Carnival Cruise Lines offers a variety of shore excursions depending on the destination, including a Coral Garden and Stingray City outing, a trip to the Mayan Ruins of Tulum and a full-day Atlantis water adventure. Other excursions are a crystal caving and canopy adventure, and horseback riding trip to Dunn's River Falls.
In the Grand Cayman Islands, guests meet at the cruise terminal and are escorted to a small passenger boat. On the boat, they travel to Coral Garden, a snorkeling locale featuring angel fish, parrot fish and blue tangs. After a brief snorkeling session, the boat transports guests to Stingray Sandbar, offering waist-high water to interact with hundreds of friendly stingray fish. Guests can hold the animals themselves and watch staff hold and feed them. Carnival mandates that guests must be at least 12 years old to participate in this excursion.
Traveling from Playa del Carmen, guests can take an hour-long, narrated bus ride to Tulum. At the ruins, a guide offers a 45-minute narrated tour, including a trip to see the Temple of the Frescos, famous for its detailed frescoes and carved figures depicting original Mayan paintings and writings. This is followed by 45 minutes of unguided time and a trip to Playa del Carmen's shopping and restaurant area. In the middle of the excursion, guests go to a local Mayan cooperative center that sells souvenirs. There is no minimum age to participate.