Western Caribbean Journals

Keep Feelin' Fascination

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A January 2004 trip to Western Caribbean by angelsil

Duval Street Photo, Key West, Florida More Photos
Quote: Sixty like-minded friends take over the Carnival Fascination! Most of us were first-time cruisers, so that is the perspective we got. Overall, we had a great time and loved the cruise. The positives: cabin size, drinks, service. The negatives: early shut-down of facilities, so-so food.
Coconut Grove Photo, Miami, Florida
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On the Fascination, there are a few options for dining. The formal dining room has set hours and a set-seating plan for dinner. The more casual option is the Coconut Grove Bar and Grill, located on the Lido Deck behind the pool area. The Coconut Grove Bar and Grill is a buffet-style dining room, with a 24-hour pizzeria and drink staff on hand to provide both alcoholic and non-alcoholic options. One of the main advantages of Coconut Grove is that they are open pretty much from early morning until the midnight buffet. Two hot buffet lines are located at the entrance of the restaurant. One of these serves the international 'flavor of the day' (for example, Italian) and the other serves America...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 4, 2004

Papa Hogs

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Attraction | "Papa Hog's"

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Papa Hog's is one of the better-known scuba operators in Cozumel. They run small groups (6-8) in their boats and offer snuba and snorkeling, as well as scuba trips and the 'discover scuba' program. Their prices are significantly lower than what is offered by the cruise lines *and* the groups are much, much smaller. They are located near the Punta Maya port, just outside of downtown Cozumel. Our group undertook a snuba trip. This requires no previous diving experience, though I myself am certified. Our dive instructor/leader, Julie, was very helpful. Snuba is much like scuba in that you breath through a regulator and wear weight belts to help you sink. The difference is that your airtank fl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 19, 2004

Papa Hogs

Cozumel, Mexico
+877-389-3629

Duval Street

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Attraction | "Shopping on Duval Street"

Duval Street Photo, Key West, Florida
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It used to be - maybe 15 years ago - that Duval Street was a fun place to shop. There were many artists' shops and some interesting, native Floridian finds. Since the cruise ships have all started docking in Key West and disgorging thousands of passengers every day, the quality of Duval Street - and Key West as a whole - has greatly declined. Instead of quaint little shops, you now have one tacky souvenir/head shop after another. Most offer the same goods: discount T-shirts, Florida tchotkes, bikinis, and such. If you are in the market for this kind of good, bargain hard. If you don't get the price you like, move on. Even though Duval Street is mostly a loss, there are still a few significa...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on January 24, 2004

Duval Street

Key West, Florida

Carlos & Charlies

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Attraction | "The Conga Line of Alcohol -- Carlos 'n' Charlie's"

Carlos & Charlies Photo, Western Caribbean, Caribbean
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Carlos 'n' Charlie's has to be experienced. There is no telling of the story that can in any way prepare the adventurer for what is about to befall them. I can only give you this small warning: you will get drunk on this ride. They are known for two things: yard-long margaritas and a conga line of tequila. Both will do you in, if you're not careful. Carlos 'n' Charlie's is located in downtown Cozumel directly across from the downtown port. I think they've strategically placed themselves close to a port so those inebriated cruise ship passengers can find their way back to the ship. In our case, however, we were sailing out of the southern port, so it didn’t help at all. If you're trying t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 3, 2004

Carlos & Charlies
Blvd Kukulcan 4.5
Cancun, Mexico 77500