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  1. My husband just did the scuba excursion thru our ship (Carnival Conquest) a few weeks ago. They picked up directly from our ship, and went straight out to the reefs, all gear onboard with everyone's names on them. Worked very well. Not sure if it was sea sport but I am guessing it was. He really enjoyed it, and saving the tender time back and forth was worth the $$.
  2. THis happened to us last year.... it took about 2 weeks for the excursions to start showing up, and then it was almost a month before everything was up. Just hang in there.
  3. We just got back from the Conquest and had the wonderful Kyndall Fire as our CD. (she was our CD on Vista last Sept, so we knew she would be great). She was like Matt... all over the ship, stopping to talk to everyone, very much a people person. My video of her:
  4. Unfortunately it is TWO things.... it is cold and flu season...AND... because of that, people stuck on airplanes for hours with coughing and sneezing people end up sick. I asked my doc a few years ago why I always come home from a cruise and days later I am sick with coughing and runny nose. She said it is probably not the ship.... it is that airports and airplanes are filthy with germs. She advised me to take wet wipes with me on every plane and wipe down every surface near me. Ditto sitting in the airport waiting. Not much you can do sitting on the plane with the air being recirculated for hours and hours. She said to try to book flights early in the day, when things might be a little cleaner overall, and cross my fingers. Either that or don't go on trips during Jan-Feb-Mar. Cold and flu season... hate it. I am currently sitting at home a week after a cruise, coughing up a lung. Great trip...except for the freakin' cold bug.
  5. We were on the Carnival Conquest the week of Feb 8th with port stops in Belize, Grand Cayman, Roatan, and Cozumel. I did a few videos to share and thought I would do a short review of this excursion and answer any questions you have. We booked the excursion "Altun Ha Mayan Ruins with lunch" which was listed as 4 hours. It was actually more like 4 1/2 hours not counting the shuttle from the ship each way. If you have a little interest in Mayan ruins and want to only do a short tour, this is the one for you. If you are very interested in seeing Mayan ruins and learning about the civilizations, then I recommend the tour to Lamanai or Xunantunich. Those tours are longer, and have much more detail and impressive ruins. Altun Ha is not a bad site, it is nice and actually has more structures than I expected, but having done many tours of ancient ruins, this one is just a taste of history, not an immersion. I will be loading the photos to my Smugmug account later in the week, and I will post them on this thread... for now I have a video to share.
  6. Magic vs Freedom during Spring Break? Magic - hands down.
  7. Having sailed on all the ships you mention... I would recommend Vista, Magic, or Breeze. My reasoning is the kids have much more to do, so there will be more of them onboard the ship. Freedom is a fantastic ship, but its more for adults, no huge kid area with ropes, waterworks, etc. Vista has the skyride which is awesome. Vista and Breeze have the Thrill theater movies. Vista has the IMAX movie theatre. Just lots more to do for anyone who likes to "play".
  8. Showtimes totally depend on the Ship. We just got off the Conquest and shows were about 15-30 minutes later than other ships we have been on the past few years. We always do YourTimeDining... we eat as soon as they open, and we can get done around 7-7:15pm and hit first show that way. Going to dining room that early we stand in line for 5-10 minutes then get a table as soon as doors open (Conquest does not have the HUB app table request option yet like the Vista). And regarding the other dining room, set EArly or Late dining... if you show up late for your appointed time, they send you up to Lido buffet, not to YTD. We saw this happen last week to a couple on 2nd Elegant night..they were not happy and very rude to Lido staff. (we always skip the 2nd elegant night and just do Lido buffet for dinner, or something else, just can't dress up 2 nights on vacation, yuck).
  9. Its okay, I have been cutting way back in past few years knowing that I would eventually be stopping. Its hardest on Ron as he no longer has a buddy, and we have been diving together since we both got certified back 20 yrs ago. We have 500+ dives together and so now he has to dive with strangers and its totally different. We always made a great buddy team. So he is still diving for now... just without me. He took my GoPro underwater on his dives, shot stills with his TG-5 and video with GoPro5, so I will have some underwater video to edit. Hope your health is better, too. Take care of yourself.
  10. Nope, no diving for me anymore. Health issues.
  11. We just got back this past weekend from cruise on the Carnival Conquest. At Roatan, my DH went diving and I just hung out at port. One thing I did was finally ride the Flying Chairs! It was actually much more fun than I thought, really beautiful views and smooth ride. Unfortunately it was windy that day. my video:
  12. Taxis in Cozumel are controlled by a union, so to speak. They are required to charge the prices posted everywhere on the island. If they get caught overcharging, they can lose their license. So it is very very important to them to follow the rules. As far as time to get downtown... the past few years, with so many ships in port, and so many taxis, traffic can be horrible. So what used to take 10 minutes can now take 20-30 minutes depending what time of day. So depending on how many ships are in port the day you are there, keep this in mind.
  13. I wouldn't. Most of these massage places are independent contractors so you will need to pay cash. I always always pay cash in Cozumel. Its not that I don't trust people, but you have to understand they don't have the type of security to protect you in most regards, plus all vendors have to pay a fee at the bank to get their pesos in return. Its just easier for you and them if you deal in cash.
  14. we just got off the Conquest yesterday too! It was a fantastic cruise...... ... highlight was..... Kyndall Fire, boom boom boom! That is what she says her name is.... best cruise director EVER. Anyhow.... I shot lots of video and will be posting it sometime later this week, once I finish laundry and stuff. Wow, what fun she is.
  15. I just had this on the Conquest this week.... and it was not great. Bread was soggy and escargot, which I normally love, tasted overwhelmed by garlic and onions. Total disappointment.
  16. tell your taxi driver to take you to El Centro (center square at town). From there, walk off the main street... majority of all shops along that main road are owned by cruise ship companies, etc. The locals do not get a dime you spend there. Go inland 1 block or more, you will get to the restaurants and stores owned by locals. All the restaurants there will be authentic, and be careful with the hot sauces. They use real habaneros. On the plaza are a few places to eat, just a block south and or west you can find great restaurants on every block... La Choza is my favorite, but La Mission, Casa Denis, all excellent.
  17. Got home last night from a cruise on the Conquest out of Miami. It is not available to all ports yet, but expect it coming soon. OMG.... at that port right now, they are testing a new system at the port to make customs go faster and............. Wow. IF...and only IF.... you are traveling using a Passport, you get off the ship and walk up to a person with a video screen. They tell you to look at the screen, it takes a picture of your face and matches your face with your passport, facial recognition software. Boom, you are cleared and out the door you go. No standing in line to see the customs agent at all. People traveling with birth certificates still have to go stand in the customs lines, and present their documents. So... it took us about 60 seconds to walk off ship and out the door. Just sayin'.....
  18. On the ships that have it.... yes, it is NOW open on embarkation day. Didn't used to be, but changed last year I think. MDR is never open on embarkation day for lunch. Give those poor workers a break. They have had to serve breakfast for the group leaving the ship, then turn around immediately to lunch for boarding people who are all starving. Its easier for them to just have the Lido open to everyone. I always feel so bad for the entire staff for debark/embark day on every ship...the whole crew looks exhausted!
  19. Cozumel has World-Class Scuba Diving. Literally some of the best in the world, but from a cruise ship you are going to be a bit limited as they aren't going to take you to the mind-blowing sites.... you'll get great sites, just not the most famous ones. I have at least a dozen videos of the diving there, its a regular destination for us for the past 20 yrs. Roatan has great scuba as well as great snorkeling. Most of the scuba is easy and reefs are close to shore, so its a destination I highly recommend for newer divers. I have quite a few videos from there also. Bonaire has World-Class Scuba Diving, close to shore, and considered the best SHORE diving in the World as you can walk in the water almost anywhere on the island and within 30' run into a reef full of fish. This is another great place for newbies but I recommend having a guide for divers there until you are more experienced with navigation. I have videos of the diving there, but they are older and pre-HD. Grand Turk has great scuba but mediocre snorkeling. I have a couple of recent videos from recent cruises. My Scuba Videos, I have 70 of them.... are located here: Click up at the TOP right corner for the full Playlist and you can pick out which video you want to watch. robin
  20. Go to Fish Fry.... it is like a restaurant row, with about a dozen restaurants all serving local seafood, etc. Take the #10 bus, cheap transport, and then you can take same bus back or walk, which is what we did. Don't show up before noon though. We showed up at around 11am and they were just opening up.
  21. Progreso is the closest port to the best Mayan ruins! You can see 2 of the BEST in the world there.... Chichen Itza and Uxmal. No kidding, you go to Progreso to see history. Costa Maya also has some Mayan ruins a few hours away, but not as big and mind blowing as the 2 above. Most people use Costa Maya as a beach day. I have videos of each: I also have a video of Chichen Itza from many years ago, but it was a land trip and not from a cruise.
  22. the port at Mahogany Bay is really nice. Yes, the food and drinks, kayaking etc are extra charge but very reasonable. see my video:
  23. Yes there are chairs there at port in the sandy area, but that is a sea wall. You are not supposed to get in the water there, and if you did it is all rocks, no beach.
  24. There is no admission charge but you are expected to buy something if you are using their chairs and restrooms.
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