I woke up about 6:30 (we’d changed our clocks again last night) and got caught up on this blog and did some online work.
Even sitting out on the balcony at 7:30 am was hot.
Today is the 12 Metre America’s Cup Regatta. We looked forward to this since we heard it was an excursion on this cruise. We had been on an America’s Cup in Hawaii and loved it. (There are lots of images missing there – I’d hosted a blog on Posterous and they stopped hosting, and I lost all my online images. I still have them on my computer and I’ll try to add them back in…eventually)
We disembarked and waited with our guide onshore until it was time to walk over to the dock where we picked up our ferry to the 2 America’s Cup sailboats. While on the ferry, we were sorted into 2 teams for the race and we were assigned to our positions. I was in charge of the cooler 🙂 This gave me an opportunity to take lots of photos and 4 videos:
Here are today’s photos:
After the race, we walked around the shops by the pier. I bought some vanilla for a friend and Tom had his picture taken outside the Drugs and Deli. I think that’s a requirement for anyone who goes to this port.
What a great day!
Day Six, April 11, 2008: Cozumel, Mexico
We decided we probably should get off the ship just to say we were in Mexico. This was an interesting picture with the 4 boats of varying sizes. Next to us it the Holland America Vandeem, a Mexican official boat and a smaller white boat.
We went shopping in several of the stores in the terminal area. We both finally got better sunglasses than those we had brought. Those, and a new, colorful totebag came from a duty free shop. The tote was only $10 but a small bag Susan wanted was about $90.
We also got vanilla, tshirts, an small statue, earrings and another book in the various shops.
When having cool drinks in Senor Frogs, we saw Big Alex and his wife from the game show but didn’t say that we heard about Little Alex.
We had thought about finding another Del Sol so Susan could do some shopping there but it was a cab drive away and we decided against that.
Even in the terminal, vendors were very aggressive. There was a drug store there that advertised, among other things, “estrogens” and Viagra. We didn’t go in there.
Back on ship, we had lunch – you know where. More napping, shopping, the usual.
We skipped the before dinner show. It was with Ed Alonzo who bills himself as the “Misfit of Comedy”. No thanks!
After another great dinner Harry, Bobette, Susan and I went to the Enchanted Nights Parade. Also, Tiffany and Ken sang songs. Both are singers with The Royal Caribbean Singers and Dancers. Interestingly, both female singers are named Tiffany!
I got a notice on my bed that I needed to return that CyberCabin, the one I returned several days ago, or face a $200.00 fine.
Here’s our Thursday / Friday report out from the Western Caribbean. Yesterday we were at The Grand Cayman island and today we docked at Cozumel, Mexico. Both were interesting, but in different ways!
At the Grand Caymans, we did a bit a shopping, but not much more. We learned the hard way not to take the excursions as they can be physically challenging.
Our daily picture for Thursday is with a bit of humor. For those who have cruised, you already know that every evening the cabin steward takes the towels (clean ones) from the bathroom and makes “a towel animal”. We chuckle every evening when we come in and wonder what the next animal will be. For Thursday’s animal, he was wearing my sun glasses!
Today at Cozumel, Mexico, it is for the water-sports oriented. Parasailing, scuba diving, visits to the Mayan ruins (been there before), etc. We walked from the boat down a lengthy pier, browsed some shops where we made some modest purchases, had a cool beverage at Senior Frogs, and then walked back. We never left the boat terminal!
Did you know that the carribean is known for it’s vanilla? They produce the dark verison that we all are aware of for cooking, but did you know there is a clear version as well? I saw it for the first time today. We both bought vanilla to take home to family and friends — so inexpensive here!
Here’s Friday’s Cozumel’s picture. It’s the place where we enjoyed that tall, cool beverage! With weather everyday in the mid-to-high 80’s, we needed that!
Happy Friday, everyone. We have another two days and are getting ready to come home. It’s been a long, relaxing trip and one that we will remember for a lifetime. Look for tomorrow’s picture!
PS: We ran into the pirates at Grand Cayman. MaryO had her picture taken with them, but we survived!
Time: Cozumel is one hour behind ship’s time. We stayed on ship’s time for the entire cruise.
Forecast: Partly Cloudy 86 degrees
Sunrise: 7:30 am
Sunset: 8:05 pm
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