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Published: February 10th 2013
The Occidental Grand Flamenco Hotel has its own genuine Mayan ruins
February: somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico aboard the SS Norwegian Star.
February was another action packed day involving lying/sitting in the shade near the turquoise Caribbean waiting for the next meal. Somehow I managed to develop a couple of blisters on my feet which can only have come from walking to and from meals as that’s been my only activity so far: a new low in my “sporting” career.
Leaving the hotel on Friday morning in order to join our cruise ship was extremely easy and well organised by Virgin Holidays. We only had to travel 2/3 miles from the hotel to the ferry port in Playa del Carmen in order to transfer to the offshore island of Cozumel where our cruise ship, the Norwegian Star, was docked; and as the boarding time was 1pm the transfer was very leisurely.
The Norwegian Star is rather massive: 92,000 tonnes and carries 2,350 passengers (referred to onboard as “guests”) catered for by over 1,100 crew. There are a number of restaurants cafes and bars to choose from and the standard of catering is very high: and evidently much appreciated by the guests to
judge from the many impressive waistlines. Tomorrow, Sunday, morning we arrive in New Orleans with the Mardi Gras Carnival in full swing– should be interesting
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