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WC 2017 – Day 6 – Cozumel, Mexico

by on Dec.12, 2017, under Vacation, Western Caribbean 2017

During the night Regal Princess followed a West-North-Westerly heading navigating the “Cayman Trench”. As we approached the Northern coast of Cozumel Island, we altered course to Port, setting a South-South-Westerly heading across the Cozumel Channel towards the Pilot Station. The pilot was onboard at 09:00 and with his advice, we made out way through the harbor, maneuvering alongside our designated berth, where we were all fast secured at 09:55.

Cozumel is our last port this cruise, and it’s the first time that I’m witnessing us actually dock here. We used to arrive on the mainland in Playa Del Carmen, then have to take an hour-long large jet-ski boat over to Cozumel. Heather and I were signed up to go to Tulum as she has never been, so we got to take the boat over to the mainland. In port today were Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas, Carnival Breeze, and two other ships that were very far away; one of which was a large Norwegian ship. Needless to say, there were a lot of people here today!

Heather and I boarded the boat and headed off with about 500 other passengers, all going to Tulum. When we arrived at the other side, we boarded a bus with 20 other folks and had another hour drive to get to the ruins. The weather was great with a hot and bright sun. When we got to the parking area of Tulum, we had some tortilla chips with hot salsa and Heather had to pay a dollar to use the bathroom.

We took a small tram, which happened to be a tractor dressed up to look like a train, over to the main ruins site. These are beautiful Mayan ruins right on the edge of the water, on the second largest reef in the world. There aren’t many areas to go for shade, so we were out in the direct sun for quite a long time.

Our tour guide Martin pointed us in the direction of some free bathrooms, then we boarded our bus again for a short trip over to our next stop, which was a small Mayan village about a mile or two into the jungle. We walked a bit and came to a clearing with water. Much of this area is made up of reef material, and there isn’t much soil anywhere. If you dig into the ground, you may find about a foot of soil, then the ground becomes very hard.

There aren’t any aboveground rivers here, but there are Cenotes (seh-no-tays), which are large water passages below the ground. We got in a canoe and paddled about 10 minutes up through the water, which is fresh and very clear. I could see vegetation growing up through it. We then walked a little more to another Cenote, where people were jumping in and swimming. We didn’t swim, but we put our feet in and had small catfish come and pick at them. It tickled quite a bit.

We then were treated to a Mayan buffet, which was nice, albeit a bit scary. We ate off of clay plates and bowls, and had chicken, pork, rice, beans, salad, and vegetables. On our tables were small jars that had warm tortillas in them, and we rolled up our food in them. I mentioned to Heather that this was better than our Thanksgiving meal last night.

After lunch, which was at 4PM, we walked through their village. These people don’t speak Spanish. They speak Mayan, and they know a little Spanish, and only things like “chicken”, “rice”, etc in English. Oh, they also know “dollar”. I saw what looked like a nice animal enclosure, and thought it was for pets, but Martin told me that they keep their chickens in there, and our meal was alive this morning.

It was starting to get a bit dark out, and we boarded our bus, took the hour drive back to Playa Del Carmen, where I saw the Senor Frog’s which I remember from 1996. Back then, it was the only thing there on the beach, and now the whole area is a plethora of shops and resorts. We boarded the boat and made it back onboard Regal Princess at about 8PM. Heather and I had a burger and fries, then watched some of the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie in bed, and fell asleep. It was a long day, but I think this will end up being the most memorable one, and I’m very glad that I was able to show Tulum to Heather.

At 21:42 with all passengers and crew back onboard, we let go the mooring lines, thrusting off the pier. As we were clear from the pier, we commenced our sea passage in order to set a North-Westerly heading following the West coast of Cozumel Island.

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