Getting off the boat took long because we had to take a small boat from Carnival Valor to the island of Half Moon Cay. I wish there were a way to speeden the process but I suppose they did the best that they could. We were given stickers and asked to wait in the Ivanhoe Theatre for our turn to be called out to the small ferry boat. We didn't purchase a shore excusion here; we just enjoyed the beach. Bring snorkeling gear because there was some fish to be seen.
No cruises added
We visited the rainforest (El Yunke? I forget how it's spelled). Not as exotic as you would think a rainforest would be. We didn't see many animals other than a few snails and a common household cat (!). The waterfall we visited was right off the road and not as impressive as the ones we saw in photos where people could swim at the bottom of the waterfall.
We visited Coral World, a water aquarium park. We booked our shore excursion through Orbitz website and weren't sure exactly where to meet our group, but we joined the Carnival group headed to the same destination and they took care of us. If not for the confusion of transportation, we would have had another 45 minutes at Coral World.
AWESOME excursion: Gibbs Cay Beach and Sting Rays. This was the highlight of our trip. We were able to touch and kiss the sting ray, and even get a sting ray massage. You could see all the sting ray swimming up to the boat as we came close to the island. We could also see a barracuda. A pleasant surprise with this excursion was being able to snorkel. We saw more sting ray and a small turtle. We could have spent much more time snorkeling. Great excursion
Visited the Mayan Ruins of Tulum. It required a 35 minute ferry ride and then a another 45-60 min ride on a coach bus. Husband and I like a bit of history. Fortunately, the Mayan ruins of Tulum are also next to a *gorgeous* beach, the kind you see in postcards.