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Shopping in Cozumel

Photos of a previous visit in 1998


View Summer, 9-11-2001 - and then the 2nd time down the ICW & Grandeur of the Seas and Pearl & Bermuda on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

6 December 2007 - Cozumel.

Glass bottomed boat

Glass bottomed boat

We did have breakfast together in the Windjammer. Bob got the cranberry juice for both of us.
Bob's breakfast

Bob's breakfast


My Windjammer breakfast

My Windjammer breakfast


We were next to the Adventure of the Seas on the new (way-out of town) international dock, and Carnival Inspiration (or as the captain designated it - Carnival Irritation) was on the better (closer) town dock.
Approaching the dock

Approaching the dock


Cozumel is 33 miles long and 11 miles wide. It is the largest island in the Republic of Mexico. More cruise ships visit it than visit St. Thomas. The cruise ships come to the only town on the island which is San Miguel on the edge of the Caribbean. Twelve miles to the west of Cozumel is the mainland. Cozumel was a Mayan center for trading and was also a pilgrimage center from 300 AD until the Spaniards came in the 1500's and brought smallpox which wiped out the original inhabitants. Cozumel and San Miguel remained a sleepy village until Jacques Cousteau discovered it and put it on the map as the greatest diving destination in the world.

We spent a week here in 1998 for Bob to get his Open Water Scuba certification while I did some diving. We didn't have an excursion here. After we were cleared to go ashore the crew was having drills, so when we went down to deck 1, they had the lights along the side of the corridor on. We were a long way out on the pier
Dock area

Dock area


and there were mobs of people wanting to get a taxi. Bob was not impressed.
Taxi rates from out-of-town pier - Prices per CAB not per person

Taxi rates from out-of-town pier - Prices per CAB not per person


I told the driver I wanted to go to the town square.
Punta Ealetita Light,

Punta Ealetita Light,


We passed the Punta Ealetita lighthouse along the shore, but about one mile south of the new cruise ship docks. It is a cylindrical concrete light tower with four ribs, lantern, and gallery. The lighthouse has been repainted white with green trim and large black lettering on the sides.

The driver let us off several blocks from the town square. The fare was $6.00 so Bob gave him $7.00.
Hotel Aguilar where we stayed in 1998

Hotel Aguilar where we stayed in 1998


We walked up to where we had stayed in 1998 (Hotel Aguilar) and once we were one block off the main thoroughfare, it was much quieter. We had picked the absolutely cheapest accomodation that was available. This was it. It was less than $20/day. The service was fine - the hotel rooms look exactly the way they are pictured on the website.
Hotel Aguilar office

Hotel Aguilar office


They were A/C and lower rates are available if you only wanted a fan. We had no TV or phone. TV's are available for an additional $2 US. The rooms are around a patio which includes a lot of nice landscaping and a pool, plus there is off street parking for vehicles. There were lines for hanging dive gear to dry. It was very quiet and we loved being able to walk around town and eat at the various restaurants.
Old Mission Restaurant sign

Old Mission Restaurant sign

La Mission (Old Mission) entrance

La Mission (Old Mission) entrance


We could see where there was still some hurricane damage - one of the restaurants where we ate in 1998 (Tony Rome's) was nothing but an empty shell.
Tony Rome's

Tony Rome's

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I sat down to rest opposite a store called Viva Mexico
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and decided to go in and shop as it was all Mexican stuff (made in Mexico as opposed to Mexican type things made in China). This store would mail things to people that I wanted to get presents for. Even though they were one of the cruise line's recommended stores (which usually means more expensive because they pay the cruise line a fee to be listed and also means - no bargaining), I thought they had nice things at a reasonable price. And they would ship. I was thinking about getting myself a white embroidered dress like the black one I gave mother,
Detail_of_embroidery on the dress I bought in 1998 for $10.00

Detail_of_embroidery on the dress I bought in 1998 for $10.00


but they were $150. I probably should have bought one anyway.
Mexican pottery store

Mexican pottery store


We walked on up to the central plaza, which has several memorials to Benito Juarez, the famed Mexican statesman and national hero. It is a good place for people watching.
Town square open air market

Town square open air market


Town square with clock and Christmas tree

Town square with clock and Christmas tree


To the west is the downtown pier, where ferries depart for Playa del Carmen and the Mayan ruins on the mainland.
Town square with kiosks

Town square with kiosks

T-shirt factory

T-shirt factory


Then I got a taxi and had him take us up by the museum so I could get a photo of it (I hadn't gotten one in 1998 when we visited it)
Museo de la Isla Cozumel

Museo de la Isla Cozumel


and then back to the ship.
Bike peddler with Carnival Inspiration in the background

Bike peddler with Carnival Inspiration in the background


We went by Papa Hogs (where we dived last time)
Papa Hog's dive shop

Papa Hog's dive shop


and by a marina with a HUGE travel lift.
Huge travel lift

Huge travel lift


The driver said he would do this for $8.00 and Bob gave him $10. There was a LONG line of taxis lined up to take people from the ship when we got back, but to drop off, we zipped right in.
Phone on the pier

Phone on the pier


The car ferry was in front of Grandeur on the dock. There were some nice fish under it that I could see from the dock.
Fish under a boat next to the pier

Fish under a boat next to the pier


I had a big blister on my foot when I got back. Bob wanted to pop it.

It was formal night again,
Fancy Napkin folding

Fancy Napkin folding


and we had
Lobster tail dinner

Lobster tail dinner


First I had 'roasted peach soup' and thenn
Cream of Asparagus soup

Cream of Asparagus soup

also Bob had his usual shrimp cocktail.
Dessert

Dessert


I tried to take a picture of the lighthouse flashing at night, but could not get synchronized with it.

When we got back to the room, she had put pillows and towels as if there was a person in the bed,
Towel_man

Towel_man


and had dressed it with Bob's hat and sunglasses.

7 December 2007- At Sea

We will be in Tampa tomorrow and we had to have our suitcases out tonight. Bob really likes the Windjammer, so he went up there for breakfast, and lunch, and I went to the dining room.
Breakfast dining room

Breakfast dining room


They are having cooking and towel and napkin folding demonstrations all day, and they are also having an art auction.
Lunch dessert

Lunch dessert


Bob is going to the Captains Corner. We went to trivia and didn't do badly, but didn't win, and the prize for this last trivia was those tennis hats.
Room_where_we_had_trivia

Room_where_we_had_trivia


They are going to kick us out of the rooms at 8 tomorrow - I fail to see why they need to do that since other ships will let you stay in your room until your group is called.
Floor in casino area - Grandeur of the Seas

Floor in casino area - Grandeur of the Seas


The internet is quite spotty. I've learned that if something doesn't load on the second try, to log off and if I try to log on again it will usually say that there's no connection with the satellite and to try again later.
Spinach dip

Spinach dip

Turkey dinner

Turkey dinner

Fish tempora

Fish tempora


Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie

Brownie Madness

Brownie Madness


The last night at dinner, we took pictures of each other.
Elsie and Art

Elsie and Art


Bill (from my HS class) and his wife

Bill (from my HS class) and his wife

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