I'm thinking about doing the following while on the Royal Carribean Cruise The Marinear of The Sea's:
1.) Tulum Mayan Ruins Express (Cozumel)
2.)Dunn's River Falls, Shaw Park Beach (Jamaica)
3.)Stingray City Snorkeling (Grand Cayman)
Labadee Haiti - undecided.
Anyone have any input on these activities.
Want this trip to be fun. This is my first cruise, and I'm celebrating 10 years with my boyfriend, I want this cruise to be memorable.
Advice on any of these places or any other things we should see, would be of great help.
The Tulum ruins are excellent, we did them with a half day at Xel-ha. Since I love snorkeling, I would have preferred more time in Xel-ha, but the ruins are definitely worth visiting. Dunn's River Falls is a blast, and the Stingray City snorkeling is well worth the money. Have a wonderful cruise!!
1) Tulum- yes, very interesting. Be sure to stick with the guide, he/she will provide some very good information. Bring a towel and maybe wear a swimsuit under your shorts/shirt. There is a stairway down to the beach from the ruins. The beach is AMAZING.
2) Depends on where you are porting. Ocho Rios or Montego Bay. The Falls are fun, but its a long scary bus ride from Montego Bay. From Ocho Rios, you could do this with a cab ride and pay the enterance fee yourself and probably pay a quarter of the excursion cost. Bring your own water socks.
3) Stingray City- YES! well worth the money. We have done this twice. You can combine this with snorkeling too. Look online for capt marvins and you can book this yourself and save some $$ too.
Dunns River was fun, but don't bring your camera unless someone wants so stay back and hold it for you from your party. Forget Shaw Park, that place is a huge dump. Some deserted hotel and a very ugly beach. I can't belive they still offer that. Please take my advice. On our excursion there, everyone wanted to leave but they wouldn't let us, they said it was too unsafe to take a cab and they would take us back but they wanted to charge us $20 per person. The food there was bad, flies everwhere, the caribbean music was on a slow motion setting for some reason, we asked them to just turn it off but they wouldn't. Also last time on the Mariner we went to the Martha Brae Raft Ride Excursion, somewhat dissapointing. If I went back to Ocho Rios I'd do an excursion that involves a boat or sail/catarmaran. Don't bother to go inland on foot, too many people try to sell you weed or panhandle, quite bothersome. Tulum is gorgeous, the coastline there is surreal. I'd do Xel Ha, did that with a combo for Tulum Ruins but, like Penny wish I had a lot more time in Xel Ha, so if they offer a full day there, do that. On Labadee I vote for the jet skis and/or Malafini Beach excursion. did both in one day and last time just did the jet ski. If you opt to do the jetski, it's better if you volunteer to be one of the first in the line when you get out there, you can really have a blast, if you get way in the back, you will have a hard time keeping up with everyone. I did not encounter any locals there both times we went there. For Grand Cayman: Never swam with stingrays, after that Crocodile Hunter guys death by stingray, don't think I'll try it. Though I have some friends that recently did that there and they said it was the highlight of thier cruise, I'd go to a beach that's not on the ship's intinerary, it's called Rum Point Beach, absolutely gorgeous. There's a restaurant there, very unspoiled, like 7 mile beach used to be years ago. There's a ferry that you can catch from a hotel near the cruise dock,ask a local. Use the ferry because it's quicker that getting a cab. It's the kind of beach that would dream about, very very nice.