The beach is nice, but pretty small. The times we were there the waves were pretty rough. In Oct. But sorry, we didn't go from the cruise.
We stayed at Playa Del Carmen for a week.
Tulum area very beautiful, well at least before the last hurricane. We also went to Coba and climbed to the top of a large pryamid. In Tulum you are not allowed to climb on any of the pryamids.