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About Grits53

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About Me

  • Location
    North Louisiana
  • Interests
    I love my dogs & horses! Also love to cruise! (Platinum w/Carnival)
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  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Western Caribbean
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    Valor Drydock

    My one and only Valor cruise will be just before the dry dock. Dang it! :( But we will enjoy the cruise anyway. We chose it for the ports, not the ship. (It's probably a good thing that we won't have a Guy's Burger on our cruise.....)
  2. Someone posted on another page that there is no longer a "mini mall" in the original big blue terminal where Carnival ships dock in Montego Bay. Is this true, or is she referring to the other pier?
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    Tender or dock at these ports?

    Thanks to each of you for the quick responses!! :)
  4. Amber Cove, Dominican Republic; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Grand Turk? One of our cruise partners hates tender boats, so I am asking this question for him. Do you tender from any of these ports? :) Thank you!
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    Magic porting in PC as of April 2016

    Since Galveston is within our driving distance, we have cruised on the Magic several times. Love that ship and hate to see her go!! The only thing she is missing (to me) is Guy's Burgers, which I assume will be added during her dry dock. You are very lucky to be changing from Valor to Magic! (I am excited that Breeze is replacing Magic, though!)
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    Snorkeling in Cozumel

    Thanks for the tips! Sounds like Money Bar is the place to go.
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    Snorkeling in Cozumel

    First, let me say that I have visited Cozumel over 20 times, including 3 resort stays, so I am fairly familiar with the island. My friend and I will be going for a resort stay in Sept., and she wants to snorkel for her first time. I want her to be able to see lots of coral and marine life, while doing an "easy" snorkel from shore. My first thought is Chankanaab for this, but I thought I would ask if anyone knows of a better place to snorkel from shore in Cozumel? Since we will be there for a week, we will not be rushed to get back to the ship. Any suggestions? Thanks!
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    Cozumel or Progreso?

    I recommend Chankanaab Park in Cozumel for snorkeling. It is a beautiful park, with some of the best snorkeling anywhere, as well as other things to do that are included in the admission price. If you go to their site online, you can usually find discount coupons for admission, as well as info about what the park has to offer. In Progreso, you can take the free shuttle bus into town to shop. There are also quite a few shops right on the pier beside the ship. Bear in mind that the pier at Progreso is very long, and the free shuttle is the best option if you want to go into town. I totally agree that the water at Cozumel is 100 times better than at Progreso!! You'll see!
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    Chankanaab - not accepting US cash

    This post is 2 years old. I assure you that the US dollar is accepted all over the island now. We just returned from a week's stay in Cozumel the first of June 2015.
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    Cozumel Non Ship Tour?

    We have toured with Gerry with Cozumel Driver For A Day (Which I think is booking through Tours Plaza now) twice and with Leo, from the same company, once. They are great! Their vans are always clean and comfortable, unlike some taxis, that are dirty, small, and uncomfortable. You definitely need to see the "other side". It is beautiful! They will give you a great, personalized tour of the island, while keeping you safe.
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    Cozumel to Playa Del Carmen

    We just returned from a week long resort stay in Cozumel. Due to delayed flights, we missed our plane to Cozumel and had to take one to Cancun, then made our way to Cozumel via taxi and ferry. The taxi ride from the Cancun airport to the ferry at Playa del Carmen was $100 one way and took about an hour. Taxi's are not allowed to drive up to the ferry, so you have to walk through their maze of stores for about 3 blocks. Ferries run every 30 minutes, and the trip from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen takes 30 to 45 minutes. The ferry terminal is probably a 15 minute taxi ride from the cruise terminals. You see the ferries docking near the cruise ships, but that is for ship's excursions only. There is no way I would make that trip on my own from a cruise. I wouldn't even want to do it again from a resort stay. I have been to Cozumel over 20 times, and I have yet to see or do everything this slice of paradise has to offer. Why waste all that time traveling, when you could do something awesome in Cozumel? Besides, if you are delayed on the mainland while venturing off on your own, your ship will NOT wait for you. I advise you to do a resort stay, if you want to explore Playa del Carmen & Cancun.
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    Disturbance in the Gulf

    I just checked Cozumel Insider, and the current weather says they are having heavy rain and calm seas. Like they said, this disturbance will be long gone by the time you cruise. But if you want to check the webcams and current weather at Cozumel, google Cozumel Insider and click the Island Information tab. We just spent 7 days there last week. Rain or no rain, I wish I was there now! (It's raining here anyway!) Have fun!
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    Freedom or Magic?

    For non-Lido folks (like myself), I recommend Magic. We love all the things on Deck 5 that the Freedom does not have.... Ocean Plaza is a comfortable place to hang out and listen to live music or play trivia. The internet area is next to Ocean Plaza, out in the open, a pleasant place to catch up on your email or social network. The outer Lanai deck, also on Deck 5, is never crowded. There are two big hot tubs on each side of the ship, and they are rarely crowded. The Seaside BBQ on sea days is a good lunch option. We find that we spend most of our time on Deck 5 on the Magic. Serenity Deck is nice, too. You can have lunch at the Italian place for free, but there is a charge for dinner there. For these reasons, I would choose the Magic.
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    screwed up disembark

    I've been on many cruises, on 7 Carnival ships, (including the Triumph several times), and the debarkation process is basically the same every time. You must leave your room early, in order for the room stewards to clean, change out bedding, and have it prepared for the next guests before 1:30. Although we have a designated area to wait in now, we had no problem when we were not Platinum. The most comfortable places to wait would be on Lido or Promenade or in the show lounge. There is plenty of room for every person on the ship to wait comfortably. However, if you don't like it, you can always do self debarkation and be off the ship before 9:00. Or choose another cruise line.....
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    This happen to anybody else?

    For what it's worth, I have been active on [B]almost [/B]every roll call on all 21 Carnival cruises I've been on. I was the organizer of the meet & greet on several of those. But I have not attended a meet & greet on the past several cruises. Why? Well, I am just not into the whole drinking, partying thing, and I am uncomfortable in large groups of people that I don't know. I just like to relax and enjoy the cruise with my husband, rather than having to attend organized roll call events that might not fit in with my plans. But I still enjoy talking to people on the roll call and giving out suggestions or advice as needed or requested.