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bag drag or CUN-CZM via air

Discussion in 'Cozumel' started by Dogbowl, Jun 11, 2020.

  1. Dogbowl

    Dogbowl Contributor

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    Always nice to have good info in your back pocket for when you might need it.
     
  2. SandyRobinson

    SandyRobinson Contributor

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    Yes and no for me regarding the crowding - guessing that it has varied from 40 to 75%. The worst part for potential exposure is probably the boarding and the exit. I would probably be last on and last off. Also, sometimes the long lines are for a separate shuttle for the cruise ships.
     
  3. Dogbowl

    Dogbowl Contributor

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    Right...I forgot about the cruise ships! They have tours that take the ferries to the mainland. I’m now pretty sure that all those lines I saw in PDC were for the cruise ship tours. Makes complete sense now that I think about it.

    Honestly, I don’t think cruises will be too crowded in the near future so probably means less cruisers taking the ferry. All good in my mind.
     
  4. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Actually, I missed that focus. As far as exposure risk, I would certainly go with the ferry over the plane as the load packing would be tighter on the latter. Instead of a cheap bus ride, books private transfers. I've used Chief's van guy a few times, cheaper than any others, almost always on time, handles own text communications, etc.

    Well, you'll pay twice as much for that, and you have to connect with that van rather than whoever is ready to go.

    True for some. Usually not true for me. It varies.

    Yeah, I'd hate that. Take a cheap bid test purchased based on highest bribe paid by a newly trained local, get a false positive, spend the whole trip in quarantine. I think I would pause the trip if that was the expectation.
     
  5. Charred

    Charred Contributor

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    Sorry, it didn't occur to me that you were asking a bunch of scuba divers on the internet if it was safe to travel on potentially packed plane, then a bus and then a ferry to go on vacation or if 2 planes was safer.

    Because why would you get safety information on covid from scuba divers?

    Now I am amused picturing someone in ICU on a ventilator thinking "But the guy on the scuba forums said it was safe..."

    On a more serious note, I would consider reading this about how a single person with SARS infected 20 people in a plane including 7 rows away.
    Air China Flight 112 - Wikipedia

    If you don't like wikipedia, you could review this CDC article about how a person infected his whole office at a Korean call center. They have a map of the office so you can see how it spread. Note how the staff sit close together like you would on a bus or a plane or a ferry.
    Coronavirus Disease Outbreak in Call Center, South Korea

    If you do go, I recommend reading this on the plane. It is a brilliant book by the late scientist Carl Sagan. It could not be more appropriate in today's times.
    https://www.amazon.com/Demon-Haunted-World-Science-Candle-Dark/dp/0345409469
     
  6. Dogbowl

    Dogbowl Contributor

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    That's exactly my concern. False positives and 14 days quarantine as a result. But we'll see. It may not materialize as reported. Let's hope not anyway.
     
  7. lionfish-eater

    lionfish-eater ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Private charters, vans,etc are sometimes shared with other travelers going to the same area.
    If you want to be the only ones in the vehicle, make sure you check before making the reservation.
     
  8. Dave Dillehay

    Dave Dillehay Contributor

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    Ferries now have more frequent departures.

    Dave Dillehay
     
  9. halocline

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    I would be a little hesitant to get on the ADO bus these days. Pre pandemic, I was a frequent passenger on it. I would spring for a cab this summer. As far as the ferry goes, at least on that you can stay outside and hope for decent weather. If you're outside, keep your distance, and use hand sanitizer after you touch common surfaces, I would guess the risk is fairly low.

    It's usually more than 2 hours from the time you leave the CUN airport until you arrive on the island. The bus trip is an hour, the ferry is around 45 minutes, and you can plan on waiting a half hour for each. So that's close to 3 hrs. This summer I would spend the extra money on a direct flight to Coz unless it was basically impossible to do that.

    I am planning a July trip to cave dive on the mainland. I'm flying to CUN, and getting a ride from someone I know directly to the house I'm staying in, with the people I'm diving with, so minimal exposure other than the flight. I'm still pretty nervous about it.

    One more tip, when you post something asking advice on an internet forum and you get a response you don't like, it's usually best to just ignore it rather than get into it. We've all been guilty of snapping back but it's really not worth it, and it makes the thread less appealing for others who do want to help you.
     
  10. ggunn

    ggunn ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Not to be snapping back or anything :), but the ferry schedules are pretty severely curtailed these days, so one would possibly have to wait longer for a ferry.
     

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