Today we dock at one of our favorite destinations in the Caribbean, Cozumel, Mexico. We slept in this morning so I missed the sunrise. But I have to say that, like yesterday, there was a misty curtain hanging over the horizon so I am not sure we would have seen it today.
We dressed quickly and made our way up to the Concierge lounge for a lovely breakfast of fresh fruit, café lattes and, of course, a chocolate covered donut for Randy. It seems that he just cannot resist these sweet breakfast treats.
We love eating in the lounge. The atmosphere is quiet and inviting and, affords us an opportunity to eat outside on the patio or inside with a wonderful view of the water. Today we ate inside.
We returned to our cabin to prepare to go ashore and watched as several other cruise ships made their way to the pier. While we watched the Crown Princess, Carnival Freedom and Carnival Vista docked at the International Pier. We learned that there were two other ships docked at the downtown port. The town will be very busy today.
During breakfast we talked about how much the port had changed over the years especially in the last year. In the past we would walk down the pier and into a two-story shopping area with additional shopping to the left and a Señor Frogs restaurant along the waterfront. So, we decided to spend some time exploring all the new changes.
The first new addition to the pier was the new Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. We have spent many a happy lunch hours in both restaurants and look forward to many more.
The new growth is to the right of the pier and included a lovely building built in a semi-circle housing many different shops selling a variety of wares. They have also added two lovely Tiki Huts with benches offering a wonderful respite from the sun as well as several small areas with greenery and benches.
As we walked around I noticed that a small lunch area had been established with umbrella tables and chairs and seemed to be doing a very brisk business. I think the next time we come we will try the food here.
We continued our walk and discovered that there was a small Cenote within the walls of the port. A cenote is a natural pit, or sinkhole, resulting in the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath. There are several of these beautiful openings in the earth across the street at the mall as well as throughout the Yucatan Peninsula.
We stopped for a moment to see if there was any wildlife in the water below. We saw one turtle with its head above the water.
We stopped in several shops making note of a few items I would like to think about and perhaps purchase before we make our way back to the ship.
By now it was nearing the lunch hour and a decision had to be made. Randy wanted to go back to Ernesto’s and I wanted to find a new place to eat along the waterfront. I suggested that we take a leisurely walk along the waterfront until we found a restaurant that piqued our interest. Randy agreed and we were off.
We eventually stopped at a restaurant called Sunset Restaurant & Bar. The restaurant is a comfortable walk from the port. There were two levels to the restaurant one on the beach and one on a patio. We decided to take a seat on the patio and had a wonderful view of the water and the activities that were taking place in the water. There was a dive class going on that kept our interest as we enjoyed bottles of cold Sol beer and a wonderful lunch.
We ordered the chicken nachos to share. The plate was large and filled to the ends of the plate with chicken, black beans, pico de gallo, sour cream and came with two salsas that were delicious. I especially loved the salsa verde. Yummy! We had originally thought about stopping at Ernesto’s for a piece of Cozumel pie (a version of Key Lime pie) but we were so full we decided to pass.
After our lunch we returned to the port and stopped at Señor Frogs. I could not resist a photo opportunity with the frog and stopped in a few more shops before returning to the ship.
By the time we reached our cabin we had just enough time to shower and prepare for evening cocktails and dinner. We had another wonderful evening with our table mates. It is always interesting to me that so many people from so many different places can come together for just a few days and have such a wonderful time. Lovely people!
This evening we decided to attend the headliner show featuring the comedy of brothers Mario and Daniel. Mario and Daniel were so funny. These two funny men have been compared to the likes of Laurel & Hardy, Abbott & Costello and Martin & Lewis. “Big shoes to fill,” I thought as I took my seat. There were times the act looked a little chaotic and then they would mirror each other striking a pose or delivering a punch line. Very funny!
Then it was off to the cinema again. The cinema is small with only about 40 seats so we needed to get to the theater and secure a seat. Tonight we saw the movie Sully. I was saddened to learn how badly he and his co-pilot had been treated after delivering the plane to a safe landing, albeit on the water, and all aboard safely back to their families.
It had been a busy, wonderful and fun-filled day. We made our way back to our cabin to spend a little time on our balcony before turning in for the night.
Tomorrow we are at sea as we slowly cruise back to Tampa.