. Cozumel was probably the nicest Port of the 3 on this Western Caribbean cruise.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

MichelleDavison

1 review

Tulum's ruins are impressive, and the beach is beautiful. Had a great Mexican lunch as well.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

jvbradley

1 review

We all went on the Tulum excursion in Cozumel which was not pleasant. The ferry ride made many people sick, the tour guide/salesperson on the bus was very interested in persuading us to make certain purchases from specific retailers , and we took a mandatory 20 minute stop at a gift shop five minutes before getting to Tulum. Once there, the ruins were cool but the best part (which redeemed the trip) was the beach. It was the most beautiful beach I've ever seen. We swam until time for the bus to leave.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

quercus alba

2 reviews

Booked NCL's Tulum tour. DO NOT attempt to do this yourself! There is a ferry crossing and a long bus ride involved, and I wouldn't trust myself to get back to the ship on time! The ruins are both gorgeous and interesting--beautiful seaside setting. Lovely beach for a quick cool off--wish I'd had more time there. Lots of iguanas to watch.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

GARBALU46

6 reviews

Not as large or developed as the ruins in Belize City. Guide was well informed.Claimed to be mayan and spoke to us in that language. That gave an authentic flavor to the trip. Walking was on rocky uneven land. Ruins were foundation type rock. No big reconstructed buildings. After the ruins stopped at a restaurant/gift shop with a beach across from it. No real purpose in this stop.

Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

carollovestrains2

1 review

amazing guide

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

honeymink

1 review

Mexico is always good it seems. From the moment I disembarked it was great. The excursion to the ruins was fascinating, the guide knew a lot and conveyed it well. The island is itself interesting and seeing it was great. I will return for a holiday just in Cozumel alone. The port was good with an little market so i didn't miss out on going into town, though I would have liked to do that. Got the fish tacos i had been craving. And some cool souvenirs: there were some unusual ones lurking among the general tat. Mexico is just a feel-good place. I don't know if it's the air, or the people, but its just a wonderful place to be.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

HokiePoq

8 reviews

Tulum is beautiful and the main temple is well preserved. Very enjoyable day.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

tas3086

4 reviews

CZK9 San Gervasio Ruins: not much to see here. Just a few piles of rock in a very small area. Per our guide, "The area is privately owned, and will not let anyone in to excavate any more of the property." A good guide is very important here, as there is not a lot to see, but the stories that a guide can tell, can at least make it enjoyable.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

cruisetiludrop

1 review

Since we hadn't seen any Mayan ruins on previous Cozumel stops, we went this time. If you have no strong interest in seeing ruins, don't go. It is a long day starting off with a motion sickness testing ferry ride to Playa Del Carmen. Remember you have to take that Ferry back too. Many people suffered. Thankfully we didn't and had a decent day even though it was a bit cool. This prevented the beach break, after seeing the ruins, from being as enjoyable as it could have been.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

BenjiRodney

7 reviews

We booked an Ancient Culture/Mayan Ruins/Island tour with the Cruise Line. Our guide "Mike" was amazing and shared his knowledge of the area and it history with us as we made our way to the Ruins on the Island. He gave us a guided tour through a nice portion and told us of the history of the Mayan culture and its practices. It poured the rain while we were here but we were able to ride out the worst of it under one of the shelters protecting one of the building. I really enjoyed the history and walking where the Mayans walked. After 1.25 hours here we drove over to the Eastern undeveloped side of the Island and saw the coast line and beaches. We made a brief stop for 1/2 hour to walk on the beach and use the facilities and grab a bite to eat if needed. The areas where we were had no power, he told us that after Hurricane Wilma, the government gave up and would not repair/rebuild on that side. After we made it back to the port, Mike told us that if we went to Three Amigos for food and drink, we would get free Margaritas with his name tags we were wearing. Food and drinks were amazing, and we still had 2 1/2 hours left to explore the shops in the port area.

Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

fleurdemom

1 review

Our tour was fantastic!! This was the main reason for coming on this cruise-- after coming to Cancun or Cozumel many times we Finally got to see the ruins. They were beyond amazing--- most memorable thing of the whole trip.

Provider: Princess Cruises

Darshan1

10 reviews

Tulum was nice if not incredible after Chichen Itza. I think it may not be as amazing now (although this was the first time I've seen it) because you can't get close enough to the ruins to take photos with the dramatic blue, blue Caribbean in the background. The water is indeed gorgeous and the guide was friendly and informative if a bit un-involving. The tour took all day, so perhaps do your souvenir shopping on the way to Tulum (a 20 minute break) or right after seeing the ruins. If you're not into shopping, you should have ample time after seeing the ruins to swim or have lunch (there's a good, inexpensive restaurant very near where the buses park). If you're out of a shape, touring Tulum can be a longish walk and rather hot,so be careful and bring water and bug spray. The ferry from Cozumel to the mainland is comfortable. Best thing about Cozumel appears to be the water, so next time I'll probably try the beaches of Playa del Carmen.

Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

Runway35r

1 review

Really worth the money!

Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

wiskt

14 reviews

COZUMEL: If you cannot find something to do here then something is wrong. Take an unexpected excursion or simply grab a taxi downtown and shop. During my time in port I was told that Donald Trump is planning on building a resort in Cozumel in the upcoming years, so enjoy it while you can for the culture and history Cozumel offers. EXCURSIONS: I've taken the TALUM tour in 2011 as well as coverage for the AMAZING SECRET RIVER 2010 & Sept 2012. Please check them out!! The excursion I chose this trip was the MAYAN RUINS, TEQUILLA tasting and BEACH excursion. (4.5 hrs) This was a very fun excursion and worth the price. We travelled by charter bus to "PEE-PEE" station gift shops. Ive been here in past years on other excursions and they apparently have expanded adding a short walk through park like setting and describe how Tequila is made. Ending the path is a TEQUILLA TASTING area with the option to purchase bottles of spirits. They are pre-wrapped for luggage transport and the staff was very friendly. Back on board the charter bus to the next stop: SAN GERVASIO MAYAN RUINS located on Cozumel island. You are in the center of a jungle setting and may want to pack a small bug spray to keep the flies and gnats away. These ruins are not as grand as the mainland locations of TALUM or CHICHEN ITZA, but still a nice visit. Although small, these "Ruins of Fertility" have their own historical contributions to offer. We were told that SAN GERVASIO purchased the land but did not realize he had also purchased the Mayan Ruins that were concealed in the thick jungle. After his death he donated the site to COZUMEL as a historic park which is now run by the National Institute of Anthropology & History. They will charge a small fee to bring in professional video recording equipment but small iPhone or still photo cameras are free. Finishing up we boarded the charter bus and headed to the beautiful beach at PLAYA PUNTA SUR. I was at this beach a few years ago and they have built up the facility nicely. I believe it was 2007 when I was here last. Now there is a nice bar, outdoor eating facility, relaxing wading pool, Hammocks and a MASSAGE HUT located right on the beach. If I had enough time after eating I would have indulged in the massage on the beach, but unfortunately took advantage of the sunset for photos. You will want to pull out the bug spray as the mosquitoes start to stir at sunset. We arrived back at the Port around 7:15-7:30. Enough time to do some quick port shopping. I managed to jump back on the ship, take a quick shower and change then head to my scheduled sit-down dinner at 8:15. I could have went back ashore to walk around and shop for souvies since we left at 10pm, but I've been to this port so many times I opted to stay on board.

Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

wonderfultimecruises

1 review

Good..but would have preferred to go to a remote beach rather than the Playa beach on the tour.Mayan ruins were excellent..we left the group and walked them all,rather than just part of them,which i would suggest doing. Cozumel seems to be all about shopping for nick knacks sadly none of them that inexpensive these days as with most ports or markets on such islands but! Go do it if you find time!

Provider: MSC Cruises

Crew News

3 reviews

The seven-hour excursion started with a 45-minute high-speed catamaran ride from the Cozumel port to the Mexican mainland, Playa de Carmen. A bagged snack of chips, banana, cupcake, and water was provided as we entered the bus. The -filled, air conditioned bus ride made a brief stop at a non-descript craft shop on the way to the ruins for some shopping and a chance for a restroom break. The tour guide spoke nonstop about the history of the area as well as Mayan history during the bus ride which made the time pass quickly. Upon arrival at the ruins, we were briefed on what to expect and where to meet (Dairy Queen) at the shopping area when it was time to depart. It was a brief seven-minute walk to the actual ruins but we were not forewarned that the guide meant at Olympic walking speed. I recommend spending the $2 for the roundtrip train ride. The tour inside the walled city included an explanation of each portion of the ruins. In addition, armed with a stick, the guide explained the Mayan counting system by drawing in the dirt. While waiting for the catamaran ride back to the Cozumel starting point, the tour guide took us to a local's taco stand. As he stated, "Tacos here are $1 each and $5 each over in Cozumel." The tour guide was of Mayan decent and was well versed in Mayan, Mexican, and US history. I strongly recommend this tour for photographers and history buffs.

Provider: Holland America Line

darthastewart

3 reviews

Long tour. Great fun to see the temple, and climb it. A bit of a hike (over a mile) to get in from the entrance of the park. The bus stopped at a place on the way to the park to let us go to the bathroom, and to try to get us to buy very badly overpriced souvenirs. (c'mon... $20 for a small stone turtle carving, you have got to be kidding me). Lunch was served to us at 4:00 PM. We got back onto the ship by 7:00 PM, and they had held the ship for us, and the ferry load of us coming back from playa del carmen. Lunch in the cavern was cool, but there was obviously a lot of damage done by man to the cavern. It consisted of salad, rice, beans, corn tortillas, chicken, and fish. Dessert was rice pudding. Each diner got a choice of 1 soda or water for a beverage.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

k8d

1 review

The Catamaran from Cozumel had no outside deck and many inside became seasick really quickly. The interior smelled of sick within 5 minutes of leaving cozumel. There was a walk of about 1km to the bus, and our elderly parents struggled with this aspect as it was very hot. The air conditioning on the coach only worked slightly and only on the left hand side, so those on the right had no air, warm or cool. The P.A. system on the coach was poor so that the intro to Tulum was inaudible. The radios for use in the ruins themselves did not work on the correct channel and had to be left behind. Again the ruins were very crowded with holiday visitors and it was hard to hear the tour guide who had a monotone type of delivery. We received an email from RC telling us that we could only take a camera and bottle of water into the ruins, so we left our bags on the coach as instructed. My daughter came back to find her wallet had vanished. She had taken her money and credit cards out, but her student card, drivers licence, and other loyalty cards were in the wallet. The tour company DID not want us to report the missing item to the police, and for insurance purposes this was something we HAD to do. It took a great deal of determination to get them to direct us to a tourist police post, and used up all our free time before catching the vomit-comet back to the ship. We have had better tours

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

DanWilJr

5 reviews

We repotted to the Metropolis Theater where every one who was going on an excursion was given a sticker so they would no who was being transferred to the mainland we were then escorted off the ship first and transferred to a dedicated ferry which brought us the Play Del Carmen where we met our tour guide Andres who brought us to our motor coach for our 90 minute drive to Coba which was one of the many Mayan cities located through the Yucatan Peninsula it was very interesting as we were given a tour of the ruins than we got back on the coach and brought back to Playa del Carmen where we were brought to a restaurant that was in a former cave for lunch and a Mayan Cultural Show and were than brought back to the ferry for transfer back to the Navigator. The trip would have been better if the lunch and show were replaced with a stop where we could have had lunch have done some shopping

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

cruiseniffer

1 review

Hubby did ruins with half of the kids. They loved it.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

LadybugTraveler

1 review

Really enjoyed the trip to the Mayan Ruins. We toured Tulum. Don't miss the beach - the view of the ruins from the water is really neat. The cruise line completely took care of us. Picked us up from the port, arranged for a tour guide and history overview prior to the tour, and made sure we made it back to the boat in time for us to leave.


Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

jaskie

2 reviews

Guide was knowledgeable, but had a bit to much history in it so at times was dry. But the tour on the island was very interesting so we learnt and saw a lot.

Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

gowithkids

1 review

We took Myan Ruins tour and guide was good. The problem with this tour is that the guide talks a lot at each location and you end up standing for over an hour. Kids on the tour were bored quickly and went on ahead to explore on own. Older people also went ahead as had trouble standing for such long period.

Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

charmyworld

1 review

We went to Tulum ruins and then Xel-Ha water park. It was fun!! Our guide was super professional and nice, she explained a lot about the culture and history of the places, really gave us a wonderful explanation. Xel Ha is basically an "aquarium" where it is possible to swim with the fishes and do a lot of activities. The food is super good and all included!! We recommend it!

Provider: Costa Cruises

bcontinental

1 review

Tulum Ruins Excursion made for a long day. The ferry ride was choppy as described in other review. They provide a small lunch but our daughter got sick on the ferry over. We thought she could bring her beverage and the lunch items (which needed no refrigeration) back to the ship at the end of the tour. Be warned security will not allow any food or drink back on the boat even if you brought water from the ship and did not drink it during the excursion.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

EGG

3 reviews

Went to Chitza Nitza. Walk to ferry, ferry ride, walk to bus, 3 hour bus ride, crummy Subway lunch with sugar soda (not even water), great tour guide on bus and at ruins, best ruins we've been to off ship, reverse trip back. Ferry was waiting for us and went to dock next to cruise ship. Got to dinner at 7. Loved the ruins and worth the bus ride. I would take food off the ship, even if you have to bring granola bars from home or little boxed cereals from ship. Also make sure you buy bottled water while you are in Chitza Nitza. It is a long ride back and they do not give you more water.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

royalcruzer1105

1 review

Living History - Mayan Traditions and Island Tour - CZN9 Tour guide was an hour late for over sleeping. The first stop was called the Pee Pee Station. Honestly, I thought we stopped there for a bathroom break!?! Ends up that it is really a Tequila Factory store. The Tequila Factory store was where the main attraction took place. Most of the techniques and demonstrations were shown with a small billboard with a similar replica in place. Very disappointing. The black rock formations were the highlight of the tour, but again it was at a shopping location. The final stop was to "travel the modern hotel district." The tour guide talked about beads (or something) and then explained that they could be purchased at a specific shop - then said that he owned it. SMH

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

Shirley707

1 review

One of the most excellent land excursions that I have ever taken. Guide was wonderful and thorough.

Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

levandowskij

1 review

We did the Mayan Ruins of Tulum in Cozumel. Angel was fantastic and very knowledgeable about the Mayan culture and the ruins. The ruins reminded us of Pompeii. It is hot and humid. Make sure you bring sun screen, hat and a bathing suit. The ocean is right next to the ruins....and a nice dip is a wonderful way of cooling off. We had fish tacos at one of the local restaurants at the end of the tour. They even gave us cold rags to cool off our necks and body before we got on the bus.

Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

kcwingwalker

1 review

Mayan ruins were OK, but tour ended early and was mostly beach time.

Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

Katafer

1 review

The boat ride from the ship to the busses was pretty rough - people actually got sick on the boat. Angel was our guide for the ruins of Coba, and while he was very nice (with the exception of his constant use of Mis Amigos which made him seem disingenuous), it was our consensus that he should have given us more information on the actual ruins we were seeing (what was the building we were actually next to?), instead of droning on about unrelated info, and then speeding us through the actual temple area. There was so much travel time for this trip, the amount of time at the ruins was minimal to start with. Thank goodness this was booked through Carnival, as we were late getting back to the ship. Oh - one final thing - very glad that we didn't buy the cheesy necklace from "poor locals" that Angel pushed the entire time. What a scam!

Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

kristen89

1 review

I was really looking forward to this excursion, I love looking at ancient structures and how they've weathered time. We met our guide Alex in the main area as soon as you got off the boat and boarded a big bus. We made a pit stop at the peepee station to use the rest rooms and see a native house and small show. Then we continued to the San Gervasio ruins. I loved seeing the ruins and even hand prints from the Mayan times, however, I was a little disappointed they were so small. Only a few buildings/temples and walkways. After the ruins we shopped a bit in the square outside the ruins, some shopkeepers were a little pushy but they had some nice souvenirs. Afterwards, we were driven to a white sandy beach, there were a few shops there as well as a bar and grill. We were the only group there and had the beach to ourselves and had a great time

Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

khack1818

1 review

We did the living Mayan History tour. It was nice they took us to a Mayan Village, then to the beach and to Mayan artist village. The tour guide Barb was very knowledgeable and explained alot of things about the Mayan people.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

judibig

1 review

The guide spent too much time talking. We saw very little of the ruins.

Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

Rogueperson

2 reviews

Absolutely wonderful excursion. This is my 5th time in conzumel, and every time I've been here, I've had a great excursion.

Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

WOLFSEA

1 review

please see above

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

SRQCruiser189

1 review

We loved Coba. The only ruins you can still climb. Just remember if you climb up, you need to get back down. An amazing experience but a physical challenge and dangerous. No waivers, but coming down can be downright scary.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

SmokyJazz

1 review

ANGEL DE JESUS best tour guide! Got into history, politics, astronomy, culture and did it all with humor. I can't count how many times he said mi amegicos. Ruins were great sorry though I couldn't climb them. Fish tacos at Frosty's not to be missed, Fast service great prices!

Provider: Princess Cruises

Keva

3 reviews

Cozumel is a favorite of ours and we thoroughly enjoyed the Tulum Maya ruins and tour. We paid for a ticket on a trolley that was not able to take us nearly as far as we would have liked. This is NOT, and I repeat, NOT AN EXCURSION for anyone who has any physical limitations whatsoever. You walk up and down steps and even if you stay on the very nice paths provided, it is still a VERY VERY LONG TREK. We had refreshments at Frosty's, right near where the tour buses park.

Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

seaparrot

1 review

Great guide but information overload on Mayan history. Time too short at the beach.

Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

donnathome

1 review

Walk to bus was too long and on uneven sidewalks with traffic whizzing by. Overall, excursion was worth it and we're glad we did it.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

Normandie84

1 review

Norwegian needs to ditch the company that they contract with for the Tulum tour. Before you even get to Tulum they stop for a "bathroom" break at what reminds me of an Indian mall tourist trap along Interstate 40. It's this big building full of overpriced touristy junk, AND you don't even have enough time to buy anything because of the huge line. Second, the Tulum tour itself is very rushed. Our guide was very knowledgeable about Mayan history and culture, but I feel like a lot was left out. Tulum is also very crowded, which I feel spoils the magnificence of the ruins themselves. If you've never seen a Mayan ruin before, check it out, but if you've seen some of the other, bigger sites, skip this one. The tour group rushes you through it; you barely have time to really marvel at what is before you. For a full review, see my blog at http://lincolnmemorandum.blogspot.com

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

ms mcgill

1 review

We booked the Tulum Ruins and Beach Break that included lunch. See my full cruise review for full description. I would recommend the Tulum Express over the more expensive Beach Break one--you get more time at the ruins and you get to explore Playa Del Carmen. My 3 rating here is because our tour had to be compressed because we lost time getting into port, so we only had an hour at the ruins. The lunch was OK (but we probably could have gotten something just as good or better in Playa del Carmen) and, while the beach was beautiful, we didn't get there til almost 5 p.m., so no high-in-the-sky sun and it was too rough to swim. They should have cut the beach part short and given us more time at the ruins. But, our tour guides, Alessandro (Alex) and Mario, were excellent, informative, funny, and filled in the travel time on the buss with lots of fun tidbits about life in the Yucatan.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

FirstTimeCruiser87

1 review

* This review is for the Holland America Tulum and Beach Break Excursion* This was the excursion we most looked forward to but ended up liking least. It was an 8 hour excursion and we spent LESS THAN AN HOUR at the actual ruins. It took a while to get to Tulum (45 minute ferry and 1 hour bus ride). Then about 30-45 min once we got off the bus due to various unnecessary holdups. We asked the tour guide twice whether he would take us everywhere or if we should go off on our own if we'd like to see everything. He reassured us that Tulum is very small and we'd see everything, so we stuck with him. He spent a long time at the entrance talking about stuff you could read in a book, and only took us to the main areas of the ruins. Then we got 5 minutes of free time before heading back. I snuck off to explore on my own a bit and saw gorgeous, deserted parts of the ruins that we had not gone to. Explored these for a bit and finally jogged back to the bus to make the "strict" deadline that the guide claimed we'd be leaving by. My husband and I were THE FIRST people on the bus - the guide had somehow lost everyone else and spent the next 20 minutes herding them from the souvenir shops to the bus. Overall, we only got to very quickly walk through the ruins and didn't even get to visit the beautiful beach at Tulum. We were surprised, since our excursion was supposed to include a beach break. Turns out they decided to drive us about 20-25 minutes further away to a nondescript restaurant for a buffet of food (it was okay, nothing special) and our break would be on the restaurant's beach, which was not nearly as nice as the Tulum beach. We didn't have too much time at this spot either. I really don't understand why we had to drive further away from the port to eat - neither the beach nor the food were anything special. Given that time is a luxury, they should find a place to eat that's on our way back to the port - how is this not obvious to the tour operator? They should also be honest about the limits of the guided tour, especially if people ask. Overall, not worth the time, money and hassle, next time I would just hire a cab or something to take me to the ruins independently :/

Provider: Holland America Line

cdscooby1

3 reviews

Armando our tour guide was great. Only complaint was the heat. Very Very hot. Bring lots of water.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

tiller02

1 review

Learned a lot more about the Mayans than I thought we would. Very fasinating.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

Jvjoe

1 review

Below average tour guide. He was hard to understand. An older Mexican caballero who probably would've better working something else or doing nothing and enjoy his retirement. Tried to be informative but it was obvious that he struggles with his presentations...

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

Cruisin'Col

3 reviews

Mosiah was amazing and Tulum was beautiful. We really enjoyed this tour and he had so much information regarding the solstices and how the Mayans built their temples, etc. It was an amazing tour.

Provider: Independent Operator

savvypueblochick

7 reviews

Port #3 Cozumel. We didn't spend much time (or any really) in Cozumel due to our Tulum excursion. We walked directly to the clipper which took us to mainland (Playa del Carmen) then boarded a tour bus to the Tulum ruins. Once at Tulum, we took a tractor-ride to the site. It took almost 2.5 hours in travel time to arrive, so we had to rush a little to see the ruins, hit the beach (which was pristine but an aerobic stair climb for those out-of-shape). Tulum was nearly as impressive as the beach. The flora and fauna were captivating, however the "vendors" are really aggressive upon entering and exiting the site. Be polite and say "Gracias" even though you really want to say "go away." It actually works. We had fish tacos at Frosty's. They were "muy bueno!" The guacamole was plentiful with not too many tomatoes or onions. Lunch cost $26, expensive for Mexico but convenient and delicious. The whirlwind Tulum trip totally exhausted me. I felt it was too much "travel" to cram into one day. I wouldn't recommend it except for the uber-easy-going personality types (like my husband)- or the die hard "bucket list" types.

Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

nofitpitchin

1 review

Hubby and I have been to Coba and Tulum. We knew this wasn't going to compare but we wanted our kids to have a taste of visiting ruins. It was very nice. The boys were entertained by all the iguanas and the girls were at an age where they really could apprecate what they were seeing. There are some great photo ops here. Bring a tripod, I ended up tipping over a garbage can to sit my camera on...no one else was around. They also charge extra to bring in a video camera. $4. I wouldn't recommend flip flops as the paths are full of roots and broken rocks and stones. Had a very nice time there.

Provider: Independent Operator

maui4me2

2 reviews

It was wonderful and informative - rain was horrible but nothing can be done about that. Guides were amazing - provided us lunch which we didnt expect.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

Daphne Starr

3 reviews

COZUMEL - Outstanding! I took the Coba excursion (I think the actual name is something like "2012 Mysteries of the Maya"). Wow! I'm glad I chose this over Tulum. Coba is older and you can climb the big pyramid all the way to the top. The excursion also include buffet lunch at the Alux Restaurant which is in a cavern and concluded with a pre-Hispanic culture show. It was breathtaking - both the restaurant and the performance (see the pics in the slide show http://tripwow.tripadvisor.com/tripwow/ta-0459-aea2-6f3e?ln ).

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

rustyred1990

1 review

I paid 38 dollars to go see the ruins of san gervasio and go to the Caribe resort beach, which was not worth it. The ruins were nice, but expensive. 8 dollars nonnegotiable. What really frustrated me was the lack of competition at Puerta Maya, where our ship docked. There were only two competing lines, and neither was able to negotiate on their prices, which were excessively high. I would have preferred a place with independent operators who could have lowered the price. I had two choices. Get screwed really hard by the cruise line, or get screwed by the duopolisitic excursion agencies.

Provider: Independent Operator

CruisinPeechez305

1 review

Good, very educational

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

Phil1000

1 review

Just ruins. Once OK. Would not do it again... they're just ruins.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

PrettyHazardous

2 reviews

This was supposed to be our relaxed port. After doing a bit of windowless shopping at the port we took a cab ride to the ruins. Honestly it was an expensive snooze. Then we came back ate lunch at the Cafe Cafe (that can't really be the name can it??? See the pics below) across from the port. The food was good. Next DH bought he and his bf _____ cigars as a gift. Prior to getting back on board we went to Fat Tuesdays to just relax and have a drink. We watched the water as the bar was really empty. This was a cool day.

Provider: Independent Operator

travellady09

2 reviews

Lots of walking, it felt like about a mile back and forth to the ruins. It was raining at first so they give you umbrellas, but they are all broken. Metal arms were dangerous, had to work to keep from poking people with them. The ruins were beautiful, watch out for the fire ant hills in the grassy areas. Don't miss the view by the gulf the walk up there is optional, I didn't go at first due to knee problems, but decided to climb the hill after a break in the shade and it was well worth it. Got some of the best pictures up there. Awesome!

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

CruiserSchmoozer

2 reviews

If I could just BE at Tulum, I would give it a 5, but I really did *not* like the boat trip to Playa del Carmen. I had to concentrate not to get sick. They were passing out bags like they do it all the time, and people were throwing up. Also, the bus trip is kind of long. Playa del Carmen is beautiful, though, and Tulum is beautiful. If you go to Tulum, go down to the beach; it's great fun. My one regret is I didn't get to pet the little monkey they took your photo with (for a price) in the bus station area. Another thing about the bus station / shops area -- someone posted signs to a "restroom" leading you through a maze of little shops. When you finally get to the restroom, you have to pay someone to get in. Save your coins and eat in the nearby restaurant where they'll give you coins to go use the restroom. Oh, and when you go to the store that sells obsidian, make sure what you buy actually *is* obsidian. I found a little frog figurine I thought was obsidian and couldn't believe how cheap it was. After I bought it, I realized it was just black glazed ceramic. I don't blame anyone but myself-- I just warn my fellow traveler to check what you're buying.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

davey16969

1 review

Not impressed. Much too sterile. The visit to a Tequila factory made up for it.

Provider: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

pciduncan

1 review

The Tulum Ruins were outstanding and more than we expected. The local tour guide was personable and informative. The boat ride to the bus was horrible. The bus ride to the ruins was average. The 'shopping' area at the ruins was terrible. Would take this tour again.

Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

Mittens101

2 reviews

Long drive but a life long dream to see it.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

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