On our most recent cruise, we did a 7-day cruise leaving out of Galveston, TX. We visited Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel with Carnival. First off, our accommodations were amazing. We stayed on the Lido deck (where the main pools and restaurants are) in the forward of the ship. We had an ocean view room and it was the largest room I have ever seen on a ship. You might think, "It was noisy right?" Not at all! The rooms are removed from the Lido deck via several doorways and we couldn't even hear the neighbors in their rooms. The bathroom was very workable with a roll in shower. Service from our porter on the floor was just amazing. He made sure we had everything we needed and took special care due to my physical situation to be sensitive of stuff in the hallways from the cleaning crew.
The entire ship was accessible to me via the elevators. At the shows each evening, they would instruct us to arrive about ten minutes early so we could be seated in great locations where my wheelchair would not be an obstruction to anyone and we could see the shows in style. They made the trip very comfortable. A big tip about cruise ships is that you will be surprised at the very healthy people who take the elevators instead of the stairs. We had great success in planning our elevator rides during a major meal or show to avoid long waits. Give a lot of grace to people that do not understand that the elevator is your life during that trip. You can choose to sabotage your trip with anger and frustration or just know it's coming and get over it.
|Sting Ray Encounter - Grand Cayman|
|Sting Ray Encounter - Grand Cayman|
Cozumel is a very special place for my wife and I. We have visited the island about 6-7 times and are truly in love with the people there. We are very spoiled because one of the pastors on the island is a personal friend, and he sets us up every time we come down for a visit. It is advisable that you use one of the excursions available on the ship as they do a fantastic job of making sure everything is accessible and your needs will be covered. The ship docks right up to a concrete warf, so no water taxis here. Having said this, there a few tips and tricks you need to know about Cozumel.
Number 1 - Taxis. AHAHAHA! I know right? Taxis..really? No, REALLY! This can be a real point of frustration for you if you don't know the system in Mexico. Agree on a price and be certain you are agreed to the price before taking the ride. TRUST ME! All tourists must ride in taxis in Cozumel. A local can receive a ticket if they are caught giving a tourist a ride. You can rent vehicles to avoid this, but again make sure everyone understands the exact amount you are paying for the vehicle and it's in writing before taking the car/van/jeep.
Number 2 - Shopping! A few miles from the cruise terminals is the downtown square and a really neat shopping experience. You haggle the prices here and don't be afraid to go low. When the vendor doesn't like your price just start walking or rolling away as the case may be and you will be pleased with the outcome. If they let you go the first time, slide back by just before leaving, and it is amazing how the prices change.
|Dzul Ha Beach - Cozumel|
Jamaica...hmmm. I am sorry to report, but Jamaica was not a great stop. We asked for an accessible van to take us in to the main town for lunch and shopping and the taxi guys in Jamaica wanted to charge us $140 for a round trip. After politely explaining to the gentleman that he was insane, we shopped in the terminal, got back on board the ship and ate for free all day. I am committed on this blog to give you the truth. I am going to share the touchdowns and the interceptions. Visiting Jamaica from a cruise ship was an interception.
|Stephanie and Scott Anderson|
- Scott Anderson