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  1. At least initially you will likely be limited to ship sponsored tours - they want to control where you go and who you interact with before letting you back onto the ship. Check with your cruise line for tours. Tequila is not naturally produced on Cozumel, so any tasting will be of products grown/distilled somewhere else and, as C-Legs said, may be part of a sales promotion.
  2. Well your medium might be my splurge, but Hilton has several properties (Homewood suites, Hampton Inn, Home 2 Suites, etc.) very close to the port that, at least pre-virus, offered stay/park/cruise packages.
  3. Wow! 🤑 Even in the peak of tourist season $750 should get you just about any hotel in the Miami/Miami Beach area. Look at the Fontainebleau in Miami Beach or the Ritz Carlton in Miami. Or try the Intercontinental, pay for a room with a view of the port, and enjoy drinks on their roof top bar/pool area.
  4. What time is your flight home? If it is after about 1:00 you should have time for a one-way car rental. A standard minivan should hold all 5 of you plus bags (unless someone in your group packs like my wife 🙄). Carnival transport is an expensive option, or try UberXL for less than Canrival, but likely more than the car rental. Your call! Good luck!
  5. Pre-Covid you could sometimes find FLA specific discount codes on some of the WDW boards (all ears, etc.) I would check the obvious options (COSTCO and AAA), and use a comparison shopping site (I like www dot carrentals dot com, but there are many others).
  6. What I read about European cruises that have started up is if you depart from the tour group then you will be barred from returning to the ship - they will off load your bags and leave you in the port. Until thins are under control I would plan to stay with the tour group. Of the options you listed I would head to Chank - nice beach, separate snorkel area, small pool, sea lion shows, etc.
  7. Blue, I think OP is referring to the deposit made on a hotel/transport package deal. Go Port used to require a 30% deposit and, depending upon how many are travelling and the hotel chosen, a $100 deposit level was easy to get to. Lots of posts here about refund issues - or actually the lack of refunds being the issue - which tells me that the money was tied up in long term contracts with hotels, loan payments on busses, etc. and it's unlikely they will be in business when (if?) cruising starts back up.
  8. I have seen horses on the beach near Mr. Sanchos, but don't remembering any details.
  9. I cannot answer your question, but suggest that you also post this on your roll call and the RCCL board. Good luck! 😎
  10. JohninDC


    www.sunny.org has lots of FLL area hotel and tourist info. Dates and budget will help the suggestions to be closer to your target. Dates vary by the season - the $300+ room in February can go for under $100 in August.
  11. I would rent a car for the day, put the bags in the trunk, an then head for St. Pete or Clearwater. Welcome to the boards! 😎
  12. I agree with Scott above - don't sweat hotel shuttles when an Uber to the port will run about $15+ even if you are staying out near the TPA airport.
  13. For good food, good drinks, great service, and an uncrowded and relaxed atmosphere you cannot go wrong with Nachi. 😎 Limited to 130 guests per day (at least it was pre-virus), with a small pool w/swim up bar and a hot tub, plus lots of beach, shade, and massages, etc. it is our go to place on Cozumel after being crowded on the pool deck of the ship.
  14. Agree about exploring the credit card charge back option. Not sure how much money you are talking about; if it is just the deposit on transport at some point it's not worth worrying about it - write it off as a lesson learned (I know, easy for me to say when it is your money 🙄) and move on. Good luck and happy cruising! 😎
  15. Check out hotels in the Rocky Point area - many offer both airport and port shuttles (at least they did before the virus shut things down), nice area, several dining options within walking distance, and some offer parking deals if any in your group will be driving in. Check out Chase Suites, Doubletree, Holiday Inn Express and others. The other areas to focus on are near the port (Marriott, Embassy Suites) - might be too pricey for you - or the Westshore area near TPA (lots of nearby dining, fast food and shopping options).
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