Happy Monday to all.It’s a nice sunny day out here in Central Texas and we are loving being able to open the windows for all that wonderful fresh air.
Today we will talk Cozumel, our first port of call. It is a very popular cruising port and in my opinion the best shopping port. Cozumel has an average temperature of 83 degrees in the month of December. We have only been there once when it didn’t rain but it only lasts 15 to 20 minutes. Cozumel is renowned for it’s scuba diving and snorkeling. If you are interested in this activity I suggest Cozumel as the port to do it.
Unlike Belize, we will not need to take a tender boat to the pier. When the ship gets the all clear and passengers are allowed to disembark all chaos ensues. Just kidding…sorta. There is a major rush of people that head to deck 0 to get to port. The elevators cannot be used to get to deck 0, everyone has to take the stairs. If you have a health condition that makes walking down several flights of stairs a no go then just go to guest services the night before getting to port and Carnival will accommodate you.
There really is no need to freak out about getting off the ship. You will get off. Please be ready for the people that push and shove. Not everybody has manners but don’t let it put you in a bad mood before you even get to start your adventure in Cozumel.
When you get to the end of the pier you will find a large shopping area. This is where Scott and I purchase our vanilla and t-shirts. We choose to do our shopping after we have done our excursion and checked out Cozumel. This way we don’t have to carry a bunch of stuff around until it’s time to go to the ship. I’m not sure if it’s being smart so you decide which is best for you. In December when we were in Cozumel they had 8 t-shirts for $20. Yep, that’s my kind of shopping.
If you have purchased an excursion thru Carnival your tickets will tell you what time you will need to be at the end of the pier. Once you get to the end of the pier you will see several people holding paddles in the air with names of excursions. Find the correct paddle carrying tour guide and check in with them. The tour guide will give you further instructions.
Cozumel offers several picture taking opportunities not only with the scenery but the locals dress in various costumes. There are also oversized objects you can stand, sit, and wear that all make for fun photos.