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Published: February 25th 2017
Cory & Sandy
One of our formal nights
Hola. Cómo estás hoy? (Hello. How are you today).
I'm trying to fit in with the locals as we make our last stop at Cozumel, Mexico. We think this port was our favorite of the three ports we visited. It was large and we walked a million miles after taking a taxi into the main shopping area.
Of course, there was the initial tourist shopping area as you debarked the ship but so much more to see and do further down the pike. Hop aboard....we are on our way. Taxi prices are cheap so we can take several of them so no one is left back.
The shops along the waterway seemed to be a tad higher in quality but those up the back alleys were more fun and interesting. Of course, Lulu loved it all. She was all over trying get her picture taken in every unique spot she could find. Show off!
Our friend, Colleen, loves silver so I snapped several glorious pieces for her in the many, many jewelry shops. We bought some double strength vanilla in one shop. That will make things yummy. Of course, we added more T-shirts to our supply.
ran into Sam & Jodi. A good time to go for lunch. Ate in a delightful open air restaurant. Mexican musicians came to our table and played their festive tunes for us. Estupendo! I ordered my favorite food: squid rings. Estupendo! Cory and I had a coupon for free drinks so he had a margarita and I sucked down a banana daiquiri. Estupendo!
Back on the tourist trail, we passed a couple shops offering feet cleaning by little fish. They eat the dead skin on your feet. Had I had my sandals on, I would have tried it. The folks enjoying this nibbling experience said it tickled.
After shopping in a thousand shops, and exhausted, we hailed down a taxi. They have handicap taxis which makes it easy for Sam. The one we took into town allowed him to sit on his scooter way in the back. Helllllooooo, Sam! The taxi back took us to the pre-shopping area adjacent to the ship.
Here, we found Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville. We ordered a watermelon shot! Cory liked it....I would rather have just a regular slice of watermelon. The older I get the less liquor drinking I indulge in. My
favorite drink is Butter Beer....'member? The specialty drink at Harry Potter's Park. Not sure if I'll get one this year. We didn't renew our Universal Studios passes. I have the recipe so may have to make my own. I can do that....and I'll share it with all of you!
Back on the ship, the festivities continued. They had a grand parade on the Promenade deck. It had a Holiday theme and covered each holiday with fancy costumed participants and music. We had front seats along the parades edge.
My memory is getting fuzzy now as to what was happening and when (so many events that we enjoyed) cause we still had another day (Friday) at sea before we docked again at Port Everglades. They had another $10 sale...this time for T-Shirts. Cory, Sandy and I were right at the rope line when it began. We got the shirts we wanted but found ourselves pinned against the counters by the throngs of people crushing and shoving their way closer to the mega piles of shirts. Eventually, we freed ourselves from this squishing ordeal. Whew! Free, we are free at last!
We peeked in on the last musical show
Waters edge of Cozumel
Our ship in back of shops
offered: Columbus. We knew the parade was coming so we watched that instead of the show. So much to see; so much to do. During the day, we were up at the solarium when the chefs came marching through. "The chefs are coming; The chefs are coming" is a ritual held on the cruise ships to honor all the hard working chefs. They march around and through the passengers enjoying this recognition. They used to walk through the dining rooms but our waiter said they don't do that anymore. All the passengers would wave their linen napkins while cheering the chefs as they passed by. We just waved our hands this time.
Our cruise came to an end the morning of Saturday, Feb.18th. With mist in our eyes, we gathered our carry-on bag and Cory's liquor boxes and headed off the ship. A porter assisted us as we located our checked bags so we had nothing to carry from this point on. In a flash, we were through customs and out at our car. Easy on; Easy off. It was sad to look back at OUR ship (we never want it to stop) but we had such fun on
it, that these memories will last forever.
Hope you had as good time on this cruise as we did. Obviously, the biggest is the best! We were Iike on a floating Wonderland. It was perfect and exciting. So everyone, be ready for the next cruise....where we go, what we go on...nobody knows. But what we do know is that you are all welcome to join us and share in another fantastic adventure.
Until then, dear friends....may all your days be smooth sailing and sunny. Adios.
Lot of photos (43), again. Just keep going. 😍😎
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