After one magical fun day at sea, on Tuesday, we docked at Puerta Maya, Cozumel, Mexico.It was very easy to get on and off the ship. We went down to deck 1, and we got our cards beeped on our way out, and we walked out onto the pier. We got a new view of our ship, and it was pretty amazing.
We walked mostly through the "tourist trap", or the area designated for the cruise ship tourists. Lots of shops, a few restaurants, a beach, etc. We were pleasantly surprised that it wasn't that busy. There were 4 ships docked here that day!
We stopped for an early lunch at Pancho's, an authentic Mexican restaurant. It was a very pleasant place; like many places in Mexico, it had open doors and walls.
Ty had an enchilada, and I had black bean soup. One of my favourite things from Mexico on our two previous trips was the refried black beans. This soup was almost that good. We also had chips and salsa. I love it when they make fresh salsa. Mmmmm...
We had a snorkeling excursion booked for 1:00, so we had a few hours to kill while we waited. We moseyed around a few times, bought some t-shirts (I love t-shirts!!!), sat in the sun and watched people walk by, and finally waited for our group to assemble.
I didn't get any pictures from our snorkeling adventure. But I found this one on google, and it shows some of the reefs that we saw.
It was pretty basic. They took us on a bus just a few blocks down the street to a dive shop on the beach. We got outfitted with basic snorkel gear, and four of us went with a guide for a swim. It wasn't bad for $35. A good way to learn to snorkel. We swam for about 45 minutes, and that was long enough. I always forget how much exercise swimming is! Especially when you're trying to concentrate. There were a few small reefs near the shore, and we saw quite a few different fish.
Here is a neat shot of two of the cruise ships on the pier. Ours is at the back. See the red and blue tail fin?
Here are the other two. What gorgeous water, hey?
After our swim, we wandered around the shops a bit more, and eventually settled into Fat Tuesday's for a drink. The music here was awesome (see the DJ on the far left?), and there were a bunch of spring break kids dancing it up and having a hoot. (you can see a couple of the guys in the middle)
It was a really fun place to hang out before we moseyed on back to the ship.
Cruising is so cool. Every place you go gives you something different to look at. Right beside us, they were building another leg onto the pier, so two more ships could squeeze in here!
The afternoon sun on the water was just gorgeous.
I love how turquoise the water is.
Having fun just hanging out on the balcony. :)Later that night, we went to the Play it Again Piano Bar. Peter Damon was our guy. This is when they get to say, "I'll be here all week." This was hands down our favourite place to hang out. We came here at least 4 different nights. He was awesome! So much fun! And we had the same bartenders all week, too, and they work together as a very close team. He joked around and sang about them all the time. :) That's Evie in the background.
Here's a shot of him from his website, since you can't see his face. He reminds me a little bit of Dexter. What a talented guy. He totally won me over when he played Mozart's "Ah Vous Dirai-Je Maman", which is one of my favourite classical piano pieces.Music on this ship was so awesome. So many different things going on, and a few incredibly talented bands or performers made their rounds. Never a dull moment!