Western Caribbean Cruise day 5

We were docking in Cozumel, Mexico at 7 am. We ate breakfast then relaxed in our room for a bit before getting ready for our tour. 


I made sure to eat a big breakfast in case we didn't get any lunch this day either... cinnamon bread, potatoes, eggs, bacon and lots of roasted veggies


Our original tour was canceled (we were going ATVing and snorkeling in an open top cave) but instead we got ready to head out hiking to a Mayan ruin site followed by some time at the beach.  


There actually was no hike at all but our guide gave us some earbuds and receivers so we could hear her at all times.  Yane, our guide, was so knowledgeable and I really enjoyed learning all about the Mayans and the importance of the Gervasio Ruins. 

This ended up being our favorite shore excursion!  (though I should have used bug spray because I was eaten alive even though we were assured we wouldn't need any since it was not mosquito season; I get bug bites in the middle of winter so there really is no such thing as NOT mosquito season in my world). 







From there we got back on our charter bus and went to visit a Mayan shaman at a bee sanctuary so he could bless us all. 


While everyone else shopped, my husband and I went on a little nature walk around the sanctuary. 



Our final stop was at the ocean on the Caribbean side of the island (cruise ships dock in the channel between Cozumel and the mainland). We got food at El Pescador and we split a huge order of shrimp and steak fajitas. It was delicious! They were so fast and efficient too. 



After lunch we walked around on the beach. The waves were huge and there were red flags everywhere.  After yesterday's fiasco in the water I was fine with just enjoying my toes in the sand and a cool breeze on my face. 




We drove back to port and walked back to the ship. 



We spent our afternoon at the pool. 



We wanted to try the 4th and final restaurant included in our package so we went to Cyprus for dinner. 


I'm doing awful with remembering to take photos of my food.. but i ordered a spinach turnover, pasta kordelia (sort of like an alfredo but made with a different cheese), and finished off the meal with a chocolate tort that was made with ganache
We had the best time at the show.  We laughed so hard, comedian Ralph Harris was hilarious. 



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Comments

  1. I love that you can eat breakfast in your room on your balcony! The excursion looks right up my alley and I agree about bug spray - I just always use it because they love me. I love comedy shows!

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    1. I love comedy shows too! He did another "adult only" set later in the cruise that was also fantastic.

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  2. I love that dress you’re wearing! All of these posts are making me want to go on a cruise!

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    1. Thank you! I was so happy to finally have an excuse to wear all these dresses and things that I never think to wear at home.

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  3. Great photos and your lunch looks delicious! So nice to have an informative guide and learn a little history. Happy to hear that this excursion was much better than the snorkeling adventure!

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    1. Much, much better! In fact, we both remarked that it was our favorite and mostly because Yane was so sweet and so fun.

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  4. What a great day! I as thinking you were probably glad not to be on the snorkeling excursion. All the food looks so delicious, especially the shrimp and chocolate cake.

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    1. I was thrilled not to be snorkeling! Though I do think the cave would have been much less stressful to snorkel in than the open ocean the day before. :)

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    1. There are so many beautiful colors in the Caribbean.

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  6. This looks like an excursion I would totally enjoy. Glad you had a good time on this day! And I am sure you were relieved that you didn't have to go snorkling again!!

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  7. I am envious of your visit to the Shaman. How cool. ❤️

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    1. That was really neat; and Yane did a great job explaining what the various beliefs and aspects of the ceremonies meant/were for.

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  8. We have done several cruises and love them every time.

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    1. They are fun and I'm sure we'll do another one someday.. but I'm good with waiting several years in between trips.

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  9. Oh what an amazing excursion!! I bet that was so cool! I love that last dress you wore, too. The colors are beautiful.

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  10. I've enjoyed your day by day recaps. I've never been on a cruise and it's fun to hear how the days go. Looks like a pretty day in Cozumel!

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    1. Cozumel was probably our favorite stop-- it didn't hurt that the weather was just perfect; not too hot, not too cold, not windy but a lovely breeze.

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  11. All the food is making me hungry. Regine
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  12. It looks like a wonderful time, Joanne! Cruises have such fantastic food selections--it is hard to resist! You looked lovely in y our colorful dress and the weather looked so wonderfully warm!

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    1. Thank you; they really do! And yet I didn't gain any weight at all upon my return home so that was even better.

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  13. Gosh what a fabulous trip Joanne. I adore that maxi dress and those tours are exactly how we love to explore!
    Xoxo
    Jodie

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  14. Looks like you had a great time!! Lovely. Esp the coloured buildings. Beautiful! #MCoW

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    1. That shopping area looked like so much fun but we skipped allllll the shops in every port we went to.

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  15. So glad this excursion worked out so much better! Cozumel has already been a favorite port of mine. The last excursion we took there was super fun.

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  16. It is probably a good thing that the ATV/snorkel tour was cancelled after yesterday's story!! It looks like a great day, and I love your rainbow colored dress!

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    1. Yes, I was thinking the exact same thing at the time. I had had enough of the water by that point.

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  17. I adore Cozumel. I've been there twice and love it. The beaches over on that east side are lovely. What a great excursion! Thanks for sharing this post at the Will Blog for Comments #22 linkup. Hope to see you next week at #23.

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    1. We had never been before but I really enjoyed it. I can definitely see why it is so popular.

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  18. What gorgeous photos, Joanne! I don't blame you for not getting in the water again, either! I love that dress...it definitely was the right dress for this vacation!

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  19. That food looks amazing, and the torte just made my mouth water. I'm behind on these recaps, so I'm off to read some more now! You do a great job at documenting the days!

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    1. The food was incredible and we hardly even touched upon all that our ship had to offer.

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  20. First of all, I LOVE that dress! Second of all, I'm glad to hear that the day in Cozumel was so much better than the day before, except for the mosquitoes.

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  21. What a wonderful excursion!
    The food looks amazing, and you look fabulous in that dress.

    Happy Wednesday, Joanne!

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  22. This sounds a lot better than snorkel day! I would think the area would have so much history that it would be quite fascinating. This is part of the world I've not been and I love reading about it.

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  23. I am ready for vacation now! I always get eaten up by mosquitoes too no matter the season but the 2 times we went to Costa Rica, we haven't had issues at all thankfully.
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    1. This was the only day we saw any and I'm wondering if it's because we were more towards the middle of the island and not near the water at all...

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  24. What a beautiful dress! Love seeing these updates on your cruise.

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  25. Joanne, it looks like you had a nice day and I too love that pretty colorful dress you wore to dinner.

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  26. Congratulations, Joanne! This post was one of the most-visited at the Will Blog for Comments #22 linkup this week! It will be featured in the spotlight all next week, starting today. You are welcome to save the "this blog post was a featured favorite" image there and share it here with your readers to celebrate, if you like. Thank you for sharing this fun post that our visitors enjoyed so much. :) See you next week for linkup #23. Have a great weekend.

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  27. This sounds like so much fun! I would love to tour the mayan ruins. Thanks for linking up with Happy Hearts & Homes. I hope you visit again this week.

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