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Best excursions in Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Jamaica & Gorda?


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We have never been on a cruise before, and we'd like to do something at each location that is unique to that location or best at that location. For example, is snorkeling for beginners better at Cozumel, Cayman, or Castaway Key, etc.?

 

We are doing a Disney Fantasy Cruise June 13th through 20th. We are a family of four, with a 13-yr-old son and an 8 yr-old daughter. None of us are dive certified and the kids aren't incredibly strong swimmers. We are more a fan of fish in the wild than dolphins in captivity. Our youngest is NOT a fan of stingrays, but our oldest is probably okay with them. Our son would like to see Mayan ruins, but I have not heard great things about the excursions in Cozumel, are there any better tours that leave from the port that tour the really large pyramids on the mainland?

 

The ship will be at Cozumel from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.;

 

and then at Grand Cayman we tender in at 10:30 a.m. and tender out by 5:30 p.m.;

 

and then we will be at Falmouth, Jamaica we're there from 7:30 a.m. until 4:45 p.m.; and finally

 

at Disney's Castaway Cay from 8:30 a.m. until 4:45 p.m.

 

We are a fan of the cheaper things that might be found off the beaten path, but can pay for an experience that is really spectacular or one-of-a-kind. We are also more than happy to do something that doesn't take very long so we can enjoy the amenities onboard in a less crowded setting.

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since the kids aren't strong swimmers, if you want to try snorkeling I would suggest doing that at Castaway Cay.

It is much less scary for beginners because it is closed in by a rock wall on one side and swimmers on both sides. There are no waves or drop offs to worry about. It gradually gets deeper.

 

You can actually walk out quite a ways and just look down with your mask on the water and see lots of different fish. There is also a life guard out there sitting in a tall chair. But warn the kids there are a few large scary looking fish they might see. They wont hurt you but eels and rays can look scary if your not use to them.

Its a controlled environment so much safer for beginners that being out in the ocean diving in off a boat.

 

 

We have been to all the ruins you can see on 3 different islands. Only a couple are fairly tall because most are falling down. Many are a long drive to even get there so it would take up the entire time you are in port that day. I loved seeing them and hearing the history but the kids in the group seemed very bored.

 

Hope that helps you some. On CC your family might like to rent the bikes and ride both bike paths on the island and climb the observation tower to look over the island. Makes for a great shot of the ship too. I would do it first thing before it gets too hot them snorkel in the heat of the day. There is ice cold water several places along the paths you can get a cool drink or refill your water bottle.

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