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11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
A great walk about visit with lots to see. A little church with an alter view you have to see. lots of souvenir shopping and the best tacos ever - visit the taco stand in the food hall rather than a bar!
A great walk about visit with lots to see. A little church with an alter view you have to see. lots of souvenir shopping and the best tacos ever - visit the taco stand in the food hall rather than a bar! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2015
We enjoyed this trip very much, our favorite Island (next to Puerto Rico!). We had very little interaction with the birds, but that's okay, they don't need people poking at them all day every day. We rode around the farm in an ... Read More
We enjoyed this trip very much, our favorite Island (next to Puerto Rico!). We had very little interaction with the birds, but that's okay, they don't need people poking at them all day every day. We rode around the farm in an open air vehicle and watched the animals interacting with each other. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
Well organized, with ferry departure from Cozumel, bus to Xcaret, tourguide Jesus Solis very good and accomodating, handicap people. Park is full of nature, birds, turttles, sealife. Water drift in semi undercave good. Food at rest area ... Read More
Well organized, with ferry departure from Cozumel, bus to Xcaret, tourguide Jesus Solis very good and accomodating, handicap people. Park is full of nature, birds, turttles, sealife. Water drift in semi undercave good. Food at rest area restaurant good, reasonable. Time managed well with no rushing. Return to ship/ferry timely.Very good beach / Lagoon for swim, clear waters. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2011
We did this port on our own. Took a cab to town and booked a snorkel trip for a couple of hours. Did some shopping and Senor Frogs too. The public beach is beautiful and although seeing police and military with machine guns can be ... Read More
We did this port on our own. Took a cab to town and booked a snorkel trip for a couple of hours. Did some shopping and Senor Frogs too. The public beach is beautiful and although seeing police and military with machine guns can be disconcerting, we never felt unsafe. Got some great shopping deals and just had a fun time. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2011
Playa Del Carmen is a nice area. Very pretty water here. The main shopping area is like a giant flea market, except everyone is trying to get you in their stores. Even the restaurants have people posted outside to bring you in to spend ... Read More
Playa Del Carmen is a nice area. Very pretty water here. The main shopping area is like a giant flea market, except everyone is trying to get you in their stores. Even the restaurants have people posted outside to bring you in to spend your American dollars there. They try hard, but most will take no thank you for an answer and move on to the next person walking by. Do not feel threatened by their aggressiveness, they are only trying to make a living and are harmless. There is a strong police presence here and they keep everything safe. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2011
Calica is nothing but a gravel pit. We took a cab to Playa del Carmen and went shopping and to the beach.
Calica is nothing but a gravel pit. We took a cab to Playa del Carmen and went shopping and to the beach. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2011
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 ... Read More
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. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2011
I give this a three because we docked at Calica which is nothing but a salt mine. But once you get away from there it is amazing. Booked a tour through Edventure. Went to Tulum, snorkeled in a beautiful cave, ziplined, canoed, jumped ... Read More
I give this a three because we docked at Calica which is nothing but a salt mine. But once you get away from there it is amazing. Booked a tour through Edventure. Went to Tulum, snorkeled in a beautiful cave, ziplined, canoed, jumped off a cliff into a beautiful lagoon and had lunch on a beautiful beach. Wonderful company to do business with. Highly recommend! Another plus is Tulum is so close. Only a 30 to 40 minute drive from the port! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2010
The ship actually docked at Cozumel. We had booked an excursion to Tulum through Princess and were glad we did it that way. From the ship, we walked to another dock to take the 30 minute ferry shuttle to Playa del Carmen. As usual ... Read More
The ship actually docked at Cozumel. We had booked an excursion to Tulum through Princess and were glad we did it that way. From the ship, we walked to another dock to take the 30 minute ferry shuttle to Playa del Carmen. As usual everything was very well organized. There were three buses going to Tulum from our ship. Our guide, Manuel, was entertaining as well as full of historical facts. There was a comfort and shopping stop about 30 mins into the trip to Tulum. This was located in a large warehouse type building with lots of crafts. Our purchase and actually the only thing we really bought to take home was nativity set and a booklet on Tulum. We were prepared for a lot of walking at Tulum. Manuel provided about 45 mins of a guided tour around the Mayan ruins and then we were free to explore and have lunch. On the return trip the ferry was about 15 mins late returning to Cozumel. We were glad we booked the tour through Princess or the ship may not have waited for us. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2010
Went to Tulum. Very nice ruins. Dont forget your bathing suit. 42 degrees C. No shade. thankfully there is a lagoon you can swim in. :)
Went to Tulum. Very nice ruins. Dont forget your bathing suit. 42 degrees C. No shade. thankfully there is a lagoon you can swim in. :) Read Less
Sail Date: April 2010
Taxi stand right outside the terminal with rates posted. We caught a taxi to the shopping area and then a few blocks walk to public beach. Sand and water gorgeous. No public beach chair rentals however that we could find. Quaint shopping ... Read More
Taxi stand right outside the terminal with rates posted. We caught a taxi to the shopping area and then a few blocks walk to public beach. Sand and water gorgeous. No public beach chair rentals however that we could find. Quaint shopping areas. This is not a pretty port when you dock, looks like a concrete/sand plant but the city and beach were fab that we saw. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2010
We ended up docking in Cozumel instead of Playa del Carmen because of rough seas, but we still went to Tulum to see the Mayan ruins on a ship excursion. They got us going quickly - the ferry boat and bus were good and our tour guide was ... Read More
We ended up docking in Cozumel instead of Playa del Carmen because of rough seas, but we still went to Tulum to see the Mayan ruins on a ship excursion. They got us going quickly - the ferry boat and bus were good and our tour guide was great. He was very helpful and informative. They even gave us snacks and fruit juice to drink on the trip. We loved the ruins. They were truly something to see for a family of history buffs like us. We would have liked a little more time at the beach there, but that was limited because we had docked at Cozumel, and it took more time to get to and from Tulum. I would recommend this excursion to anyone who appreciates historical sites and/or tremendous scenic beauty. We loved it! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2010
Ports were Calica and Cozumel. We booked the Cancun City and Shopping excursion for Calica day. It was nice, and the tour guide Arturio was good, but I have decided that I do not enjoy the haggling with shop owners. I end up feeling like I ... Read More
Ports were Calica and Cozumel. We booked the Cancun City and Shopping excursion for Calica day. It was nice, and the tour guide Arturio was good, but I have decided that I do not enjoy the haggling with shop owners. I end up feeling like I have been conned when I purchased anything. Hubby loved it and had no qualms about bargaining so I let him do the rest of the talking in the shops! We ate at a place recommended by the guide called "Mexitreme" which I didn't think was good at all. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2010
Another cloudy and windy day. Took a taxi($13) into Playa del Carmen. Strolled along Avienda Cinco. Bought a few Knick-knacks. Weather cleared so we walked a couple of blocks west to the beach. Staked out a couple of lounge chairs at ... Read More
Another cloudy and windy day. Took a taxi($13) into Playa del Carmen. Strolled along Avienda Cinco. Bought a few Knick-knacks. Weather cleared so we walked a couple of blocks west to the beach. Staked out a couple of lounge chairs at Captain Dave's, ordered a bucket of beer, some salsa and chips and enjoyed the day. Grabbed a cab back to Calica in time to board the boat. Taxis here are $13 each way, so I'd recommend doubling up with another couple or individual to split the cost when possible. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
The only good thing about this port is that there is a bar right off of it. It is very small, so again, make sure you have reserved transportation to where ever you are going. Cab drives to Tulum and back on a taxi was $160 USD.
The only good thing about this port is that there is a bar right off of it. It is very small, so again, make sure you have reserved transportation to where ever you are going. Cab drives to Tulum and back on a taxi was $160 USD. Read Less

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