Number of Cruises: 1
Cruise Line: Carnival
Ship: Carnival Celebration
Sailing Date: November 22nd, 2003
Itinerary: Western Caribbean
My advice, DO NOT FALL FOR THE COZUMEL SHOPPING SCAM. Take one of the fun excursions, or do like we did and just rent a car and sightsee! Stay away from the shopping at the pier and downtown!
Carnival should be ashamed.
I witnessed how the cruise director and "super shopper" spent the 1st "fun day at sea" in a seminar whipping the passengers into a shopping frenzy, then set tourists flush with cash on a buying spree intent on paying big American dollars for substandard merchandise. The cruise line gets a kickback from the shopping venues, and totally fails to mention the wonderful attractions at the Galveston port because it does not pay. It's organized crime!
I felt like a piece of meat deposited on the end of the long pier, with a pack of hungry dogs waiting for me on the Mexican island.
I resisted, and enjoyed a quiet day of sightseeing without purchasing anything from the merchants on the Island.
Carnival cruise lines do not have passengers’ hospitality in mind when setting sail for Cozumel.
Instead, Carnival looks at each passenger as a fleshy vapid uber-consumer, easily brain washed into becoming a lemming shopper with a dollar sign stamped on their forehead. I may cruise again, but will warn others around me at the top of my lungs that Carnival is a big corporate pimp.