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Scarlet Lady

sunny 81 °F

We arrived at our only real port of call - Cozumel - and would be here until a midnight sailing. We parked at the downtown pier along with Disney Fantasy, which made it easy to explore the city, which is a taxi ride away from the other 'big ship' pier. Cozumel was alive, bustling and everything 'Mexican'. We wandered the streets to my favorite store, Los Cinco Sol where we had some beer and nacho's at Cozumel's top restaurant - Pancho's Backyard - which is in the courtyard of the store . After some shopping we headed back to the ship and watched the sunset.

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For dinner tonight, we booked at the upscale, modern "Test Kitchen" where they serve six courses - mushroom, egg, scallop, beef, blue cheese and chocolate. I chose to add the six flight wine pairing to the meal for an extra $35. The only choice you make is for your protein, whether you want venison or beef. I chose the Venison. The whole experience was wonderful, with the same impeccable service that we have experienced throughout the ship.
After dinner we stopped by to hear a set of the Slam Allen Blues Band, which had the audience rocking.

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Posted by rpickett 15:27 Archived in Mexico Tagged cozumel Comments (0)

Celebrity Edge

Cozumel

sunny 82 °F
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A great dinner at the Rooftop Grill last night. A great rack of Babyback ribs. Cozumel today. Sunny with a nice breeze.

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At Sea back to Ft. Lauderdale

overcast 81 °F

This is the last day of the cruise, the day of account settling, last minute shopping and bill settling. Having the last day at sea is good since the packing evolution becomes less hectic.

My next blog will be of Quito Equador and the Galapagos in early March - another bucket list item - stay tuned!

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Posted by rpickett 09:31 Archived in Mexico Comments (0)

Celebrity Equinox

Cozumel

sunny 85 °F

Today we did the two tank dive we were supposed to do in Belize. Not a big sacrifice because the Cozumel Marine Park is one of the finest reefs in the world. The marine life is spectacular and the Mexican divers are very protective of the natural environment, which is wonderful!

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Posted by rpickett 09:20 Archived in Mexico Comments (0)

Allure of the Seas

Cozumel, Mexico

sunny 83 °F

Today was a two tank dive off the coast of Cozumel, fairly near the cruise terminal. First dive was a 65 footer followed by a 35 footer after our required surface interval. Cozumel is one of the great dive spots of the Caribbean, but the reefs were severely damaged by the hurricane that spent almost 3 days directly on top of the island. The good news is that the reefs have regenerated well though. The bad news is that the very predatory lion fish have invaded the reefs. We spotted one lion fish and our dive master attempted to kill it, but was unsuccessful and they are lighting fast. Although a pretty fish, they can destroy a reef ecosystem, and have few natural enemies.

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Posted by rpickett 06:45 Archived in Mexico Comments (0)

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