One person's joyful travel adventure can be another's horror.
So, before you don helmet and goggles, and saddle up a Yamaha ATV for a speedy trek through an agave ranch near the cruise port of Progreso in Mexico's Yucatan, take stock of yourself.
Am I ready for this?
The trail on this cruise ship excursion is pocked and slippery with loose rocks -- and dusty enough to coat your lower lip and fill all your pores. The trek is not for the frail, fastidious, nervous, fearful of driving or turning over (as one fellow in my excursion group did, though you would not want to drive next to him on the freeway, either).
One man chose the wrong ride
The ATV -- all terrain vehicle -- experience in Mexico is a gritty, jouncing, tiring adventure. Most of the dozen passengers, off the Carnival Fantasy in 2009, said they had a great time and would do it again.
But one fellow was highly disappointed and said he wished he had chosen a less demanding, less stressful day in port.
As cruise lines offer more adventures to passengers looking for edgy experiences, you need to pay attention to the physical demands described on the lists of shore excursions, as well as your physical fitness and comfort levels.
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