December 2011, we went on our Honeymoon#2 which was a New Years cruise to Mexico! The 1st beingto Antigua in the Caribbean, a post on which will follow soon.
Our cruise, Carnival Magic, departed on Monday from Galveston, TX and docked back the following Sunday.
Our itinerary was as follows:
Mon: Depart Galveston
Tue: Fun Day at Sea
Wed: Costa Maya, Mexico
Thu: Cozumel, Mexico
Fri: Progreso, Yucantan, Mexico
Sat: Fun Day at Sea
Sun: Back to Galveston
– Fun days at sea
Fun days at sea were spent enjoying the various shows and programs on board, like the hairy men competition I judged, towel animal making class that I really enjoyed, Bingo nights, casino fun, cabaret dancing and many other dance shows and parties that the hubby and I participated in. We also swam a lot, relaxed in the hot tub, enjoyed the various sunrises and sunsets we got to witness all while sliding down the water park we had on board.
The food on a cruise is a never ending paradise for a foodie like the hubby and I. 24/7 buffets and ice cream, could anyone ask for more! Usually all Carnival cruises have an Indian counter as well that can be a life saver if you aren’t used to trying different foods.
– Costa Maya
We didn’t opt for any excursion in Costa Maya, instead enjoyed the port and the area around the port, shopping, eating and sipping one too many drinks. We also got to hold a tiger cub Sophia and she was sooo cute! I fed her milk from a bottle too!!
When we docked at Cozumel we had a bunch of excursions to choose from – like snorkeling, scuba, ATX, while others. We chose the ATX tour through a rain forest and it was superb! Unfortunately we don’t have pix from that fun excursion. Once back from the tour, we chilled at the port before getting back on the ship.
From the port where our ship docked to the world famous site of Chichen Itza was about a 2 hour drive but we did some stops on the way up there.
Chichen Itza is a world-famous complex of Mayan ruins on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. Graphic stone carvings survive at structures like the ball court, Temple ofChichén Itzá is a world-famous complex of Mayan ruins on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. A massive step pyramid known as El Castillo dominates the 6.5-sq.-km. ancient city, which thrived from around 600 A.D. to the 1200s. Graphic stone carvings survive at structures like the ball court, Temple of the Warriors and the Wall of the Skulls. This is one of the wonders of the world!!
We chose to do this excursion because, hello why not!! How often do you get to see one of the wonders of the world?! It was a nice but tiring day, be sure to wear comfortable shoes and short clothes as it’s HOT!! The only thing I wasn’t a fan of?! The Iguanas!!! We stopped like close to a million Iguanas and thank you but no thank you, me not going anywhere near those.
We also got to do some shopping and overall it was a super fun and really cool experience!!
– New Year Party
That year we celebrated New Years aboard a majestic ship in the middle of the Gulf Of Mexico – a wonderful experience not only for newly weds but for anyone really! We had our own version of New York’s ball drop on the ship and partied till dawn. The music, the food, the people – all in all a great time!!
In a nut shell…
A cruise is always a good idea! I especially love the no network / cell service coz it’s like a digital detox!! Ofcourse should you need you can always access the internet from the various business centers on the ship.
If you are sea sick, don’t let that keep you from experiencing all the fun onboard as you can easily find motion sickness medicines sold not only onboard but you can stock up in advance from your local pharmacy.
One word of caution: Always book your excursions via your cruise. Trust me the prices may be different (locals offering you better deals), but the ship will not leave without you if you are late returning back from an excursion you booked through them, unlike otherwise where they are not responsible for your return. Also it always helps to have a reliable mode of transportation to and from the dock when you book your excursion via the cruise.
Hope my post has excited you to go ahead and book yourself a get away like no other!!
To read about our cruise to Bahamas, click this link: ~ Cruise to Bahamas…
To read about Crusing Tips & Tricks, click this link: ~ Cruising Tips & Tricks!!
Have a wonderful weekend Peeps!! Ciao!