Get Away to Cozumel, Mexico
On our most recent cruises (last summer), Frank and I cruised on the Carnival Conquest. It was a really nice ship and we had a lot of fun, as well as relaxed a bunch on our trip. One of the ports we stopped in was Cozumel, Mexico. While I took Geography in high school, I honestly didn’t even realize that Cozumel was in the Caribbean! I knew it was in Mexico, but didn’t put everything together (duh – *head smack)! Isla Cozumel is actually Mexico’s largest island and is located in the western Caribbean. Pretty crazy, right?
When we got off the ship, we were greeted by different individuals wanting to take pictures with the guests. We took a picture in front of the main Carnival sign, but passed on the rest of the photo opps. As we passed through the gates, officially entering the city of Cozumel, we noticed a sign that had the ship’s departure time on it. You do not want to get to the ship at this time, but you do want to get there before. The ship WILL leave without you! And I have to admit, we do watch before departure to see if there are any stragglers running to get on the ship. We’ve seen some pretty close to getting left behind, but nobody running to get in as we pulled away….yet!
Anyways, on to our experience in beautiful Cozumel, Mexico (in the Caribbean). Prior to sailing, Frank booked an excursion for us and it was awesome! It was so great that we both agreed that we would do it again in a heartbeat without any hesitation whatsoever! So what was this awesome excursion that we went on?
It started out with a 30-minute ride on the 1,000-horsepower Twister speedboat. Please keep in mind that this isn’t any speedboat, but rather a speedboat that performs thrilling twists and 360-degree turns moving up to 50 mph. It was awesome! And you will get wet! Very wet! But it is so much fun! Everyone was a little nervous at first, but by the end of the ride, we were all cheering, laughing and smiling!
After our 30-minute ride on the Twister boat, we headed to Isla Pasión, a tiny island off the north coast of Cozumel. When we arrived at the island, we were greeted by our tour guide. We also had the opportunity to take a picture in front of the Isla Pasión sign. Unfortunately, I put our picture in a really safe place and can’t find it now (oops).
Our tour guide was really sweet and gave us instructions as far as where the bathrooms were, what was included in our stay, what group we were in and what time we needed to meet up to head back to the port to be in time for our departure. It wasn’t too big of an island, so I didn’t foresee us heading off too far and missing our trip off the island.
One of the things that was a real selling point of Isla Pasión was the open bar (yes – Rum Punch!) and all-y0u-can-eat buffet, not to mention the gorgeous view and weather. It was really nice because we were one of the first people on the island, which meant we had first dibs on where we wanted to sit and hang out for our stay. We chose a swinging bed (that’s what it looked like) that had a bamboo roof. It was so relaxing!!! We even met a really nice woman with her family (who I still keep in contact with on Facebook) who was on the Disney cruise. She kept trying to convince me to try the Sex on the Beach drink, but my favorite was still the Rum Punch – ha ha!
After enjoying a drink, Frank and I were greeted by one of the massage therapists on the island. He was offering a “sample” of the massages with the hopes that you would head over and purchase one. It worked and didn’t take too much convincing either! He was not one of the actual massage therapists who gave us the massage, but was definitely a good salesman – ha ha! We love getting massages at the different ports when we cruise.
After the “sampling” of the massage (that just cracks me up), we headed over to the area where they were giving massages and signed up for two massages (one for each of us). Oh my gosh, it was so relaxing! In fact, I almost fell asleep I was relaxed! The fragrances were relaxing and we had a fan blowing on us to cool us down (also relaxing).
After getting our massages, we were both pretty hungry and thirsty. So we headed over to the buffet and picked up some delicious tacos, rice, homemade tortilla chips and more Rum Punch! I loved the homemade pico de gallo salsa that I added to my tacos. It’s making my mouth water just writing about it!
There were lots of activities to do. We saw that kids were having a blast on the water toys on the beach and in the water, as well as the parents who were dancing to music and playing games. You can also fly kites, toss frisbees, play volleyball or take the kids to the Ewan-O Club for free play and organized games like musical chairs. Also available was an open-air marketplace, where you could shop for gifts like silver jewelry and handcrafted Mexican pottery.
At the end of our fun and relaxing afternoon, it was time to gather and head back to Cozumel on the Twister boat again. I would strongly recommend that about an hour before you leave, you either stop drinking or go pee a lot. Because it’s not just a boat ride to the port. They did some more 360-degree spins in the water. It was a lot of fun, but you could definitely tell who didn’t go to the bathroom before we left the island and the open bar – ha ha!
As I said before, we really loved this excursion and would definitely book it again. I highly recommend it if you’re traveling to Cozumel!
Have you been on the Twister boat before?