by E. H. Capes
May 27, 2006
We sailed on the Inspiration out of Tampa, FL, on May 27, 2006. Everything on the ship was wonderful. The food, service, and entertainment were top notch. We have only one complaint and that is one of the tours.
We have only one complaint and that is one of the tours.
We took the Playa del Carmen Beach and Shopping Tour. We were on the #2 bus with Carlos. Carlos was very informative and helpful. However, if we had known then, what we know now, we would have taken a taxi. From Calica, we were only twenty minutes from the beach. The bus left at 10:15 a.m. It traveled in the opposite direction to a little rip off "Aztec" Lapis jewelry factory and showroom tourist trap about thirty-five minutes away. We stayed here for forty-five minutes. At 11:35 a.m., we left and drove back past Calica toward Playa del Carmen. Before we arrived in Playa del Carmen, he took us on a detour through Playacar resort community and golf course. Finally, at 12:45 p.m., two and one half hours after leaving the ship, we arrived at the Playa del Carmen shopping district. The bus picked us up at 4:00 p.m., and we were back at the boat at 4:20 p.m.
In my opinion, and quite a few other cruisemates, Carnival could skip the Lapis jewelry tourist trap and the Playacar tour and go straight to Playa del Carmen. This is what was advertised. I bought a letter opener that was priced at $30 in the tourist trap for $10 at Playa del Carmen. I wrote a complaint letter to Carnival about this, but they never bothered to reply.