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  1. What type of activity are you looking for? Have you tried looking at what Royal Caribbean offers for excursions, to see if you can see anything that interests you? For independent ideas and reviews check out ports of call boards. https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/35-bahamas/ https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/308-private-islands/ Coco Cay is an island and primarily water related activities, plus some expensive Royal Caribbean created activities as posted above. We have always found something interesting to do in Nassau, both beach and non-beach related. It would be helpful if you gave an indication of the type of activity you might be interested in.
  2. OK, keeping in mind policies could have changed - we enjoyed our stay there. We wouldn’t STAY there again because we prefer to stay in town but would happily do a day visit again. The grounds are well maintained. It is a LONG walk from main entrance to the beach due to the mangroves which needs to be considered by people with limited mobility. The only time it bothered us was if the weather was inclement - they shut the normal lunch buffet, which is beach side and you had to walk back and forth to main buildings for lunch. There are a couple of pools - one by the ocean and one halfway back to main buildings, quiet and adult only if I remember correctly. we liked Occidental better for adults, Allegro for kids. If the search engine on here us working there have been threads on here before with my review and other people’s. HTH.
  3. We stayed there a number of years ago and have done a day pass to sister hotel,Allegro, through a broker without any problems. Since that time both properties have been sold to Barcelo, so I can’t comment on current policies. If you have any specific questions regarding the properties, I would be happy to try and help. Not sure if either are offering day passes under current situation or restricting facilities to hotel guests. We have enjoyed day passes to several resort hotels on Cozumel. I think as a cruise ship visitor my biggest consideration is the hours the ship is in port ( taking ship time/ local time into account) and the hours the day pass is valid for, to see if it is economically worthwhile. Also if alcohol is important to you, I would check directly with the hotel when they start serving alcohol as there are Quintana Roo restrictions for certain places as to when they can begin (11/12?). I know Barcelo adheres to this, or at least they did. We haven't experienced problems with hotel day passes but I know there have been reports in the past about timeshare vendors bothering guests (generally not specifically at Occidental) and reports on TA suggest this may have increased again since the shutdown for Covid.
  4. It’s been quite a while since we were there, when the club was relatively new and certainly before any inflatables were added. We really enjoyed our day there. I don’t recall the water being exceptionally shallow but then I crouch down, or float on my back to cool off for casual swimming and don’t remember having any particular problems. I see from the people in the photos the water close to shore is certainly looks shallow but from experience in Mexico inflatables are usually anchored in deeper water and often require life vests. I would be concerned about adult members of my group especially jumping off as I have seen at other resorts, into shallow water. As i recall kayaks, snorkeling and water sports were available.
  5. we have also enjoyed Cloisters and Pearl Island - I hadn’t heard of shark attack there. I did hear about an attack at Rose Island on a snorkeling excursion.
  6. Not my favorite destination, but after several stops in Nassau over the years, including a two day/overnight stop, we have always found something new to do and had an enjoyable time. I have to smile every time I read on roll calls the number of people who plan to have a “quiet” day on the ship in Nassau.
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    passion island

    Was this the article you were thinking of? https://www.archdaily.com/777078/sordo-madaleno-arquitectos-disena-nuevo-desarrollo-turistico-en-la-isla-de-cozumel-mexico ....... one day, in someone's dreams. It is my understanding there is a road that goes most of the way already but it is mostly unpaved and requires a short boat/ferry/kayak ride at the end. I think it takes too long for it to be viable for most cruisers. I suppose it would be possible to upgrade it.
  8. You make a good point for someone actually wanting to sail solo. Gty are always worth a try but recently they haven’t always been cheaper which doesn’t really make sense to me.
  9. Obviously, I think that was the whole point of the original question.
  10. Good to know - not sure that has always been reported to be the case in practice. I thought that was why it was always recommended to book for two and TBD.
  11. I thought it got repriced? Also it would depend on muster station quota?
  12. Unfortunately none of those ports offer an easy trip to the ruins, with a child that age. Your only options would be Costa Maya (1-2 hour land trip each way, independently or through ship); or, Cozumel, very small ruins on the island which are not impressive but could be easily arranged, or long trip, involving ferry to the mainland. At the moment, I think the bigger question is what options will even be available for excursions by April, especially in Costa Maya. Whilst it is fun to plan and research, I would wait until much nearer the time to make any decisions.
  13. Much better things to do in Cozumel with a child that age. When do you plan to visit? What other ports are you visiting ?
  14. The storm that came through recently (Crystobal, that sunk the pírate ship) caused significant beach erosion on the east side. I haven’t read any reports about the west side, probably because the beaches are mainly at hotels and clubs that have been closed. Tourist venues are just beginning to reopen so you may find reviews on TA for current conditions soon.
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    Cozumel for the day

    You will most likely dock at International pier (RRCL pier) but always subject to last minute changes. This pier is next to El Cid, which we find OK for a few hours. For AI we prefer day pass to Park Royal, (next door) more pools, slightly bigger beach, or Del Mar Latino (adult- only, no beach, very small pool). All three within reasonable walking distance of International, so no transport costs. Nachi is very popular for older, quieter scene, AI only. Playa Mia has water activities and water park and is family oriented. Mr Sanchos is popular, has lots of activities, lively, AI or PAYG (one of the few clubs on Cozumel I have never been to so no personal experience.) Paradise Beach is another very popular, clean beach club with large pool.
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