Monday we woke up to another beautiful day and the port of Cozumel in sight. We could go out onto our balcony and watch as the ship pulled into the dock and tie up. There were dozens of excursions to go on if we wanted to pay for them. They range in price from $65 to $198 each in price. And range in time from 3 hours to 5 or 6 hours but everyone you have to keep up with a group and I have to walk so slowly I just didn’t want to go out there. Some were on small boats but I don’t do small boats. I used to and we have in the past gone to many of them but not now, been there done that. But because this port we tie up to the dock we could just walk off and walk as far into the town as we want and then come back.
Our cabin was in the front of the ship so to get to the town we had to walk the full length of the ship and then down the dock along side of the ship and then down that long dock into the town. I knew we would not walk very far into the town but we did want to see some of the shops.
We went to breakfast and looked at the Port Shopping Information sheet to see what we wanted to make sure and get. Sunday afternoon we went to one of the smaller shows and at the start of the show they asked who had been married the longest. They called for 50 years and about 7 of us put up our hand, then they called for 55 years and a few put their hands down, then they said 60 and everyones else put their hands down so they came up to us with the mike and I told them we were married in 1951 – 66 years last Feb. 28. They interview us for a few minutes then gave us a bottle of champagne and another man came up and gave me a beautiful bracket and then they went on with the show. When we went up to our cabin on the elevator everyone were congratulating us on being the longest married couple and one woman looked me right in the eye and said,” I was going to say we had been married 66 years too but I knew they would never believe me” Everyone shut her up fast and we arrived at deck 12. I never caught the insult until we got off and then I laughed right out loud because I took it as a complement. I knew she meant she thought I had lied but I took it that she didn’t believe I was that old. So thank you!
When we finished breakfast you can see all the people leaving the ship; At the end of the dock you see the white building and that is where the shopping begins. From there you go down to ground level and walk down the main street. When we got down onto the dock there were old men with three wheel carriage that they peddled you down to the end of the pier and you tip them what ever you want. I talked Norman into going that way so I could use all my walking time and energy in the town. He agreed but was not happy. I took out $2 to give to him when we got there and Norman said NO give him $5! I ask WHY he said he wouldn’t do it for any less so he didn’t expect this old man to do it for less. I gave the man a 5 dollar bill and he smiled all over. I am sure that was the biggest tip he got all day but for me it was well worth it as when we came back we walked the whole pier and boy was that long!
Our first stop was at Diamonds International as they always give each person a gold charm bracket and a charm, so we got two charms here, one for Gina and one for Dyhana. Then we looked at different store, mostly jewelry or silver stores. Many of them call you in to get a free gift so we got a couple more charms for the girls and a couple pair of nice silver ear rings for Becca. In one of the silver stores I looked at their wedding rings and got a simple silver wedding ring. These are mixed with platinum instead of nickel as the regular Mexican silver is so they don’t tarnish. Since I went off the wheat I have been so much better I thought I would try to wear jewelry again. My first wedding band and engagement ring was stolen so for about 30 years I have not had a wedding ring. Now I have a pretty silver one and it hasn’t tarnished yet and has not bothered me either.
We went back to the ship and went up to the Garden Cafe for a light lunch. We sat at the widow and enjoyed watching the activity in the bay. That night we went to the see Magic by Miro in the Epic theater. It was very good, He told us about the work shop he was to give on Thursday so we planned to go to that. After a short trip to the slots we turned in for the day. By that time the ship was headed out.
The next stop was to be the next day in the Grand Caynman Isles. If you look carefully along the side of the ship you will see the bridge where the captain stays to run the ship. You can see how far forward our balcony was. And so we pull away from the dock and head our to sea again.
Have a great day and I’ll see you again in George Town in the Cayman Islands.
I hope that ring continues to shine! What a lovely story teller you are! Those island people must be so glad when the cruise ships come in. Some ports in Nova Scotia are busy with the ships in summer and fall. They would freeze this time of year!
I wish the ships out of Port Canaveral would go to Nova Scotia! But NCL doesn’t even sail out of Canaveral in the summer, we have to plan our cruising between Nov and March. We would have to fly to New York to get a ship for Nova Scotia and Norman will not fly. Anyways the Island people do love to have the ships come in. That is their main source of income. When we went to Jamaica There were three other ships in port on that same day and with 4000 people on our ship and somewhere around 2000 on each of the other ships you can see there were more tourists in that town than natives. I am sure the ones who don’t like so many tourists move up into the hills. It is the only way they can get away from them. Besides all the people walking the streets as we did there are hundreds on the dozen or more tours around that part of the island.
Wonderful pictures and enjoy your reporting also!!! I am amazed that your ” cabin ” is so large and looks very comfortable. Also the bathroom bigger than I’d expect. Thanks for the tour!!!!Nancy
Thanks! The cabin is large. The first time we went on a cruise we got an inside cabin, the cheapest one we could get and that was small. Then we got an ocean view cabin and that was bigger but the bath room was still small, but we did have a port hole to see the ocean. Then we graduated to a balcony which gave us a bigger room and a balcony. Of course each step up cost a little more. Now we get a mini-suite which gives us a larger room, a much bigger bath room and a larger balcony. We order the cheapest mini-suite but because we are gold latitude members we get an up grade to a better mini-suite which has a better view. We spend more time in our room and on our balcony now as it gets us away from the crowds. With over 4000 people on the ship there are lots of people everywhere. This ship is the largest in their fleet. We like the smaller ships better but the Epic is the only NCL ship to sail out of port Canaveral and since we don’t like driving to Miami we are stuck with the Epic. We do love cruising so are already planning our next cruise in Nov when the Epic comes back to Canaveral. We don’t spend our money on much else so feel we can go twice a year, it cost less than a week at Disney would be even with the Florida discounts.