While the last port was bare and desolate with only a few tables/shops throw together for tourists, this port is filled with shops, restaurants, music, and more than a few drunk people…well at least by the time to board again, it’s a wonder some folks made it back to the ship.
We got off the ship and walked through the little shopping area to the taxi stand, this was a bit of a walk. We got a taxi at 9 am, it cost us $22 US for 6-8 people. The taxi ride was quick, about 5-8 minutes long, before reaching our destination Chankanaab National Park. We had made reservations to swim with dolphins here, our in-laws just bought admission to the park and they were able to watch and use the park.
When you check-in for the dolphin swim make sure you have your reservation paper in your hand, EVEN if you’ve already previously talked with someone, trust me we learned the hard way. We got really lucky because I had purchased the Dolphin Royal Swim for all of us even though Bea was only 7 1/2 years old, but she met the heights requirement. So when I got the confirmation email you had to email back the names of the kids with ages and heights. I did so for Bea explaining that she was only 7 1/2 years old but met the height requirements AND that Mr. B &; I both would be participating and they did not give us any problems about it! I was so excited as I wanted to go the one that you got interact with the dolphins the most. I mean it’s a once in a lifetime thing, so might as well, right?! I’ll post more about the dolphin swim in another post as this is already going to be long 🙂
With the dolphin swim purchase we had gotten a free meal, so after the swim we decided to eat lunch. We did have a minor issue as one of the guys tried to tell us that we didn’t get free lunch, but after Mr. B asked to him to read the reservation again, he found that we did indeed get the free lunch. That was great as it saved us $43! Lunch was cheese qusedillas or a cheeseburger and a drink.
|Dolphin Swim Area|
After that we headed to the snorkel cove where we scored some lounge chairs and tiki umbrellas. It was great because the day was a bit overcast and we were in the ‘off’ season the park was NOT crowded at all! Bea had fun building a sand castle while Boo snorkeled and Bubby tried to catch little fish.
It did rain a few times but during the dolphins swim it didn’t matter as we were already wet in the water and it was a light rain, and the other time we were able to sit under umbrellas and it ended very quickly. There was one persistent lady in the snorkel cove area who kept trying to get me to pay to get Bea’s hair braided, and maybe I would’ve considered it but at this point we were ready to head to the shops and look around before getting back onto the ship. I just hate it when people are so persistent like that!
|Bea under a Tiki umbrella|
|Bubby trying to catch fish|
|Bea playing in the sand|
|Sandy toes 🙂|
|Snorkel Cove area|
We got back to Puerto Maya (the shopping center) and started to check out the shops. The kids all got one of the popular braided bracelets that you can have personalized with name, ect. Bea also got a hand blown kitty necklace and Bubby got a Mayan calendar.
The crowd was starting to get very loud at Fat Tuesdays, which you pass to get back on the ship, you could tell everyone was trying to get their last drinks in before getting on the ship. Bea took a few pictures with the funny stuff they had set out side for photos. We got back on the boat shortly before 4 pm.
Boo & I headed up to the top of the ship to take some pics of the area.
|Cozumel port from top of ship|
|Sister ship was in port, Carnival Inspiration, you can see the storm rolling in|
|Boo & I|
The ‘big’ bed is actually two twin beds pushed together to make a ‘queen’ bed, I found it to be quite large and we did not have any issues with the seam part. I was quite surprised at how comfortable the bed was, but I guess it doesn’t take much when you’ve been out all day exploring and fall exhausted into bed ;p And the best part was that there were TONS of pillows…normally at hotels we never have enough, but they gave us 2 per bed, so we had 10 pillows, more than enough to go around!
We ate in the dining room and then went to watch the new show “Win.” The boat was rocking pretty hard that night as we sailed out of the port, I seen the vomit bags taped up again which means that some may not be tolerating the motion well. While I could definitely tell that we were on a ship that night it really didn’t bother me, which was great. The show was good it had singing, dancing, and a game show theme.
Towel animal of the night was a bear.