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Vacation Diary-Day 7- Cozumel, Mexico

Hey Everyone!!

We are onto day 7! This was our last day off the cruise ship, and it was so much fun.  I know, I keep saying everything was so much fun..but it was! This day we spent it at a pre booked private resort for the day, Nachi Cocom.

March 25- This day the ship arrived at Cozumel, Mexico, at 7AM.  We disembarked after breakfast somewhere around 10AM, it was a gorgeous 82F!  Ahh yeah!!  The port was set up with the duty-free shop as our point of entry.  It was a liquor store at the front that turned into a souvenir shop.  They had people placed all around giving liquor tastings..which of course I partook.  There was one liquor that I tried, that I kick myself for not buying on the way back, cream tequila.  I will buy some though around here, it was THAT good.

I got to use my Spanish skills to get a taxi for the nine of us for $40 (each direction) to the resort.  We showed up to the resort happily in twenty minutes.  It was private, and clean.  We were greeted by their photographer, who took a cute group shot of us. At registration, we were greeted with spumante and directed to the beach.  Wow, what views.  Their beach was amazingly clear and blue. The resort’s stretch along the mile beach was about a quarter mile.  The use of the beach with the lounge chairs and thatched umbrellas, pool, hot tub, playground, food and drinks were part of the package that we booked ahead of time, which was $50 adult, $25 child, and if you wanted any water sports equipment it was $35.  

Beyond the registration stand, they had a large step down bar in the dining room, a big pool with hot tub on the other side outside of the thatched covering.  Once we sat in the dining room, I noticed a sandy playground for the kids, the gift shop, bathrooms, and a large shower to rinse off in.  

Lots of good things here. 

We started out beach side with frozen margaritas, the kids with virgin pina coladas and lemonades, swimming and using some of the free wifi (score!).  The kids ran right to the sands and water, they had a blast.  Before we knew it, it was lunch!  Before heading back to the ship, we browsed the gift shop and ordered lunch.  Wow, now, I really love Mexican food and I REALLY love a freshly shaken lime margarita, but wow.  The food was authentic and delicious with the richest flavors.  I wish I could’ve eaten it all, but it was just too much.  We did ask before if they used only bottled water, which they cooked, washed and used only filtered bottled water. Thank God!

Ready! Salt, Lime and Down the Hatch! 

The tequila.  I love tequila, guys.  Not like I am having it all the time, but if I am in the partying mood, and you offer..I am taking it.  haha   It doesn’t go to my head right away, and since we were just being beach bums, I jumped in with both feet with my crew.  Amazing.  I did have to half ass the last shot because holy crap the time flew so we had to leave for the taxi!  

We headed back to the ship, but all I can remember was giggling with my gf and her oldest daughter the whole way back being nerds.  So maybe the tequila was starting to kick in?  haha   

We stopped at a shop, but then quickly ran up to the lido deck for the pool area once we got off the taxi.  We hung out at the pool, I may have had another margarita.. and then stayed till 7PM in the hot tub watching a movie as a whole group. All nine of us. We got that close. haha  We were all a little out of it, and I think I was the only one really watching the movie. It was the De Niro movie he filmed down the street from our house in North Reading called Joy.   We all parted midway through the movie, for those who needed some rest, then we were going to meet back up on the lido deck for movie under the stars and an outdoor dinner from the grill. I didn’t get to finish the movie till the next day when it was on our DVR, and I watched the rest while I was packing.  A depressingly good movie.

This night was a tad disconnected because my crew got dressed in sweats and as I said, we planned to eat burgers by the pool just to unwind;  my outfit of the night was literally yoga pants, a tank top and my Red Sox sweatshirt.. classy.  But the other crew didn’t get the memo, and my gf wasn’t feeling all that well.  We ended up having fun anyway, we broke off into our families and did our own thing.  We looked around the cruise again, where they had this wonderful show set up in the piazza that we caught.  These truly impressive acrobats grabbed our attention with their strength, contortion, and humor.  They were pretty funny.  (and they were easy on the eyes) Then we called it a night. Which means we headed back to our room to start packing it up a little while the kids rested with some TV and writing in their journals.

Wow, day seven already?  Well this is flying as fast as it did for us on board.  Tomorrow is day 8, our last full day on the ship.  😦

xoxoxox

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Vacation Diary-Day 3-At Sea/Formal night

Helloooooo Everyone!

It’s Saturday, and I hope you guys have great big plans, because I am doing nothing. Well, nothing except cleaning!  But first, I am journaling about day 3, the first full day at sea and our first formal dinner night.

Every night, late night, when we returned to our rooms, we would find the mail for the next day.  It would include notes from the bridge, weather, the happenings like the day’s activities/itinerary and major events, any words from the feature executive on board and shopping discounts that were happening.  Like this:

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On our first day, however, it was the first time we received mail before heading to lunch.  We received an update that our port plans had changed due to some sketchy weather.  Originally, the cruise was to go to Princess Cays, their private island, but since the weather was too dangerous to risk traveling through, they diverted us to Ocho Rios, Jamaica, on the following day.  Giving us an at sea day that first full day on board.

March 21Our first day at sea was spent poolside.  It was a perfect 81F on the Straits of Florida this day.  We had Cuba on the right side of the boat for the entire trip going South as we swam around. It was a beautiful view.

The pool set-up was nice.  The Lido Deck had two bars, one ice cream spot, a pizza place and a grill.  There were four hot tubs in the main area, two on the first level and then two on the second.  There were also adult pools with hot tubs, along with a private pay area called The Sanctuary, that was all cabanas and service hands a foot.  So back to the regular people, there was a large pool on one end that was split by a deck then to the kids’ pool, it was all surrounded by a two foot surround where people can sit and wade in the pool.  This was all in view of a large TV and surrounding decks.  You did have to get there early to get a chair.. so be aware!

There was live music a few hours on the Lido Deck every day, this day was the Jamaican steel drum player.  It was the perfect backdrop music for our first real day of vacation.  There was also a deck between the two pools that cleared out by 5/6PM, to reveal a water show nightly.

After cooking our skin into a crisp all day, we got ready for our first dressy night of the week.  Apparently, cruise ships require formal nights, which is a total b*tch to pack for alone, nevermind for four people.  This night we went to Symphony at 7PM, this was the main dining room which was part of the cruise package.  We dined and wined till almost midnight talking and goofing around.  It was so much fun. The kids made a friend on the ship named Marvin, his job was to be aware of all the happenings in and around the ship, and the children.  They loved Marvin, and coined this restaurant as “Marvin’s Place”.

This (below foto) made me laugh on this night.. so, long story short, I fell down the stairs at the pool area because i didn’t dry off my feet from the hot tub upstairs. And I mean I fell THE WHOLE WAY DOWN, breaking my favorite pair of jewel encrusted sandals..and bruising my left leg (bummer).  I was so upset, but I am a klutz and am used to this stupidity.. I didn’t hurt myself, thankfully, but man, I loved my new sandals.  I had only wore them a few times last year.  But, from a crappy situation innovation is born.

Unfortunately, my husband lost his cufflinks, which he was bummed about because he just got them from the kids for Xmas.  BUT ALAS, his creative mind went right to my freshly broken sandals.  He tore them apart to fashion a pair of cufflinks.  He used a jewel from each shoe and my bobby pins!  Boom..cufflinks.  Now that is one sexy mind.. hubba hubba.

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Then..our daughter found the missing cufflinks on the floor behind our luggage the last day of the trip!  She was so relieved!..and so was he. 

Voila..day three!  Next up Ocho Rios!

xoxoxox

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Vacation Diary-Day 2- Cruise Embarkment

Hey WordPressland!  

Happy Friday and Happy April Fool’s Day!!  

Unforch, I am working today…though working from home! 🙂  

Still can’t believe this trip is overz, but I am loving all that I am reliving through these diary posts.  Man, I miss everything about this trip, I am surprising myself.  

So, day 2, we woke up to sunny skies that quickly turned grey and rainy.  The weather was seriously cuckoo, it rained hard one minute then the sun was shining brighter than bright the next.  So in between the rain falling, and through a sea of people walking in a big AIDS walk, we ran to Starbucks on the strip for a coffee and a noche; looking at the waves of Fort Lauderdale’s beach. Ahh Beach life, man.  Why do I live in Boston again?

After we got our fill of the waves, we trotted back through the drops to our hotel to grab a taxi to the Everglades port to get on our cruise!  I was so nervous, excited, nervous, anxious, nervous..did I say nervous?  One of my worries, you see, is that I suffer from mild vertigo sometimes.  It’s not a big deal, but once every two years or so, I get the spins that last a few seconds.  My father has it too, and I am thinking it’s probably a genetic disorder that only the awesomest of the awesome get.  Ahem.  So, anyway, I already don’t go on super spinning rides at amusement parks because I fear aggravating it, so my thoughts were at a constant worry of ‘what if i get vertigo or worse from the cruise?’.  I researched a lot on this topic, and found so many drug options and people who have the same condition.  I bought them all before our cruise to be safe.  (Luckily, I needed nothing throughout and am just a worry wart!!) 

We had never been on a cruise ship before, and even with all the research, talking to friends and watching youtube videos, I still wasn’t entirely sure what I would feel or experience. So I was pushing my butterflies down through this whole morning.  

 

TILL I GOT ON THE BOAT. HOLY AWESOME!

 

We cruised on the Regal Princess, which is the Love Boat. This cruise was headed to the Western Caribbean for 7 days- Princess Cays, Grand Cayman, Mahahual and Cozumel, Mexico.
What a spectacular place; from the moment we walked onto the boat it was just beautiful and all my fears were squashed.

First there is the group photo at the entrance after you check in at the gate..here’s the one I snagged of me with my family.

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As you enter, you are greeted by staff directing you where you need to go from the fourth floor elevator embankment.  It’s beautiful.  All shiny, with the nicest details..like a luxury hotel.  As we went up to our rooms, the glass elevators had the snappiest travel sayings that I loved reading every day. For example… 

We were in room M511 (Marina deck aka 15Fl; room 511).    It was way more spacious than I figured.  If you look in the first room photo, you will see that my daughter is sitting on the convertible couch, then above her is the drop down murphy bed, which when laid out at the same time, acts as a bunk bed.  Then there was a giant closet across from the bathroom.  The bathroom was small, but it worked out well for us.  

 

As soon as we settled in, we jetted off for a bite to eat on the 16th floor buffet since our luggage was not dropped to our room yet. There were so many people there…like our buddies!  The food choices were real good surprisingly.  They had everything and anything you could think of, switched out every twenty minutes or so. 

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We enjoyed a quick lunch together, before going off to explore some of the boat and performing the mandatory Muster Station/emergency walk through.  Soon after that we sped up to our rooms to unpack. Then the cruise ship departed port and we watched the ocean as it made it through the channel. What a beautiful sight! We even saw some dolphins along the ship after a few minutes. IT WAS SO SURREAL!!!!

We then got dolled up for my friend’s big fortieth birthday dinner at Sabatini’s.  This restaurant was not part of the price of the cruise, it was an additional service price of $25 per adult and $15 per child.  The food and atmosphere were beautiful.  So tasty.  We started off dinner at 6:45PM and finished at 11PM!  We sat talking the whole time, enjoying the kids laughter and each other’s company.

It was a perfect way to kick off our first night on board!

 

 

 

This was day 2!  So far so good!  🙂

 

xoxoxoxo