Get Off The Ship - we are running out of towel animals! Update 02/27 Day 22

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  1. RGirl

    RGirl Change Is Good

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    Hi Karin! Got caught up on your other TR last night and trying to do the same on this one now! :laughing:

    We made use of the DCL room service for the first time on this cruise as well - it was so convenient and pleasant! I’m glad you enjoyed it too. :woohoo:

    Well, at least there was a good reason that I didn’t see you two at the Enchanted Garden dinner, since I skipped it for Palo that night. :laughing: I cannot believe how many times we were in the same place at the same time though and didn’t see each other! :scared1 I mean, we even chose the same breakfast place the next day!!!!

    What a great idea to get the dessert to go! I bet Raj loved it! :woohoo:

    Gorgeous sunrise photos! :lovestruc
     
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  3. dizneeat

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    Well, I don't carry a fanny pack, but I usually DO carry a D&B wristlet full of treats when we go somewhere. :rotfl2:
    I just had forgotten to bring it to breakfast with me. ;)


    Thank you, Rosie! :goodvibes
    Raj outdid himself with the towel animals, so he "earned" the dessert. ;)

    Yes, Enchanted Garden has a breakfast buffet. They will assign you a table, bring out your drinks and get you "make to order" omelets. Everything else is at the buffet. No picking up items and then going to find a table and then heading to get a drink. :goodvibes


    Raj really was so happy with the desserts and the chocolates we left on the bed for him daily. He was such a sweetheart, so helpful and friendly.
     
  4. dizneeat

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    Day 14, August 20

    A once in a lifetime experience – Costa Maya - Part 2

    We only had an afternoon at Costa Maya, so even before we had docked we decided to head for lunch at Royal Court before getting off the ship.
    So we quickly walked down to the restaurant

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    and were soon on our way to a table.

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    A server was quick to return with our Diet Cokes while we were still looking through the menus.
    Once we had made our mind up and ordered our food, we were served

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    some baguette, dinner rolls and butter to hold us over until our food arrived. We had only started to nibble on the bread when the appetizers were served. Tom had ordered the

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    jumbo shrimp, which came in a cocktail glass and had some cocktail sauce on the side. I had ordered the

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    herbed salmon, which came with honey mustard sauce and was delicious. For his main course Tom had ordered the

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    New York Strip Steak, served with French Fries, herbed butter and a grilled tomato. The steak was nicely cooked, a bit over, but still nice and juicy. My choice was the

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    Captain’s Cobb Salad, which had green leaves and all the trimmings that make a Cobb Salad, but a larger dice and you could mix yourself. There was some yummy dressing to go with it, but it was a huge serving and I didn’t make a huge dent in it. Then it was time for dessert. There was only one dessert we really wanted to try and that was another thing that Austria is really famous for,

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    Apple Strudel, served with Crème Anglaise and Vanilla Ice Cream. The Strudel was really nice and not too sweet, which was awesome and the perfect ending for our meal. Lunch done we headed back to our room, got our IDs and our bag and off we went to explore Costa Maya.
    When we got off the ship we could feel that it was pretty hot out.

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    There was a shuttle running

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    between the ship and the “town”, but we decided to walk.

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    It was nice to enjoy and take in the view of the sea and it did not take too long and we made it to the shopping area right at the port.

    To be continued ............
     
  5. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    Even though Costa Maya was not a favorite port..I would rather be there than here today. :rotfl2:
     
  6. JKSWonder

    JKSWonder Twelve plus trips and counting

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    Same. We've got ice here. The poor hyacinths that just bloomed are toast.
     
  7. annmarieda

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    I love the pictures of the ship at night! The little theater out near the pool looks like it would be fun.

    As always... lots of great looking food! YUM!

    You are so sweet to always be sharing some sweet treat with someone. You are so thoughtful!

    The FE gifts you got are pretty cool. What is the mickey head?
     
  8. perfectmatch300

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    I've been a bit of a slacker, but I'm finally caught up - at least with this TR! I have really been enjoying this one because it allows me to re-live our last cruise, 7 day Fantasy Western. :teeth:

    I had been very apprehensive about going to Costa Maya, but we very much enjoyed our time there. We did a catamaran sail and snorkel excursion that took up our entire time in port. The bus we took had AC that worked and a driver who navigated streets that were a bit narrow for a large bus very carefully. The catamaran was clean and well maintained, and the crew did an excellent job. All that said, I still wouldn't call Costa Maya one of my favorite ports though.

    I have to go back and read about your B2B transition. I want to show it to DH so he understands the process. We are thinking of adding a second cruise either before or after the Dream cruise we have booked for Sept. That cruise was meant to be a dummy booking, but as of now we are planning to stick with it. Three days just doesn't seem like enough though, now that we have several 7 day cruises under our belts! B2B would solve that problem nicely. :cool1:

    Nancy
     
  9. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    I'm just loving your updates and it makes me want to book a trip on the Fantasy so much between yours and Ellen's reports. I just don't think I can convince Fran she wants to go on the Fantasy until we go on the Dream!
     
  10. scottny

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    The steak sandwich looks so good.
    The ship is so pretty lit up.
    The trio dessert looks good.
    Nice sunrise pics.
    Nice gifts you got.
    It looks so nice there in Costa Maya. Beautiful day.
    I am caught up again.
     
  11. Linda67

    Linda67 Has a Masters in Margaritas

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    Love your sun rise photos Karin
    Looks like you got some great FE gifts
    Mmm, I wonder what you both get up to in Costa Maya?
     
  12. Teri1

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    Love the pictures! Would like to go on the Western cruise some time.
     
  13. englishrose47

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    Your lunch looked delish!!! More like supper though !!! Can't wait for the pix of Costa Mayo!!!!!
     
  14. dizneeat

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    Hope the weather clears up for you.
    We were really disappointed with Costa Maya, even though I was "kind of" warned by reading a few trip reports beforehand.


    Ice? :scared1: Jikes! While it is not really warm here, we are having nice weather, sunshine and a few clouds. No more snow and ice please, we have had more than enough for this year. ;)

    I had to look up which Mickey head you were asking about. It is a necklace. 3 metal rings being tied together. We got so much beautiful jewellery this trip, it was incredible.

    Back 2 backs are awesome!
    But have you looked into the Fantasy Eastern, which leaves on Aug 29? I tell you it is a great cruise - and your friend Teresa is on board as well. (You did sail together didn't you?) Teresa and her husband are already sailing with us, so why not have a group that's just a tad larger? ;)
     
  15. dizneeat

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    They are both beautiful ships! We just LOVE the longer cruises and the more sea days the better. ;) :lmao:
    And I am very happy to hear that you enjoy the TR so far. :goodvibes


    The sandwich was really nice! Tom loved it. :goodvibes
    We love the ship at night, especially at a time where everyone else is either in the MDR or watching a show. It feels like the whole ship is just yours. :thumbsup2

    The day was absolutely beautiful, blue skies and lovely and warm. Costa Maya was just not what I was expecting. :lmao:


    I am glad you enjoy the photos, Linda. We had some really nice sunrises and sunsets on these two cruises. It was a great vacation.
    And we got AWESOME FE gifts on that cruise. We both were in awe. :goodvibes
    Stay tuned for Costa Maya, but don't hold your breath, it was not the most spectacular port we went to. :rotfl2:


    It was a nice cruise and the other ports were really nice, we just did not like Costa Maya. But I have to admit that I would prefer an Eastern Itinerary over a Western one. (........ and we have two Western planned. :rotfl2:)

    We loved our lunches at the Royal Court, Rosie! The food was awesome and it was quiet in there. Much more what I prefer than a noisy buffet.

    Costa Maya coming right up. :thumbsup2
     
  16. dizneeat

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    Day 14, August 20

    A once in a lifetime experience – Costa Maya - Part 3

    It was nice to enjoy and take in the view of the sea and it did not take too long and we made it to the shopping area right at the port.
    If there is something that really irks me about Mexico, it is that everyone wants to drag you into their shop and keeps asking to sell you something. Here it was no exception. There was kind of a Mall with several shops and big pool in the middle.

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    We strolled through the shops and picking up a souvenir here and there, but quickly putting them back on the shelf when we saw the price. I know that you are supposed to bargain but that is just not me, so I’d rather not buy than bargain with someone. It did not take us long to have visited all the shops and we left the area, as I had done some internet research and it had looked as if there was a town behind the mall, just up the road. There was also a pyramid, which we wanted to visit.

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    We left the mall area, showed our ID’s and walked up the street. From my research I knew there was a tequila factory on one side and a museum on the other. When we got up to the factory we saw that it was closed

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    and so were all the other shops and buildings on that side. We looked at the museum and it was closed as well.

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    There were a few other cruise passengers walking along as well, so we went up to the pyramid,

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    took a few pics and headed right back to the mall after seeing that the main street around the bend was as dead as the street leading up to it.
    Right in front of the mall we had to show our ID’s again

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    and then we were back at the mall. We looked through the shops one more time,

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    before deciding that we wanted a drink. We looked around and went into Senor Frogs.

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    Well, it was a first and a last – NEVER again. When we got there, there were many empty tables and there was music playing, but nothing too loud, so we chose a table and sat down. Tom ordered an

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    XX Sol Lager, while I thought why not try a

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    Caribbean Lemonade, (Rocks) Vodka, peach liqueur, simple syrup, cranberry juice, lime juice and a touch of lime soda, served in a palm tree. It took a while for the drinks to come out, but while we waited they turned the music on full blast, so you could not understand the person sitting just two feet away and they were walking around forcing shots on people.
    Now, if there is something I do NOT like than it is being forced to buy or drink something. So we let the girls know that we were not interested and waited for our drinks. A little later our drinks came out and we had a taste, Tom’s beer was nothing special, but quite nice, my drink was huge and SWEET. Far too sweet for my liking. So I kept taking little sips and while we sat there our server came again and again offering her shots. She only stopped when I let her know that there would not be a tip at all if she would not stop forcing her shots on us.
    And as soon as Tom had finished his beer we paid and fled the scene.
    It was an experience trying Senor Frogs once, but we will not return. We were set to head back to the ship

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    when we realized that there was kind of a watch tower to climb up. So we walked over that way, and went inside.

    To be continued ............
     
  17. jenseib

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    You made it out of the gate plaza! I was too afraid to go outside. :lmao: We just shopped and walked around and took pictures. It sure is not anything special and I had heard that Disney wanted to pull out of the port, but they are still going so maybe they are contracted for so long. I have been to a few Senior Frogs, but it really isn't my scene either. It's ok for a drink and then we flee!
     
  18. MEK

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    Interesting port. It's kind of cool that there is a pool right in the middle of the mall. It really looks pretty relaxing.

    I am not a good haggler either, but I know that's the way it rolls there. I remember being in high school and haggling for a bracelet in Acapulco. I think I was bolder back then. :rotfl:

    That Palm tree drink looks fun. Sorry it was so wet and you couldn't even enjoy it without the panhandler waitress. How annoying! :sad2:

    Lunch looks super yummy! You made that CM's day!

    Lovely pictures.
     
  19. annmarieda

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    Seems like the pyramid viewing was kinda uneventful?

    The forcing of shots sounds irritating! Glad you were able to convince her to stop by threatening her tip. That is a good strategy!

    The pool in the center of the mall is interesting... so people shop and swim?
     
  20. dizneeat

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    It was a nice walk down there to the pyramid, unfortunately the "town" there was dead. There was nothing that even looked like someone lived/had a shop there. VERY disappointing.
    I really hope they find different ports, especially since we only had a 4 hour port time, but I really don't need to return. We are happy that on Tom's birthday cruise we are going to Key West :cloud9:, then Grand Cayman and Cozumel and next summer's Western goes to Falmouth instead of Costa Maya. :thumbsup2
    Senor Frogs - NEVER again. :rotfl2:


    You will enjoy the food on board - PLEASE try as many sit down meals as you can - so nice to be served! :lmao:

    It was nice looking to have the pool and a part of the beach (if you paid for entrance) right there and people took advantage of it. The pool was clean and nice and since the pool on board is not really big, I guess it is a big draw to do a little shopping and a little swimming. :goodvibes
     
  21. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    Did Disney offer any excursions to anyplace more interesting? That seems like a rather dull port, but your morning was nice with some good meals and a beautiful sunrise.
     

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