|Sis, I think you took this one - thanks!|
BNDN and Sis were the next couple off the boat - as there were souvenirs to be had for the munchkins back home. They also found neat places around the shopping areas to stop and take a few photos. And of course, all that shopping will make you thirsty - they found a spot to get some authentic chips and salsa and a GIANT pitcher of Kool-Aide. ;-)
What do you mean, that's not Kool-Aide? (The Munkins might be reading - of COURSE it's Kool-aide!)
Just like Mom and Aunt J, BNDN and Sis also found a shady spot to kick up their feet and enjoy the view.
Back on board the Magic, A&R were getting ready to make their way ashore.
It wasn't long after that, when RDB and I made our way down the pier and thru the crazy shops to place our feet firmly on the ground in Cozumel.
The Port of Cozumel isn't a sandy beach port, like some others in Mexico. When you dock, and walk down the long pier, you'll be greeted at the shore with crystal clear waters and treacherously jagged rocks.
But don't let that keep you from spending the day in port. Turn left when you exit the forced shopping area on the pier and walk a ways until you come to Pancho's Backyard. There, you'll find a man-made 'beach' to sink your toes into and some of the best Pina-coladas I've ever had. We loved the bed-like pagodas and the very laid back approach of the servers there. Who says 10:30am is too early to drink - we're on vacation! The entire atmosphere of the area begged for you to relax - from the waves crashing in, to the sun dappled thru the palm trees, all the way to the two amigos playing tunes on the xylophone. It was perfect!
It didn't take long for the perfection we found to be discovered by the rest of our group. A&R joined us first, and then BNRN and Sis.
I mean, how could you resist being hidden in a place like this:
And enjoying a view like that:
I feel pretty confident we could have spent the whole vacation nestled under those palm trees, walking thru the shopping areas, and truly enjoying our Mexican Fiesta.
Much like time, the ship waits for no man - so we were back on board in plenty of time to pull away from Cozumel and head to Progresso. Call it a Caribbean traffic jam, if you will, but we had to wait for the Celebrity Equinox to throw off her bow lines before we could depart. It's an awesome thing to watch these giant vessels maneuver so delicately around other ships as they sail out of port.
|Watching her do a complete 180 just off the port was awe inspiring!|
|L-R: Carnival Magic, Ecstasy, Celebrity Equinox, and Aida Bella|
After a long day of soaking up the sun, shopping, enjoying everything that Cozumel had to offer, you'd think we'd all just order room service and call it quits, right? Nope, not this group!
See that big waterslide to the left in that last photo? Next up, I'll tell you all about how Aunt J got flushed away back out at sea!!
Adios, Cozumel! Hasta La Vista!
Once again, THANKS! to all the readers who've "joined" us on this cruise review! If you want to start from the beginning, head on over to my first Tent-on-Wheels *ON WATER* post.