Posted January 24th, 2013, 05:00 PM
I've been to Cozumel about a dozen times and can't think of anything I would take a kid off the ship to see. One time we took our daughter for a "Dolphin Swim" there. She hated it (scared her to death).
Unless you want to get hammered drunk at Senor Frogs, or buy some questionable jewelry or a really raunchy T-Shirt, I wouldn't waste your time walking down the Pier. The place is a commercialized dump. Your best bet is to stay on the ship, you'll have it to yourselves. The pools/waterslides are easier to access then.
MAKE sure you have a good seat facing the dock right before the ship leaves. The best entertainment you'll have on your cruise will be watching the drunks running down the pier trying to catch the ship before it leaves! There are always a couple who don't quite make it, they have to tender out to the ship via some little Mexican chase boat. Then they have to transfer to the cruise ship while underway. Lot's of yaking going on during that little excercise I assure you!
As for the other ports. Been to Jamacia many times, but mostly Ocho Rios. Climbing Dunns River Falls O.K. but not for kids. If you slip on the rocks try not to ingest the water as it has high levels of Fecal matter from the open sewers in the mountains. If you're into Cannibis, this would be an ideal stop to stock up on lefties.
Never been to Haiti, so can't help you there. Other than to just say...it's Haiti...