The Carnival Glory arrived in Cozumel on schedule and was the first ship in port.
The Vista arrived shortly after followed by Harmony of the Seas at the next pier over.
I got coffee for both of us from Creams and we went to the dining room for breakfast. Had my favorite cinnamon roll (here’s a close up).
I tried the corned beef hash…
T. had the granola.
And the breakfast board.
Both looked great and she liked them. While we were finishing up the chef came by looking for feedback from passengers on the new port day breakfast menu.
We gave him our thoughts on the dishes we ordered and also took the opportunity to share how good all our meals on board have been. Our last Carnival experiences weren’t great so we really appreciated it. After finishing our meals we got ready to head to Mr. Sanchos.
Leaving the ship I was surprised to see so many heading out with their luggage. I heard the two at our table from Georgia were flying home from Cozumel. Too pricey for me.
We found some day of the dead characters on the pier.
We walked down the pier, through a long (lengthwise) store and then through the outdoor shopping mall to get to the front of the terminal and cabs.
The store was annoying as it was very crowded and the sales people were constantly asking if we wanted to buy booze, perfume, etc. Even if I was going to buy something like that it wouldn’t be on the way out.
Here’s the taxi rates from the Carnival pier (click to enlarge).
It was $17 to Mr. Sanchos and the cab drive asked if we had a reservation before taking us there. This was why I was surprised when the cab in front of us at the entrance was turned away. Apparently they weren’t asked or lied about having a reservation.
We were dropped off and checked in paying the balance on my credit card. We told Jose who was escorting us in that we wanted to sit on the beach. He took us to his section where we had our pick of front row loungers.
He did offer us the covered flat bed but it didn’t look comfortable. We could also sit at a table with umbrella. We picked out loungers and I paid $10 for an umbrella plus had to leave $10 deposit. He took our first of many drink orders and we were set.
Mid morning we moved to a nearby table and ordered guacamole with chips. Delicious!
We spent the rest of the day going in and out of the water, having drinks and eating.
For lunch I ordered shrimp cocktail.
There was also a buffet and I went there to get rice, beans and chicken wings.
The waiter misunderstood T. and brought two orders of coconut shrimp so I helped her eat the second one. 🙂
She also had chicken fajitas that came with tortillas.
While getting our food, a woman came out trying to sell massages. I booked the 45 minute massage for $60. It was very nice! Then back to my chair to lounge…
In between swimming (more like floating) sessions to cool off.
My sister liked Mr. Sanchos better than Nachi Cocum; I prefer Nachi because it’s less crowded, they give you shots and palapas are included at no extra charge.
We talked to a couple on the Harmony and they were leaving this evening, spending Friday at Costa Maya and back to Cozumel on Saturday before heading back to Miami. They were told they’d be back in Miami on Tuesday. I’m hoping we go somewhere else but time will tell.
We left about 4 pm and it was another $17 back to the port. We saw the Freedom had joined us and the Fantasy was docked downtown.
T. went directly back to the ship while I went to find a drugstore. Silly me had brought exactly the amount of medications for the planned days away. I paid 27 dollars for two medications but better than being without and very easy! My only consolation is that many passengers were doing the exact same thing.
Back onboard we had no news. But we did have an unexpected gift from Chef Biju. Very kind and tasty!
After showers, we watched the news a bit before heading to the Alchemy bar before dinner. T. had Andrei make her a drink with the same ingredients as the Cozumel Breeze she had at the beach. It had vodka, coconut rum, lemon juice and sprite. She said it was perfect.
I had a cucumber sunrise followed by a custom cocktail.
We then went to dinner where just one of our tablemates joined us. Attendance was light since we were staying overnight and many took advantage of the opportunity to go out.
Some diners didn’t notice the change from cruise elegant to cruise casual on the fun times and were dressed up. The funny thing is the ship was confused too as we had regular menu for the meal except dessert where we ordered from the elegant night menu.
I started with french onion soup followed by salad.
The entree menu.
Port of Call menu.
My entree was flat iron steak with baked potato and broccoli.
I had asked about getting thicker cut of prime rib and apparently they use a slicer and can’t change it. Now I know never to order prime rib on Carnival because their slices are so thin.
My dessert choice was grand marnier soufflé.
After dinner I went to the Hasbro show in the main lounge which was entertaining. There wasn’t much to do so went back to the room to read and watch TV until bedtime. I got a night time view of the Carnival Vista.
We received an update from the Captain.
We also had this cute guy waiting for us!
Today’s Fun Times (click for the full PDF).
If you missed the other parts of the recap the links are below.
Next Vacation: Carnival Glory
Pre-Cruise Travel to Miami
Carnival Glory: Embarkation
Sea Day 1
Mahogany Bay, Roatan
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