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Old 12-26-2008, 04:41 PM
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Hi there we are leaving for a Western Caribbean cruise(Key West, Grand Cayman,Roatan and Cozumel) Jan 4th and trying to plan our activities...I've read that Stingray City sandbar/snorkeling with Captain Marvin's would be something to not miss in GC. We would love to scuba dive at either Roatan or Cozumel..can only afford one or the other but can't decide which one! We are not certified yet though. Any suggestions? Also any recommendations on dive companies? Anyone take any ATV tours? Anything else we should definitely NOT MISS while on our cruise? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!!! Merry Christmas!
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Old 12-27-2008, 08:16 AM
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Take a beginners scuba tour from the ship (Cozumel would probably be best for this) You don't need to be certified for this. Rotan dives may be only for certified divers, so check the cruise line excursion website.

I personally don't care for the ATV tours. Most are not anything you couldn't do in the states. But that is up to you. FOr your first visit to those ports you have good plans. If you don't do the scuba in Cozumel, you can get an all inclusive beach break for $20 to $25 if you walk past the vendors at the pier and go to the taxi pick up area. Tell one of the taxi guys that you are looking for a good all inclusive beach resort and they can hook you up (you may have to barter a bit.) If you have a group 4 to 8 people, you can definitely get it for $20 a head) And in Cozumel its fairly safe to do this. I'm not sure I would try it in Rotan.

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Cozumel is a good place to do a resort dive. My sister-in-law did this and loved it. When the cruise ended she immediately started training and got PADI certified.
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Hi Lurajean, and Welcome to Cruise-Chat!

I would absolutely do the diving on Cozumel. Penny, one of the other moderators here is a diver. She is currently on a cruise though. I'm sure when she gets back she will have some additional advice.

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Hi Jim,

Do you have any names of the all inclusive resorts? $20 to $25 per person sounds great. We are going to Cozumel in Feb. and are looking to go to the beach. We have not made up our minds yet which beach to go to. Any tips would be welcomed. Thanks
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Thanks Jim, Dwayne and Dave for the advice! I found a scuba intro course with a 2 tank shallow reef dive for about 150 pp through Scuba Mau..I think we'll try it! Thanks again!




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Old 12-28-2008, 08:19 AM
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29dawgs-

The one we used on the Cruise Chat cruise was called the Club Cozumel Carib or something like that. There are several that will let you use their facilities for the day. They send
agents" down to the taxi area of the cruise pier. Make it know you are looking for an all inclusive resort and let them know what you want to do (snorkelling versus just a beach and resort) and they will find you someone to take you to one. Then its just a matter a striking a deal.

Skip past the all inclusives that have a sales hut inside the pier/shopping area. They will be more expensive and will be crowded with cruise passengers.
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Thanks Jim.
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