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Subject:  Re: Question for intercst Date:  11/23/2009  4:15 PM
Author:  markr33 Number:  21777 of 116398

Reminds me of the cruise ship deals...6 ports in six days...they shuffle off 1000 'tourists' to the shopping areas of six different ports so folks can buy 'duty free' garbage and trinkets.....and high prices and dubious quality.

But you don't have to get off the ship at the ports (in fact staying on the ship when in port is very pleasurable due to the complete lack of crowds), and even if you choose to get off at the ports, you don't have to stay in the shopping area. When we stopped at Cozumel a few years ago, we jumped in a cab and went south about 10 miles to a gorgeous beach with tropical fish right on the shoreline (like in 1 ft of water), my 3 year old stood there with the fish swimming around her legs. And when we stopped in San Juan, PR, we walked around town for a bit and saw the town (saw a rum factory, but didn't enter because we had kids with us, and prefer scotch).
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