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Old 07-11-2014, 05:10 PM   #256
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It looks like I'm a little late to this party but it's only day 4 so there's more to come. I've just read your entire report. I love that you're cruising with your mom. So special! I'm looking forward to hearing about the rest of your cruise.
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Oh my gosh for reals! That's why I haven't booked yet, they are pretty high right now. I've never seen them that high before ever from LAX to MCO. I'm hoping they will go down too.
Probably because lots of people take off around New Years. I looked and the flight going down is good but coming back is outrageous!
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It's very cool! We're you scared! I mean he looks tame but still, he's got horns!
Not at all, I'm a huge animal lover. And he was very tame. I just wanted to pet him but mom and Pablo insisted I get on.


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True. I think I'd rather not see.....maybe.....gives me the creeps. I hate creepy crawlers.
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Michael and the girls will want to for sure.
I seem to always get the same things but there's so many options.


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It looks like just a wonderful day.
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It looks like I'm a little late to this party but it's only day 4 so there's more to come. I've just read your entire report. I love that you're cruising with your mom. So special! I'm looking forward to hearing about the rest of your cruise.

Welcome! And thanks for reading!!! you're right, plenty left, this was an 11 day trip. I was blessed with a wonderful mother, I'm glad we're able to spend quality vacation time together
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Beautiful pics of Cozumel!!! The water is absolutely gorgeous! And the ruins look quite interesting. I'm wondering if this is an excursion I should look into Not sure if my DD8 and DS7 would be interested though. Guess I should get researching

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Beautiful pics of Cozumel!!! The water is absolutely gorgeous! And the ruins look quite interesting. I'm wondering if this is an excursion I should look into Not sure if my DD8 and DS7 would be interested though. Guess I should get researching

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We saw one of the DCL excursions while we were with our horrible guide. We longed to be over with them!

The DCL one also goes to a beach but only for 90 minutes, I think. Next year we're going to take a taxi to a place called Chankanaab. Beautiful place, beach, snorkeling, optional animal interactions. Those you need to book in advance. I don't know if Faith or Jesse would get bored at the ruins.

You're right, the water is gorgeous! One reason why next year needs to center around the water.
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Back to Cozumel:

After my photo session with the bull we continued our tour. One of my wishes for the day was to find some black coral jewelry. Black coral is a protected substance and only authorized people are supposed to sell it. You know unauthorized people do, but Pablo happened to have a friend that was an authorized dealer and that was our next stop.











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There was some kind of celebration here a couple weeks ago and they still hadn’t taken down all of the decorations.



A church





Some more ruins







We didn’t linger, we still had a few things we wanted to do and it was 1:15. The ship was due to leave at 3:45 and I wanted to be back onboard at 3:00.

The guy’s black coral shop was very impressive. He finds the coral and does all the workmanship. I didn’t feel comfortable taking any pictures of the shop but there were tons to choose from. I left with these beauties.





Then it was time to find the amazing Gloria candies. I knew they were at a certain shop and asked Pablo to take us there. There had to be some kind of miscommunication because instead of going straight to the shop I requested he stopped at a small convenience mart. They had them but only as singles, not in a gift container. Mom wanted them for a friend back home so we continued our search. We went to a big grocery store next, no luck. They suggested a candy store that Pablo knew about so we went there. No luck. Again I suggested that we go to Los Cincos Soles, I knew they were there. Instead of going there he said he wanted to stop at another convenient mart. They were there but only as singles again. We got them. Because of this wild goose chase we didn’t have time to go shopping at Los Cincos Soles which I was disappointed about. I knew mom would love that store.

At 2:45 we headed toward the port. But instead of going left to the ship Pablo took us right and showed us a little more of the area.

These pictures are all from the car, sorry there’s some obstructions in them.











And then we headed back to the ship



He got us back to the port at exactly 3:00 as requested. We hugged, thanked him for a fabulous day, and gave him a generous tip. I think this was a wonderful way for mom to see Cozumel on her first visit. Next time our plan is to go to Chankanaab, do a manatee swim, enjoy the beach/water, and take a taxi to Los Cincos Soles.
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Amazingly I didn’t take any pictures on the walk back up the pier. I was ready to be back on my ship. Mom kept looking longingly at the water and I regret that we didn’t get a chance to do some swimming. She was so close the edge I warned her that I wouldn’t jump in after her if she fell off, there’s no railings. She said not to worry, the gentleman in front of us would jump in and rescue her. He turned around with a smile and said if mom fell over he’d jump right in behind her. Big smiles all around.

Straight up to Flo’s to get some lunch, we were starving. I had the salad and pizza and mom had the veggie burger.




Then into the Cove Café for some treats





We both got the chocolate chip brownie bite. These were to die for!



We took our treats up to Satellite Falls. It was 4:00 and I figured we’d be leaving momentarily. But what would we see below, but a family just strolling down the pier. All aboard was 3:45 people! They would saunter for a while and then run for a little bit. Then continue sauntering. It was bizarre.





And then we saw an ambulance driving down the pier. At dinner we found out that they took someone out on a gurney and all their luggage was with them. It was only day 2 of the cruise, so sad






Around that point I decided a shower was in order. Mom came down to the room with me and we looked at the navigator. We wanted to see the hypnosis show at 6:15. It was only 4:15 so mom went up to SF while I got cleaned up.

Sam our fabulous room steward left us presents



After getting all cleaned up I went in search of mom. Have you seen enough hallway and carpet pictures yet? Sorry.





It was way too windy for me to stay up there with mom, but she was happy where she was so I went back down to the room and did some journaling. Our room’s position this trip was absolutely perfect, we were forward so it was just a quick elevator ride up to SF and back down to the room.


to be continued...
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Loving the update :-) oh my that black coral jewellery is beautiful Pam! The way they have fashioned that wonderful coral is just amazing. I bet you were proud as punch to own that.

Shame about your candies! I am sure the guides get kick backs from certain stores. They seem to favour some.

Be great to do Chankanaab next time with Mom. Got to love that H20 gear!

Oh my that poor family having the person removed! That must have been quite a shock.

I am obsessed by carpet. I love looking at it. I try and look for the nautical flags in the carpet of the stateroom hallways that spell out the name of the ship on The Dream ( I read it's the same on The Fantasy )
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The jewelry is beautiful. I haven't seen back coral.

I'm never sick of ship and carpet and hallway pics.

Pizza. Seriously what is with the pizza? It's simply amazing!

I'm going to have to try the Cove Cafe next cruise. I don't think I hardly stepped foot inside last time.

So sad for the people who were gurneyed off. Did you find out why? That would be such a huge bummer. Hope they ended up ok.
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That black coral jewelry looks so pretty. So glad you were able to find what you were looking for!

And the scenery pictures are lovely. I am still so impressed you had your own personal guide!

Oh No to the poor person who had to leave on the ambulance. I bet that happens all the time. I watched a documentary done by a ship's doctor and they get some pretty interesting cases on board. And there are people who travel who just shouldn't.

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That was some wonderful jewelry that you got! I'm glad he knew someone licensed in the trade. Too bad he didn't listen to you on the candies. Sorry you didn't get what you wanted. But it sounds like you got a really nice local tour and not just the "Disney inspired" island tour. How fun is that.

So sad for the person who had to be ambulanced out of the ship. That's terrible. Or were you experienced from that on your previous cruise. We don't know.
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Ok...weird. People are crazy to just meander along like they have all the time in the world. Didn't they realize they were the ONLY ones on the dock

Sad about the ambulance. Hope all was ok for that person.


And your jewelry is really pretty! I'll have to remember that for next year, and see if I can find some. I've never heard of it. Thanks for the info
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Loving the update :-) oh my that black coral jewellery is beautiful Pam! The way they have fashioned that wonderful coral is just amazing. I bet you were proud as punch to own that.
I had bought a necklace on my first visit to Cozumel but I wanted some more. I think it's absolutely gorgeous.

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Shame about your candies! I am sure the guides get kick backs from certain stores. They seem to favour some.
Well, he isn't an official guide, he's actually a scuba dive master, usually takes people out diving. He was basically just hanging out with us and showing us around. I'm sure he felt that the candies were easily found.

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Our room steward was great with the H2O goodies!

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Oh my that poor family having the person removed! That must have been quite a shock.
Very sad business, never really learned what happened but it was on a kayaking excursion.

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I am obsessed by carpet. I love looking at it. I try and look for the nautical flags in the carpet of the stateroom hallways that spell out the name of the ship on The Dream ( I read it's the same on The Fantasy )
I'm glad I'm not the only one! I can't get enough of those carpets I completely forgot about the flags spelling out the name. I'll have to remember that next time.
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The jewelry is beautiful. I haven't seen back coral.
I had thought it only grew in the Caribbean but it actually grows all over the world and is the official 'gemstone' of Hawaii. They have to polish it to be smooth, and with the bigger pieces can make figurines. Very pretty things, I always wish I have more money in shops like that.

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There is just something about that pizza!

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I'm going to have to try the Cove Cafe next cruise. I don't think I hardly stepped foot inside last time.
You'll be able to get some tasty coffee in there, and the desserts in the case are free. I think they changed the coffee at the beverage stations to Joffreys, I don't know if that's better though.

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So sad for the people who were gurneyed off. Did you find out why? That would be such a huge bummer. Hope they ended up ok.
All we found out was that the person was somehow injured on a kayak excursion. No idea what kind of injury.
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