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Oasis docks early in Cozumel. Long before I awake. I had a restless night with some really weird dreams. One involving Frankie Howard and a load of monks. Very bizarre.
Peter fetches the early morning coffee from Park Café which helps to get me into gear that bit quicker. We breakfast in American Icon but they still didn’t get my Eggs Benedict right. Last chance tomorrow perhaps?
We go ashore round 9am and follow the large crowd of people heading off the ship and into the cruise terminal buildings. We stop for a couple of photos on the way with the ships photographers. It’s been a few years since we were last in Cozumel and the terminal buildings have grown. There are a lot more shops than I recall.
We quickly browse some of them but don’t purchase anything. We exit the terminal and take a right and walk along the roadside for half a mile or so. It fierce hot even at this early hour. We reach the Puerto Maya terminal which is where Carnival cruise normally dock. Carnival Dream is in today. We are heading towards a bar/restaurant called Pancho’s Backyard. Mark and John who we met for dinner in Orlando last week recommended it and so we thought we would check it out.
The restaurant sits beside the azure blue waters of the Caribbean. We are given the option of sitting inside or out and we select a table outside right by the waters edge. We are sheltered from the hot sun by plentiful palm trees and its an idyllic little spot to spend some time. We order two Margaritas which come in a goldfish bowl size glass and the drinks themselves whilst delicious are very strong so we order some water too. We stay here for a couple of hours ordering some beer instead of the cocktails feeling that would be safer. We don’t eat here but the food we saw being brought out looked really good so perhaps next time we wont come so early and enjoy lunch.
We spend some time in the Peurto Maya shops looking at souvenirs and purchase a small colourful cat statuette to take home with us. We take our time walking back to our cruise terminal and again spend some time in the shops, they are wonderfully air conditioned.
Back on Oasis we head to one of the main pools for a swim as they will be a lot quieter than they will tomorrow when we are at sea. The water is just the right temperature for a refreshing dip. We dry off on the loungers before heading back to the cabin to change for lunch.
We visit Johnny Rockets for a late lunch and enjoy their always excellent onion rings and fries. Their shakes are pretty good too so we order a chocolate and strawberry one each. I order the #12 burger which has this special red chilli sauce which gives it a bit of a kick. I love it although the sauce seems to have extra kick today. Peter goes for the Route 66. We skip dessert figuring we have consumed enough calories as it is.
At 5.45 Oasis departs Cozumel just ahead of Norwegian Getaway and Carnival Dream. They are heading to Miami and New Orleans respectively. We have no shows tonight so don’t leave our cabin until 7.30pm and head to Solarium Bar for a drink. We sit here in the semi open air enjoying a balmy breeze as Oasis heads away from Mexico. We wander along the top deck enjoying the pretty sunset before descending down to the Champagne Bar. We try to ride the Rising Tide up to Central Park but the timetable seems to have gone out the window so we need to take a regular elevator up to deck 8 or miss our dinner reservations at 8.30 in 150.
This is our second visit here and its even better than the first one. Our waiter is excellent and guides us through the menu fully giving her recommendations. I opt for Veal Bolognese Agnolotti for starter and Mahogany Black Cod for main. Peter has the Duck Confit I had on my first visit and also the Lamb Duo. We both really enjoy the food. The wine is plentiful too which always helps.
We head back to the cabin to change as there is a White Party on the Royal Promenade tonight. I don’t think everyone got the memo as hardly anyone was wearing white and it was almost over by the time we arrived. Never mind we still have the Quest to enjoy and so we head to Studio B for this adult themed scavenger hunt. As always it’s a lot of fun. The audience is divided into 6 teams and we are allocated a team captain from the staff. A male and female audience member from each team is in charge of getting the items requested to the cruise director who is running the show. He will ask for things to be brought to him such as a bra, a picture of the White House (on a $20 bill btw), a tattoo in an unusual place…you get the drift. It’s load raucous fun. Our team (2) gets quite a few firsts but team 6 are declared the winners. We retire to the tranquil elegance of the Champagne Bar to finish off the evening.