This is the cruise that never ends, y’all. Okay. Day 6. Here we go!
Day 6 was the excursion I’d been looking forward to for MONTHS! I was so giddy excited when we woke up at 7. We went to the Windjammer buffet for breakfast at 8. We couldn’t get our “usual seat” – yes we had regular tables and routines at this point – so we sat at another table at the very back of the ship. I had miso soup, egg fried rice, vegetables and fruit for breakfast because I could. Bret had a delicious all American breakfast as per usual. We were planning to go for a walk around the track afterwards, but I forgot to bring a hair tie and it was SO WINDY so we settled for walking back downstairs and grabbing a Sudoku puzzle for later.
The ship took a while to dock because of the wind (which prompted me to change my outfit from a loose sundress to a t-shirt and shorts!), but once we docked, leaving the ship was easy peasy like usual, and the view was great. We had BEAUTIFUL weather every day.
On the day before, we found our tour group right after we de-boarded, so I assumed it would be the same. It was still easy, but we had to go through security beyond the safe cruise ship bubble to find our excursion which confused me a bit, but everyone was really helpful and directed us to the right spot. We got a sticker, they collected our tickets, and told us to come back at 11:25.
We browsed some of the shops, but I didn’t love people asking me to buy something every few minutes. It was also unpleasantly hot everywhere – even in the shops. I needed some AC or open air. When it was finally time for our excursion, I was totally pleased with the organization. We were led in pairs over to the taxi stand, and then divided into groups of 5-6 to get into a cab.
Everyone at the hotel was incredibly nice. We LOVED this excursion. As soon as we sat down, everything was set and ready for us…
…and there were chef hats for everyone!
We sat with some really nice people and we all helped each other. There was a mother/daughter pair who did not like guacamole and there was a woman sitting next to me who was allergic to tomatoes, but everyone was super accommodating.
Bret and I got to work at a station together. In the timespan of a couple hours, we each made our own margaritas and then we made 6 different kids of salsa together. AND they brought us cheese quesadillas to snack on! And tons of chips.
…Including the best guacamole I’ve ever tasted:
Whenever one person was chopping or stirring, the other was supposed to stand up and learn some salsa steps. Bret volunteered to chop everything hahaha because he didn’t really want to learn to dance, but I did, and it was fun.
The service was excellent: they were constantly offering to refill our margaritas, get us hibiscus tea, and bottled water. The salsas were SO DELICIOUS and we got the recipe handout which is awesome (let me know if you want a copy!).
By far my favorite “salsa” was this dessert salsa which was served with Mexican vanilla ice cream:
We opted to skip the dancing portion of the excursion and went over to the resort pool instead. It was the largest pool in all of Cozumel (a relatively small island with beautiful modestly sized resorts), so we had to check it out. I was a little afraid to be away from our group even though they were literally across the street and any cab could have taken us back to the ship. I expected me to be the brave one, but, nope, I was the baby. It was totally completely fine and safe though and another couple from our group joined us within a few minutes.
After about a half hour, we met our group and got back into a cab over to the ship. We picked up a Christmas ornament on our way back to the ship!
And that was Mexico.
As usual, we just loved getting back on the ship. It was our home. There is something so comforting about this floating hotel contraption. We grabbed a late lunch at the windjammer, and ice cream at sprinkles, and then we lounged in the hot tub and adults only pool for the first time. Bret listened in to all the seasoned cruisers talking about their experiences and, gosh, Bret was already SO READY to become a regular cruiser.
We headed back to the room and showered in preparation for our 5:30 dinner!
After dinner, we went to Bull and Bear and ordered 5 beers from “around the world” to share… this was my idea.
Little did we know the ship had just entered some rough seas. I mean ROUGH SEAS. People who had cruised 10 times said they’d never experienced something like this.
I didn’t really like any of those beers.
We didn’t finish all 5 beers (I had 1.5 and Bret maybe had 3), but we felt uncomfortably disoriented with the swaying of the ship. And that’s when we realized that seas were more than a little rocky…
TONS of people were seasick, they had to drain the deck (I heard) and we were okay but it was hard to sit still or walk straight.
We watched a funny Canadian show called “Gag / Just for Laughs.” Bret could not stop laughing. Fortunately, neither of us got sea sick but we would later learn that was not the case for many of our fellow cruisers…
Another great day.