Caribbean: Cozumel, Mexico

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

First thing Chuck asked me this morning when I brought in the coffee was if I heard the loud “Happy Birthday” song next door in the hallway at the crack of dawn. I did not – earplugs do work sometimes. I did notice that there are balloons on the door.

We had breakfast in the dining room this morning. The service was slower than previously. We did hear dishes crashing to the floor. Could have been our breakfast so they would have had to start from scratch. First time I have ever ordered a yogurt parfait. It was mostly granola and raisins – very little yogurt and very chewy. I don’t think I will order it again.

The cruise director has announced several times that Cozumel is one hour behind the ship time and to stay on ship time. I noticed that my Fitbit and phone have changed times even though I have it on airplane mode. I hope people who have gone ashore notice if their phones have changed or have worn regular watches.

Cozumel is notorious for “pier runners.” Those people who spend too much time in the local bars or shops and/or get mixed up on the ship time vs. local time. There are many YouTube videos of people who have to run down the long pier trying to get back on the ship before it leaves. Some people don’t make it. On one of our earlier cruises, we actually met a couple on one of our ships who had missed their ship. The Captain of our ship graciously allowed them to board our ship and stay in an open room.

At least they weren’t stranded in Mexico. However, their ship was due back in Port Canaveral the next day and they had a flight to their home that afternoon. Our ship was due in Tampa on the following day. They were going to have a lot of logistics to figure out. Big price to pay for being late shopping for trinkets.

We walked a mile around the track. There were two Royal Caribbean ships in port and one Holland America ship.

There was plenty of space around the aft pool. It was a nice afternoon to relax. When we went to the Alchemy late that afternoon, we heard about 11 names being called to contact guest services. Usually, those people are ones who haven’t boarded at least 30 minutes to all aboard. Some get there right at all aboard. Today, we had some pier runners who should be glad that the Captain didn’t leave right away.

We had dinner at the restaurant on the 4th floor again. Looks like it is going to be our restaurant during this cruise. Chuck had the beef tenderloin. I had the fried chicken.

After dinner, I watched the Electric Violinists play Bee Gees music. They are a unique group. Played all types of music on the violins during the cruise.

Afterwards, some casino time and then went to the Mega Deck party. Did a little line dancing.

Tomorrow is Belize.

Author: mmmtravelmemories

A retired college administrator who loves to travel. I write to remember the experiences and, I hope, to inspire others to make their own travel memories.

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