Day 6 of Cruise (12/1/2011): Costa Maya, Mexico
When we woke up this morning, the ship was already docked and people were leaving the ship to into the port. We quickly showered and got ready to venture into Costa Maya. We grabbed a quick breakfast from the buffet on the Lido Deck before leaving the ship. I had the same breakfast this morning as I did yesterday because nothing else really interested me. I also grabbed two chocolate chip coffee muffins, which we saved for a mid-morning snack.
When we got off the ship, we just wandered through the shops. Since it was the fourth port in a row for us, we felt like we had pretty much seen everything already. One unique thing about this port was that the dolphin encounter was right on the beach. We sat in some beach chairs and watched the dolphins doing tricks.
We looked to the shopping map that they gave us and we saw that there was a Mayan Pyramid within walking distance. We decided to check it out since it isn’t everyday that you get to see Mayan Ruins. Upon leaving the designated shopping area, my boyfriend and I found ourselves on what felt like a secluded road lined with dusty shops. It almost felt like we were in a ghost town of sorts.
Right next to the Pyramid was a Hard Rock Café, which was another surprising discovery of ours. We weren’t hungry yet since it was only 10:30 in the morning but we did venture into the shop attached to the restaurant. After leaving the shop, we slowly made our way back to the port. Along the street, we came across a Jade Museum that was offering free admission and air conditioning. The weather today was the warmest on our vacation so far. The cool air was very welcome since there was no shade at all along the street.
Once we got back to the port, our friends went back to the boat while my boyfriend and I stayed on the beach to enjoy the gorgeous weather. Located directly on the beach was a restaurant called Senor Frog’s. While hanging out on the beach, my boyfriend and I enjoyed some frozen drinks and chips and salsa.
Around 1:30, we decided to head back to the ship. I wanted to get in a run before dinner and my boyfriend wanted to watch the ship leave the port. The view from the treadmills in the gym was absolutely lovely this afternoon. While watching the clear blue water, I ran a 5K in less than 35 minutes. After my run, I met my boyfriend up on the Lido Deck where we watched the ship set sail.
Since my boyfriend has sailed with Carnival Cruise Lines before, he was we were invited to the Past Guests Reception Party. In other words, they were passing out free drinks and hors d’oeuvres for 45 minutes. Free drinks and food is always worth checking out. Apparently, we sat in a great location because we ended up with WAY too many drinks and got to try plenty of food.
Once the party was over, I had a crazy desire to eat sushi, which wasn’t available until 5:00. To kill some time, we hung out in the Casino playing the slots and a few games of roulette. Eventually, the Wasabi Sushi Bar was open and we grabbed a few rolls to eat, which we took up to the Serenity Retreat so we could watch the sunset. After we ate a little something, we went to the Spa to relax before we got ready for the second Elegant Dinner of the cruise. We chose to do our usual round of whirlpool, cool room, and cold room. Of course, we ended up spending a little too much time in the Spa area because I almost fell asleep in the cool room.
After the Spa, we went back to the stateroom to get ready for the second Elegant Dinner of our cruise. I thought that tonight’s meal was all about the main course and the dessert. Throughout the cruise, I have been enjoying some absolutely delicious chilled soups so I ordered it again tonight. The chilled Bing cherry soup was just a little too sweet for me and tasted like melted cherry ice cream. For my main course, I chose the martini basa fillet with a potato corn cake. The menu indicated this meal was award wining and I can totally see why. The flavor was amazing! For dessert, my boyfriend and I decided to get each get something for ourselves. He chose the baked alaska and I got the amaretto chocolate cake.
Check out how shiny the chocolate cake is! You can see a reflection of the light fixture in it!
After dinner, we decided to check out the Michael Jackson Tribute Hour in the Dance Club. It was not at all what we were expecting so we headed back to the room to change into something more comfortable. We had planned to catch the 11 PM Comedy Show and possibly the midnight because it was one of the new comedians for the second half of the cruise. The first comedian, Thomas Brown, was absolutely hysterical but the second one, Russ Nagel, was a little hard to follow at times.
Once the midnight show was done, we decided to go back to our stateroom and go to sleep. Staying out “late” the last two nights really wore us out and we had plans to wake up early to claim a “teacup” chair!
Horse Towel Animal