When I woke up the next morning, we were preparing to dock in Cozumel, Mexico. First stop!
Truth be told, we were very unprepared for this first day. We knew we wanted to explore once we got off the ship, but we didn’t know what to expect at each port of call, we didn’t know how we’d get around… We were kind of hoping that people would be waving signs around offering cheap excursion options.
No such luck.
We wandered around the port of call for almost half an hour, trying to figure out the best course of action. What we understood rather quickly is that Carnival owns the ports where their ships dock, so all the shops and tours were theirs, too. That meant we wouldn’t be getting prices like we’d hoped in the least. We found a tour desk and started looking at our options. We would have loved to do the full day trip to the Mayan Ruins of Tulum, but it was full. We were just so overwhelmed with all the excursion options before leaving for our cruise we couldn’t make up our mind and actually book anything! We were both in pain from some sunburns so anything with long beach stays was out of the question, too.
We settled on a tour leaving half an hour later for the Mayan ruins of San Gervasio, followed by a short tour of the island of Cozumel. I’m so happy with our choice, it turned out to be a ton of fun. We were VERY lucky with our excursion though, and vowed to choose the rest of them that evening once we got back on the ship.
Disembarking and seeing our ship up close for the very first time? Mesmerizing! It did in fact rain for a little bit that morning, but it held out for the entire rest of the day. Luck was on our side!
Our tour of the ruins was EXTREMELY interesting, thanks to our guide, Barb, who is from Mayan descent. She was the sweetest lady and was filled with tons of interesting bits of information about the island of Cozumel, as well as of her ancestors. She said she loved all the “end of the world/Mayan end of the world” movies because it meant she got to do lots of tours
After the ruins, our tour took us to this gorgeous beach on the other side of the island, as well as a traditional Mexican ocean-side restaurant. A shopkeeper somehow convinced me to hold his pet iguana. It was weird (as noted on my face!)
Before we knew it, we were back at the port of Cozumel. It was our longest stop and we weren’t due back on the ship until 5:30pm, so we browsed around some shops for souvenirs, but with no success. We did find some WiFi at a small coffee shop and managed to let our parents know we were alive and in Mexico. Life was good!
Unfortunately, I didn’t journal my trip whatsoever. It kind of feels like I needed a total and complete writing detox. I’ve never NOT journaled a vacation before, and as I expect, a lot of details are kind of fuzzy. I didn’t take any photos that evening so I don’t really remember what we did that night other than book the rest of our excursions for the week. We were really excited though, because tomorrow? We’d be in Belize City!
It’s too bad we were setting ourselves up for our least favorite day of the entire trip… Luckily the rest of it would make up plenty.