Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Carnival Sunshine 2014 Day 3 and 4

(Last week we took a cruise on the Carnival Sunshine so for the next few days I will be sharing about our cruise and some things that I learned each day. )

Day 3 (Cozumel):Here is the link for the pictures!)

We ate breakfast in the dining room and then went out on the deck to watch us pull in to the port. We arrived in Cozumel around 10am but they didn’t let us off the ship until after 11am. Since it was so late, we decided to take a taxi to downtown and it was $8 for 1-4 people. I went up to a nice couple (Jeff and Cherry from TN) and asked them if they were going downtown and would they be willing to share a taxi so it ended up only costing us $2 per person.

We walked around downtown and was disappointed to find out that our regular bar was closed down and we didn’t see the old man that we usually see so we think he probably died and they closed his family’s bar down. After walking around town we decided to walk back to the ship and it was SO hot! There was a tequila store offering $1 Coronas so we stopped to have a drink before moving on. Then we stopped at the grocery store to buy a couple of bottles of diet pepsi ($2 and I got back some Mexican change). We met Jeff and Cherry on the way back and enjoyed talking with them along the way. They ended up going back to the ship but we stopped at the Chinese place to have another beer ($3 for 1 Dos Equis). Then we found another place that had a bucket of Coronas – 4 for $10 and had some more to drink. By then I was starving so we went back to the ship and ate lunch.

We watched the Carnival Glory pull out 30 minutes late and we think they ended up leaving someone behind because they kept blowing their horn and then eventually left. We left at 6pm. We had to rush and get ready to go to the show which was Epic Rock. I didn’t like the show much because it was too loud and the singers just sounded like they were screaming. Luckily it was only a 40 minute show. Dinner was okay but I was pretty tired by then so we went to bed early. I had over 19,000 steps (8.5 miles) for the day!

Day 4 (Belize): Here is the link for the pictures!) 
We had a lovely day on the ship when we arrived in Belize. To get into Belize you have to take a tender since we can’t dock at the port. So, since we have been here several times, we decided to stay on the ship. After breakfast we walked on the track for an hour. Then we played miniature golf and shuffleboard. Then we sat out on the 3rd floor deck in the shade and read our books. By then it was time for lunch. After lunch we did the water slides which was a lot of fun! I was surprised how fast you go down those things! I did all 3 waterslides but Don only did 2 of them because after stories of people getting stuck in the yellow one, he decided to do the green one twice.  Before dinner we went to the show which was the ventriloquist and he was pretty good. We’ve seen him before and enjoy his show.
Things I Learned:
1. The exchange rate was 13 to 1 USD.
2. It is easier to find people to share a taxi on the way downtown but not on the way back to the ship.
3. It is really hot in the afternoon so it is easier to walk downtown when it is cooler in the morning.
4. The grocery store is a fun place to walk around AND it is air conditioned!
5. I was surprised how many shops and bars were closed down.
6. Cozumel is much prettier around Christmas time.
7. Ask the children which water slide is the slowest, the fastest, and the best. They give great advice!
8. Sometimes it is good to take a day just to relax.
9.   It is okay to not go into a port if you have been there before.
10. You don’t have to eat food just because it is all around you!

Original photo by Pat Hensley

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